I did a New Moon spread with my new tarot deck tonight! This is my first time doing a proper spread and I feel like it went so well. The Everyday Witch tarot is pretty easy to read which helps a newbie like me though 😅
Setting up an altar dedicated to the elements is simple and effective! And what better way to show thanks for their presence in our lives than through your own personal shrine? The elements are a part of our everyday living, and assist heavily in our paths. Here are some simple additions you can incorporate into your own altar:
Earth: flowers, bones, sticks, herbs, leaves, crystals/stones of your choice 🌍
Air:incense sticks or cones, feathers, a wand, sage or palo santo 🌬
Fire:red, orange, or yellow candles (or any color!), a salt lamp or candle holder 🔥
Water:a chalice, bottle, or bowl of fresh water (or water collected from a lake/river/pond/ocean), shells, sea salt, something representative of the moon (to honor the tides) 💧
Spirit:a pentagram (drawn, molded, sewn, etc, or perhaps you have one that you’ve purchased), any object that is close to your heart and representative of you 🔮
(and don’t forget about figurines, small framed photos, or written notes of your choosing. personal touch is everything)!
I’ve been meaning to make some kind of portable altar for a while, figuring I’d just put together some kind of tiny kit for travel or something. Then I was like HEY WAIT, I COULD JUST DRAW ONE IN MY GRIMOIRE, and voila :D
If you’re like me, and like to bring your earthy witchcraft with you this is the DIY for you.
cost breakdown and materials:
✨ Wood box - $2.99 from craft store (but most stores have coupons)
✨ Stain - $4.99 (a small bottle will last you forever)
✨ Moss - $5 from a craft store (I’m sure you can fine it somewhere cheaper)
(side note: I don’t recommend getting it from the ground. It can lead to mold/bugs/allergy issues)
✨ Hot glue
✨ Acrylic Paint and brushes
Prep your box by sanding down any rough edges, removing any stickers, as well as making sure it’s dry and clean.
Stain your box. You can use a rag or brush to apply stain. Read the directions on your stain bottle, and wipe off extra stain. I love wood stain.
The latch has an eagle on it :)
After your stain is dry prep for the sky. You can prep with gesso or just white acrylic paint. This will make your colors pop more. I just dove in with painting, but if you want really crisp border lines use masking tape.
While waiting for the white to dry I hot glued in some moss. It takes the glue really well, but retains its fluffiness.
Add your night sky. To avoid having to paint tons of layers because your paint is transparent, ad a little white in. For the sky I mixed white, black, and blue, and left it a little unblended for a foggy feel.
Ad stars. I chose Cassiopeia, Polaris, and the Big Dipper. Use a tooth pic to get small dots.
Add in your items. I didn’t have a tea candle so I made a temporary candle from a shell. I also added some jars for herbs and a couple of crystals.