To the Anon that sent me an ASK regarding a first altar...
I’m sorry I accidently deleted your ask. But here are my thoughts.
For a first altar you want to create a sacred space of things that are truly meaningful to you and make you feel safe and healthy. For example, if you have a sensitivity to smoke, I wouldn’t suggest incense but maybe dry herbs in its place.
I always would have gemstones and crystals if you can afford them, if not, a collection of found stones and indigenous minerals as well as found sea shells if you are near a beach are a wonderful addition to any altar.
I have always tried to incorporate the five elements into my spaces, for Earth I use crystals,
Air - incense,
Fire - candles,
water - I collect full moon water and was lucky enough to collect solar eclipse water this summer!
For spirit I have a feather and horns.
But you can interpret the elements in anyway that suits you. I have my father’s fishing knife that I was given when he passed away that I use as my athame, but if you are uncomfortable with a blade in the house, (When our daughter was young) I had a carved athame from wood that was not sharp. I have since passed it down to her and she uses it now!
I hope this gives you a few ideas. Remember that all altars are unique and there is no proper way to create an altar or sacred space. It is a very personal process and just like witchcraft, there is no wrong way to practice. Good luck!
Love and Light and happy blessings on your space!
Marjie - Two Fat Witches