I share a very small room with my sister, and obviously don’t have much room for an altar. I use most of my space for my Hellenic shrines and altar. I keep my witchy stuff on my shared bedside table. Here is what I use, and how I store/display it. This is element based, but you can use it however you like.
Small Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp - This is a tool I use all the time. It detoxifies my room, and cleanses the space. I feel so much more at ease with it on, like it’s washing everything away!
Crystals - You might want to move these or switch them out depending on what spell you’re doing, as all energy contributes to the working, but while you’re in your room, or even while you’re away, you can leave these here to represent Earth.
Salt - Little packets of salt work, or you can place a bowl with some salt in it on your altar. I use my rock salt lamp.
Dirt - A literal baby jar of dirt works, or you can put a plant on your altar if it’s by a window. I have a succulent!
Earth Imagery - A mini globe would be pretty cool! Or even a little eraser or what not. Having an actual picture of the Earth would be amazing, especially if the clouds were visible, and maybe if it had the sun in the background. Then it could be all encompassing of the elements.
Herbs, Flowers, Plants, etc - As with the crystals, you may want to change these out or put them away during spells, or switch them out. However, they would look really cool as you went with the seasons!
Fossils - I think fossils are awesome Earth representations. They have been in the ground for a very long time! I used to have some really cool fossils I used to represent Earth on my altar.
Tree Slice - Have you ever seen those little wooden slices that come from a tree stump? The ones that definitely had huge roots? Those would be perfect to represent Earth!
Birthday Candles/Tea Lights - You can colour code! These are great for short workings, or even to call the elements. To make these stand up, place them in a bit of clay and let it harden.
Matches - Double whammy here- light your candles and have a representation!
Ash - I used to have volcanic ash, which was perfect. It got spilled, but for the while that I had it, it was awesome. Collect ash from incense, a fire, etc, and use it (just wait for it to cool!!!)
Charcoal - I always thought charcoal looked kinda witchy. I think a dish of it would make a good rep.
Charred Wood - If you have a bonfire, or just so happen to light a piece of wood on fire, you could let it cool and use it for your altar.
Lamp - If you have a secret altar, a little lamp could be an inconspicuous representation for fire, as it does produce light and heat.
Lantern - You can buy super cute mini lanterns at the Dollar Store. I love them, but haven’t gotten one yet. I think they would be fun to use for Fire.
Glass of Water - You can use whatever type of water you’d like; moon water, rose water, purified water, gem elixir; take your pick! Just make sure it doesn’t get moldy and stay moldy. Change it out each day/week.
Sea Shells - You can get these in super small sizes! Or, you can get them big and bulky.
Sea Glass - These little stone-like fragments are so pretty! They look just like crystals, and can be found on the beach or in the store!
Sea Salt - Sea Salt could work to represent Water, especially if you pour it into a seashell or add in sea glass to it. It could be like a little potpourri of water related objects!
Rain Cloud - You can create clouds out of things like stuffing for toys, cotton balls, and sometimes led lights. It could be a fun project, or you can buy one of them off of etsy.
Mermaid Image - I have a mermaid book mark made of metal, and it sits with my other water-related objects. I feel like it adds that feel of majesty to my water representation.
Drift Wood - This is so pretty! The pieces are smooth, have a fun shape, and definitely capture the essence of water!
Sand - If you go to a beach, collect some sand, and place it somewhere on your altar! Be sure to put it in a bowl, though, because it is hard to clean up.
Sea Weed - You can hang this somewhere, or put it directly on your altar. Either way, it looks great.
Coral - If you find some coral, you can place it on your altar. It looks so neat!
Starfishes/Sand Dollars/etc. - These are a little harder to find on the beach, but if you do, place them on your altar.
Wind Chimes - These add a little decoration to your altar, as well as give you an air representaiton. You can even listen for the tinkling of bells to see if any fae are around!
Bells - If you ring a bell, it disperses stagnant energy, and helps to cleanse a space. Having one on your altar is a great way to keep it fresh!
Feathers - This is a pretty obvious one, an oldie but a goodie. If you have some feathers, you can use them, but make sure there are no laws against collecting them in your area. Alternatively, you can use fake ones from a craft store.
Empty Glass or Bottle - Air is all around us. Use that to your advantage!
Dandelion Puff - This is what I immediately think of when I picture the wind. You can collect some puffs and put them in a glass.
Bird’s Nest (fake) - You can buy or make a fake bird’s nest. They look pretty real, and have this awesome rustic naturey vibe to them!
Leaves - They were once high in the sky! Collect them during the fal season or after a storm.
Incense - Another well-known one. You can burn this and use the smoke.
Tornado Making Jar - You know those little jars that you can shake up, and they make a tornado? Those would be a fun water-air duo!
Small Jewelry Box - This can store crystals, herbs, essential oils, etc. I use to use mine to cleanse my crystals becuase it played music!
Multi Colour Light-Up Candle - I found mine at Five Below! It lights up in tons of different colours, but is pretty large. However, it takes up a lot less room than a bunch of different coloured candles.
Your Wand - Having your wand on your altar makes it a sacred, special tool. It will be charged by the witchy items you have there, and will feel natural inn the environment.
A Mini Besom or Real Besom (Broom) - I use a paintbrush as a mini besom, as I can’t have real one. However, it would be nice if I did, and I’d keep it near my altar!
Your Grimoire/Spellbook/BOS/etc - If you aren’t hiding it, you could keep it on your altar!
A Fire-Safe Dish or Cauldron - If you water scry, burn things, or just like to include your cauldron in your spells, you can keep it on your altar.
Incense Tray - Incense can’t be burned without somewhere to place it. Keep your incense holder handy!
Altar Cloth - This ties everything together! It can be switched out for sabbats/festivals/seasons/spells.
Chalice - I’m not Wiccan, but I use the chalice in my workings every once in a while, usually for water-related magic. You can get these beautiful metal ones at antique stores, or regular old wine glasses at the dollar store!
Mortar and Pestle - For practical use and an awesome vibe! You can keep this near your herbs.
Coloured/Enchanted Salts - They display beautifully,and are really good to have on hand.
Spirit Vessels - These can go in their own little corner if you like. They could also be the center of your altar, especially if you work mainly with spirits.
Tarot/Other Cartomancy Cards - Find a nook for your cards to be kept safe and clean. They will be charged by the other objects all around it, which makes it an awesome idea to have on your altar.
Scrying Mirror - Make this the main attraction, or perhaps just a piece of the puzzle. If you have an ornate mirror, it could be a very drawing part of your altar!
Crystal Ball - Like the scrying mirror, it could be a background piece or the focal point.
Runes - If you cast runes, you can keep your bag or box of them on or near your altar.
Other Divination Tools - You cans store these, or just la them throughout your altar. Whatever you choose, having your tools close by will be awesome!
Twig Shapes - You can make sigils out of twigs and hot glue! Add a ribbon or piece of twin in the shape of a loop, and you can hang them above your altar as decoration and as a little energy booster!
Circle (Embroidery Hoop) - I know most people use salt to cast circles, but I actually use an embroidery hoop. I cast one around myself, and one around the items I am working with (ex: what’s in the hoop).
Knife - If you use a ritual or practical knife in your workings, it’s good to have on hand. I can’t have one, but I like my wand better anyway, personally.
Fae Garden - You’ll have to have plenty of sunlight near your altar for this one, but it will definitely be fun to have some Fae living on your altar!
Spell Supplies - Random bits and bobs, like egshells and ribbons, can be kept on your altar as well.
What To do if you wake up with Scratches and Bruises.
Hello! So I’m really interested in the Paranormal, and I realized that some people don’t know what to do if a demon is near them. Although many witches do, here’s a post about it anyways;
First, Ask yourself these Questions:
1.Have you done anything Different?
-For example, have you moved to a new place? Did a spell go haywire? Did you buy something that feels negative? Did a Ouija board session go wrong (Even though I don’t believe that the boards open portals or are evil, I still believe that you can get demons, or if you don’t use it right something bad can happen.)? Did someone evil you knew in real life die ? Did you make enemies with a witch that does curses ? These can all lead up to a possible demon/negative entity.
2.When do these occurrences happen?
-If you know the old folklore belief, then you know that 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. is called “The Witching Hour”. It goes that “ witches, demons, and ghosts are thought to appear and to be at their most powerful. “ Do you often wake up at this time? Although it could just be a coincidence, it never hurts to have some old wives tales.
And if this is all happening during night, just be aware that sometimes we can give ourselves bruises in our sleep, if our body is restless or you’re prone to kicking, thrashing or falling off the bed. Animals and pets can also play a role in bruises, bumps and scratches.
3.Have you been getting Sleep Paralysis?
-Demons are often associated with sleep paralysis. Though, if you’re prone to it and get it often, even before you’ve started getting bruises/scratches, it might not mean anything.
4.What do the Bruises and Scratches look like?
-Demons are often associated with the number “3″, and sometimes “6″. Most people who deal with demons often get scratched with three claw marks. Demons and negative spirits are strong, and can and will do some serious damage. How big are the bruises? How many are there?
5.Do you smell Horrid Scents?
-Demons and negative spirits can give off bad scents, such as sulfur, rotten eggs or rotten/burned flesh. Although, they seem that they can give off bad scents as well. For example, in my Freshman year of public high school, I had smelled a horrible poop smell, after angering a witch I used to be friends with. She had always told me that she and her friend would send ghosts to each other. But, anyways.
6.Do you feel a Presence?
-Ghosts and demons will often make you feel a presence. It’s a little different for everyone, but it is normally a feeling of dread and fear.
7.Do you see Shadows or hear Sounds?
-If a demon or spirit is strong enough, it can manifest and show itself to you, or can talk or, if very strong, can move objects around.
What to Do if you answered ‘Yes’ to some of these Questions:
1.Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse some more
-Cleanse this thing. Cleanse yourself, cleanse everyone that lives in the home, cleanse the home itself, and cleanse the whole property, if you can.
-Banish the thing. Make sure to protect yourself and others, so to make sure it doesn’t possess anyone.
3.Set up wards, immediately after banishing.
-There’s many different kinds and types of wards, but make sure they’re charged and will work, once you set them in place. Wards will help keep the thing out.
-I personally like to cleanse a couple of times every time something like this would happen, To cleanse again right after is optional, though.
5.Line the windows and doors with Salt, Holy water or Rose water.
-Although I don’t know much about holy water and rose water, salt is a good form of protection. Simply line the doors and windows with salt. Or for extra protection, mix salt and garlic together and leave under the moonlight, then put on doors and windowsills (this was my very first thing I did as a witch)
6.Fill the space with Good Energy.
-Live plants, flowers, Himalayan salt lamps, or even herbal pouches and poppets made to bring good energy can work.
7.Continue to be Careful.
-These beings are far different from us. Be careful.
Note; Scratches, bruises and panic attacks can also be traced to health problems. Go to your doctor as well to make sure you’re in good health. Also, if you make yourself paranoid enough, you will put yourself on edge, which can make you see/hear things.
Cleansing is important. Whether it be after a spell or ritual or just maintenance, a good cleansing can keep icky vibes out of your space while also lifting and promoting good vibes. (I’ve also noticed that cleansing works especially well for keeping the spookies that are attracted by my depression away. More on that later.)
I don’t know about everyone else, but sometimes I just don’t have the spoons to get out of bed, let alone cleanse my house on the regular. Over the course of my practice, I’ve compiled a few low maintenance ways to cleanse my space and I wanted to share them with my fellow spoonie witches.
Low Energy Cleansing Methods
1) Open the windows. Let the air come in and sweep away all of the stagnant and gross energy that’s lurking in your space. A bonus to this is that fresh air will get into all of the cracks and crevices, so it’s really thorough.
2) If you have an oil burner or diffuser, pop in some rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender oil (if you have a burner, you can find these oils for under $5 at Walmart. If you have a diffuser, check Amazon for the most efficient option for you). These oils have seriously cleansing and protection properties, especially when paired together. If you’re using a diffuser, you can also use some charged water (sun, moon, etc) to help boost the energy.
3) Don’t want to make a cleansing spray or whatever? I feel you, friend. Take yourself to Walmart or your local dollar store and buy some air freshener. If possible, try to choose a scent you associate with cleansing. I like Air Glade Lavender and Chamomile. I pretty much just spray it while telling it to cleanse the space. It also smells nice, so bonus. This is a good one for the closet witches out there!
4) Himalayan salt lamps. Seriously, just turning them on and asking the element of Earth to cleanse the space works for me.
5) A salt water spray for those who are not open about their work. You can also add a little bit of vinegar or lemon to boost the cleaning properties of the spray. I like to add lemon juice, some rosemary, and holy water to mine.
6) Literally, just small bowls of salt around your space. In my own practice, I’ve found this also helps ward and fight off the spookies that are attracted to my depression and anxiety. It doubles as a cleanser and ward, so I make use of this often.
7) Music is a powerful tool. There are whole YouTube channels dedicated to this purpose, so finding a tune you like may take a little time, but at least you’ll have options. I like to use the wind chime sounds.
8) Light a candle. Sometimes I choose a scent associated with cleansing (lilac is good for cleansing and exorcisms, lavender is cleansing and protection, and any scent named after sunshine makes me think of cleansing and healing), other times I just light a white candle and visualize its light consuming all of the darkness in the room, clearing out all of the crap.
9) Get some plants. I don’t know what it is about having plant babies, but they cleanse and raise a space’s vibes like no one’s business. Look into cactuses, succulents, and other starter plants!
10) My personal favorite? Opening the windows and doors to my space and telling the bad vibes that they don’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here, aka the GTFO method. This is probably best paired with another method, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t use this one frequently.
I hope this helps some people out there! Again, I just wanted to share some things I’ve learned work for me and my situation. You might find that you prefer some methods to others or that you need to tweak them- and that’s okay! Do what works for you, your spoons, and your practice. 💖🌌
Top signs that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake include:
1. Poor Return Policy
Himalayan salt lamps are made of salt so it’s not surprising that
they’re fragile objects. A good manufacturer knows this and has return
policies that are flexible since there could be some damage in transit.
If a salt lamp’s maker is extremely strict (like a “NO RETURNS” policy),
then it makes you wonder if it’s a scam operation. This might not
necessarily be the case, but some fake retailers have been known not to
permit any returns because they know they’re not giving you the real
2. Highly Durable
As I just said,
Himalayan salt lamps are inherently fragile. Once you own one, you
definitely need to be careful not to drop it or bang it into other solid
objects because the salt crystal can be damaged very easily. This is
actually a rare time when durability is not desirable. If your salt lamp
is unaffected by a collision, it could likely be an imposter.
3. Very Bright Light
all you’re looking for is a bright light source, a salt lamp is not the
way to go. Due to its high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan
salt lamp gives off light in an irregular and muffled manner. A true
salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a
room. If yours does, then it’s most likely not the real deal.
4. Inexpensive White Crystal
typically find Himalayan salt lamps that give off a warm pinkish or
orange hue. There is such a thing as a white Himalayan salt lamp, but
it’s extremely rare and a lot more pricey than the colored ones. So if
you find a white salt crystal lamp that’s not substantially more
expensive than the pink/orange versions, steer clear because this is
likely an imposter.
5. No Mention of Pakistan
underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, are the only source of true
Himalayan pink salt. If you’re questioning whether you have a real
Himalayan salt lamp, look for mention of Pakistan as the salt crystal’s
country of origin. You can also ask the lamp’s maker about the salt’s
origin, keeping in mind that it may list the country of origin as the
location of the lamp’s assembly.
its inherent nature, salt is an absorber of water. If your salt lamp
has no problem being near a moisture source (like a shower), this is a
good sign that you own a fake. A true salt lamp is prone to some
sweating when exposed to moisture.
7. Not Experiencing Any Benefits
you’re sure that you bought the appropriately sized salt lamp for the
space you’re using it in and you’ve also been exposed to it on a regular
basis and don’t see any positive effects whatsoever, then you may not
have a real Himalayan salt lamp.
So I'm assuming traditional gifts to new roommates include those wicked old iron scissors, bottles of coffee creamer, flats of instant ramen, and OOH those pink himalayan salt lamps! Unless they want you gone, in which case they give you potted plants and twinkle lights...
Elsewhere students have a reputation for being really, really welcoming to transfer students. Really welcoming. Why are they watching you so closely. You don’t need scissors. Their eyes aren’t smiling.
idk if i ever told yall but when i was like 20 i met Janet Wygal, the lead singer of Splendora, the band that did the theme song for Daria. i didn’t really know who she was but i was in her house because my ex was recording music there so i was sitting in her living room waiting for him to finish and she walked in to say hi to me and stuff.
so i’m just making random conversation and tell her that i like her house and all the kitschy things in it, blah blah, and since i’m looking at this Himalayan salt lamp in her living room i tell her how in the museum of natural history they have giant himalayan salt crystals and i always had the compulsion to lick them to find out if they’re actually salty but yk you’re not allowed to touch stuff in the museum, and she’s like “oh, go ahead and find out with mine, just take the dust off of it first”
and that’s the story of the time Janet Wygal let me lick her Himalayan salt lamp (and yes, they are salty)
Jeff: Kinda messy. Olive green walls. He has a twin sized bed pressed against the right corner. His bed sheets are a deep blackish grey with a couple of blankets. He has a dresser and chest of drawers to the left bottom corner of his room. A couple of pairs of shoes at the end of his bed. Vans, converse, those types. Under his bed are sketchpads full of sketches of Laughing Jack.
Laughing Jack: Soft grey walls. A queen sized bed placed in the middle of the back wall. There’s a wardrobe of feathered shawls in the right top corner. In the left top corner is a couple of headless and leg-less mannequins with strips of black and white fabric on them. He has a desk towards the left that’s black and white striped. A black leather roller chair is scooted to the side of it with Jeff’s hoodie hanging off the top of it. Jeff refuses to use Jack’s coat hooks.
Eyeless Jack: It. Is. Fucking. Messy. There’s bloodstains everywhere. His bed is covered in blankets. He has fucking cups everywhere. It;s disgusting and Laughing Jack is afraid to walk in there.
Jane: Her room is so beautiful. The walls are a nice yellow green with a pale pink accent wall. She has a king sized bed with a down comforter on it. On one of her walls is a map of Jeff’s victims. There are red pins for every victim she failed to warn. She feels responsible for being unable to stop him. She has a massive bookshelf FULL of books.
Masky: It’s rather plain. His desk has papers, his video camera, and a stack of books on it. On his window sill is a picture of a few people he wants to remember. His bedroom smells like dirt. Jane likes it. Laughing Jack hates it. He normally falls asleep at his desk. His bed is untouched.
Hoodie: He doesn’t feel safe sleeping in his room so it’s pretty clean. He only uses it for work. He normally finds a place to sleep in the downstairs living room. There’s something about his room at night that makes him feel unsafe.
Toby: He has a nice room all things considered. Under his bed is a shoe box full of animal bones, rocks, and twigs that he thought were nice. On his desk is a book full of pressed flowers. His nightstand has a Himalayan Rock Salt lamp which lights his room rather well.
I made a post giving you some fun ideas as to what you could put on your altar, but I didn’t really tell you about what’s on my current one! So here’s a list of the stuff on my altar and why it’s there.
Peacock Feather in a Brass Vase - okay, so my friend has a farm thing and they own three peacocks. This friend gave me one of the feathers! This is my air representation (I know peacocks don’t fly much, but eh).
Tall Faux Candle - it changes into so many different colours!! It’s perfect for my fire rep as well as for spells in general because it changes colours and of course never burns out (though it does need batteries haha). I got it from 5 Below.
Himalayan Salt Lamp - This is my Earth representation. I feel like the hunk of salt is a perfect representation, and the fact that it cleanses my space is a huge bonus.
Candle Holder With Sea Shells on It - Okay so I may have taken a glass dollar store candle holder and flipped it over, and then placed some shells in it for my water representation. It actually looks kind of like a bird bath? Either way, it’s cute.
Glass of Enchanted Rings - I enchant my rings. All of them. So, they’re in a little candle jar sitting there when they need to be re-enchanted or charged.
Dish of Crystals, Brick, etc. - I use stones of all kinds in my spells! Brick and concrete included! Sometimes I enchant ordinary gravel, or use river rocks in my spells. So, I have a dish of those along with my crystals sitting on a silver tray.
A Peace Pillow - I filled up a pillow I made out of felt with rice and lavender, and anointed it with lavender oil. I wrote ‘peace’ on the front, and use it as a sleeping aid. Works great for me!
My Essential Oils - Nuff Said. (too bad I only have 2).
My Divination Supplies - I keep my Pendulum in a drawer under the altar, but it’s nearby. My cartomancy deck is on a candle holder, along with a bowl I use to scry. My black mirror is being repaired, but usually sits there as well. I have a book I use for Stichomancy under the altar as well.
My Wand - My wand actually broke, so I’m making a new one. But it usually sits beneath the altar as well.