A witch's altar is their center, home, and safe space. Depending on how they identify, an altar can look very different. Keep in mind, Wicca is a religion and witchcraft is a practice. You do not need to be Wiccan to be a witch. With that being said, there are many different paths someone can take withing witchcraft.
- Green witch- As the name suggests, a green witch is all about nature. This often looks like herbalism focused on healing, gardening, or creating their own tools from nature.
- Kitchen witch- A kitchen witch is someone who uses herbalism and intention, specifically within their kitchen. You may find their altar in their kitchen, often you will see many herbs, simmer pots, and they likely always offer to cook or make something when their loved ones are under the weather or feeling down.
- Hedge witch- A hedge witch is somewhere between a green witch and an eclectic witch. While often focused on nature and healing, hedge witches are very solitary and often use aspects from different paths. The main focus there is minimalism and keeping things simple and individual.
- Sea witch- This is a path that is water heavy, it may look like being drawn to bodies of water, collecting shells and sea water for their altar, and using water to cleanse their space.
- Cosmic witch- This is someone who uses astrology, astronomy, and lunar patterns in their practice.
- Divination witch- People who identify with this path often use divination as their primary practice. Things like tarot, runes, or pendulums are all examples of things you may find in their altar.
- Lunar witch- Similar to a cosmic witch, lunar witches focus heavily on astrology and lunar phases. Because the paths are so individualized, it often comes down to what label someone feels most connected to. A lunar witch may feel more connected to the moon and nighttime specifically than someone who identifies as a cosmic witch.
- Gray witch- Gray witches teeter the line between "light" and "dark. Most witches stick to one or the other, but gray witches will use what they deem best for a specific situation, often switching betweent the two.
- Hereditary witch- Someone who has learned their practice from family, usually a long line of ancestors, are hereditary witches.
- Eclectic witch- While most paths are individual to the person, an eclectic witch's path is specifially not having a path. This may look like using aspects from many different paths and combining them to make your own.
- Christian witch- Someone who practices christian faith as well as witchcraft, this may look like herbalism, chirstian imagery on their altar, and a nature-heavy approach.
Colors are another important factor of an altar. Similar to most aspects of witchcraft, colors have certain associations, however intention is the most important part. The other thing to note before exploring colors and associations is that most colors have had some sort of symbolism attached to them dating back to ancient times. There are some exceptions to this, such as purple which was not recorded as it's own color until slightly later. Each color has a unique meaning, but are used in the same way within witchcraft. Using a candle of a certain color during meditation can help accomplish your goal or set the intention, using herbs or crystals with the same associations as the wax color will strengthen your spell jar, etc.