One of my favorite pagan altars was located at the pagan shop I visited regularly in Fort Myers called Manna Reading Center. In the shop (which was beautiful filled with all kinds of treasures, supplies, books and a coffee and tea shop) there was a huge altar on top of a blue painted dresser. It was filled with all kinds of candles, statuary, crystals, a spell book, wands etc, and it never failed to intrigue.  The candles smelled great, there was incense going and usually fresh flowers too. Something about that altar brought me to a peaceful place and the memory of it is vivid and meaningful.

Here are some notes on altars that I’ve picked up around and about. I especially like this list of decorations that you can use for altars depending upon your mood and how you can use your altar to help heal.

Here are some ideas in altar decorations for certain emotional states . . .

Feeling Depressed

Feeling Anxious

Altar cloths Sunny Yellow Altar cloths Purple
Deities Your Matron God/dess, Isis, or Kali Deities Demeter, Tara, Artemis, or Ganesh
Candles White Candles Light blue
Flowers Cheerful, daisy-type flowers Flowers Violets or anemones
Stones Amber Stones Amethyst
Scents Eyebright, St John’s Wort, Savory, Thyme, Borage Scents Lavender, Eyebright, Sage
Other Drink St John’s Wort tea Other Potted flowers, Drink chamomile mint tea

Feeling Blue

Feeling Fearful

Altar cloths Pale pink Altar cloths Light Blue
Deities Brighid, or Mary Deities Artemis or Kali, Dancing Shiva or Pan
Candles Yellow Candles Yellow
Flowers Violets Flowers Chrysanthemum
Stones Rose quartz Stones Black hematite- no crystals!
Scents Violet, Pine, Borage Scents Snapdragon, Eyebright, Basil
Other Sea shells Other Big pine cones

Feeling Despairing

Feeling Stuck

Altar cloths Bright red Altar cloths Bright green
Deities Kwan Yin, Mary, or Yemaya Deities Dancing Shiva, Kali, Danu, or Brighid
Candles White Candles Red
Flowers Tiger lilies Flowers Cuttings of green branches or flowering fruit trees
Stones Pearl Stones Quartz crystal
Scents Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, Borage Scents Motherwort, Mint, Mandrake, Basil, Anise
Other River stones Other Red ribbons on your athame

Feeling Stressed

Feeling Irritable

Altar cloths Purple Altar cloths Pale pink
Deities Matron God/dess, Voluptus, or Lalita Deities Kuan Yin, Green Tara
Candles Ivory pillar candles Candles Sky blue
Flowers Pastel colors and green leaves Flowers Narcissus or Daffodils
Stones Hematite or amber Stones Moonstone
Scents Vervaine,Thyme, Lavender Scents Tarragon, Passion Flower
Other Eat cucumbers Other Drink Chamomile Tea

Feeling Poor

Feeling Spiritual Apathy

Altar cloths Gold Altar cloths Black with stars (silver or gold)
Deities Lakshmi, Gaia, or Moon Mother Deities Matron God/dess, or Tara
Candles Silver Candles Silver, Gold, or Sky blue
Flowers Lush garden roses or large bouquets, Hollyhocks Flowers Yellow and pink roses
Stones Rose quartz and pearl Stones Turquoise
Scents Rowan, Alfalfa Scents Sandalwood, Myrrh
Other Fruits, nuts, bread pentacles Other Decorate your chalice with flowers, colours, shiny things

Feeling a Creative Slump

Feeling Spacy or Ungrounded

Altar cloths Orange Altar cloths Brown
Deities Brighid, Saraswati Deities Gaia, Artemis/Diana, Green Man
Candles Turquoise (if you can stand it) or red Candles Brown or Black
Flowers Lotus, Water lilies, Orchids, Jasmine Flowers Geraniums
Stones Lapis Lazuli or Herkimer diamond Stones Hematite
Scents Vervaine, Mandrake, Jasmine Scents Wisteria
Other Decorate with Stars Other Potted plants

Needing Healing

Wanting Love

Altar cloths Spring Green Altar cloths Dusty rose
Deities Green Tara, Hari, Medicine Buddha Deities Aphrodite, Venus
Candles Yellow Candles Red
Flowers Jasmine Flowers Irises, Plush roses (red, peach, or pink)
Stones Amethyst Stones Moonstone
Scents Rosemary, Pine, Juniper, Jasmine, Hyssop, Ginger Scents Lovage, Rose, Vervaine, Rose Geranium, Periwinkle
Other  Other blue objects like glass Other

Friday the Thirteenth is Lucky for Witches


I’ve written about Friday the 13th several times but today (since it is the day already) I wanted to talk about the LUCK of the number 13 as it relates to witches but also offer some 13 lore too. If you want some REAL luck check out my Lucky 13 Spell!


  1. A coven has 12 members and the 13th member is the High Priestess (or Priest).
  2. The number thirteen is sacred to witches because we honor the Moon, and the Moon cycles around 13 times in one year.
  3. The menstrual cycle, following the Moon, also comes around 13 times a year. Because we worship life and the Great Mother, this creative cycle of women is sacred.
  4. The number 13 also shows Christian’s ancient matriarchal roots. Why 12 apostles? There’s nothing inherently sacred about the number 12. But with Jesus, the number is complete, at 13. (cool, huh?)
  5. the number 13 is reflected on the U.S. $1 bill — 13 levels in the pyramid, 13 stars, 13 arrows, 13 stripes, 13 leaves, and 13 olives. There were also the original 13 colonies, too.
  6. Thirteen was also once associated with the Epiphany by mainstream Christians, the Christ child having received the Magi on his thirteenth day of life.
  7. 13 is one past 12, the dozen, almost universally regarded as a perfect number, signifying harmony and all good things. Thirteen, by contrast, is a number of transgression, taking matters one step too far, turning harmony into discord. It is also considered in the Bible to be the number of rebellion.
  8. 13 is a number that signifies women and the Goddess. Friday is associated with Venus, the female Goddess and Goddess of Love making Friday the 13th a very powerful day for all women.
  9. In Tarot decks, the 13th card of the Major Arcana is Death. While Death is rarely interpreted literally, it is possible that this furthered the perception of 13 as an unlucky number. Death is actually only a symbol for CHANGE.
  10. 13 was a number central to certain traditions of sacred geometry, because it reflected a pattern which could be seen to exist in man, nature, and the heavens. For instance, there are 13 major joints in your body.
  11. The 13th rune – called “Eiwaz” –  represents the balance point between light and dark, the creative force and the destructive force, or the heavens and the Underworld. It too is Alpha and Omega at the same time. It signifies death, but it also signifies eternal life.
  12. The sacred cord of Druids has thirteen segments. The Sumerians used a zodiac including 13 constellations and 26 main stars. The thirteen gates of the Human body of the woman: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus, the urethra and the vagina. The card deck includes 13 hearts, 13 spades, 13 squares, 13 clubs. The Jewish sage Moses Maimonides established 13 principles of the Jewish faith. The Chinese abacus consists of 13 columns of beads.
  13.  The ancient Chinese regarded the number 13 as lucky. The ancient Egyptians also thought 13 brought good luck.