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