I believe that your altar should be placed in a low traffic room in your house. A room that is generally calm and peaceful. For example, I wouldn’t put an altar in a kitchen, living room, or dining room. These rooms can collect stress and if you have a larger family then there can be many bodies running through the room as you try to do your spells and rituals. The room I would suggest setting up your altar in would be your bedroom.
It is not necessary to go out and buy an extremely expensive table with lots of adornments. I know a lot of us are unemployed and on a budget. If you would like to spend the money on it then that is still okay, and the right decision for you. I would recommend the table or surface be made of natural materials such as wood. There is power and vibrations within natural items.
- Place you symbol, such as a pentacle in the direct center of the table. If your symbol is on a cloth, or if you plan to use a cloth place that first, and center it as best you can.
- Top right is where I like to place my statues and or candles that represent the Goddess.
- Top left is where I like to place my statues and or candles that represent the God.
You can adjust this as you would like to but I feel they are best in the top right and left. It helps to keep me focused, and makes me feel as though they are looking in on the spell or the ritual.
- I like to put my cauldron on the right hand side, since it is a representation of the Goddess as well.
- I tend to put my spell or ritual components on the left hand side. Such as a bowl of salt.
- The Chalice, also a representation of the Goddess, goes on the right hand side as well for me.
- I like to put the Anthame and my wand long ways directly in front of my body and below the symbol.
- Tip: I have seen some witches place storage bins under their tables to keep all the extra items close at hand, just in case the opportunity presents itself to use it. Another option is simply purchasing a piece of furniture with drawers in it to serve as storage space.
Everything here is what I like to do, and its all up to personal preference. There is no one right way to set up an altar, you just have to find what works best for you.