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November altar


2016 Samhain altar




2016 Mabon altar




At Lammas, I like to honor the animals who have brought me so much joy over the years, both the living and the dead. So this is my Lammas altar. All my furry friends are there.




Litha altar




Beltane altar





Imbolc altar, 2016




Yule altar




Yule pentacle


November altar




November pentacle


Samhain altar 2015


Mabon altar 2015




Mabon pentacle 2015


Lammas altar. I understand that Lammas is a celebration of the first harvest. But we have other harvest celebrations. We have none, however, to celebrate the animals, living and dead, who have brought joy to our lives. Therefore, I use Lammas for this purpose.




July's altar




July's pentacle

Litha altar


Beltane altar




April's altar




Oestara altar




Oestara pentacle


Yule altar




Yule pentacle


November altar




Samhain altar in the foyer




Mabon altar




Mabon pentacle


Lammas altar




July altar




July pentacle


Litha altar




Litha pentacle


Beltane altar




Beltane pentacle


April altar




April pentacle


Oestara altar




Oestara pentacle


Imbolc altar




Yule altar




Yule pentacle


November altar




November Pentacle


Samhain altar




Samhain Pentacle


Litha pentacle






Litha altar




Beltane altar




Beltane pentacle




April altar




April pentacle




Oestara Altar




Oestara Pentacle




Imbolc altar




Altar for Yule




Pentacle for Yule




Samhain altar




Mabon altar




Mabon pentacle




Lammas altar




Lammas pentacle




August altar




August pentacle




Summer Solstice pentacle




Summer Solstice altar




Beltane altar




Beltane pentacle




Spring Solstice pentacle




Spring Solstice Altar




Imbolc altar in the foyer




Pentacle in the foyer




Yule altar in the foyer




November's altar in the foyer




Pentacle in the foyer




Samhain pentacle in the foyer




Samhain altar




Mabon altar




Lammas Pentacle




Lammas Altar




July's pentacle






July's altar in the foyer




Foyer altar for Litha




Beltane pentacle




Beltane altar




Altar for April




Aprilís foyer pentacle




Ostara altar in the foyer




Altar for Imbolc








Altar for Yule




Foyer pentacle for Yule




November's foyer altar and pentacle






Samhain pentacle in the foyer




Samhain altar in the foyer




Mabon altar




Lughnasasadh altar in the foyer




Lughnasasadh pentacle in the foyer




Julyís altar in the foyer




Summer Solstice altar






Summer Solstice pentacle




Beltane Pentacle in the foyer




Beltane Altar in the foyer




Ditto




April's pentacle




April's altar




In celebration of Oestara






Imbolc altar in foyer




Yule altar in foyer






Pentacle at the front door




Novemberís foyer altar




Novemberís pentacle in the foyer




Samhain altar in the foyer






Samhain pentacle in foyer






Altar for Mabon




Lammas altar




Lammas Pentacle




Summer Solstice altar in the foyer




Julyís foyer altar




Oestara altar in the foyer




Oestara pentacle




Beltane altar in the foyer




Beltane pentacle in the foyer




Imbolc altar in the foyer



Imbolc pentacle in the foyer



Novemberís pentacle in the foyer




Novemberís altar in the foyer




Yule altar in the foyer




Yule pentacle in the foyer






Samhain pentacle in foyer. (The blue thingys are flying witches. LOL)



Samhain altar in foyer



Mabon Altar in the foyer



Mabon pentacle in foyer



Augustís foyer pentacle. In August it used to be customary to honor the beasts of burden. I donít have any beasts of burden. So I honor my kitties. The pentacle is decorated with cat toys.



Augustís altar in foyer loaded with pictures of the kitties and a few cat toys. This is to honor the beasts in my life, otherwise known as furfriends.

Julyís pentacle in the foyer




Julyís altar in the foyer




Beltane altar in foyer

Beltane altar in foyer


Beltane pentacle in foyer




Aprilís altar in the foyer. (Yeah MORE daffodils!)




Aprilís pentacle in the foyer. Oh yeah! Still MORE daffodils. I am nothing if not excessive!




Ostara altar in the foyer

Ostara altar


Imbolc altar in the foyer




Pentacle dressed up for Imbolc




Ritual Samhain altar

Ritual Samhain altar


November's foyer pentacle




November altar in foyer




Autumn Equinox Ritual Altar




Another angle




Samhain ritual altar




Foyer Samhain Altar




Samhain pentacle in the foyer




A gift from Rob, a reader, owner of Witchwood Creations.




My Mabon altar in the foyer




Julyís foyer altar for the Blessing of the Wells




My front door pentacle for July (The Blessing of the Wells)




Arenít summer flowers wonderful?




Lilies just outside our front door.




I just love cosmos!




I've added Naga Kanya to my altar as well as a malachite ball and a few other stones. And I've removed Puck.




My altar in the foyer for Litha. Isis takes center stage!




My pentacle in the foyer decorated for Litha




My Beltane altar and "fire" under the pergola in the back yard

Beltane altar


Same thing

Beltane altar


Azaleas and daffodils

Azaleas and daffodils


Daffodils at the edge of the woods

Daffodils


Full moon ritual

Full moon ritual altars


Beltane altar in the foyer

Beltane altar


Ostara altar in the foyer

My Ostara altar in the foyer. Bubble soap and bubble pipe to the right, baby cup to the left. Gold on one side to honor the sun, silver on the other side to honor the moon. Baby chicks and eggs in a basket to honor new life. And daffodils because they're my faves!

Altar for Ostara's ritual

Altar for Ostara's ritual

Altar for Ostara's ritual


My pentacle decorated for Ostara

pentacle decorated for Ostara


Imbolc altar in the foyer

Imbolc Altar


The Imbolc altar I set up for the ritual. Since it was a full moon that night I honored Mother Moon as well.

Another Imbolc Altar


the same altar from a different vantage point




The altar in my bedroom

bedroom altar


The Winter Solstice pentacle on the foyer door

Winter Solstice pentacle


Foyer altar for November. I just LOVE that beautiful Crone!

Foyer altar for November


Front door pentacle done up for November.

Front door pentacle


The Yule altar in the foyer


And my ritual altar at Yule




Our woods in October






A lady slipper I found in the woods near my circle. Isn't it lovely to see flowers in December?





Is this an amazing mushroom or what!








This is my recent foyer altar for autumn equinox. The scale signifies balance, as does the equal proportion of silver And gold, the colors of the sun and the moon.

foyer altar



This is my autumn equinox pentacle. It didnít show up in the photo, but the bow is made of both silver and gold. I put silver roses on one side and gold ones on the other




This is the pentacle on the front door with the Halloween decoration.




Unfortunately, this photo came out darker than Iíd hoped. The altar cloth is beautiful with silver spiders all over the black velvet. And my lovely Crone doesnít show as well as Iíd hoped. Her cauldron of grapes and nuts has all but disappeared as well. But nobody has ever accused me of being a good photographer. Iíll take another shot and hope it turns out better. But be patient. I donít use a digital Camera, so it will take some time to use up the film and get it developed.




I know this is not an altar, but, like Emily Dickinson, I find mushrooms fascinating.

The mushroom is the elf of plants,
At evening it is not;
At morning in a truffled hut
It stops upon a spot


As if it tarried always;
And yet its whole career
Is shorter than a snakeís delay,
And fleeter than a tare.
- Emily Dickinson




Not an altar? Is there anything that can fill a person with more awe than the beauty of autumn? This is our house during the glory days of October.


This is my beautiful Crone. A lovely lady made her for me several years ago, and I have treasured her ever since.


Here she is at a dark moon ritual to honor the Crones.


A full moon ritual out in the woods.


A ritual of dedication to Sarasvati.


The same ritual after dark.


A Samhain ritual.








Lammas Altar

Lammas Altar



This is my Lammas Altar full of cat toys and photos of the kitties. Though I thank my cats every day for being part of my life, it is a special treat to honor them at the Lamas ritual each year.
Different view of Lammas Altar


Lammas Altar in Foyer

I like to make an altar each month in my foyer as a way of welcoming guests into my magical home. This is my Lammas altar on the antique pie safe we show off in the foyer. I also enjoy having our wedding photos and the photos of our parents on the altar. Some witches believe that altars should be separate from everyday life. But I feel that including our parents on the altars is a good way to share with them the pleasures that each turn of the wheel brings.
Lammas Altar in Foyer


Autumn Equinox Altar



Another Autumn Equinox altar


Autumn Equinox altar in the foyer, again with family photos as part of the celebration of balance in our lives.



Full Moon Altar

Full Moon ritual


Full Moon ritual in 2002 on the night of a lunar eclipse.



Lady of the Oaks

lady of oaks

The Lady of the Oaks on my bedroom wall. I bought her at a local arts festival.



pentacle for Fall Equinox

I like to decorate my pentacle on the door between the foyer and the living room. This is my pentacle for Fall Equinox, a time to rejoice in the bounty Mother has given us. (Itís a glass door, so youíre seeing the living room lamps in the lower right.)