I am really very lucky in that I have a dedicated space for an altar in my house. It is snuggled into a cranny between a wall and the chimney breast upstairs in the study. When I first moved in with my OH we spent a long time thinking of where I could set up a little space for me.
The altar itself is a wooden chest on legs that I picked up from the roadside in London for about £20, it is perfect, I can store anything I am not using in it! The cushion is left over from my first uni days *cough 15 years ago cough*. What makes it particularly great, is that immediately behind where I sit I have my bureau, so it really does feel like a secluded area. As I said, I know that I am lucky to have this, but for me it really helps. It is only 1.5 meter long by under a meter in width, but it is my space that no one else is allowed to touch.
Just settling into the space signals to my body and mind that it is a spiritual time, for meditation, prayer or ritual.
My altar is pretty bare compared to most Pagans, and it does alter from time to time, but I have to say it pretty much remains empty. A candle to help me focus (and it allows me to turn out the lights and not fall over anything else in the room between the light switch and the altar), a picture of me and my husband, to remind me to give thanks on a daily basis, a beautiful hare meditation ball and a simple pentacle. That is it.
I am feeling at the moment that I would like something representing the Goddess and God on it, but only when the right thing comes along. To be honest I do have my eye on something, but I would like to see it in person before I buy it.
So, there you go, I feel like I have stripped naked to you all for some reason, I suspect that it is because this is a really private space in the real world and that it shows my non paraphernalia approach to Paganism. I really do get quite an inferiority complex about this at times, but other times I know that it is my path and I should stop comparing myself to others.
How about you – what is your space like?