Envisioning, designing, and planning out an altar can be a daunting task – especially when we are flooded with posts of picture-perfect altars filled with expensive items on Tumblr and Instagram. As a tradition born out of slavery, hoodoo has always had simple and easy to put together altars that often only appear for short spans of time. Whatever kind of altar you want to create, as a rootworker you can do so effectively and thoughtfully in a way that suits your own personal practice.

This tutorial focuses on the process of designing an “altar” (or any other type of practical rootworking space) by guiding you through a basic layout and the essential components. If you’d like to get into the specifics of what to put on different types of altars such as an ancestor altar or saint shrine, check out this small gallery of hoodoo altar designs.


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