Mini Imbolc Altar

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Altars are an important part of many witches’ lives, as they serve as a sacred space to gather and practice magick. Altars can be incredibly simple or beautifully elaborate, they can be indoor or outdoor, and they can consist of anything that is spiritual and symbolic to you.

When building your Imbolc altar, consider the sabbat’s correspondences and decorate your altar accordingly. Focus on particular colors, plants, crystals and other materials that are associated with the sabbat in order to draw your attention to the season.

Mini Imbolc Altar

Perhaps you have limited space to build a seasonal altar, or perhaps you live with others who are not aware of or do not support your spiritual practice. Luckily, there is still a great option for an Imbolc altar that is cognizant of these issues! This mini Imbolc altar represents the return of spring and new growth from beneath the snow-covered land.

Mini Imbolc Altar - The Witch of Lupine Hollow

Tools and Supplies Needed:

  • Small glass jar or cup
  • Salt or sugar
  • Bay leaves
  • White tealight


  1. Fill the glass jar or cup about half full with salt or sugar.
  2. Nestle the tealight candle into the salt or sugar.
  3. Place the bay leaves upright in the salt or sugar, behind the candle, as if they are growing out of the “snow.”

Mini Imbolc Altar - The Witch of Lupine Hollow

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17 thoughts on “Mini Imbolc Altar

    1. Thank you! Really any green leaf will work but what makes the bay leaves so successful is their dry, brittle quality which helps them stand up straight. So maybe consider drying and pressing the leaves of another, more accessible herb!

  1. I love this idea! Bay leaves should be easily available in any grocery store on the spice aisle. I love the symbolism of bay leaves, too. I’ll be making a few of these pretty candles for Imbolc! Thank you so much for a wonderful idea. 🙂

  2. Hello, I’m new to this faith. I haven’t really had a chance to talk to my husband about converting fully, but I feel like I’m being drawn to this faith for some reason. Where do you recommend I start learning about it?

    1. Hi – welcome! I would say first to consider whether or not witchcraft is a faith to you. Wicca is a true religion with a god and a goddess and specific worship practices. Witchcraft in general can be a faith, in which you can worship any gods or goddesses you wish to, or it can be more of a lifestyle and not religious at all. For myself, witchcraft is spiritual but not religious. Any interpretation that feels right to you is valid. As for learning about Wicca and witchcraft, I would recommend visiting my Ultimate Resources posts for books and websites to get you started:

  3. This is such a good idea especially when you live somewhere where you can’t always have things out in the open! Can I ask a question? How long do you leave you
    altar up? Do you keep it out until the next Sabbat?

    1. Well, my own altar is up all the time, but if I add sabbat elements, I usually only keep it up for a few days after.

      1. This may seem like a silly question, but is there a proper way to take it down? Should you do something with the salt and leaves?

  4. This popped up on Pinterest and what a beautiful and stylishly simple celebration. Thanks so much for sharing. Bright Imbolc Blessings. Sue x

  5. I made one of the mini altars. You said above that you leave the added Sabbat elements up for a couple of days…so what is the correct way to dispose of?

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