1. History of Transformation Altars 
  2. How to Make a transformation altar 
  3. 8 Crystals for the Transformation Altar
  4. FAQ
  5. Make Your Own Crystal Altar!

Crystal altars are a creative way to connect to yourself through the mindful curation of a sacred space. Taking the time to build a beautiful and transformational altar can be a profoundly healing journey. How simple is this endeavor? 

It’s as simple as starting. That’s my motto when it comes to spiritual transformation. In this article, we will look at how you can begin a journey. Not just the journey of creating an incredible transformation altar, but also how you can connect more deeply with nature, cultivate a deeper presence, and nurture your development sustainably. 

Take the first step to transformation by immersing yourself in the world of nature! 

History of Transformation Altars 

The transformation stages of a butterfly

Human beings have been creating altars pretty much since the dawn of time. In fact, many altars since then have been built in devotion to the dawn of time! 

We must first cultivate gratitude for what we already have to invite transformation into our lives. An altar is a space you create to tap into that deep well within that leads you on a journey of transformation. The altar is the reminder that you are the magic! 

When you begin to dream your altar into being, think about what is important to you and how you can begin to allow that to shine through in your altar. Allow inspiration to reach you via poetry, nature, or dreams that may arrive upon your pillow each night. 

Walk in nature. This is the biggest tip I can give when you begin building your altar because all of nature is an altar to itself, perfectly arranged and always working in harmony. 

Slow down, look, and listen to what is happening around you, and allow this to be your inspiration as you create your altar of transformation.

How to Make a transformation altar 

Step 1: How to Choose the Perfect Place for Your Transformation Altar 

To create a sacred space, the best place to start is by decluttering the room where you plan to build your altar. This may seem like a daunting task at first, but it is so valuable to do this because it really allows the energy to flow through a space and altogether creates a much more powerful and transformative experience when working with your altar.

A clear space is a space that is receptive to divine wisdom, an empty cup, ready to be filled with insights.

Step 2: How to Cleanse the Altar Space 

Once you have physically cleared the space, you can now energetically cleanse the altar space. This is also about creating space for grace to fill, so take your time to connect to your intention, and then you can either sing, smudge, sound your singing bowl, or even pray in the space. 

Focus on calling in the universal energies working for the highest good to help you clear the space. This information is essential and will help you to be clear about your intentions. 

Remember, you are working with an undertaking humans have been doing since the dawn of time. Some powerful energies are involved, so always strive to remain respectful and receptive.

Step 3: When to Set Up the Transformation Altar

The new moon is a powerful time to plant seeds and set intentions. Work with this energy to cultivate an empty cup that is receptive, and try to create your altar during this time. 

You can look up online to find out what the moon phase is. Working at night by candlelight is especially conducive to accessing a ritualistic state of mind, so don’t be afraid to get a little witchy!

Step 4: What to Add to the Transformation Altar 

Collect items that call to you in nature on your walks or in your garden. I especially like collecting sticks, stones, leaves, flowers, pieces of linen cloth, and other offerings. This creation is your devotional work to your transformation process, so take your time to really curate it. The magic is in the making. 

I like creating a space for each element on my altars – a bowl of mountain Water, a handful of Earth from my homeland, a candle for Fire, and a negative space object, like a standing, open circle for Air to hold all four elements. I invite you to get super creative and make it your own. 

Step 5: Guide to Activate the Transformation Altar 

Step 1: Get clear on your intention and state it out loud. Understand that when you set an intention, you are inviting in the forces of the cosmos to your side. This is a potent activation, so be mindful of what you call in!

Step 2: Light a candle. This helps you to find a focal point to really hone your attention into the space while activating your transformation altar. 

Step 3: Sing, sing, sing! It may sound strange to suggest this since we’re so used to playing spiritual music instead of making it ourselves. Taking the time to bring your voice to the table is an incredible way to activate your transformation altar. 

Step 4: Sit in silence. Once you have activated the space with your sacred sound, allow yourself to sit in the vibration you have opened up.

Step 5: Listen. Remain open and receptive to what comes through during this important moment of activating your transformation altar. Insight often comes in unexpected ways.

8 Crystals for the Transformation Altar

Crystals, when a relationship is developed with them and they are activated from a place of alignment and ethics, can be a powerful tool to facilitate your active transformation when working with your altar.


Citrine crystal on a white background

Citrine is a variety of Quartz that helps you activate the light that lives within you. Its golden glow will inspire you to let yourself be seen and celebrated on the road to transformation. 

Citrine is a potent crystal to use on your transformation altar since it brings with it the radiance of the Sun to cut through the fog of disillusion. Place your Citrine crystal in the sunshine and ask for guidance from the universe before placing it on your transformation altar. 

Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood on a white background

This ancient crystal is deeply connected to the Earth element and roots your intentions into the landscape of your psyche. I particularly love Petrified Wood and its warm energies for altar spaces. 

Petrified Wood is like the ancient guardian of the crystal realm, casting its magic over your altar so that it is in service to your transformation process that aligns with the highest good of all. 

Charge your Petrified Wood by holding it in your right hand and asking for divine protection as you embark on your transformation journey. 


amethyst on white background

This crystal has been an amulet since ancient times. It is a stunning violet-colored variety of Quartz that is found throughout the globe. What is remarkable about Amethyst is that, because it is widely available, there may be a local variety in your country. 

Amethyst reminds us to cultivate clarity, which is a key to transformation. When we focus on seeing things clearly, we can make better and different decisions from the ones we usually make. 

To charge your crystal to use it in this way, place it in the light of the full moon and pray for clarity that your vision may see the way forward. 


Selenite crystal on a white background

Selenite crystal is a variety of Gypsum that likes to grow in caves deep beneath the ground. Far from coincidentally, deep beneath the ground, in caves, is often where rituals and initiations for transformation have taken place since time immemorial. 

Selenite is the master cleanser, cutting away beliefs that do not serve us on our path to a greater understanding of ourselves.

 This crystal is a powerful ally for your transformation altar, as it will protect your integrity and clear any negativity from the space.

Charge your magnificent Selenite crystal by holding it out on a windy day, preferably when the wind blows easterly, which heralds change and transformation.


A polished malachite crystal on a white background

Malachite is a stone that facilitates transformations. It helps you let go of patterns and embrace growth, guiding you through a transformative journey toward your authentic self.

To tap into Malachite’s energy, then place it on an altar dedicated to transformation. Allow it to soak in the light of a dawn, symbolizing beginnings. As the Sun rises, imagine your rebirth and renewal, supported by Malachite’s nurturing energy.


Labradorite on white background

Labradorite is known for its ability to bring about change and serve as a companion during times of transition. Like a bridge between realms, it connects the ordinary with the mystical, providing guidance and grace as you navigate life’s shifts. Labradorite illuminates your path throughout the transformative process.

To charge your Labradorite, expose it to moonlight then place it on your altar where it can bask in the gentle lunar glow. While doing this ritual, take time to meditate on bridging yourself with the person you aspire to become.


Moonstone with white background

Moonstone embodies the essence of the Moon itself. It is revered for promoting growth and strength while alleviating instability and stress. Moonstone serves as a guide through life’s changing tides and phases.

To harness the properties of Moonstone, simply position it beneath the light of a full moon. Allow it to absorb the enchanting essence before placing it on your sacred altar.

As you gaze upon its glow, envision it radiating with the wisdom of the Moon, guiding you through your personal journey of evolution and growth.

Black Tourmaline

black tourmaline on white background

When seeking a shield against negativity, my trusted ally is Black Tourmaline. It serves as your guardian as you embark on realms of self-discovery.

To empower this stone, grasp it firmly in your hand while visualizing a barrier enveloping you in its embrace. Position it on your altar as a guardian diligently safeguarding both your space and intentions.

Sense its grounding energy anchoring you throughout your transformative odyssey, providing stability and unwavering focus.


Where Do I Start When Working with Crystals?

When working with crystals, start simple. Often, the world of crystals can be incredibly overwhelming when first starting. Avoid excessive purchases and find one crystal you deeply connect with. Once you’ve established a better understanding of how these magical gems can work for you, begin to branch out into different varieties. 

Which Stone is Good for Mental Peace? 

There are many good stones for mental peace. But, while it is beautiful to hope that there is a stone to make all our problems disappear magically, this is not always a helpful outlook to cultivate. Mental peace comes from working toward spiritual goals with patience and grace.

Stones and crystals can serve as reminders of the direction we are taking on our journey, but ultimately, your dedication to achieving mental peace will help you attain it. 

What Makes an Altar Powerful?

If you want to make your altar powerful, time and dedication to your altar is what helps build up its power in your life. Keep the altar space clear, clean, and alive with prayers, fresh flowers, and presence contribute toward a powerful altar.

Make Your Own Crystal Altar!

Remember, when the idea arrives to create ANYTHING, it can go two ways – either a “one-day” thing or a “day one” thing. Start small, but feel free to begin! Just going outside, being in nature, and connecting with whatever symbols are calling to you is a fantastic way to initiate the creative process. 

Create a vision board with ideas that call to you and get inspired. Speak to your community about what is alive for you and share ideas. Keep the vision flowing and growing, and transformation will come!

In summary, following the steps above, but more importantly, tapping into your inner guidance, will help you to create the transformation altar of your dreams! 

Table of crystals for transformation altar

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