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The "altar" in Wicca, Paganism, and Witchcraft is the sacred space made for religious purposes of prayer, meditation, chants, rituals, casting spells, worship, or  just welcoming energies from the divine. It should be your workspace when wanting to call upon more peace and tranquility around you when needed.

 

Depending on your purpose, the altar is to be set upon its functionality. The altar will need several items and symbolic tools that will be suited to serve its purpose well. First and foremost, to prepare your own altar, you can use a table or chest of any sort, made from wood, stone etc; or of any shape round or square. You also can have a "portable" or "travel" altar that can be made from a simple box and can be stored at a place in your house to reach them when ready to use them. It is necessary to dress the altar with a cloth that is fresh, white or bright colored. If you want, you can set your altar or have multiple altars of different themes for sabbats/esbats, different seasons, etc.

 

Next, Secondly, you can position/arrange your altar to the direction of East, North, South, West, whichever that works best for you. Traditionally, for most people, they may face their altars North. However, there is no specific rule to which way an altar should face, this method should apply to however you feel.

 

You can always rotate the altar by accordance to the season; North for Winter, East for Spring, South for Summer & West for Fall. Or if focusing on an elemental deity, your altar can positioned East for air, South for fire, West for water, North for Earth and Centered (whist casting a circle) for spirit. Casting a circle around the altar is optional if you want to do ritual workings. However, you can just cleanse your space, pronounce your intentions and begin your intentions.

 

 

 

 

• Candles

Candles, one of the most used items used on the altar, are to influence power and can represent the goddess and god with 2 individuals candles and can be used for the 4 directions (north,east, south,west). Candle colors have their own distinguished meanings.

 

•The Wand

The wand is to direct energy. They are often used for casting a circle of protection and even to stir brew in a cauldron. And represents the air element.

 

•The Athame

The Athame like the wand, magickal purpose is to direct energy and draw boundaries. Its elemental represents fire and air. In most traditions it isn't to cut items, but practitioners might use other form of ritual knifes such as the "White Handled Knife (bolline) typically cutting herbs or inscribing symbols unto candles and  the "Crystal Sphere" that storing energy from ritual or invoking messages from Wiccan Gods

 

•Pentacle 

The Pentagram/Pentacle made from paper, metal, wood, clay, stone, etc. Can be made used to invoke energy.

 

•Grimoire or Book Of Shadows

The Grimore or Book of Shadows will be your workbook that contains invocations, ritual patterns, spells, runes, magickal information that you would like to preserve. It may not be necessary to use on the altar but can be used when you need it.

 

•Broom

The Broom represents the element water. The broom is typically used for purification, protective and cleansing the areas of magick or casting circles. And to guard when laid threshold. It is usually used by practitioners to get rid of negative build up areas usually just by sweeping a few inches off the ground.

 

•Cauldron

The Cauldron can be used to burn, cook and brew ritual items. It can also be used for scrying if filled by water. The cauldron is the symbol of the goddess and is symbolic to the element of water.

 

•Chalice/Cup

The Chalice in Wicca and Neopagan traditions is simply a large cup or goblet that may be used in rituals containing ritual beverages. It symbolizes the goddess and fertility and represents the element of water.

 

•Incense 

The incense is often used in Neopagan and Wiccan rituals to represent air. "The spiritual meanings of fragrances and magickal properties of incense will help focus your mind on achieving specific goals. Burning incense has a symbolic meaning that helps pagan focus their attention on the purpose of a ritual or magical working."

 

•Bell

The Bell is used to evoke good energies and is a feminine symbol often used to invoke the Goddess in a ritual. The bell is also known to unwanted energy.

 

 

 

 

When using the altar, make sure that you pick out certain items that you will need to use the most. This is to prevent unnecessary over crowding of your working space. You can do this by having the items you need kept on your main altar table, and store the rest you will not use on other altar tables or be stored away, until you decide to use them. Once you have all the materials to begin your intention on the altar you are ready to start! For most practitioners, there are two often ways of doing this which is the the Half Divider and the Four Quarters set up. The Divider (Duality Altar), a common way to set up the altar is separating the altar in two halves; left side for the Goddess and the right side for the God.

 

 

Duality Altar Set Up

 

Left side Goddess: 

Goddess Candle (White or Silver)

Goddess Statue  

Chalice of Wine  

Bowl of Water  

Asperger (used to sprinkle water)

Cauldron

Pentacle

Bell

Crystals or Stones

Libations Dish (for Cakes and

Wine)

 

Right side God:

God Candle (Gold or Yellow)

God Statue

Wand

Censor with Incense

Bowl of Salt

Athame (Magickal Knife)

Boline (knife used to cut

things)

Lighter or Matches

 

Centre of the Altar:

Censer or Incense Burner

Cauldron

Red Candle

Libation Dish (for offerings to

the Deities)

 

 

The Four Quarters (The Elemental Altar) Setup

 

Another popular setup most traditions use. This set up accordances to direction and corresponding elements.

 

EAST (AIR)

Incense, yellow candle, wand,

feather/sea bird feather, bell; etc.

 

SOUTH (FIRE)

Athame, red candle, boline,

anointing oil, ashes, candle snuffer,

etc.

 

WEST (WATER)

Chalice with wine, blue candle,

bowl of water/salt water, seashells,

cauldron,etc.

 

NORTH (EARTH)

Pentacle, green candle, cup of salt,

plants, stones/rocks, flowers, seaweed,

bowl of dirt/sand/soil, offering cakes, etc

 

CENTER (SPIRIT)

Goddess and God candles, Shells  

or statues and your Book of Tides

 

Items that can be placed anywhere

(This includes for both):

Book of Shadows

Pen of Arts (pen you use to write in rituals)

Musical Instruments

Herbs

Oils

Candles for Magickal Purposes

Ornamental items like crystals and flowers for the particular occasion

 

 

Remember you altar can be as simple as a bowl of dirt for Earth, a stick of incense for air, a candle for fire, and water in the west. You could never have enough with having as many or less altar tools as you want. This is up to the practitioner how many items you want to be set on your personal altar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a way to cleanse/bless and concentrate a magickal altar or tools. Note: If there is a specific deity to you want to evoke or prefer using your own chants, you may do so. You can perform cleansing by using an elemental based ritual and consecrate by simply saying a prayer over it and dedicate the use of tool to your Gods.

 

 

To Cleanse and Consecrate a Magickal Tool Or Altar

 

On the night of the New Moon or Full Moon, prepare a bottle or bowl with 1/2 cup of water and a teaspoon of salt.  Also you will need a sage bundle or sage incense along with some protection incense like Frankincense or Dragonsblood. You also will need a candle. If possible you will be outside where you can see the moon, if you are working indoors and you can work near a window where the moon is visible this will work too. If there is an overcast sky you can still do the cleansing, you just need to make sure that you would be in a place where you would normally see the moon.This ritual does not require a circle, however, you can do one if it makes you feel better. You will want to focus on the intent of your ritual while you prepare for it.

 

Now you will take the items to be cleansed; the salt and water, the candle, and the incense or smudge to the area you have chosen.  Light the candle and light the incense or sage bundle and be sure it is smoking.

 

Pass the item through the incense smoke and say:

"With scented Air so light and free

I give you breath now. Blessed Be"

 

Now pass the item over the candle flame and say:

"With Fire that dances wild and free

I give you passion. Blessed Be"

 

Now you will use a feather or your finger tips to dip into the salt

water and sprinkle over you item as you say:

"With Water so pure I give to thee

The blood of Life now. Blessed Be

With the salt of Earth, I give to thee

Roots in magic. Blessed Be"

 

Now you are going to bind the items to you by saying:

"I am yours and you are mine

From now until the end of time

I give you Life now willingly

As I will, So Mote It Be"

 

 

Hold the items up to the Moon and say:

"Lord and Lady, hear my plea

Please be present here with me

As I dedicate this -name item- to you

And to Your work-both old and new

Lend Your power and Your might

Infuse them with Your love and light

Bless this -name item- I offer Thee

As I will So Mote It Be"

 

You will want to dry and wrap your items in dark cloth if they are not being placed directly on an altar. If you have a new altar you should use this ritual on it as soon as you get it, before you place your tools. If you desire to fine tune your items you can keep them close to you for the next 24 hours. If you have your own words you wish to use or you have a specific deity you wish to call upon, that is perfectly acceptable.

 

 

Another Approach To Consecrate Altar Tools

 

Consecrating your altar tools

 

You'll need a white candle, a cup of water, a small bowl of salt, and incense. Each corresponds to one of the cardinal elements and directions:

North/Earth: salt

East/Air: incense

South/Fire: candle

West/Water: water

 

If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Light the candle and the incense.

 

Take the tool or other item you wish to consecrate in your hands, and face north. Pass it over the salt and say:

"Powers of the North,

Guardians of the Earth,

I consecrate this wand of willow (or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc)

and charge it with your energies.

I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred."

 

Now, turn to the east and, holding the tool in the smoke of the incense, say: 

"Powers of the East,

Guardians of the Air,

I consecrate this wand of willow

and charge it with your energies.

I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred." 

 

Next, face the south and pass the tool over the flame of the candle -- be careful if it's a flammable material like Tarot cards or a robe! -- and repeat the process, saying:

Powers of the South,

Guardians of Fire,

I consecrate this wand of willow

and charge it with your energies.

I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

 

Finally, turn to the west, and pass your ritual tool over the cup of water. Say: 

Powers of the West,

Guardians of Water,

I consecrate this wand of willow [or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc]

and charge it with your energies.

I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.

 

Face your altar, hold the wand (athame/chalice/amulet/whatever) to the sky, and say: 

I charge this wand in the name of Old Ones,

the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars.

By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of Water

I banish the energies of any previous owners,

and make it new and fresh.

I consecrate this wand,

and it is mine.

 

Now you've not only consecrated the tool, you've claimed ownership. In many Wiccan traditions, it's considered a good idea to put the item to use immediately to bind the consecration and strengthen the energy of the tool. If you've consecrated a wand, athame, or chalice, you can use those in a ceremony to consecrate another tool. If you've consecrated something that is worn, such as an article of clothing (for example, a ritual robe) or a piece of jewelry, begin wearing it now.

 

 

 

 

To close your space 

Begin with the direction you opened with and after that turn counterclockwise and so forth; appreciating the energies, elements, guides, Gods/Goddess, that were availible within the ritual and imaging the energy conditioning down as you speak. And ask for the sacred space of the spiritual realm to be closed for you. Or then again, you can simply thank every one of the energies together as a gathering. At addition, if you leave your space and forget to close your space and not around. No need to fret!! Simply take your recognition back to your space and thank everybody and envision shutting it. And you successfully closed your space!

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Pagan/Wiccan Altars for Beginners

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Common Used Items on the Wiccan/Pagan Altar

Setting The Altar

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Ways To Cleanse/Bless & Concetrate A Magickal or Tools

Closing Your Space

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A Wiccan Altar |Source| Rebecca(MagickMaker)

An Altar |Source| Pinterest

Ostara - A Solitary Ritual |Source| Patheos.com

A Creative & Simple Altar

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Here are some beautiful altar designs that should help you incorporate different ideas!! )O(

1st box: Beltane Altar |Source| Druidstone.DeviantArt

2nd box: Wiccan Altar |Source| Commons.Wikimedia

3rd box: Litha Altar |Source| Althara Tumblr

4th box: The Wicca Altar |Source| Flickr

5th box: Simple Altar

6th box: Sacred Altar |Source| MickieMullerArt.com

7th box: Altar |Source| Pinterest

8th box: Altar Wiccan |Source| Lucina Carmenta

9th box: Portable Altar |Sorce| Wiccanlife.blogspot.com

10th box: Wiccan Cleansing Rituals |Source| Wiccan Beauty

11th box: Formal Altar |Source| PaganPath

12th box: Witches Altar |Source| Pinterest

13th box: Beautiful Outdoor Pagan Altar

14th box: Home Buddist Shrine |Source| Flickr

15th box: Pagan Druid Altar

16th box: Beltane Altar |Source| Pinterest

17th box: Creative Altar

18th box: Nice Pagan Altar |Source| Pinterest

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