Basic Alter Components-
- The Pentacle is used at the center piece, and serves as a protection piece for your altar. The five points of the Pentacle are often labeled (starting at the top) as Spirit, Earth, Air, Fire, Water. You can use other symbols, but this is by far the most popular.
- Representations of the God and Goddess. You can use candles, or you can use status. Really any symbol that has meaning for you will due. The most popular is pillar candles, and that is what I like to use. You can use multiples of any a candle and statue for both the God and the Goddess. Really its just up to personal preference.
- A Chalice, looks like an extravagant wine glass. The Chalice is a representation of the feminine powers, and usually holds water and represents, well, water. It can be made of any material you like, many people use silver because it represents the feminine moon powers more.
- Bowls filled with various things depending on what you need for your ritual. For example a bowl of salt, and you can use that salt as a cleansing element.
- A cauldron. There is not a cauldron pictured above but I find that it is a necessity for myself. It represents femininity and fertility. It is a common tool used for brewing and cooking. You can also use it as an incense burner, to contain small fires, and as a tool for divination.
- Anthame (pronounced aa-thuh-MAY), is a very traditional tool. This tool is used to prepare all of your materials, such as herbs and spices.
- Wand is one of the most traditional tools in a witches cabinet. Most witches make their wands from elements in nature. Above all the wand should feel good in your hand, the power and vibrations of it should agree with you intentions for it. The wand is traditionally used in invoking the God and Goddess, direct energy, and empower objects. You can also use it for more conventional purposes like drawing symbols in the earth or stirring the cauldron. This tool is associated with fire.
There are more elements you can add to your altar as you become more advanced and they become more necessary for your needs.
Alter Set Up-
I believe that your altar should be placed in a low traffic room in your house. A room that is generally calm and peaceful. For example, I wouldn’t put an altar in a kitchen, living room, or dining room. These rooms can collect stress and if you have a larger family then there can be many bodies running through the room as you try to do your spells and rituals. The room I would suggest setting up your altar in would be your bedroom.
It is not necessary to go out and buy an extremely expensive table with lots of adornments. I know a lot of us are on a budget. I would recommend the table or surface be made of natural materials such as wood. There is power and vibrations within natural items.
- Place you symbol, such as a pentacle in the direct center of the table. If your symbol is on a cloth, or if you plan to use a cloth place that first, and center it as best you can.
- Top right is where I like to place my statues and or candles that represent the Goddess.
- Top left is where I like to place my statues and or candles that represent the God.
You can adjust this as you would like to but I feel they are best in the top right and left. It helps to keep me focused, and makes me feel as though they are looking in on the spell or the ritual.
- I like to put my cauldron on the right hand side, since it is a representation of the Goddess as well.
- I tend to put my spell or ritual components on the left hand side. Such as a bowl of salt.
- The Chalice, also a representation of the Goddess, goes on the right hand side as well for me.
- I like to put the Anthame and my wand long ways directly in front of my body and below the symbol.
*Tip: I have seen some witches place storage bins under their tables to keep all the extra items close at hand, just in case the opportunity presents itself to use it. Another option is simply purchasing a piece of furniture with drawers in it to serve as storage space.
Everything here is what I like to do, and its all up to personal preference. There is no one right way to set up an altar, you just have to find what works best for you.
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