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    Creating an Altar Or Magickal Space.

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    Creating an Altar Or Magickal Space.

    Post by STAR on Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:57 pm

    Creating an Altar…

    Creating an altar/Space serves two purposes.
    Firstly it serves as a work area where you can conduct your rituals and cast Magic Spells.
    In general an altar should always contain certain essentials.
    These include a large altar candle, incense sticks or sage, a small container to hold salt, a small dish or bowl to hold water.
    Secondly an altar acts as a place where you can display attractive items of natural beauty.
    In this way your altar becomes a beautiful focus for your thoughts and consequent actions.
    It is place where you can meditate and contemplate and connect with the divine.
    Your altar will help you focus your awareness and strengthen your spiritual connections.
    Creating your altar and taking time to adorn it provides you with a sacred space.
    Taking time out from a busy and hectic life is an essential requirement for spiritual health. Spending a few minutes before your altar each day can help you focus your thoughts and nourish your soul.

    Where to create your altar
    You can create either an indoor or outdoor altar, or ideally both. You can create a temporary or permanent altar.
    A permanent indoor altar can be a table anywhere in your home, where it can remain undisturbed. A corner of any room, a basement, a conservatory, a spare bedroom or even a garden shed or out house can house your permanent altar. Any Where You Desire!
    If you share your home with others and space is limited you may find it difficult to keep a permanent altar. If this is the case you could use a small wooden foldaway table in your bedroom.
    Ideally the table should be made from natural materials such as wood, marble or stone.
    Plastic or manmade materials are not suited to magical workings.
    The table can be any shape as circular, oblong and square work well.
    Some witches prefer a circular altar as this lends itself to the concept of working in circles.
    It can be big or small.
    If possible the table should be positioned so that you are able to walk around it and not pushed against a wall.
    If you’re lucky enough to have a garden you can set up a permanent outdoor altar using a large flat stone, marble slab or treated wooden table.
    You can set up a temporary altar anywhere within nature.
    In a forest, at a lakeside or on a beach are all ideal locations where you can find large stones, tree stumps, or flat rocks to act as a temporary altar.

    Consecrating your altar

    To transform an ordinary table or garden table into an altar you will need to purify and rid negative energies from it.
    This is simply achieved by a consecration ritual that can be used to bless all your tools along with the altar itself.
    You will need a lit candle, an incense stick or a sage smudge stick, a small container of salt, a small dish or bowl of water.
    Take a pinch of salt and dip your hand in the water. In an anti clockwise circular motion flick (known as Asperging) the salted water around the altar nine times and then chant a Simple Poem I wrote For Cleansing ( Can be changed as needed):
    "All Negativity must leave this space, Only Peace Love and Light Remain in this Place."
    Next from the flame of the candle light the incense or smudge stick.
    In a clockwise direction circle the herbal smoke over the altar and chant:
    "Consecrate, purify In the Name of The God and Goddess blessed be!"

    What to put on your altar

    The first thing to remember about is, that it is your altar.
    You can decorate it in any away that you like.
    You don’t need expensive altar cloths, statues, athames, chalices or magic wands – although you can if you want to.
    All you really need are representatives of the elements – fire, air, earth and water.
    These can easily be represented by a candle, incense sticks or sage, a small container of salt, a small dish of water.
    Or the five pointed Witches Star known as a pentacle achieves the same purpose in just one item. I use this On MY Altar with candle, incense sticks and more.
    Your altar can be as simple or elaborate as you wish.
    You can adorn your altar with beautiful cloths, statues of deities, flowers, seashells, crystals and candles or leave it plain and simple.
    As a guideline try to ensure that everything you choose to use is made from natural material and is beautiful and representative of you, your life and your beliefs.
    The very act of deciding what to place on your altar should be a very positive and empowering experience.
    In selecting fitting items and symbols think about what's most important to you.

    Nature’s gifts

    Anything that you come across in nature and you think is beautiful can be placed upon your altar.
    Beautiful pebbles and sea shells collected from a beach can also find a place on your altar. As can bird feathers, leaves, pine cones and small stones found at a forest or lakeside.
    If it looks good and feels right to you then you can include any item of your choosing that nature has placed on your path. Just take a moment to thank your god/goddess for the precious gift and place upon your altar.

    Traditional Witches altar tools


    You can place traditional altar tools such as the Pentacle, Athame, Chalice, Cauldron, Wand, Censer and Bell upon your altar.
    The pentacle is the most recognizable Witches symbol and is sometimes referred to as the Witches Star.

    It isn’t enough just to decorate your altar just once and leave it.
    Look after it, keep it and all items placed upon it clean and dust free. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a dusting cloth and wipe clean your altar and its items at least once a week and additionally just before conducting Spell casting or rituals.
    Finally remember your altar is just that – yours.
    Do what you will and harm nothing to create it and you will enjoy it for years to come!


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