Creating your altar can be an invigorating part of starting witch practices. It is seen as an important part of the practice because it is supposed to be a sacred place. Altars are not just important in witchcraft or pagan beliefs but in many other religions and traditions. Altars for honoring ancestors, worship, and magic exist to form a scared space. So how does one set up an altar? What is necessary? What is not necessary?
Things needed to creating an altar:
- A flat Surface that can hold several objects. Make sure that there is open space above for burning candles.
- Representation of Deity.
- Flat centerpiece: Normally a symbol like a pentacle, hexagram, lunar crescent.
- Book of Shadows
Explanation of the tools used:
- A flat Surface: Is mostly used to simply hold the space and provide a surface for other sacred objects.
- It can be as simple as a dresser top, a coffee table, a nightstand.
- Sacred Cloth: It should be a cloth that you have picked. You can have multiple cloths to represent whatever rite you are doing.
- Representation of Deity: Is a picture, a statue or anything that one feels represents the power the honor. However it is not always in an altar, nor is it absolutely necessary unless prescribed by your coven or your practice.
- Candles: Candles are used in many rituals, spells, and rites.
- Incense: Is used to help keep one focused and centered on the current ritual being performed.
- Wand: Used to direct energy.
- Athame: Are not for cutting anything and doesn’t need to be sharpened. It is used to direct magic and cast circles. Should never be touched by others considering it connects to your energy.
- Flat Center Piece: Normally used to offer others cakes, cookies, or things made for a rite.
- Cauldron or Bowl: Used for mixing ingredients.
- Crystals: Used as energy conductors.
- Book of Shadows: A book of witches personal spells, rituals, and thoughts.
- Chalice: For offering drinks in rites and rituals.
Creating your altar can be simple. Pick the tools you think you will use the most. Make your own if you want it to be more significant. Like with everything I say this is just what I’ve learned. Others practice differently, some may use more or fewer tools. It all really depends on you or your covens. Although covens teach their members the way they practice. It is important to practice the way you want regardless of others. Even once you have set up your altar, it can change all the time. With each season, Sabbath, and rite it can change so do what makes you feel connected to the energy.