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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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What's On Your Altar?
What is on your altar, disir stone, hearth or horg? What tools do you have and which ones-be honest!- do you actually USE? Does your altar/stone/hearth/horg change with the seasons or is it a permanent set-up? Is your altar/stone/hearth/ horg a meeting place or honoring place for the Old Ones/Ancestors/Gods/Goddesses or is it a place to work magick-or both? What does the altar, stone, hearth/horg mean or represent to YOU?
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| I Used To Have A Specific Space Set Aside In My Bedroom... ||Apr 20th. at 12:18:38 am EDT|
|Megara (Jxn, Michigan US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I used to have a specific space set aside in my bedroom for my altar. Two candles, a handful of eyecatching rocks, my Goddess image & chalice adorned it with whatever else I thought pretty. When I worked, I set it up on the floor. Currently, I don't have a set altar. Instead, I make my entire bedroom my altar. It's my own sacred space, & I scatter photos & personal pieces that would have otherwise been concentrated & crammed onto my altar. I can't really explain, but it makes sense to me. Basically because my old altar, though it represented a part of my life set aside for the Goddess, was for cluttering up with bills and clean clothes. By intergrating my "spiritual" things into my entire space, I've worked the Goddess into all aspects of my life, and not just a once a week, see you next Tuesday. If that makes any sense ...
| Gondar From 3 Rivers; I Have 3 And I'm Working On A... ||Apr 20th. at 12:37:22 am EDT|
|ed francis (St.Louis, Missouri US) ||Age: 50 - Email |
Gondar from 3 rivers; I have 3 and I'm working on a 4th altar. The first is my Personal altar, which represents my very best; my essential identity I have long worshipped Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom, Helmeted Warrior of Truth. She is on my altar. My Astrological Symbol, Gemini, is represented and a Affirmation of Love. I have a deep burgundy cast of a swarthy Gunga Din, my strong faithful companion, prince of the east. Pictures of my beloveds? Naturally. Lots of small things including a red laquered (round) heart box, with a clear glass top.
I have an ancestor altar across the room, which honors All Who Have Come Before Us. On a white cloth, representatives from the Black Apache and Black Crone. Baby Buddhas, a boy and a girl, to encourage reincarnation for those who wish to come back; and memorials, testimonials, to those who have died.
In the hall way, leading to my rooms, I have erected an Orisha/Santaria type of guardian altar which honors Esu/Eleggua, Ogun, Lord Chango, and others. Above this altar is a large 3 dimensional textile Vagina, Clitoris, and Vulva, in Gigantic Proportions!
Working on a new altar to honor a recent initiation and life change. Ganesha and Pele (& other Hawiian Diety) will be prominent!
| My Alter Is A Desk In My Room. On The Wall I... ||Apr 20th. at 2:07:21 am EDT|
|Nick (twin cities metro, Minnesota US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
My alter is a desk in my room. On the wall I have a black light poster of the Sun and Moon joined instead of a statues or candles to represent the God and Goddes. below that I have a cerramic dragon cause it looks cool. Though I don't have all my tools and I haven't used the ones that I do have yet I still keep them on my alter. the tools that I do have are my athame, my pentacle (melted wax in a putter dish), my challis(a wine glass I got at my Sr. prom), and a couple of incence burners. The rest changes from time to time. I like to keep little trinkets on it like an indian arrow head that I got when I was in Callifornia, little meatle pentagrams and crosses that broke off of neckalaces, or any rocks or feathers that may catch my attention. Soon I'm hoping to have a wand to take it's place with everything else.
Because I'm new to wicca, I don't really know much about magick and I won't do anything unless I feal I know enough about it not to do any damage, My alter is realy only used when I'm medditating.
My alter is a place where I can sit and relax and get away from everyday stress, where the onley things preasant are me, my lazzy boy recliner(Who says you can't worship in comfort?), the God and Goddess, and whatever my subconsious decides should come in with. The more I learn, The more my alter will evolve, but right now it does what I need it to do.
| My Alter Is Well Hidden In Plain Site. It Sits On One... ||Apr 20th. at 7:35:01 pm EDT|
|Rose WinterFlame (Baton Rouge, Louisiana US) ||Age: 37 - Email |
My alter is well hidden in plain site. It sits on one of my book shelves, and on either side of the shelf are 2 candles, one in a silver holder and one in a gold. My goddess statue is toward the back, and I have an interesting collection of stones, chrystals, and feathers that looks like my 3-year-old brought them in. Gee, could it be that he did? I put a flower in the front, and change it out when it starts to wilt. And even though its in plain sight, only if you are spacifically looking for it will you find it.
| My Altar Is Not Permanent For Certain Reasons. However, The "table" That... ||Apr 20th. at 8:00:42 pm EDT|
|Sage (Quito, Ecuador) ||Age: 18 |
My altar is not permanent for certain reasons. However, the "table" that I have it on does remain magickal looking even when it is not in use. I have a sea green scarf that I put on it, representing water.
My altar does change with the seasons, having different altar cloths for each occasion. For esbats, I have a silver one with moons embroidered on it. Currently, I am working on other altar cloths. My offering bowl is one that I made myself, and has horses and dolphins on it. As you can tell, water is a main "ingredient" to my altar.
As for tools, I have an incense burner, an oil burner, various crystals (depending on the season), a river stone with a pentacle painted on it, and one white and one black candle for my God and Goddess. Other tools, such as the circle rocks, athame, wand and cup are safely stashed away from sight. My altar essentially looks like a neat table with bits on it, especially when it's in use. I use it for esbats, sabbats and magick rites alike. I don't have much choice.
For me, the altar represents a place where I can relax. Though it is not in a clearing or near the sea, it is calm and away from the daily traffic that goes through my house.
| Our Family Altar Is An Antique Cabinet We Found In The Barn... ||Apr 21st. at 9:28:28 pm EDT|
|A.C. Fisher Aldag (Bangor, Michigan US) ||Age: 30 - Email |
Our family altar is an antique cabinet we found in the barn, shrouded by cobwebs and restored. Most of our altar tools are battered by long use, sticky from children's fingers, or tarnished and worn. Some items are glued back together from being dropped on the floor by "just learning" little hands. We are trying to get new stuff, as we have just established a new group, and hoped to start afresh; however, it's hard to retire anything that has served us like an old friend. The altar also has the kids' latest school pictures, whatever spell or ritual we are currently working on, artwork pertaining to the latest holiday, greeting cards that involve lots of construction paper, glue, and crayons, and some "fancy" things that nobody is allowed to touch -- it's just for lookin' at! The cloth covering the top is a very old embroidered table runner. The tools are carefully arranged to cover the moth holes. We used to have plants on the altar but the cats thought it was a salad bar. It is truly a family altar!
| I Am Fairly New To Witchcraft I Have Been Studying For About... ||Apr 22nd. at 6:22:03 pm EDT|
|Erica Mason (Detroit, Michigan US) ||Age: 14 - Email |
I am fairly new to witchcraft I have been studying for about 4 years.
Ijust have gotton my alter, before this I just simply used the floor.
Well, I use an old phone table from like the twenties or thirties. It
has a storage part too. Well i went to a local pagan shop, and bought
a lpurple cloth with gold pentagrams and crescent moons. I have an athame,
wand, pentacle, lots of candles, and i use all of them. I add different
stones, hetbs, and candles with the seasons and sabbats.I currently have
a statue of an angel, cat, and dalmatian on my alter. I also have have a scrying mirror and an ankh made of rose quartz on my alter.
| My Bedroom Has Become My Altar. I Still Live At Home And... ||Apr 23rd. at 3:44:29 am EDT|
|Zoe (San Luis Obispo, California US) ||Age: 23 - Email |
My bedroom has become my altar. I still live at home and I am still in the broom closet, so it makes it easier if everything looks as if it is "decoration." I have various paintings, a celestial tapestry, stickers and the sort on the walls. By the door is a bamboo staff that I found, but I have never used it. On my dresser are my incense and holders, some shells, candle snuffer and an abalone shell with all kinds of nature treasures in it from bits of fur, part of a butterfly wing, egg shell, and rocks all of which I have found or were given to me. Above my dresser is a shelf I put up that holds those special items like pictures of family and friends and small figurines of cats and unicorns, etc. My closet is full of candles and herbs. On another wall I have another shelf that is more like my altar than anything else. It is permanent although I redecorate it frequently. On it are my main tools: a small cauldron, a meditation candle, a geo slice that I use as my pentacle, three candles representing the triple ascepts of the God and Goddess, a small Celtic drum, my tarot cards, an oil lamp dedicated to Brighid, two rocks representing the God and Goddess (one is a holed stone, and the other is the same except that the hole has a piece missing so it is my horned stone), a spiral fossil representing the One Source, a chalice, small mortar and pestle, and a mug that holds my wand, athame, drum stick, flute, and feather smudger. I also have a broom stuck to my wall, but I don't use it often. I use everything once and awhile, but the tools I use the most are my athame, chalice, candles, incense/herbs, and tarot cards. To me an altar is just a working place. When I do rituals, I just grab whatever I feel like using and set it up on whatever is convenient.
| My Altar Is Rather Simple Really. I Keep All Of My Spell... ||Apr 23rd. at 4:36:51 am EDT|
|MystiqueMoonlight (Sydney, New South Wales AU) ||Age: 33 |
My Altar is rather simple really. I keep all of my spell items (such as loads of candles, incense, jars, books, felt etc) stored elsewhere in the room.
On my altar to the left for the Godess is an altar candle, a silver candle, bell, cauldron, a small broom, blue glass chalice. On the right for the God is an altar candle, gold candle, pine cone. athame, (I'm currently crafting my wand), bowl of salt
My pentacle is decoupage on a tile and is in the centre along with my Grimoire, tarot cards, bottle of spiritual water and a beautiful little black metal candle holder with three black cats each playing the fiddle which is filled with rice for my incense (my other half gave this to me). He also bought me a great set of beautiful crystals, but I haven't added them yet as I am waiting a new moon to clear them. The entire altar is covered with a green sheet to represent the earth which is very special to me.
My altar is a working altar so I add what I need when doing rituals/spells. I spend a lot of time sitting at it writing in my Grimoire.
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