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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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What Natural Objects Are On Your Altar?
Do you have sticks or stones or shells on your altar? How did you come by them? What do you use them for?
Do you go by the traditional correspondences in using your ritual tools (colors, gemstone properties, elements, etc) or do you let the object ‘tell’ you what it is to be used for?
What is your favorite magical/magickal gift or tool from nature? Why?
How do you set up your personal altar(s)?
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| Transition ||Feb 6th. at 5:51:59 pm EST|
|lilith (lost angeles) ||Age: 33 - Email |
my altar is in transition right now, which is probably a good thing, since my old altar has been outgrown in various ways. my new altar will certainly contain the large smooth sea stone that i have always kept in various altar-ish ways since before i was a witch. there is usually a jar of sea water, and sand on or inside my altar as well. now that i have a new one in the works i am going to put a container of some kind for flowers on it. i keep herbs and cornmeal in my altar as well.
the structure of my altars has never been table-like-- my original altar was made of two orange crates stacked on top of each other-- the bottom crate housed/es my tarot decks. my new altar is a rolling cart with two doors and two shelves inside-- the bottom shelf will be for my tarot decks again. its larger and works better for me at this time.
also the wall behind my altar is going to become part of the piece.
i love altars, and the altars that other people make. i think its interesting that almost everyone has some kind of altar in their home, even if they would never call it that. ive always made altars since i was a child. my favorite, in my youth, was one i made inside a plastic box, and it included stones and feathers and a fish i made out of candle wax.
| My Alter ||Feb 6th. at 8:05:18 pm EST|
|Anhi Rosalyn Hanae-so (Pennsylvania) ||Age: 16 - Email |
My Alter has sea shells, dried roses, and stones.I have more candles on my alter than anything else though.
| Nature's Decorations ||Feb 6th. at 9:47:30 pm EST|
|Alandrielle (NC) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I think just about everything on my alter is natural. I have a wooden bowl I found in my cupboard, filled with special little stones and gems I've collected and been given (earth) . I also have feathers in it (air) . Then I have my cacti (I'm on a roll, it's about 3 years old) and some other flowers, african violets (fire) . The last of me elements are seashells that I've collected over my life (water) . Of course there's as many candles as I can get away with. I think my favorite thing is a pentagram that I made with sticks and strings. There's a seashell and beads on it, and all the strings correspond to their elements. I keep it decorated as the seasons change. Theres flowers on in in the spring and summer, leaves in the fall, and anything I come across in the winter. The best I've come across is twining lavender and thyme together around it. I like being close to nature, I like bringing it inside and filling my room with it.
| On My Altar ||Feb 6th. at 10:01:40 pm EST|
|Calitha (Redford, Michigan) ||Age: 40 - Email |
Because i share my life and my altar with a Druid, among the stones and shells on my altar are acorns. Kind of a nice balance!
| Changing With The Days ||Feb 6th. at 11:00:19 pm EST|
|Dragon Heritage (Leesburg, VA) ||Age: 18 - Email - Web|
My altar chagnes as often as I need it to, and is decorated with what my teen tiny budget allows. There is always at least one tea light in a green, flower shapped holder, and pictures of the Moon Goddess and Sun God (conveniently cut from the cover of 2001 Llewellyn Astrological Calendar) . I place my pentacle amulet in front center whenever I am not wearing it, and my three ring-necklace (for the maiden, mother and crone) will replace that when i interchange the two. When spell-working, I often use a geode (earth) that I've had since I was a child, dragon's blood sitck incense from the MD Renaissance Faire - it's my favorite (air) a tes light - what else (fire) and a small baby cauldron I found tucked away with a reasonable price at the local metaphysical store -i either fill it with fresh tap water, or rain/snow if I can manage it. I go walking in fair weather at the nearby park, and will often bring things home that I've found (Once, I found a very large, what I call "hat" of an acorn, and will use it to hold a small amount of salt.) . This is just the formal altar, though. In truth, my entire room encompasses my "altar", as I have on display a lot of what I use on my altar, or what has been placed there - it is all a gift from deity, and its display is my thanks to them.
| My ALtar Is A Place Of Peace ||Feb 6th. at 11:59:27 pm EST|
My Altar has many natural objects, wooden boxes, oils, ritual tools, magic stones, gemstones, verious brass bells, red cloth, garden bottles line in a row, herbs chalice of spring water, statue of Brigantia, lots of candles, magic seeds, magic botanicals, roses....
I'm always adding when I can.
Bright Blessings to all...
| My Personal Space.. ||Feb 7th. at 10:02:42 am EST|
|Mathair Cat (TN, USA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
Everything that I have on my alter (personal space) is something that I have used in the past while casting, meditating or just out with the family on nature walks. I have seas shells, raven & hawk feathers I have found, a deer antler, many pond rocks (skipping like stones) . I have tons of amethyst gems. And last but not least a walking stick that I use. I use simple white candles, I don't follow much on color. Ritual tools that are not from nature--they are just an added bonus IMHO. I do work a lot with the elements and all the pieces I have on my alter I have borrowed their energy in some form of work or another. My favorite "tool" from nature.....hmmmmm. I would have to say the that I love working with sun at noon & full moon nights. My alter is an old hope chest of my mothers. One side is mine, the other side is my husbands. Other than that there is no pattern to how I have it set really, except that it faces the East for when the sun comes up. Now that my kids are old enough to understand something's of paganism, we have started a family alter in the living room. That is pretty much like my personal space but it's basically made up of things that the kids find outside.
| Turtles And Babies ||Feb 7th. at 11:33:19 am EST|
|Kelly RavenCrow (Pennsylvania) ||Age: 31 - Email |
My altar contains many natural items discovered by me, my sister witch, or my sons (I have four) .I have a piece of braided wheat stalk given to me by my sister witch after we went through the loss of a child together.I also have a small, beautiful piece of driftwood from a magical day in the woods with my fiance.I have many arrowheads found by my sons and I, and my son, Gage, has a wonderful gift of finding gorgeous crystals on his adventures.These are all placed carefully on my grandmothers mirrored tray.But my favorite?A whole turtle shell I found one day when I climbed inside a tree.Eight months later, I gave birth to my third son!Blessings to all...
| Believe It Or Not... ||Feb 7th. at 2:19:56 pm EST|
|Kate (at work) ||Age: 27 - Email |
But my altarspace seems to (all on it's own) collect rocks and tea. I'm not kidding, I am almost always looking for my loose-leaf Double Bergamot Earl Grey Extra, and without fail, it's in the cupboard with the altar (it's in my kitchen) and there is usually a new rock somewhere in the near vicinity as well. They're not pretty crystals in regular shapes and bright colors either, they're just rocks, like the kind of thing a child might have in his pocket for whatever reason kids do whatever it is that they do when they come home with rocks in thier pockets. Rocks appear all over my apartment, all the time, but there more often than anywhere else. I have recently begun testing them and they all seem to have relatively high vibrations or maybe i'm just sensitive to them, so I've got to assume that they're there for a reason, but it beats all the hell out of me. So I leave them where they lie, and my altar, which started out as the middle part of the middle shelf, has now taken over the cupboard entirely.
| What I Find... ||Feb 7th. at 2:35:10 pm EST|
|Valhaltia (Indiana, PA) ||Age: 21 - Email - Web|
Rose petals dried
A wooden bowl
| Unusual Items On The Alter ||Feb 7th. at 3:44:36 pm EST|
|Grinwithin (South Amboy, NJ) ||Age: 37 - Email |
I have several altrs and most of them are quite serious. I have one alter dedicated to my ancestors and on that alter I have a light up Micky Toy in his Sorcerers Prrentice outfit that has brooms zipping around making lights on the walls when you push the button.
The perfect wand for a ritual to help one remember the humor in life.
Also, a very serious High Ceremonial Egyptian Alter complete with Bast, Nephthys, Isis, Horus, Anubis, and many other statues. On the center is a witch figure that represents me and how these dieties walk with me and guide the way.
In front of the witch figure, is a simple toy purchased through the Cartoon Network. Zorak. He said once in his cartoon "I'm Egyptian". The context in which this was said left me in fits of laughter and I still giggle thinking about it.
Zorak sits on that alter to remind me the joy life has to offer. No matter how bad a day I am having, this silly little mantis cartoon character seems to make me laugh and forget my woes.
Now the rest of the coven is spending time trying to acquire him as well.....
| Old And New ||Feb 8th. at 12:25:22 pm EST|
|Amber Morgaine (New Jersey) ||Age: 26 - Email |
Most of the things on my alter are natural. But they are not always the same things. I keep a collection of small stones in a bowl on my alter. The contents are always changing, either because I give some of the stones to others when it is time for those stones to move on from me. Or because others have given me stones as a gift. It all gets added to that bowl. The enrgy coming in and out of my alter space because of it, is always rechanged and popsitive. Because of the gift of love those stones have both been and will be in the furure.
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