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Question of the Week: 97 - 2/2/2003

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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Found On My Altar Feb 9th. at 7:14:44 pm UTC

Acorn (Madison Wisconsin) Age: 41 - Email


Right now, my altar is a movable feast, but in my room there is a shelfy-cupboardy piece of furniture that functions as a sacred place. It is under an east window, so it sees the rising of the sun every morning, and the rising of the moon as well. Neither of my children or my husband ever leave stuff here. And believe me, they leave stuff on every available surface in the house!

At present there is a collection of branches from different native trees that I am saving for wands or ogham sticks or whatever. They are in a vase with a turkey feather that my son found for me. There is an abalone shell with some items for the directions-an amethyst crystal, a fire opal I've had since I was a child, a swily corkscrew shaped shell and a fossil of a leaf. There is also a bowl fashioned from a bit of burled walnut that is filled with oak leaves and acorns. There are some feathers in there as well-one from a crow and one from a blue jay. There is a good stout length of dogwood branch and I'm thinking about moving up a bit of petrified wood from the living room.

There are other items as well, but these are the 'natural' ones. This tableau is the last thing I see as I drift to sleep and the first thing I spy when the alarm clock goes off in the morning.

Yours in Mystery


My Altar Feb 9th. at 8:52:35 pm UTC

Gatasol (Minnesota) Age: 25 - Email


I have a very small altar. Right now I have an acorn, some shells, some herbs, sand, salt, and I think that is it. My altar is like my home - a bit cluttered, but it is all important ot me and reminds me of important times so I guess that is why it is all there :)


My Sacred Altar Ornaments Feb 9th. at 9:15:36 pm UTC

Moonbeam (clearlake, ca) Age: 16 - Email


I see myself as a green witch and because of that my altar is made up of predominatly natural things.
I have a bunch of flowers all the time in a little vase as well as a small basket of assorted dried flowers, acorns moss and stones.
I have this to signify the changing seasons and to bring as much nature as possible into my room.
Next I have a Crow's feather that literaly blew itself into my hair on a nature hike.
I have an oak branch that is all mossand ivy covered that I just keep in the back because i think it is pretty
I also have in the middle of my altar an offering dish that I put whatever natural goodies I find
in my journeys.Right now their is a quartz crystal, a spig of ivy, a lavender blossom and a few dried sycamore leaves.
OH, and I can't forget the bouquet of dried roses I have over my altar. This became my centerpiece after my loving
boyfiend took me out to dinner and bought me roses.
All These things have some meaning that ties into my life , other wise the wouldn't be there.
I take great joy in seeing the beauty of nature captured on my altar. I makes rituals a heartfelt and moving experience.


Rocks 'n Things Feb 9th. at 10:39:33 pm UTC

magusjinx (washington) Age: 47 - Email


My altar was a jewelry case ...about a foot square ... pentacle on the top with stones hanging from the points on the inside ...god and goddess on top with directional stones ... inside is a jar of spring water, incense, more rocks a magnifying glass for lighting incense anad my wand ... the wand was a staff belonging to a merlin statue that a friend gave me ...it is a bit small by others standards but it suits me ... god and goddess symbols on the doors ...


On My Altar... Feb 10th. at 4:12:51 am UTC

Catherine (Missouri) Age: 29 - Email


I do not have a permanent altar, as I am homeless, and staying with whichever friends or family will have me until I get back on my feet, but I have always preferred to do my rituals outside, anyway. I take several naturaly objects with me on these forays: several stones, both tumbled and untumbled; a wand given to me by a cedar tree that also shared a piece of its history with me; petrified wood; and odds and ends that have presented themselves to me for use- feathers, flowers, herbs, leaves, and other stuff... I usually respectfully return these to the earth at the end of the ritual so that they can complete the circle.


Depending On How I Feel. . . Feb 10th. at 9:16:14 am UTC

Caathy (Ontario) Age: 19 - Email


My altar depends on how I feel. I always have a large pentagram on it (it's large enough that it can serve as the altar sometimes :P ) , usually salt or dirt, sea shells that I got directly from the pacific ocean over the holidays, incense. Sometimes my altar consists of but my pentagram and a few candles.


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