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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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Natural Altar Feb 3rd. at 9:43:38 am EST

Carleycatt (Westlake Louisiana) Age: 27 - Email

On my Altar I keep water in a the pitcher of my coven's tray, although I am not part of a coven at this time. A small bowl of sea salt, shells and crystals. A small bowl of dirt, Yes dirt :)
Some flower petals and herbs, and feathers. I try to keep a balance, and usually have a white candle burning. If anyone has any ideas on better balancing fire, Let me know. I have tried a few things but haven't found them to keep me centered as well as the candles. I'm sure I have forgotten something? Although I can't think of what it is right now......?
Love and Light,
Carley Catt

My Altar Feb 3rd. at 8:02:41 am EST

The Hollow (British Columbia, Canada) Age: 21 - Email

I keep many natural objects on my altar:
a small vile of water (I am a water sign and this grounds my sign to the altar)
crystals, polished stones (amethyst, jade, etc, used for a connection to the earth and an unspoken power)
shells (I collected them from the local ocean shore, another connection to my water sign)
feathers (lost from birds and collected by me)
a horse tooth (from the jaw bone of a long dead horse [persumably dead of natural causes considering how far from civilisation I found it], which I found in the middle of the bush on a hiking journey)
dried rose petals (purely sentamental)

I allow the objects to tell me how they should be used and keep my altar in my bedroom, permantly set up on a low table covered in black cloth and backed by a large black scarf decorated with red roses and a collage of a weeping woman and ravens (symbolism of personal importance that I find hard to explian) . My cats, however, do from time to time come by and knock things off or over on the altar which means I constantly rearrange it rather than leave it static. I only set my altar up in the bedroom b/c my apt. has no room anywhere else.

... Feb 3rd. at 7:48:51 am EST

Ravenseye, Mafdet-Athtor (Miami, Florida) Age: 15 - Email

I don't use much of traditional anything on my altar. Whatever seems to call out to me ends up somewhere on my already crowded nightstand. Personally, I decorate it with beeswax candles, amethyst and onyx, and a few statues of the Egyptian deities. Aside from that, it depends on the season, and whatever flowers I can find outside my house. My favorite gift, so far, is this beautiful blue stone with white speckles. I haven't identified it, but it calls out to me somehow.

Sentiment Rules Feb 3rd. at 7:20:51 am EST

Moon (New York) Age: 41 - Email

The one thing I have on my altar that i cherish is a large conch (sp) shell that belonged to my Grandmother. She was a wonderful influence on me in my childhood. She taught me many things, among them to love nature, books and music. She taught me to be patient and kind and she still walks with me every day despite her death in 1976. To me, the shell is a reminder of all she gave unselfishly to my heart and soul...certainly the best gifts one could ever expect to recieve from another person....nurturing gifts that have lasted my lifetime and that, hopefully, I have passed on to someone along my journey.

Let's See... Feb 3rd. at 7:15:25 am EST

john (pa, usa) Age: 46 - Email

A plain hazel wand (hand cut and carved) , Yarrow stalks that I collected in the wild (for the I Ching) , and my most prized possesions; A block of sacred red pipestone and hair from the white buffalo, both presented to me after a sweat lodge in Arizona last year. I haven't started the pipe yet, I guess I'll know when it is time...

I prefer to use natural, hand made objects whenever possible.

Items On My Altar... Feb 3rd. at 5:43:52 am EST

Silver~ (Maryland) Age: 48 - Email - Web

Two Polar Bears and in between them a crystal bear with a red heart. Behind that a picture of a pair of wolves. Dried Peace Rose, Moon Incense ( given to me by Wolf Witch for my birthday years ago :o) One White Candle, one Yellow Candle, on Pink Candle in a silver candle holder. Two decks of Tarot Cards, Oooops make that Three decks..Water, Part of an Ostrich Egg made into a necklace ( also given to me ) ... Oils...and CD's to play what feels 'right' at the moment..

To Add Or Not To Add Feb 3rd. at 4:32:01 am EST

Sloopz (Scotland) Age: 17 - Email

Well currently my alter is getting rebuilt due to my dog search and destroying mission, so far it has a weird shaped stone that i found at Loch Long and this unknown ore wich has very weird properties and is a nice greeny black colour. Also some petrified wood I found on the beach on Texek Island.

Some objects that have sentimental value are the broken shell my ex girlfriend sent me and a feather of a rare bird I found.

Rocks Feb 3rd. at 3:21:47 am EST

Spider (Texas) Age: 47 - Email

I love rocks. I like to rearrange my altar & change them a lot. Quartz cluster, selenite sphere, an uncut geode, "witches' brains", a lava rock, a slab of rose quartz, a chunk of labradorite & assorted polished stones (for divination) . I've bought most of them, but some have been gifts or found objects.

I also have a lovely set of antlers, a piece of driftwood, a vial of "waters of the world", an owl wing, and a little venus figure of carved amber. There's also silk and wool yarn I spun on a drop-spindle and dyed with natural dyes.

I mostly follow traditional correspondences for the use of tools, but I'm not too rigid about it.

My favorite gifts/tools are the antlers - a gift from a dear friend, and a blob of unformed sterling silver that became my personal amulet in a healing ritual.

My altar stays set up & I arrange it in a way that's visually pleasing, easy and safe to work with (candles & breakables where the cats can't knock them) rather than using a traditional layout.

It Changes With The Season Or What Work I'm Doing Feb 3rd. at 12:50:21 am EST

Ananke (Staten Island) Age: 35 - Email

Some natural things that may be seen regularly on my altar:

Sea shells
polished or raw stones or rocks
dirt....yep, plain ole dirt
sea salt
shed antler
Yes, crystals......I like them. :-P
One of our cats (not because we put them there......they just choose to explore)
fallen twigs and small tree branches

These will change from time to time. Right now I don't have a permanent main altar area
but rather little shrine-like areas on shelves and such. I love bringing nature into the house
when appropriate.

My Alter Is Mostly All Natural Elements Of Nature Feb 3rd. at 12:48:47 am EST

Ember (Lebanon, ohio) Age: 40 - Email

On my alter I have two teakwood bowls, two large half shells, an eagle feather, a bluebird
feather, a cardnial feather, a meteorite rock, fossils, quartz, blood stone, tigers eye stone
prism quartz, wooden medicine crusher, wooden candel holder, a lot of other stones and feathers
and then I have the usual, bell, wooden clackers, pentagram candel holder, chalice, wooden box
to hold all my private books, a velvet cloth for my book of spells to lay upon, a silver
candle snuffter, it is all i need to make my rituals complete

Natural Altar Objects Feb 3rd. at 12:12:26 am EST

Donna (Canada) Age: 43 - Email

natural things on my altar:

of course i have stones/crystals
acorns given to me by a good friend-associated with the God-real ones and one carved out of ceder
i am a doll maker and and in the center of my altar i have a Goddess doll that i made...she is pregnant with the spring (Sun/Son) she is about to give birth to...she is dressed in a gauzy type of material as a robe which is decorated with dried flowers and also a dried flower head garland...she is standing on a mirror which is decorated with shells, stones, feathers, dried flowers and leaves around the outside of the mirror...i like to have natural things around me and these things are on my altar to help me to feel connected to nature, some are for symbols relaed to the God/ddess and some are for decorative purposes

Natural. Feb 2nd. at 11:48:07 pm EST

Wolf's Voice (Singapore) Age: 27 - Email

Two white votive candles.
A bowl of polished stones.
Bits of corals.
Dried flowers.
A large silver spiral shell.
A small chalice of Spring water.
A wooden statue of the Mother (Virgin Mary) .
Wooden necklace depicting a wolf.

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