Your browser does not support script

Pagan Perspectives



Weekly Question

Question of the Week: 113

Pagan Problem Children: What Can We Do About Them?

Views: [32,767]
Responses: [2,666]

The Rules
Note: The opinions posted on the Pagan Perspective pages are those of individuals and are not neccessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

For Further
Discussion
Visit The


WitchVox List
of 242
Communication
'Net Sites:


Chat Boards
Email Lists
IRC Channels


Past Questions
112. Elders: Who Are They and Do We Really Need Them? - [74]

111. So, You’re Dead. Now What? - [59]

110. What’s Your Favorite Element? - [119]

109. The Broom Closet Revisited: What’s Your Current Occupancy Rate? - [129]

108. Do You Speak Pagan Geek? - [38]

107. Would You Be A Good ‘Reality Show’ Contestant? - [49]

106. What Is Your Inner Animal? - [127]

105. Are Pagans TOO Individualistic? - [56]

104. Have You Changed Your Mind About the War in Iraq? - [258]

103. What Are You Reading? - [95]

102. Do Interfaith Conferences/ Discussions Work? - [29]

101. Have You Made Any Extra Security Preparations? - [85]

100. Why Are You A Pagan or Heathen? - [142]

99. What Moon Phase Are You In? - [70]

98. Would You Live In A Haunted House? - [166]

97. What Natural Objects Are On Your Altar? - [103]

96. If You Were Granted Three Wishes... - [179]

95. How Do You Feel About War? - [153]

94. Who Would Make Your Pagan/Heathen Who’s Who List? - [91]

93. Should Pagans Apply For Federal Funds? - [56]

92. What Do You See in 2003? - [47]

90. Which Christmas Ghost Would You Like To Be? - [82]

89. Bah-Humbug! Are You Offended by Christmas? - [173]

88. Are We Alone in The Universe? - [67]

87. The Pagan Web 2002... Your likes? Dislikes? - [50]

86. How’s Your Gratitude Attitude? - [64]

85. What’s Your Motivation? - [97]

84. Between the Veils: What Did You See? - [80]

83. Time to Talk Politics and Elections… - [109]

82. Your Samhain/Beltaine Musings - [50]

81. ExCUSE Me! Has Common Courtesy Become A Thing of the Past? - [97]

80. Polytheist, Monotheist, Dualist or Other? - [104]

79. Have You Switched Pagan Paths? - [110]

78. Would You Take Part in a Public Event or Protest AS a Pagan? - [268]

77. Pot-Kettle: Do We Have Our Own Fundamentalists? - [91]

76. America 911: One Year Later. What's Changed? Are we Safer? - [103]

75. So What Do YOU Think of the Pagan Web? - [43]

74. What is/was your 2002 New Year's resolution - [23]

73. Do You Believe in Faeries? - [44]

72. Is 'Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward Men' Possible? - [28]

71. How Do YOU View the Balance of Light and Dark? - [22]

70. What's News? - [22]

69. What Are Your Favorite Yule Traditions or Memories? - [17]

68. Are You Wild About Harry? - [80]

67. What Is Music? - [18]

66. What Did You Do this Samhain? - [8]

65. What ARE the most "Frequently Asked Questions' About Witches? - [31]

64. What Are YOUR book/video/dvd Recommendations? - [119]

63. Have You Done Any Protection Spells or Workings? - [38]

62. What Are Your Thoughts On The Current "War on Terrorism"? - [77]

61. Are You Willing To Give Up Some Civil Liberties To Be Safe? - [69]

60. What About Those Pagan Leaders Again? - [289]

59. 911 America: Talking Through The Terror... - [969]

58. What Are Your Plans For Fall? - [21]

57. If You Were Stranded Alone On A Deserted Island... - [56]

56. What Would You Like to See at The Voice? - [65]

55. What Lies Beyond? - [28]

54. What is the connection between Spirit, Nature and Humankind? - [18]

53. What is 'Will' or 'Willpower'? - [19]

52. Have you ever been to a Pagan Festival? - [26]

51. What Did You Think of 'The Mists of Avalon"? - [44]

50. What's Your Magickal Focus? - [33]

49. Ending Religious Discrimination-What's It Gonna Take? - [41]

48. How Fares The First Amendment? - [20]

47. Are you a Talker or a Listener? - [14]

46. Predator and Prey - What Beasts Live Within You? - [44]

45. Who Do You Trust? - [22]

44. Do You Spend Money with Pagan Merchants? - [24]

43. What's On Your Balloon? - [52]

42. Is There An Energy Crisis? - [30]

41. What Makes You So Special? - [33]

40. What is Your Guilty Little Secret? - [101]

39. Who Are Your Gods? - [55]

38. What Are The Greatest Challenges That Pagans Face Today? - [35]

37. What's On Your Altar? - [45]

36. Should the United States Apologize to China - [32]

35. Pagan Web Surfing Likes/Dislike - [60]

34. What Are Your Views on Abortion, Euthanasia and Suicide? - [95]

33. What Is The Appropriate Response to Bigotry and Religious Hatred? - [108]

32. Why Are Kids Killing Kids? - [60]

31. Whassa Matter With Kids Today? - [71]

30. What Do You Support and Why Do You Support It? - [21]

29. How About Some New Holidays? - [39]

28. Where Did You Get Your Magickal Name? - [93]

27. Where Are The Pagan Social Programs? Do We Care? - [22]

26. What Do You Think About Bush's 'Faith-Based' Initiative Plan? - [87]

25. What Are The Boundaries? - [26]

24. What is Pagan History and What is Pagan Belief? - [44]

23. Who or What is a "Pagan Leader"? - [61]

22. What More Do You Want To Know About Paganism? - [45]

21. What is/was your New Year's resolution? - [19]

19. What do YOU of our newest entry into the Presidential Political Pool? - [61]

20. What have YOU done to trace your family history? - [11]

18. Your Gift, Craft and Holiday Celebration Ideas! - [43]

17. Does Older Equal Better? - [199]

16. What is the best gift that you ever received? - [28]

15. What are YOU Thankful For? - [87]

14. The Unresolved US Election - [263]

13. Divination - [29]

12. Pagan Choice for the y2k US Election - [129]

11. Hollywood Hype - [74]

10. Money and the Craft - [82]

9. Pagan Jokes and Humorous Stories - [37]

8. Misconceptions About Witches, Wiccans and Pagans - [63]

7. The Ethics of Magick and Spellwork - [43]

6. What are YOU planning for Mabon-Autumn Equinox? - [14]

5. Pagan books/web sites-dynamic or drivel? - [46]

4. The Broomcloset-In or Out?... What's YOUR View? - [181]

3. Church and State, Religion in School... What is YOUR View? - [122]

2. How Do You Define Witch/WitchCraft? - [42]

1. Who are you going to vote for and why? - [233]



















 Author:    Posted: Nov. 17, 2002   This Page Viewed: 4,725,924  

Vox Q Stats

Times Viewed: 32,767

Reponses: 103

Lurker/Post Ratio: 318 to 1

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)?

 Reponses:   There are 103 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 


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
feathers
shed antler
leaves
acorns
nuts
Yes, crystals......I like them. :-P
One of our cats (not because we put them there......they just choose to explore)
wheat
herbs
sand
evergreens
Pinecones
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.
Feathers.
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.

;)
Wolf's Voice


Altar Feb 2nd. at 11:45:15 pm EST

Boneflower (Sacramento) Age: 21 - Email - Web


Most of the items on my altar are natural stones. I keep stones that correspond to the five elements around the chalice in the middle of my altar, as well as a large crystal sphere for the Goddess and a marbled obelisk for the God. I chose most of the stones based on color relations, though sometimes one rock just seemed more right in a certain spot. My altar set-up changes frequently with my mood, the seasons, and the energy I'm trying to invoke.

My favorite natural tool is my wand. It's a beautiful length of quartz that's been gently polished. I never had a wand until I found this one - nothing else felt right. This piece feels good to hold and calming to work with.


On My Altar Feb 2nd. at 11:39:34 pm EST

Aurora Rose (Pennsylvania) Age: 23 - Email - Web


On my altar I have sea salt, and a statue of my totem, Tigress, sits on a rock from the Allegheny River, which I grew up next to. Those things represent earth. Right now my chalice is filled with water collected in a thunderstorm around Beltane a couple years ago. (I don't drink it! It's just for cleansing) I have a turkey feather representing air. I found it on a four-wheeler ride with a special friend. That day we also saw a huge buck, and the feather also reminds me of that day. My athame isn't a natural object, but I did find it in nature, I didn't buy it. It's a pen knife, I found it laying in the middle of the lawn at college. I think that sums it up.

MP and BB
Aurora


My Altar Feb 2nd. at 11:17:11 pm EST

Shirah (Western Washington, USA) Age: 15 - Email


The following natural things are on my altar,
~Flowers, from last year, but I fell in love with the way they looked, so now they're dried and used year after year
~Bowl of earth, heeheee...I got this from my backyard. Nothing speical about it really. (umm, it smells like earth? DOes that count?)
~Rocks, from a trip to Ireland I took this summer, I grabbed a bunch of really cool ones from the beach.
~Shells and a piece of coral, I used to collect shells so I have these from waaaay back. They look really cool, so onto my altar they went!

Happy Imbolic to All!


Caetren Feb 2nd. at 11:11:13 pm EST

Caetren (New York) Age: 49 - Email


A stone.
Sea Salt.
Incense sticks.
Matches.
Tibetan "Singing Bowl" and wooden striker, resting on embroidered cushion.
Two white candles.
Water.


What's On My Altar? Feb 2nd. at 10:55:54 pm EST

Connie Jones (Los Angeles) Age: 40 - Email


The natural items on my altar include a large conch shell in honor of Yemoja, a ram's horn in honor of Osoosi, a sage bundle, various clear quartz crystals and salt.


Items Feb 2nd. at 10:34:26 pm EST

Danielle & James (Tx) Age: 21 - Email


Let's see... I don't have an *altar* per se... but more of a *working area*... Well, I have a refrence book that I wrote, like a Grimore, a blade, a cord, a stang (my most important tool) , an antique desk bell, three candles for light, and one for a weekly ritual, a bone, a bowl, a small cauldron, a chalice, a plate, a censor, and I think that's it.. :-p


 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9  


Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.