A Wiccan altar is a sacred space with spiritual objects used for divination, spells, rituals, and prayers. Wiccan Altar Set up is an integral part of your meditation and connecting with deity.
According to Scott Cunningham, the left side of the altar should be considered the Goddess area; feminine or yonic symbols ( bowls, chalices, and Goddess representations and statues). The right side is designated for the God; phallic symbols (athame, wand, and God statuary and his candle).
The left and right associations vary according to your personal preference, but the center area is always considered to be the working area. In the center of the altar are kept the primary symbols of the Wiccan faith (pentacle).
Some Wiccans arrange their altars to represent all four elements and directions. In the North the Earth element is represented; in the East is Air, in the South is Fire, and in the West Water.
When placing items on an altar or when “calling on the elements” (a practice involving inviting the elements to be a part of the circle and lend their power), a practitioner will move deosil (clockwise or sunwise) and when dismissing the elements, they will move widdershins (counter-clockwise).
Setting up a Wiccan altar is easy. You’ll want to add your magical tools, Wiccan God and Goddess statues, altar pentacle or magic candles, but the altar should be mainly about functionality. It needs to be set up well to assist you in achieving your goal. Here are the things that most Wiccans and Pagans include on their altars.
Use a bowl of dirt or sand in the north aspect of your altar to represent earth, a stick of incense in the east can symbolize air, a candle or charcoal in the south for fire, and water in the west. Wigington, Patti. “Setting Up Your Magical Altar.” ThoughtCo, Feb. 18, 2017
Anything to do with fire has the potential to be dangerous. Having something under your candle holders for protection is essential. A metal tray may not look glamorous on an altar, but it is a necessary piece of equipment. Leaving candles or incense unattended can cause a fire, especially if there are flammable objects on the same altar. A small fire extinguisher is also a good idea.
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