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May 8th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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An altar is a designated space that you have where you keep your spiritual items, do spells, meditate and much more. It is your shrine.
The items that you have on your altar are completely up to you. Make sure the items resonate with you and what you believe. Don’t just put something on your altar because some book or website told you too, your religion is yours, so you do what you need to do and have.

A basic rundown of items that are generally on an altar:
Pentacle – can represent the elements, or the circle of life. Can be a plaque, or drawn on paper, or a piece of jewelry.
Athame - used to focus power, point and direct it towards a specific goal/spell. This is a knife.
Boline – another knife specifically used to cut herbs.
Wand – used to focus power.
Chalice -used for wine to drink, or water to represent the element of water.
Cauldron- used for powdered incense, oils, brews, water, flowers, represent feminine energy.
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Herbs – Herbs have magical and healing energies.
Candles – represent the element Fire, and also different colors represent different energies.
Incense – represents element Air, also, for purification.
Tarot cards
Incense Burner
Altar Cloths
Amulets – jewelry charged w/ specific energy to assist or protect you.
Bell – to clear energy.
Bowls – to hold whatever you need, represent feminine divine, hold water etc…
Robes – ritual garb if you so choose.
Crystals – crystals have different healing and metaphysical properties.
Something to represent the elements.
Oils – essential oils have medicinal and metaphysical properties.
Lighter/matches – light candles.
Mortar & Pestle - to grind herbs for spells.
Music - to help with meditation and spell casting
Pendulum - for scrying
Sea salt - represents earth or water, and removes negativity, also cleans space
Statues – representing the God(s), elements or whatever you want.
Talismans – good luck charms.
Decorations – some people decorate their altars according to the seasons.

You can put whatever you want on your altar, or you don’t even have to have an altar! They sure can be pretty though

What is on your altar?
What would you put on your altar if you don’t have one?
Make one if you want!
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May 12th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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What is on your altar?
Candles, pot pourri, crystal diffusers, my athame pendant, a wishing bowl, angel and faery figurines, my Witch's Ladder (which Worked with a capital W incidentally and which I will re-do each Samhain from here on in), wands, incense holders, crystals, and probably more I can't now think of!

What would you put on your altar if you don’t have one?
I would like to be able to include things like my oracle cards and also more items on my altar but it is currently limited to my bedroom windowsill and there isn't space plus cards etc I worry about getting damp. When we switch bedrooms I am hoping Shaun will put up some shelves and I can have 2-3 shelves to make something rather more magnificent.

Make one if you want!

As above, I will be re-making a new altar when we switch bedrooms.
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