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Celtic Wicca Altar Setup



In the Sacred Space, Wiccans use a workplace called Altar or Shrine where they do their work. The altar is often considered a personal place where practitioners put their ritual items. Some practitioners may keep various religious items upon the altar, or they may use the altar and the items during their religious Spell Works. When rituals can't be done outside, the Home Altar becomes the most important workspace for Spell Works. An altar is a "raised structure or place used for sacrifice, worship, or prayer", upon which a Wiccan practitioner places several symbolic and functional items for the purpose of worshiping the God and Goddess, casting spells, and/or saying chants and prayers. The first thing you need to decide is if you can have a permanent altar or if you will have to put it away each time. The kinds of things you use for your altar are very much up to your own personal taste and preferences. It's important that your altar be a reflection of your own spirituality. The Altar can be of any shape and any size. Many Wiccans think wood is the best medium for an altar since it's from the earth, but metal or stone work just as well.

There is no rigid structure for an Altar, but the left side of the altar is usually considered the Goddess area; feminine or yonic symbols such as bowls and chalices, as well as Goddess representations and statues and the Goddess candle are normally kept to the left side of the altar. The right side is designated for the God; phallic symbols such as the athame and the wand are placed to the right side, as well as God statuary and his candle. The center area is sometimes called the both area or the working area. The cauldron is sometime placed in the center as it is associated with the four elements.

The tools on the altar can also be organized by elements and the directions, and this is how I dispose them now:

Air (East) -
Wand / Staff, Censer, Bell
Fire (South) -
Athame / Sword, Candles, Boline
Water (West) -
Chalice, Bowl of Water
Earth (North) -
Pentacle, Besom / Asperger
Center: Cauldron
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christhedillow's avatar
Thank you for posting this! I've been looking for a reference like it for a while now!