For those of you who don’t know, an Alter is a raised structure or place used for both prayer and worship. Upon the alter are functional and symbolic items used for the purpose of worshiping the God and Goddess, casting spells, and/or saying chants and prayers.
I remember reading about alters and how the kinds and uses for them very for witch to witch. No two alters are the same as we all practice in our own ways. I loved the fact that there was no wrong way to an alter. It is all about the practitioner and what they want on their alter and why.
Now don’t get me wrong there is a common set up among most alters as in where things are placed.
The left side of the alter is most commonly the area of the Goddess. Yonic or feminine items like chalices and bowls, along with representations and or statues of the Goddess should be placed to the left.
This obviously means the right side is designated to the God . Phallic items such as wands and athames as well as God statuary and his candle are placed on the right side.
As the left and right associations very depending on the practitioners personal preference the center of the alter is always known and the workings space or both area. This is where main symbols for the Wicca faith are placed such as the pentacle.
As I gathered my alter pieces one by one over a time period that felt like ages I was finding myself growing more and more excited about this step in my faith that I had almost completed. As my alter to me is as your church pew is to you.
The first alter piece I owned was my center piece, it was a pewter pentacle and it was absolutely beautiful. Other things such as candles and incense and even my chalice and broom I was able to come by quickly since they weren’t really pricey items.
Things like my athame, wand, cauldron and statuary took me a bit more time to gather but it all came together in the most beautiful of ways and just when I needed it to.
Once I had completed the set up of my alter and had my first ritual before it I had found the center with in all I believed right at my finger tips. I had a space where I felt connected to the Goddess and Lord in ways I hadn’t before.
“Bide the Rede… Respect the Creed…. And Bliss will come your way…
Give perfect love and you’ll get perfect trust, when you live the Witches Way!”