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Setting Up Your Alter


The Basic Altar set-up thanks to Pagan Wiccan About.com

The Basic Altar set-up thanks to Pagan Wiccan About.com

Once you have acquired your alter tools, you must consecrate them. Anointing them to the Goddess and God by opening the ritual circle. By doing this, you are infusing them with your own power given to you by the Goddess. You are also asking for protection of evil in their use and praying that you only use them for the good of the Goddess and God and any persons involved.

Consecrating Your Alter Tools

(Open the Circle with the Circle Ritual)

Before these assembled spirits I bring (name type of tool) to be dedicated to the service of the Lady and Lord.

(Pass tool three times through smoke of the incense.)

By the power of air, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of thought and to harmlessness that all intentions for which thou art used may harm none and be for the good of all.

(Pass tool three times through or over the flame of the fire candle.)

By the power of fire, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of desire and to harmlessness that all goals which thou doest help achieve may harm none and be for the good of all.

(Take a few drops of water and sprinkle or dab on instrument.)

By the power of water, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to purity of emotion and to harmlessness that all that thou shall be used in a spirit of harmony, harming none and for the good of all.

(Touch instrument to the stone or salt in north quarter)

By the power of earth, be thou purified. Be thou dedicated to steadfastness and purity of purpose, that my will be achieved without wavering, with harm to none and for the good of all.

(If this is a chalice, present it first to the Lady, then to the Lord, if athame, reverse order. All other instruments use personal preference, but it is courtesy to present them to Her first.)

PRESENTATION FOR CHALICE:

Mother Goddess, Keeper of Femininity, bless this chalice. Let it be as Thy cauldron, a vessel of productivity that it may be worthy to dispense Thy bounty. Let it be used in Thy service and in the service of humanity. Let it be so bound that no harm may come of it to any being, but let it rather be an instrument of goodwill and understanding; of loving harmony. To Thy sacred self I dedicate this vessel, (name of vessel), that it and I may long be of service to Thee.

Green God, companion to the Lady, champion of the Gods, bless this chalice and keep watch over it. Guard the works which come forth from it that they ever be in the service of Thee and Thy Lady, that they be of service to humankind, and that they abide by the laws of harmony. To Thee I vow I shall use it for Her sacred purposes, and for no other.

So mote it be.

PRESENTATION FOR ATHAME:

Lord Thor, thunderer & hammer wielder, bless this athame. Let it be as the spring rains which fall upon the Earth to cause Her to bring forth Her bounty.

Let it quicken my hopes and dreams, yet keep them from causing harm. Let it guide them in the harmony of the seasons, bringing forth only good for all. Lord Thor, bless this athame, (name of athame), that it be used ever in the worship and honor of the Gods.

Lady Freya, companion to the Thunderer, lover of the Gods, bless this athame that it shall bring forth joy, and shall cause neither pain nor disharmony to any. I dedicate this athame (name athame), symbol of the Defender and Rain Maker, to Thy service. May it ever bring Thee joy and pride.

So mote it be.

(Close the Circle)

Follow the same rituals for any tools you may be using such as your wand or broom, ect.

The Alter Set-Up

North (The Earth)

To the Center Top of your Alter Table

  • Green Candle
  • Pentacle
  • Bowl of Salt
  • Stones
  • Plants and/or Flowers
  • Offering Cakes

West (The Water)

To the Left of your Alter Table

  • Blue Candle
  • Bowl of Water
  • Seashells
  • Chalice of Wine
  • Cauldron

Centered on your Alter

Goddess and God Candles

Book of Shadows

East (The Air)

To the Right of your Alter Table

  • Yellow Candle
  • Incense
  • Feather
  • Bell
  • Wand

South (Fire)

To the Center Bottom of your Alter Table

  • Red Candle
  • Athme
  • Boline
  • Anointing Oil
  • Candle Snuffer
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