To the Anon that sent me an ASK regarding a first altar...
I’m sorry I accidently deleted your ask. But here are my thoughts.
For a first altar you want to create a sacred space of things that are truly meaningful to you and make you feel safe and healthy. For example, if you have a sensitivity to smoke, I wouldn’t suggest incense but maybe dry herbs in its place.
I always would have gemstones and crystals if you can afford them, if not, a collection of found stones and indigenous minerals as well as found sea shells if you are near a beach are a wonderful addition to any altar.
I have always tried to incorporate the five elements into my spaces, for Earth I use crystals,
Air - incense,
Fire - candles,
water - I collect full moon water and was lucky enough to collect solar eclipse water this summer!
For spirit I have a feather and horns.
But you can interpret the elements in anyway that suits you. I have my father’s fishing knife that I was given when he passed away that I use as my athame, but if you are uncomfortable with a blade in the house, (When our daughter was young) I had a carved athame from wood that was not sharp. I have since passed it down to her and she uses it now!
I hope this gives you a few ideas. Remember that all altars are unique and there is no proper way to create an altar or sacred space. It is a very personal process and just like witchcraft, there is no wrong way to practice. Good luck!
New season, new Mysteries. Although witchcraft is a fertility religion, there are times where we must delve into the mysteries of death and rebirth. The cold seasons and the greater sabbats of Halloween and Candlemas are a time when the leaves on the trees die, snow begins to fall, and the world becomes a little darker. This is a time where earth’s mortality shows, but this mortality is what keeps the cycles of life going. It is an old saying that if witches stopped doing their seasonal rituals, the sun and moon would no longer rise and the world would stop.
“Queen of the Moon, Queen of the Stars, Queen of the Horns, Queen of the Forests, Queen of the Earth, bring to us the Child of Promise!
For it is the Great Mother who gives birth to him; it is the Lord of Life who is born again. Darkness and tears are set aside, when the Sun comes up again.
Golden Sun of the hill and mountain, illumine the world, illumine the seas, illumine the rivers, illumine us all!
Grief be laid and joy be raised, blessed be the Great Mother!
Without beginning, without end, everlasting to eternity.”
Excuse the dust, I light a lot of incense, but here is my indoor altar(s). Top tier is the all gods shrine, then the spiritwork / old horn / wild hunt altar, then the working altar where I do my divination and spells, down there so I can sit or kneel, and any books or supplies I might need are on the shelf below.
Last night was for her, so tonight is for him. Luckily we’ve had a clear night sky for a few nights in a row, so she’s graced us with her light and iv used it to the fullest, but tonight he’s calling 🌙 🦌
The archaeological site of Tel Be'er Sheva in Israel is thought to be the biblical town of Beersheba. Beersheba symbolized the Land of Israel’s southern boundary.
As shown in the second photograph, a large horned altar was rediscovered at the site, which has now been reconstructed. This altar is viewed as evidence for the existence of a cult center or temple in the city, which was dismantled during the late 8th century BCE.
This find is significant, as it has been interpreted as evidence for the reforms of King Hezekiah, and his suppression of shrines outside of Jerusalem. This is described in 2 Kings 18: “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles.”