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To Create Sacred Space And A Permanent Altar
Altar Blessing
Altar Devotion, Casting the Circle
Your Altar
Altar Decorations
Altar Candles
Decorate Your Altar with Symbols of the Season
How To Make A Wiccan Shoebox Altar

To Create Sacred Space And A Permanent Altar

You Will Need:
2 white altar candles 
censer 
incense 
figurine/image (optional) 
white candle 

Preparation:
Clean/Sweep Area
Dress Candles
Ritual Bath
Meditation

Procedure:
Light left Altar Candle
Light right Altar Candle
Light incense
Light white candle. 
Rise up with it in your hand. 
Turn to your right and, with candle in hand, 
walk the perimeter of the space you wish to make sacred, 
investing that path with energy. 

Say:
By the light, which cuts thru darkness
By the fire, which burns within
By my will, which stirs the elements
Let nothing harmful in

As you reach the the altar, set the candle down in the appropriate place.  

Say:
So mote it be!

While within the circle of your sacred space, 
do whatever work you have need to do 

(if setting up permanent altar, bless the items that you have chosen for it, setting them in those places that are appropriate).

When it is time to leave, lift up the white candle, turn to your left and, with candle in hand, walk the perimeter of your sacred space, taking back the energy you had laid down before. 

Say: 
By my will, which called the elements
By the fire, which burned so bright
By the light, which lit the darkness
I will leave you for tonight.

Extinguish the white candle and set it down on the altar.
Extinguish the right Altar candle.
Extinguish the left Altar candle.
Face the altar one last time.

Say:
So mote it be!

Altar Blessing

Waving your hands over your Altar.

Say:
From the Mystic light
To fertile foundations
On the shores of the waters
Out of hopes and dreams
On the wings of wine
Of light and inspiration
With the inner flame kindled
Divine spark and gleam
Back to light
For manifestation swiftly fulfilled
Moves the unseen
By the moon
The stars and the sun
By the Gods
The Godesses and the Ancient Ones
Blessed be this Altar
And all here on
Good for all
And harming none

Altar Devotion, Casting the Circle
As you walk around the circle three times, imagine a green, soothing mist trailing from your fingers, enveloping you and enclosing your magic circle.

Say:
I conjure the magic circle
I am safe within the Goddess' womb
A sacred place, a world apart
Where enchantment births and magic starts
With Air and Fire, Water and Earth
I circle round the Mother's girth This circle is sealed.

Your Altar

Placement Based on Direction
The path of witchcraft you choose to follow often dictates the design, arrangement, colors, and countless other things about the altar. There are several things you have to consider when you start planning a rite or ceremony. The direction the tools and you are going to be facing during the proceedings is the first thing you have to be deal with when preparing for rituals, rites, and spell work.

Most agree that the altar is the center of the sacred circle, the middle of the sacred space, and that is where most witches prefer it to be for access. Also the energy of the circle is the strongest in the center, and magickal work is more powerful from this position. When the candles and cauldron and other magickal tools are brought out, they are placed in specific places upon this surface so their power can be centered as well.

Picking the direction you will be facing during the majority of the ritual is determined when you lay these tools outs. Symbols and tools of the Goddess are placed upon the left side of the sacred place and those of the God are placed on the right. Figuring out which direction you will be facing is crucial to setting the tools out properly.

The most traditional direction to face is North. A great number face their altars this way because North represents power and is the direction associated with the Earth. Some Trads choose to face the East to show respect to the Goddess and the God, because the Moon and the Sun rise in this direction.

The intent of the ritual may also come into play when choosing the direction of choice. It is possible to face any direction and cast, but respect to the deities and tradition often dictates the choice.

Altar Decorations for Samhain

Altar should be decorated with Pumpkins, Wheat, colorful Native American Corn, Gourds. 
Fall leaves you have gathered while walking in the woods or parks. 
Pine cones & Acorns. 
Pictures of dead ancestors (relatives or pets), 
Rosemary herb plants or dried bundles, 
Black and Orange candles. 
Scrying mirrors and or divination tools such as Tarot cards & Rune Stones.

Altar Candles for Samhain

Altar candles should be:
Orange, representing the magic of fire and the remaining fire in autumn leaves; 
Black, to absorb light and keep you warm for the coming winter; 
White, to send out energy; 
Silver and gold, representing the moon and sun. 
Decorate with autumn leaves and flowers, gourds, squashes, corn. 
As this is the meat harvest, you may also include an animal talon, horn or feather.

Decorate Your Altar with Symbols of the Season

Apple candleholders are a quick and simple way of decorating your altar for a fall Sabbat.

Naturally, youíll want to put candles on your altar to celebrate this Sabbat. Why not use vegetables and fruits symbolic of the season to make a candleholder? These easy candleholders are perfect for holding a taper-style candle.

First, youíll want to select some firm fruits. Red apples, early acorn squash, even eggplants work well -- apples seem to last the longest. 
Rinse and dry the fruit or vegetable thoroughly. 
Polish the outside with a soft cloth until the apple is shiny. 
Stand the apple up on its bottom, and use a knife or a corer to make a hole in the top where the stem is located. 
Go about halfway down into the apple so that the candle will have a sturdy base. 
Widen the hole until itís the same diameter as your candle.

How To Make A Wiccan Shoebox Altar

You do not need a large space or big tables to create an altar. Altars are about paying tribute to a loved one or creating a sacred space for practicing Wicca or other religions and can therefore be made as big or small as desired so long as they contain meaning for you. Shoe boxes are often used in the creation of smaller altars

Cover a shoebox, inside and out, in natural fibers, such as linen, silk or cotton. Attach the fabrics to the shoebox with a stapler, glue or tape.
Place the shoebox in a private area where it will not be disturbed. Turn the shoebox on its side lengthwise. Place a statue of the Wiccan Goddess in the middle of the box; get a Goddess statue from an online Wicca supply store if you do not already own one.
Set up your tools for magick in and around the altar, such as a pentacle symbol, chalice, wand and athame. Athames are a type of knife not used for cutting but rather for invoking power for spells. Fashion a wand out of twigs or other materials or purchase one from an online Wicca supply store. Pentacles and chalices may also be ordered from online stores.
Place candles around the altar, which are commonly used in Wiccan spells, as well as any other items sacred to your practice.

Remember to harm none!!!!

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