Basic Altar Set Up


One example of a simple, basic altar.

This is one way of setting up a simple altar for Spellwork and rituals being done in a sacred circle. Some Witches leave their altars set up at all times and some do not. It is a personal choice whether you do or not. You can set your altar on a table, the floor anywhere you can walk completely around it to make your sacred circle. As you get more comfortable on your path it will reflect in how you do your altar and what you put on it.

We will start at the top or North/element of Earth – here you need a bowl of dirt or regular table salt or stones or a piece of wood or a green candle.

Next going clockwise (dorsal) is East/element of Air – here you need incense or feathers (real ones not store bought ones) or a yellow candle.

Moving to the bottom is South/element of Fire – here you need either a red or orange candle or a lighter or some matches. The above illustration shows a charcoal burner, but you don’t need that yet and it might be you never use one.

Next is West/element of Water – here you need a bowl of water or some sea shells or a statue of some kind of sea or ocean life or a blue candle.

For Spirit, they have a God and Goddess candle. You can also use a statue or something that to you show the element of Spirit and you can put just one thing in either between Water and Earth or Between Earth and Air.

At this point, you might not have a wand or Athame (ceremonial knife) yet which is fine. So do even concern yourself with that part of this above illustration. If you do have one then place them as shown on the altar.

You should have one taper candle that you have inscribed your name on, this is your personal candle. You need to cleanse it before inscribing it of all energy but your own (there is a post up on here about how to do that) If you have an Atheme use that to do the inscription. If not a favorite sharp kitchen knife will work. It sets on the altar one side of Fire or the other. It should be on the side your power hand is on. Your power hand is the one you write with. You will use it to light the incenses and/or other candles on the altar from.

Have your Book of Shadows and something to write with; with you always when doing Spellwork and/or a ritual so you can either read the spell or ritual from it or want to write down something that happened in your circle. This sets on the opposite side of Fire from your personal candle.

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July 16th Daily Correspondence Digest

Daily Horoscope Friday, July 16, 2021

Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Libra.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You will be more emotional than usual expressing yourself in your most personal relationships today. (Marriage, friendships and even enemies.) This means no matter what happens – a friendly exchange or a conflict – it will be emotionally charged! Guard against “knee-jerk” reactions.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today you have to put your own emotional considerations second to the welfare or the demands of someone else. This doesn’t mean you have to play the martyr game but it does mean that something will take precedence over your own needs today. Stay chill.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today you are wearing your heart on your sleeve! Romance, flirtations and fun times with others will appeal, and you won’t conceal your delight and your feelings! (Relations with women will improve today.) You might also feel extra protective and nurturing to others, especially children.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You might want to cocoon at home today because you will enjoy relaxing among familiar surroundings. A conversation with a female relative could be significant. You might see how much your life is controlled by your daily habits. (Ditto for all of us.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’re very keen to communicate to others today. You want to go out to see people and also to be seen. In conversation with someone, you want a true bonding – something honest and real. You don’t want to waste time on superficial, chitchat. You want a genuine exchange.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today it’s easy to identify with your possessions or whatever you value. This is why you might have a strong attachment to something. You certainly won’t want to lend it to someone. Or in terms of your values, you might find you are defending yourself in an area where there is really nothing at stake.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today the Moon is in your sign, for the second day. (It’s in your sign for two days every month.) This will heighten your emotions and give you a stronger need to belong to others and relate to them. The good news is the Moon in your sign will slightly improve your good luck!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today the Moon is hiding in your chart, which means likewise, you will be tempted to withdraw and keep your feelings secret. You will value your privacy and not feel much like socializing. You might want to explore mystical or spiritual disciplines. (The tarot?)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will feel more protective to a friend or more nurturing today. This is because your emotional contact with others, especially friends and groups, is more important to you today. You might even feel jealous, if a friend pays more attention to someone else. (An Othello moment.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Regardless of what you are doing, you are more high viz. today, which means other people notice you more than usual. In fact, some people will be talking about you, especially about personal details concerning your private life. (Like what’s with that?) Do you need to do some damage control?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

At a subtle level today, you long for adventure! You want something different and exciting to happen because you need some stimulation in your life. If you cannot travel, you might enjoy a mental journey through study or film or a discussion with someone else.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today your emotional experiences will be more intense than usual. This includes your interactions with friends, family members and even the general public. You might feel possessive about property or something that holds memories from your past. (“My precious!”)

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Rosa Salazar (1985) shares your birthday today. You are warm and sociable but sometimes shy. You’re very intuitive and an accurate judge of other people’s character. You are a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. This year you are at the beginning of a new nine-year cycle, which means everything is up for grabs. Be courageous and flexible. Open any door!

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Birthday Horoscope Of People Born On July 16 Zodiac Sign Is Cancer

JULY 16 birthday horoscope reports that your ability to read people lends you a fascinating quality. Generally speaking, your instincts are baffling with accuracy but remain very approachable. You believe in perfection in whatever task you undertake.

Those born on this birthday July 16 can be cheery Crabs that enjoy being in love. A fair and sometimes bashful personality, you take life as a learning experience.
You are quick, enthusiastic and insightful. A daydreamer by default, you tend to believe in the power of positive thinking.The July 16th birthday personality characteristics say that most of the Cancer’s interest is spiritual as you are quite receptive and perhaps, prophetic.
You are sharp and could be secure in a lasting relationship. The idea of a permanent relationship only complements your goals and aspirations.

According to the July 16th horoscope, you want to be firmly planted in love before investing in the things that are marital. You will just not marry for the sake or marrying.
Your birthday meanings also suggest that you tend to love hard. The best partner for someone born on this day is a person who is easy-going, loving and confident.
In other words, someone who would mirror the Cancer’s qualities and aspirations would be an excellent partner. You also have a side that is private and a partner who would understand your need for space and time alone would be the best for you.

Otherwise, you can change like the wind. Sometimes, you are inclined to be emotional, and you put your everything into a relationship that you are serious about. Other times, you are playful and understanding. The thought of having a family is something very desirable.
The July 16 astrology analysis predicts that when it comes to money and a profession, a Cancer personality is usually very devoted to securing a stable home front. The right job can only be one that provides care for others, as you like to help people.

You naturally feel the need to help people. On the other hand, you are creative and could pursue a career that has significance to the arts. The July 16 birthday characteristics show that you can live a lavish life but prefer to live a modest and debt-free life. Money in the bank is more important to you than blowing it on frivolous things.
Professional health care advice would be to go and see one. While you do not like visiting the doctor, it can be a lifesaver. Normally, those born on July 16 are healthy individuals, but a yearly physical would be beneficial, as we do not always have symptoms of diseases that can have damaging effects.

Even the way you think can cause adverse reactions in your bodily functions. When you have time alone, Cancer should look forward and not to the past. Dwelling in troublesome and unchanging situations gets you nowhere mentally but physically; you could end up going to the doctor unwillingly.

The July 16th birthday personality traits show that you can read people. This quality suggests that you are a person that is mysterious. Those born on this day are Cancer birthday personalities you like being in love. Even in love, you still need your privacy.

Being somewhat of an introvert, you still want to help people. Perhaps, you take on too much, and in doing so, you can make yourself sick. Stress has its way of rearing its ugly head in the way of headaches and sleepless nights. Normally, the July 16 zodiac person should keep routine appointments with their physicians.

Famous People And Celebrities Born On July 16

Joe Jackson, Rain Pryor, Orville Redenbacher, Ginger Rogers, Barry Sanders, Alexandra Shipp, Barbara Stanwyck
See: Famous Celebrities Born On July 16

This Day That Year – July 16 In History

1755 – Harvard has new graduate. John Adams receives a degree.
1894 – Japan and England sign Treaty of Aoki-Kimberley
1909 – No scores in this game between Detroit and Washington
1960 – Record numbers in attendance at the Brazil-Uruguay World Cup soccer games. Over 200,000 tickets sold.
July 16 Karka Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
July 16 Chinese Zodiac SHEEP

July 16 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Moon which symbolizes a person’s feelings towards others, imagination, and emotional makeup.

July 16 Birthday Symbols

The Crab Is The Symbol For The Cancer Zodiac Sign

July 16 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Tower. This card signifies some major event that will occur in your life which will have life-changing consequences. The Minor Arcana cards are Four of Cups and Knight of Wands

July 16 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aquarius: This relationship is a playful one in which you are friends first before being lovers.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Libra: A relationship that can get boring without some spice in it.
See Also:

Cancer Zodiac Compatibility

Cancer And Aquarius

Cancer And Libra

July 16 Lucky Numbers

Number 5 – This number stands for new experiences, adventure, motivation, curiosity, and progress.
Number 7 – This number symbolizes a knowledge seeking an individual who might be a loner but is in search of spiritual awakening.
Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For July 16 Birthday

Cream: This is a calming color that represents intellect, quietness, richness, and elegance.
Blue: This color stands for freedom, passion, stability, and loyalty.

Lucky Days For July 16th Birthday

Monday – This weekday is ruled by planet Moon. It symbolizes your general behavior, harmony, caring for others and how you perceive things.

July 16 Birthstone Pearl

Pearl gemstone is a symbol of clarity in thinking, peaceful relationships and general happiness.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On July 16th

Cooking lessons for the Cancer man and a set of good steak knives for the woman. The July 16 birthday horoscope shows that you have strong intuitive powers.

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope

Moon Goddess’ Current Phase

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Visit the July 2021 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on July 16 has an illumination of 40%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On July 16 the Moon is 6.4 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.


You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else, you know was on the date the person was born. 

Custom Planetary Positions

Northern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.

July 16, 2021
09:00 pm GMT 4:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:24 Cancer 32
Moon:17 Libra 25
Mercury:07 Cancer 57
Venus:23 Leo 48
Mars:21 Leo 53
Jupiter:01 Pisces 06 Rx
Saturn:11 Aquarius 23 Rx
Uranus:14 Taurus 19
Neptune:23 Pisces 05 Rx
Pluto:25 Capricorn 35 Rx
True Lunar Node:09 Gemini 46 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Gemini 26 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):29 Taurus 50
Chiron:12 Aries 56 Rx
Ceres:25 Taurus 29
Pallas:27 Pisces 43 Rx
Juno:09 Sagittarius 10 Rx
Vesta:29 Virgo 00
Eris:24 Aries 47

Southern Hemisphere

The time for the Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Melbourne, Victoria, Australi


17 July 2021
06:00 am GMT 4:00 PM AEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:24 Cancer 54
Moon:22 Libra 38
Mercury:08 Cancer 36
Venus:24 Leo 15
Mars:22 Leo 07
Jupiter:01 Pisces 04 Rx
Saturn:11 Aquarius 21 Rx
Uranus:14 Taurus 20
Neptune:23 Pisces 05 Rx
Pluto:25 Capricorn 35 Rx
True Lunar Node:09 Gemini 46 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:08 Gemini 25 Rx
Lilith (Black Moon):29 Taurus 53
Chiron:12 Aries 56 Rx
Ceres:25 Taurus 37
Pallas:27 Pisces 42 Rx
Juno:09 Sagittarius 07 Rx
Vesta:29 Virgo 09
Eris:24 Aries 47

If you need to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link  To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to your local time use this link  For Your Local Time and Date

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