Let’s Talk Witch – Altars and Circles, Oh My!
When practicing Witchcraft the two most common elements that we all have in common are the magick circle and the altar.
Let’s talk about how to set up your own magick circle and altar.
The circle is a powerful Witch’s tool. It’s the space where your magick happens. It is a sacred space that only you can create for yourself.
The magick circle has been used by witches and other magicians of various cultures: American Indians, Babylonians, and many others have used the magick circle.
The magick circle protects the witch from the forces that he or she is raising. It’s also used to shut out any energy or forces from outside which will interfere with the ritual.
The circle also contains your own personal power while you are working magick, holding and channeling it or your purposes.
Essentially the circle creates the atmosphere for all the magick you will do. It is a sphere of energy that forms the boundaries of your magickal space.
You will need some kind of way of marking the boundaries of your circle.
You can use a long piece of cord, or if you are outdoors, draw a circle of chalk, or use other objects to mark the outside of your circle.
Traditionally, a magick circle is nine feet in diameter. If you have space constraints, make it as big or as small as you are able to.
As you set up your circle, try to feel its energy moving around you. Focus on creating your perfect magickal space, the place where you can access your true power.
Once you have your circle, it’s time to decide what will go inside it.
The altar is the space where your tools will go. It can be made of anything, but wood is the best choice. Your altar doesn’t have to be fancy.
It can be a cardboard box covered with cloth, two cinder blocks with a board on top, a small coffee table or even a large, flat rock.
Traditionally, the altar is set in the center of the circle, facing North.
But what items will go on your altar, and where should you place them?
On the left side of the altar you place items such as your crystal, your cauldron(if it will fit), and a silver or white candle.
Your broom also goes on the left side, next to the altar.
On the right side is the place for your magick wand and your incense.
You can be as creative as you wish with your altar. Make it personal, and choose items which are both powerful and meaningful to you.
In the middle you can place some flowers if you like, plus all the ingredients you will need for your spell. Don’t forget matches for the candles, and a place to put the used matches.
Make sure you have all your spell ingredients ready before you begin, so that you do not have to leave the circle once you have started your ritual.
The altar is where you will do your spell casting. That’s why it’s in the center of the circle—it’s the focal point of your ritual.
Again, how you choose to do this is up to you. There’s no one right way to set up an altar.
All that matters is that you choose items that are magickally powerful and that you feel a connection with.
The magick will do the rest.