” As above ~ So below”
The microcosm within the macrocosm
When we set up sacred space to do ritual there is generally a central or main altar that is placed in the center of the space. This altar serves as the central core that contains the physical representations of the energy and element to which it is aligned. The items placed on the altar are often laid out to reflect and align with the cardinal directions. Your altar may be round – a reflection of the continuum of the natural cycle or square – a statement of the equilateral foundation upon which all magick is built. Think of the altar as being divided into four quadrants; each aligned with a specific cardinal direction.
An Altar Checklist
These are some of the items you may wish to place on your altar:
• Ritual Tools – each representing one of the four elements and placed on the altar in the quadrant which it corresponds to.
• Candles representing the Light within and or to represent the spark of Divinity that is being called as God or Goddess.
• Seasonal items such as pumpkins for Samhain, holly leaves for Yule, spring flowers for Ostara, etc.
• Your Book of Shadows/journal and writing tool.
• Any thing you feel called to place on your altar that will enhance the visual experience of the ritual.
Ritual altars are just one form of creating these pockets of sacred space. Altars can be created for a variety of purposes; devotional, personal workings, meditation and more.
There is no right or wrong way to create your sacred space. The important thing is to be creative and to place on your altar what truly and deeply calls to you. This is how the greater connection is made to the inner workings of the ritual and the Divine.
Consider this a photo album of reference for creating your own beautiful space of the Sacred. The seasonal altars pictured were used in Oak and Willow Coven’s Sabbat celebrations unless otherwise noted. Enjoy!
Celebrations of the Sabbats
Mabon Air Altar
Mabon Fire Altar
Offering Space to the Ancestors (Dumb Supper)
I teach several workshops throughout the year and like to add the component of altars to enhance the visual experience. Most of these were multi-wk. courses so there were different altars relevant to each week’s material covered.
A Day within the Qabalistic Tree
This altar was used for the ritual to simulate rising through the Tree of Life and each level of the Sephiroth. A day-long intensive.
An Introduction to Esoteric Astrology
Aligning the Parts of Self
A Walk Through the Major Arcana
A Day-Long Intensive
Meditation for the Magickal Practitioner
Awakening the Energetic SELF
The Gates of Light
Devotional Altar- The Fires of Lugh
A Healing Altar for Brighid
A Personal Ritual of Awakening
A Ritual of Dedication: Temple of the Moon
Alternate Altar Spaces
Window Sill Spaces
Consecration of Tools Windowsill
Shoe Box Altars (The Shoebox is Underneath!)
Book Shelf Altars
An Altar of Sound Honoring Het-Heru
Altar for a Tarot Reading
An Altar of the Faery Gate
Foundations for Practice – A Ritual for 6 Month