Altars

PaganGreen Paganism and Witchcraft

Your special place will need to contain an altar. To many people, the word ‘altar’ summons up images
of vast churches with golden crosses or B-movies with dark-robed figures sacrificing damsels on a
stone slab in the middle of a deserted moorland. But in magical terms an altar is simply the term for a
sacred work space on which you place your tools, candles, incense and symbols for rituals.
In practice, many people use their altar every day, as a focus for quiet meditative moments, perhaps at
the end of a busy day or early in the morning. Such use does not make it any less special. Indeed, by
becoming a part of your daily world, it becomes charged with your own essential magical qualities,
and provides a repository of magical and healing energies, even if you only spend a few moments
each evening in personal, informal work.
It is your place and the rituals you hold there are limited only by your own desires and ingenuity.