Your altar does not have to be elaborate. It can be a small table, a
a shelf in a bookcase, or whatever else is handy in the house. It can
be round, to represent
the Goddess, square, symbolic of the elements, rectangular or oval.
It may be a small area of
ground in a field or wood.
You may decorate it with crystals, talismans, herbs, flowers, or my
Anything that has special meaning to you. It is a reflection of the
person who puts it together.
It is considered best to place the altar facing north. This direction
symbolizes the power
flow from darkness to light. It is associated with the Earth. Some
face the south with their
altars to honor the sun as it rises. The altar is usually stands in
the center of the circle.
We do not believe the Goddess or God actually "inhabit" the altar. It
is a place of power.
We are not "idol worshipers". These are manifestations of the
creative forces found in nature
everywhere. It may be set up permanently or dismantled after use.
The Goddess is associated with the left side of the altar.
The Goddess may be represent by a white, silver, or green candle.
A sculpture or some sort of figure may be used.
Tools that are associated with the Goddess are the Cup, Pentacle,
Bell, crystals and Cauldron.
If the Cauldron is large, it is usually placed on the floor to the
The God is associated with the right side.
A sculpture or a figure of some sort may be used to represent the God.
A red, yellow or gold candle is appropriate.
Tools associated with the God are, the Censer, Wand, Athame, and
The Censer and Cauldron are sometimes set in the middle for offerings
to both Goddess and God.
The Pentacle is sometimes set in front of the censer. It marks the
Directions and/or Elements.
Many Wiccans mark North, South, East and West with candles on the
altar, space permitting.
Unless you have a very large altar, you will need a stand for the
Book of Shadows,
or place it on the floor where you will not step on it. As you can
see, it is up to you to find
what is pleasing. Altar cloths are sometimes used. The color changes
for the holidays or ritual.