Altars for Candle Ritual
Creating a special area where you will place your candle can enhance
the experience of candle magic. A wonderful addition to the ritual of
picking out our candle, choosing its color, and carving the candle with
symbols, is the planning of an altar where ultimately the
candle will be placed. This isn't at all necessary for your
candle magic to work, but I have felt that
sometimes when I wanted to add more 'punch' to a candle spell, I've created a
visually beautiful altar with items that represented my intention.
Here are a few books that are good references for creating 'sacred space',
but by all means, let your intuition be your guide.
Here's a list of
some of the items that I've used when creating altars;
- 'Altars Made Easy' - Peg Streep - ISBN 0-06-251490-3
- 'Sacred Space' - Denise Lin - ISBN 0-345-39769-X
- Tarot cards
- Carved animal fetish(s)
- Anything found from the Earth - leafs, stones, flowers, feathers, shells, etc.
- Divination stones
- Pictures of individuals
- Artwork of my favorite artists - Susan Seddon Boulet, etc.
- Coins, dollar bills (for money rituals)
- Food, cookies (for abundance rituals)
- Candy (for love rituals)
- Medicine bags
Taking Your Altar Apart
Taking your altar apart is as much a part of the ritual as it was to create
it. Give yourself a few
moments to look at the altar and appreciate the ritual of creating it and
all the energy that was part of the altar. Thank the altar and all the
elements on the altar for the part they played in the magic, then slowly,
and with intention, begin to remove each altar object.
Each of those items have gathered a lot of 'mojo', and when used over and
over again become increaingly powerful.
If you've used food on an altar, either eat the food if it's
still consumable or leave it outdoors as an offering. Since it's been part
of a ritual, it's not appropriate to throw it in the garbage, down a
garbage disposal, or in a compost pile.
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