Soul & Spirit’s resident white witch Patricia Weston shows you how to set up your own magical altar at home!
So, you think you’re a witch? You feel different, you like to meditate, you are drawn to healing, oracle cards, crystals, astrology and anything connected to the other side like fairies, angels and unicorns. Most importantly, you have a strong sense that you’ve walked this earth many times before. What do you do next? We witches are known to hide in our broom closets for fear of being ridiculed or criticised by the outside world, and the beauty of the path of the witch is that you can do just that – the first step is to set up your altar.
You should set up your altar with the tools of the craft. It’s a place of peace, and to cast your rituals. All you need for an altar is a small table or shelf space. When I’m not working a ritual, I like to decorate my altar just to indulge in my magical intentions, and meditate in front of it. If you can learn to connect with your guides and angels in spirit and use your altar as a place of connection, then you will not only raise your vibration, but you will feel more spiritually whole. The witch’s altar is where you place the tools of the craft that represent the five elements.
These elements are earth, air, fire, water and spirit. All living organisms on the planet are made up of these five elements, so we need to work with them harmoniously when setting our intentions. Earth represents our connection to the ground and our material needs, air is our ability to communicate and our intelligence, fire is our spark, courage and energy, water is our dreams, intuition and emotions, and spirit is our connection to the other side or spirit world. Once you’ve found your space, drape it with an attractive tablecloth. I like to place a large candle right in the middle to represent the spirit world, then leave out two tea lights to represent the God and Goddess beside that.
To represent each element, start in the north (you may need a compass to determine your directions). Place a tool to represent the earth. You can use a dish filled with clay or sea salt. There are many shops online that sell altar tools – in the east, place smouldering incense to represent air. To the south, place a tool such as a wand to guard against negativity and meddling spirits. A wand can be sourced from a branch that has fallen from a tree. Finally, to represent the element of water, fill a decorated cup with moon water (water that has been left out during a full moon). I use a simple pewter chalice.
Once your altar is set up with all the tools of the craft, you can leave it in place after your magic work or wrap up your tools in black cloth to protect them until they are ready for use again. Continue to decorate your altar with flowers, crystals, candles or photos of loved ones or your animals that have passed and perform candle spells each day. The witch’s altar is a beautiful focal point for healing and I love nothing more than spending time at my altar. Get creating your special space and enjoy!
Now try this: Bless your altar tools!
You’ll now need to charge your tools for magical use. Hold each one on your altar over each element to bless it to work for you
• You can ask the archangels that reside over each element and direction to bless your tools. Archangel Uriel for the north and earth, Archangel Raphael for the east and air, Archangel Michael for the south and fire, and Archangel Gabriel for the west and water. Archangel Metatron should be called on for Spirit.
• Say aloud as you hold each element above your head, “By the power of the moon, the sky above and the earth below and the angels, guides and spirits all around. Please bless this tool to be used by me for the highest good of all, in love and light.”
Patricia Weston is a witch based in Dublin, Ireland and calls herself a White Witch because she works in the light. Patricia gives mediumship readings, psychic readings, healings and hypnotherapy. For more info, visit patriciawestonpsychicwitch.com