Working with Magic requires being organized and perceptive. An altar is a sacred space where we can exercise creative action, self-discipline and intuition.
The Tarot card “The Magician” has set up an altar with a sword (Air), a cup (Water), a pentacle (Earth) as he holds a wand (Fire). However, different systems of Magic may use different associations (the wand may be Air and the sword Fire).
Follow this guided ritual to bless your altar at home. Find a table or any surface that is not currently in use and set it up with an altar cloth and your witch’s tools.
Easy Altar Blessing Ritual
An altar blessing ritual and prayer for new Wiccans and other Pagans. Bless your altar and tools for working with real Magic.
Chalice or cup
Athame or knife
Altar cloth (optional)
1 White candle
How to perform the ritual
- Arrange your tools on the altar and light the white candle.
- Close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths. Visualize a bright light coming from the candle flame. It surrounds your altar and yourself.
- Take the wand in your dominant hand and point it to the sky. Say:
- Use your wand to touch the pentacle as you take a deep breath in and out. Do the same with the chalice, athame and your altar cloth or table.
- Place the wand back on the altar and say:
“Blessed Be My Altar”
- Sit down or remain standing as you meditate and think of all the great things that your altar will bring to you: peace, serenity, awareness, intuition.
- When you’re ready, blow out the candle and dispose of its remains by saying Thank you.
- 🖨️ Scroll down to find a printable version of this ritual.
This Pagan altar blessing ritual was inspired by an altar blessing chant by Geri B Davis.
The Magician Card
The Magician represents the power of manifestation which happens through words, an essential medium of transformation. Spells are words that prepare us for change and allow us to take risks that will bring great things into our life.
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Printable Pentacle for an Altar
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the elements of an altar?
The elements of a Wiccan altar are:
- A candle for the Goddess (white or silver),
- A candle for the God (gold or yellow),
- Statues of both deities (optional),
- Objects that represent each element in Nature (Air, Fire, Water, Earth).
- Divination tools or other sacred tools.
Learn more about the Wiccan Deities here. The elements of a Pagan (non-Wiccan) altar can be the same, excluding or replacing the images of deities with others that represent your path.
What can be used as an altar cloth?
The best altar cloth is the one that speaks to you the most. Choose something that has a personal value. If it’s your first altar, you can use any regular table cloth or any piece of fabric.
What direction should my altar face? 🧭
Traditional Wiccan altars face North because that’s the direction associated with Earth, an element of great power. Others prefer to have their altar at home facing East because that’s where the Sun rises in the morning.
However, your personal altar can face in any direction. Try every direction as you ask your Goddess/God to give you a sign.
What is the purpose of the altar?
In ancient times, altars were a special place (usually a tree, a spring, a rock) that was considered holy, where spirits or gods came to visit. Today, the purpose of the altar is for worshipers to have a place to leave offerings, chant prayers and perform rituals for their deities.
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