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  • Your Magickal Wiccan Altar * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    go When the energy of your altar is sluggish it s like dragging a millstone around with you in every aspect of your life You ll be swimming against the flow and you ll feel it You ll notice that you have to work harder than seems necessary and for smaller gains This goes for any Wiccan magick that you work limiting its effectiveness But surprisingly it affects every aspect of your mundane life too Your work life your love life your emotional well being even your physical health become clogged and unpleasant when your altar energy is sluggish But when a Wiccan altar is freshly charged up it s like tying on a booster rocket How Can A Wiccan Altar Improve Your Life No one can say exactly how it works But it s easy enough to verify that it does Try it yourself But personally I believe it s because when your Wiccan altar is fresh and alive your magickal connection with the Divine is much clearer Higher energies then work through you and your life falls into place Effortless then becomes an experience rather than a neat idea Once your spirit is connected with its Source and your soul is nurtured things naturally smooth out When you are working with your own evolution life doesn t need to keep spurring you on through trials and suffering With Bright Blessings Next Article on Wicca Altars If You Liked Your Magickal Wiccan Altar You May Also Enjoy These Related Articles New material is always added please subscribe to our RSS Blog or The Silver Chalice E zine to receive updates and unique articles The Power of Colors Where does the Power of colors come from Partly a trick of human vision and partly the physical form of light Either

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  • What's On A Wiccan Altar? * Wicca Spirituality
    subjective The most important thing is that it is beautiful and meaningful to you If you d like to do a little more there are certain things that are common on Wicca altars Like altar tools Wiccan Altar Tools While your magickal items may be various and personal on a typical Wiccan altar there are certain Wiccan symbols and altar tools that are arranged in a specific order The most basic Wiccan tools are representations of the 4 directions and elements and the 4 Powers of the Witch Pentacle for North Earth Athame for East Air Wand for South Fire Chalice or Cauldron for West Water You can get by with these in fact you can get by with nothing but a representation of the Divine But in time you ll probably want more See the article on Altar Tools for explanations of these and more objects found on most Wiccan altars and how they are used Also this article on Getting Started With Wiccan Tools has tips on where to find how to make and how to choose the right ritual items for you Other Ritual Objects You can put anything you like on your Wiccan altar Besides the altar tools and symbols stones are very common altar items Gem stones have different properties and can be selected to bring healing or draw energies to your altar This article on the meaning of gem stones and precious metals is a good place to start exploring this area You may wish to consciously use color on your Wiccan altar to create a specific atmosphere or energy Every color has its own meaning and Power and using the right one can enhance your magickal experience With Bright Blessings Next Article on Wicca Altars If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it

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  • Care of Your Wicca Altar * Wicca Spirituality
    tools with a proper attitude Purifying your new altar tools Dedicating and consecrating altar tools Appropriately storing altar tools Respectfully disposing of old altar tools WITCH TIP These steps are covered in other articles Please see Wiccan Altar Basics to find out the whats and whys of Wiccan altars Basic Altar Tools for info on what ritual tools go on a Wicca altar and where Getting Started With Wiccan Tools for tips on finding making choosing and buying Wicca altar tools Purifying Preparing Your Ritual Tools for tips on what to do with your Wicca altar tools before and after use 2 Freshening Your Wicca Altar Regularly Keeping your altar current Dusting Replacing candles Changing altar cloths Reducing clutter etc 3 Tending Your Altar as a Spiritual Practice Making offerings to the Divine Caring for your altar Deities Respecting your own and others altars See Wiccan Etiquette Doing all of these tasks with care and mindfulness In this article we will explore the second phase Freshening Your Altar What Freshens An Altar Freshening a Wicca altar is mostly basic housekeeping keeping it clean tidy and uncluttered Mostly Why Is Housekeeping Important A dusty or dirty altar creates sluggish energy Things become hard to achieve in your life You may feel lethargic overwhelmed or stuck A jumbled altar or one with old spells and symbols on it makes it hard to move ahead in new projects and to think clearly A cluttered altar makes it difficult to assess priorities and do anything well These are examples of ways your altar can affect you Or to be honest how they affect me These situations might have different results in your life depending on what things you find challenging The thing is they will have results and not beneficial ones Of course all these conditions in your altar usually reflect those situations in your life too This creates a sort of feedback loop where your life gets muddled and your altar gets muddled and then your life gets more muddled and so on An Out Dated Altar There is one extra point to housekeeping your Wicca altar which may not be immediately obvious What really keeps an altar fresh is keeping the altar decorations current Just as you don t keep Hallowe en decorations up all year round so your altar decorations need to stay in tune with the seasons A bright green altar cloth at Samhain will be as out of sync as New Years decorations in June But having your Wicca altar decorations reflect the Wiccan calendar is only part of it Reflections of Your Soul Your altar decorations also need to mirror your internal seasons Altar decorations can reflect your moods and they can help you shift them For instance if you are feeling a lot of anger your altar decorations can reflect that in two ways Expressing that energy as with a red altar cloth black candles Kali dancing with Her necklace of skulls etc This can help you

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  • Getting Started With Wiccan Tools * Wicca Spirituality
    items Well these days probably eBay Also people you circle with may have Wiccan tools they are ready to pass on or they might know of others who do Check with any witches you chat with Let them know what you need You d be amazed what can come down the pike Making Your Own Wiccan Tools You can make a chalice from any cup or bowl It may be as simple as consecrating it or you may paint symbols or runes on it first Or if you really like to go all out you could throw the clay or blow the glass yourself The point is it doesn t need to be difficult to make your own Wiccan tools Sometimes it s as easy as designating a new use for an old item Still it helps to bring sacred intent to the making of Wiccan tools Don t mindlessly paint spirals while watching sitcoms When you are making something for magick put magick into its making Start By Making Magick Gather the materials mindfully and respectfully Give thanks for them Cast a circle and have a clear intention for the Power you want the object to have Put as much of that into it as you can Breathe your spirit into it And ask your deities to do so too When you ve made a really magickal item you ll know It s wonderful It feels less like arts and crafts and more like giving birth You will feel its life its consciousness Welcome it Bless it Thank its spirit for coming to you Now remember that you ve brought a being into the world and it is dependent on you for its care and its affection Don t let it down and it won t let you down After You ve Found Your Wiccan Tools Now that you have your sacred objects other issues arise What do you need to do with your Wiccan tools once you ve got them How do you purify and consecrate a sacred object Does it matter how you store your Wiccan stuff If they hold magickal energy or spiritual value is it okay to just stuff them in a box when not using them And what do you do when you re done with ritual tools It doesn t feel right to toss them in the trash Taking responsibility for your Wiccan tools is a little like having a baby It entails certain responsibility for care See The Care Feeding Of Your Wicca Altar for more on this With Bright Blessings Next Article Choosing Wiccan Ritual Tools If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It only takes a second to share the good stuff with other seekers Ritual Tools Articles Wicca Altar Tools and Their Uses Getting Started with Wiccan Tools How to Choose Wiccan Ritual Tools Harvesting Wiccan Ritual Tools in Nature Cleansing And Preparing Your Ritual Tools If You Liked Getting Started With Wiccan Tools You May Also Enjoy

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  • Choosing Wiccan Ritual Tools * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    your dominant hand is for sending When you are thinking of an athame or Necklace or any other Wiccan stuff hold it in your hand If that s not feasible imagine holding it or touch a picture of it Do you get any sensation in your hand or your heart or your belly What does it feel like If it feels warm or tingly or happy in some way this tool could work for you If you don t get sensations you might get images sounds smells or thoughts that crop up These are clues If the clues reflect positive experiences or feelings that s a sign that this is a good choice for you What This Doesn t Prove This kind of testing doesn t show whether something is the best or the only Wiccan ritual tool for you Just whether it s harmonious with your energy field or not To find out answers to questions like what is best for you and whether you need one try kinesiological testing or pendulum dousing Buying Wiccan Ritual Tools Other Wiccan Stuff For ritual supplies a guideline is to buy the most beautiful to you that you can afford This proves to the Divine the value that you put on the spiritual aspects of your life And this beauty and value will provide ongoing spiritual Power as you use your Wiccan ritual tools To Haggle Or Not To Haggle When buying Wiccan ritual tools it s important not to haggle over or complain about the price So if you can t really afford it don t buy it Haggling or negative feelings generated will linger in your Wiccan ritual tools diminishing their Power Find another alternative or wait until you ve saved enough The important thing is to be able to bring joy to the process With Bright Blessings Next Article on Wicca Altars If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It only takes a second to share the good stuff with other seekers Ritual Tools Articles Wicca Altar Tools and Their Uses Getting Started with Wiccan Tools How to Choose Wiccan Ritual Tools Harvesting Wiccan Ritual Tools in Nature Cleansing And Preparing Your Ritual Tools If You Liked Choosing Wiccan Ritual Tools You May Also Enjoy These Related Articles New material is always added please subscribe to our RSS Blog or The Silver Chalice E zine to receive updates and unique articles Wicca Jewelry For The Power Centers Wicca jewelry is typically worn on the Power Centers of the body These are key energy points that link the physical body to the spiritual or energetic realm Jewelry at these points serve to Read More Wicca Practices These are distinctly Wicca practices because they are unique to Wicca and or they are particularly important skills for Wiccans to gain So what spiritual practices do Wiccans need and use Read More What Goes On A Wiccan Altar The only limit to what you can put on your Wiccan altar is your

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  • Decorate A Pagan Altar * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    type flowers Flowers Violets or anemones Stones Amber Stones Amethyst Scents Eyebright St John s Wort Savory Thyme Borage Scents Lavender Eyebright Sage Other Drink St John s Wort tea Other Potted flowers Drink chamomile mint tea F eeling Blue F eeling Fearful Altar cloths Pale pink Altar cloths Light Blue Deities Brighid or Mary Deities Artemis or Kali Dancing Shiva or Pan Candles Yellow Candles Yellow Flowers Violets Flowers Chrysanthemum Stones Rose quartz Stones Black hematite no crystals Scents Violet Pine Borage Scents Snapdragon Eyebright Basil Other Sea shells Other Big pine cones F eeling Despairing Feeling Stuck Altar cloths Bright red Altar cloths Bright green Deities Kwan Yin Mary or Yemaya Deities Dancing Shiva Kali Danu or Brighid Candles White Candles Red Flowers Tiger lilies Flowers Cuttings of green branches or flowering fruit trees Stones Pearl Stones Quartz crystal Scents Lavender Rosemary Mint Borage Scents Motherwort Mint Mandrake Basil Anise Other River stones Other Red ribbons on your athame Feeling Stressed F eeling Irritable Altar cloths Purple Altar cloths Pale pink Deities Matron God dess Voluptus or Lalita Deities Kuan Yin Green Tara Candles Ivory pillar candles Candles Sky blue Flowers Pastel colors and green leaves Flowers Narcissus or Daffodils Stones Hematite or amber Stones Moonstone Scents Vervaine Thyme Lavender Scents Tarragon Passion Flower Other Eat cucumbers Other Drink Chamomile Tea Feeling Poor Feeling Spiritual Apathy Altar cloths Gold Altar cloths Black with stars silver or gold Deities Lakshmi Gaia or Moon Mother Deities Matron God dess or Tara Candles Silver Candles Silver Gold or Sky blue Flowers Lush garden roses or large bouquets Hollyhocks Flowers Yellow and pink roses Stones Rose quartz and pearl Stones Turquoise Scents Rowan Alfalfa Scents Sandalwood Myrrh Other Fruits nuts bread pentacles Other Decorate your chalice with flowers colours shiny things Feeling a Creative Slump F eeling Spacy or Ungrounded Altar cloths Orange Altar cloths Brown Deities Brighid Saraswati Deities Gaia Artemis Diana Green Man Candles Turquoise if you can stand it or red Candles Brown or Black Flowers Lotus Water lilies Orchids Jasmine Flowers Geraniums Stones Lapis Lazuli or Herkimer diamond Stones Hematite Scents Vervaine Mandrake Jasmine Scents Wisteria Other Decorate with Stars Other Potted plants Needing Healing Wanting Love Altar cloths Spring Green Altar cloths Dusty rose Deities Green Tara Hari Medicine Buddha Deities Aphrodite Venus Candles Yellow Candles Red Flowers Jasmine Flowers Irises Plush roses red peach or pink Stones Amethyst Stones Moonstone Scents Rosemary Pine Juniper Jasmine Hyssop Ginger Scents Lovage Rose Vervaine Rose Geranium Periwinkle Other Other Create Your Own Pagan Altar Decorations These are merely sample altar decorations to get you started There are countless other ways to decorate your altar for each of the situations above What works on your Pagan altar may be different than what is suggested here The best way to tend your Pagan altar is to create the sacred space that nurtures you Remember if you are just following the recipe someone else has written the magick will not be as

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  • Wiccan & Pagan Jewelry * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    meditation etc The purpose of magickal jewelry in Wicca is to help hold and channel Energy in order to work magick This is why Pagan jewelry is not worn out in the mundane world That would diffuse and perhaps even contaminate its Power Of course with something as diverse as Paganism and Wicca there are always exceptions Some may wear magickal jewelry out in the world But for it to maintain its clarity and Power it is likely to need frequent cleansings and renewals of energy WITCH TIP It is advisable that any ritual or sacred jewelry be purified and sanctified before use like all ritual objects Please see Preparing Your Wiccan Ritual Tools for more Spells Charms Pagans may create magick spells in the form of jewelry Usually this would be an amulet or talisman One common version of spells as jewelry is a small bottle on a necklace These can be filled with water or oil spells or simply herbs or sacred scents Then you carry it with you wherever you go These may be visible to others in which case they are generally inconspicuous For example a magick spell bound to an ordinary brooch or other item that wouldn t raise any eyebrows This is done because it is draining on Power to be subjected to derision and judgement Charms that would attract unwelcome attention then are secreted away where prying eyes will not see them This helps to maintain their Power Sacred Jewelry Other sacred jewelry can be worn at all times ritual and ordinary life These serve to remind you of things you tend to forget as you go about your daily routine like your ideals or the Divine And it doesn t need to be anything overtly Pagan If it has personal spiritual meaning to you it is Pagan jewelry A conventional diamond necklace can carry symbolic meaning and so be Pagan jewelry Sacred jewelry serves as a reminder As many saints have proclaimed human beings aren t bad we are just forgetful We forget what s important to us we forget the Divine we even forget Who we really Are The Purpose Of Sacred Jewelry So wearing Pagan jewelry or any jewelry can fill several spiritual purposes Reminders of the Divine A special ring can help you become aware of the Divine in every moment Invoking the Divine You might wear a token of the Divine that is particularly special to Her For example moonstone and pearl are favoured by the Moon Wearing one draws Her happy attention and Her blessings Awareness of our own Divinity and the power we hold A well chosen piece of jewelry can be worn like a piece of string tied around a finger remember remember remember Who you really Are Awareness of the body as Temple Your physical container in this world is the Goddess holy Temple Adorning this Shrine with beauty is a wonderful way of celebrating that Reminder that the body is a sacred instrument

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  • Wicca Jewelry For The Power Centers of the Body * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    the channel from the Divine to the Witch Necklace A chain or string with a symbolic pendant that often rests at the heart center Can focus particular energies that you wish to bring into yourself Waistlet A strand of any material that encircles the waist often with a meaningful pendant hanging from it to lay above the womb center Honours the Divine Within especially the Goddess Wicca Jewelry For Other Power Sites Anklet Any ornamentation worn about the ankle Often jingling or tinkling with bells Reminders that every step is sacred Bracelet Wristlet Any ornamentation worn about the wrist Reminders that all your actions can be offered to the Divine Earrings Pendants or rings worn on the ears either clasped or pierced that you may hear Truth with the inner ear Caution when choosing extra piercings be advised that there are several major acupuncture points around the ear Placement should be precise generally it is best to avoid these points Finger rings The most common jewelry rings designed for fingers Especially powerful are rings worn on the heart third finger and creation index finger Others are judgement restraint finger middle and communication finger pinkie Enhances the power of the finger Necklet A rigid or close fitting band around the neck Opening the channel of Divine speech and possibly joy Thumb rings Rings worn on the thumb Since the thumb is a powerful energy center rings worn here may hold more power than on other fingers Empowers Divine Will in your life But can also be awkward in everyday use New for the West Wicca Jewelry These are body adornments that are quite new in the Western world They have found wide acceptance in alternative circles like Wicca and Neopaganism Not all witches use these by any means But you re likely to see them at any public ritual Bellybutton jewels Rings or studs for pierced bellybuttons or jewels worn loose or spirit gummed into the navel Honours Divine Mother Bindis Originally Indian adornment now widely adopted in Wiccan society worn at or near the third eye Reminders of the Sacred nature of each person Henna Tattoos Mendhi Originally Indian art of using henna to create lasting but temporary designs of a sacred nature on the body Traditionally favoured on hands feet and face Power depends on design used and intention set Nose rings Rings or studs worn in a nose piercing Tattoos Tattoos with various spiritual symbols and designs have become commonplace in pagan circles They are often worn on the power sites A particular favourite has been the sacrum Tattoos should be chosen with great care and the more potent the site the more care must be taken They will influence the energy field of your body for life Toe rings Open adjustable rings sized for toes Useful for grounding and remembering the sacredness of the Earth life Other body ornaments These days just about anything may be pierced and decorated If it is done with clear intention and

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