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Asked by spacedyke
You don’t have to include a God candle if you don’t want to. You could either put two Goddess candles (one on each side) or one in the middle, it’s entirely up to you. I promise that no deity will be mad at you for it.
A Wiccan altar is a “raised structure or place used for sacrifice, worship, or prayer”, upon which a Wiccan practitioner places several symbolic and functional items for the purpose of worshiping the God and Goddess, casting spells, and/or saying chants and prayers. The altar is often considered a personal place where practitioners put their ritual items. Some practitioners may keep various religious items upon the altar, or they may use the altar and the items during their religious workings. The right side of the altar is considered the Goddess side, and the left is considered the God side. Many Wiccans also set up their altar as they would a circle, with elemental candles in the corresponding cardinal directions.
The first thing you should do when setting up your altar is to decide what you will put on it. Items that usually are part of the altar are: a cloth to protect your set up area from wax, water, ashes and anything else on your altar, candles, a Goddess stature, a God statue, incense, a chalice, a bowl, an athame, feathers, water, rocks or crystal, your wand, your book of shadows, and any items you have a strong attachment to. Please note that not every item listed above has to be on your altar, they are just commonly used (I don’t use half of them).
Next you’ll want to find an area to set up your altar. This could be a table top, on top of a dresser, on a box…anywhere flat. Make sure it’s not where anyone will move it, or accidentally knock it over. You also shouldn’t set it up under anything flammable for well, obvious reasons.
So now that you have your items picked out, and have chosen a space, it’s time to clear and cleanse the area. I don’t mean with a cloth and soap (though that couldn’t hurt), I mean with a cleansing and/or blessing ritual. This is especially important when you’re first consecrating your sacred space. You should also re-cleanse this area each time you take down and then re-set up your altar.
Now it’s time to set up your altar. Remember that the right side is considered the Goddess side and the left side is considered the God side. Generally items associated with the Goddess go on the right and items associated with the God go on the left. This isn’t a set in stone thing so play around with the setup until you get one that feels right to you. There isn’t a wrong way to set up your own personal space.
Altar setup with no God or Goddess figure.
Altar setup with God and Goddess figures.
Asked by Anonymous
The Triple Goddess is a concept in which the Goddess is split into three aspects - Maid, Mother, and Crone. These aspects correspond to the three phases of the moon - waxing, full, and waning. Of course, the moon has a fourth phase, the New Moon, and for this some speak of a Dark or Unseen Goddess. Those who do not use the fourth phase roll the Dark Goddess in with the Crone.
Attributes commonly ascribed to the Triple Goddess’ aspects:
Maid - Childhood, adolescence, beginnings, purity, virginity, independence, courage
Mother - Motherhood, protection, fertility, growth, sexuality
Crone - Old age, wisdom, change, transformation, death, rebirth, banishing
I’m going off the assumption that this “Gentle Mother” is some sort of interpretation of the Mother aspect of the Goddess so there’s some information on it. No one can find any information on this Gentle Mother or anything related to what you’re talking about. What is the Gentle Mother? How does she say women are to act? Where did you find your information? Why do you believe my soul has been coarsened and what does that mean?
There is a God and Goddess but I have yet to find where it says that the Goddess is specifically for women and the God is just for men, so if you’d be so kind as to point out where it says this.
Also I find what you say quite rude for obvious reasons and don’t find it necessary or polite that you feel the need to push your beliefs on other people and tell them that because they don’t believe what you do they are wrong.
Asked by horsehatecrimes
I think I know what you mean, but if not feel free to ask again.
You could set up an altar in your room and say silent prayers (in your head), or do so in a secluded spot in a forest. You don’t have to use candles or cast circles if you don’t want to, or incense or say anything out loud really. You could even just meditate every day or every week or even once a month… Wicca doesn’t need any tools, dancing around or loud chanting. There’s no rule that everything you do can’t be silent.
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Asked by scarletteraven
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Asked by cheyennecyanide
This is just my opinion but if people in your coven aren’t comfortable with it, it shouldn’t be done.
That being said if it’s something YOU want to do, you should do it. Don’t force the people who don’t want to to participate, but maybe pick a day to have other people watch or join a circle that you and whoever else is comfortable with it have. You should also ask the people who are not okay with it why they aren’t.
Sorry if the wording was bad and sorry for taking so long to reply (midterms and exams take up a lot of time).
Asked by littlebluewitch96
You could try using potpourri or scented oils or reed diffusers as none of them make smoke (which is what I’m assuming you’re worried about). You could probably also use fragrance oil warmers but I would look into it as I’m not sure if they make smoke or how much. Aside from that I’d say burn the incense in a different room or outside if possible.
Sorry if this wasn’t what you were looking for.
Asked by Anonymous
Sorry for taking so long to answer but everyone’s been busy with midterms and exams.
I’ll start with some information on the element earth (symbols, colours, direction…). Green is the colour that usually represents earth in a circle, other colour associated with it is brown. Earth’s symbol is the pentacle. The direction is north. Some of the items associated with earth are: salt, rocks, crystals, soil, sticks and grass/leaves.
So for setting up an earth altar you could set it up facing north, have green candles, a pentacle to the north or in the center, decorate it with a bowl of salt, some stones or crystals you like, if you want you can put a figure of The Green Man and a Goddess figure and set it up outside but inside is fine too, it’s entirely up to you. You should also add a few items that you have a strong spiritual connection too.
Hope this was a bit helpful, good luck.
Asked by Anonymous