Our Wiccan Altar: The Pentacle
Inner Circle Sanctuary
To practice your magical art, you need a sacred space. Many Wiccans and witches set up an altar for their craft working, and this can be anything from a small end table, or a lap desk on your bed, to a 9-foot marble behemoth.
Inner Circle Sanctuary is somewhere in between. We enjoy our craft and all the tools associated with our religion; therefore, we have a nice 6-foot table we like to use to hold all of our ritual accoutrement.
If you’ve ever been to one of our sabbats or public esbats, you’ve no doubt noticed our big and beautifully decorated altar as the centerpiece to all of our rituals. It’s full of deity statues, seasonal decorations, and tools.
Lots of magical tools.
The Altar Pentacle
The pentacle is the first thing you’ll notice on our ritual altar. It might be made of wood with the pentagram burned into it…..along with some candle wax stains. Sometimes, you’ll see a hand-painted pentacle that was lovingly traced and painted…… with a few water spots.
There’s even a huge and ornate, but scarred, altar pentacle that was designed and crafted by our founder, Lady Morgana. All were handmade and all are well-used. The scars they have only add to their beauty and power.
The pentacle is the symbol for earth, so what better element to be the foundation of our altar? It is the focal point where all the magic happens. For many Wiccans, the pentagram is the symbol of our religion and our magic: the four elements in dynamic balance, ruled by spirit, and enclosed in a circle to contain and amplify the power. This is how magic is created, so the altar pentacle is where we perform our magic.
It is truly the focus of our altar and it brings everything together.
Look at your altar pentacle. Is it scratched? Does it need a new paint job? Is it discolored? Good. Let it be imperfect. Let it be well-used and loved. Let it be the tool of your Craft.
by Lady Anwyn
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Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.