Inner Circle Sanctuary: Our Wiccan Altar series
To practice your magical art, you need a magical space. Many Wiccans set up an altar for their craft working, and this can be anything from a small end table 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 our sabbats, 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, but it has a few spots of water discoloration. Occasionally, you’ll see a huge and ornate, but scarred, altar pentacle that was designed and crafted by one of our founders, 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 Wiccans, the pentagram is the symbol of our religion and our magic: the four elements in balance, ruled by spirit and enclosed in a ring to amplify the power. This is how magic is created, so the altar pentacle is where we perform our magic. Water and salt are turned into holy water on top of it. Tools are consecrated by being placed on it. Candle spells are amplified by being set upon it. It is truly the focus of our magical altar and it brings all the elements 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.
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By Lady Anwyn
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Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.