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What exactly is the Wiccan altar and what is it used for in the path? Why do I need to know how to set it up?
Two excellent questions, well three actually, for the beginning Wicca to want to know. First of all, you have to know why you need one. The altar is the central point of the circle. What’s this circle? It is the place we go to perform rituals, meditate, or commune with the God/Goddess. So, the altar is the center of this circle. It is used to hold items that we use when we perform these things.
The altar itself can be any number of things even the mantle in your home. The ideal altar is one that can be moved easily from indoors to outdoors. It is best if it is made from wood, but that isn’t necessary to begin with. What you want is something that is easily transportable and can function well for your workings.
Now, as to setting up the altar, you need to know that the left side is for the Goddess and the right the God. Remember, in Wicca, the deity is a duality. All you need to remember is that you will want items specific to the Goddess on the left and for the God on the right. Anything else is entirely up to you in function and design.
The Wiccan Elements on the Altar
To represent the Wiccan Elements on the Altar is simply to represent the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. You don’t have to get elaborate with this, think simple. A bowl filled with soil from your yard can represent the Earth. You can use a feather of any kind or burning incense to represent the Air. For the Fire, again think simple just light a candle. The flame is fire enough when you are starting out. As for Water, collect a cup of rain water or some lake water. Any water from outside is best (out of the outdoor faucet doesn’t count).
Use your imagination and make each gathering of the items an adventure. You might find a sea shell that could be used to hold the water or a rock that has a cavity in it. The possibilities are endless.
The Goddess and God on the Altar
You don’t have to search out or buy statues unless you want to do so. For the beginner, I would suggest looking for pictures that represent each and can be placed individually on your altar. Another option is the use of candles to represent them. If you do this, you will want to use a green, silver, or white candle for the Goddess and red, yellow, or gold for the God.
Make sure to place these on left and right respective of the proper place for each deity.
The Season on the Altar
Gathering items from nature to represent the different seasons is a fun outing for the day. You will want to make sure you have items appropriate for the Wheel of the Year celebrations and the four seasons. During Samhain, you might want some small pumpkins or gourds along with a few turned leaves, etc. Make if fun and uniquely you. If you extract something from a tree or a plant from the ground make sure you thank the tree or plant or earth for its sacrifice to your altar.
The Pentacle on the Altar
You will want to have a Pentacle on your altar. You can do this by drawing a Pentacle, placing an altar cloth, or using tiles that have the Pentacle on them. It is totally up to you as to which suits you better. The tiles are a nice addition for placing the small cauldron on when it is used for purification ceremonies and workings.
The Wiccan Tools on the Altar
Starting out you may not have many tools yet, but as you gather them you will want to place them in the proper place on the altar. On the side for the Goddess which is the left half of the altar, your tools might consist of a cup, pentacle, a bell, a crystal, and the cauldron. The God sits to the right side of the altar and his tools might be the censer, wand, athame and the white handled knife.
a simple basic set up for the beginning Wicca and in no way a definitive list of the variations on the setup of the altar. You are an individual and as such your altar will be as individual and unique as you are.
For my inside altar I have an oak secretary desk that came from my late grandmother’s home when she passed. My outside altar is two cinder blocks with a pine board placed across them. I have my altar items stored in a tote that is easily transported from inside to out.
Yours will be what you make it, just remember to follow the guide of Goddess on the left and God on the right. Hmmm…the similarity of the wedding ceremony comes to mind here. Enjoy gathering your items and setting up your own altar.
Written by LynneChandler
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Question by craftsmanunltd: who does a “wiccan ” serve?
im curious as to what the chain of command is in this organization…or religious sect…..
and where was this religion formed and by who?
Answer by XxKayla_The_RaverxX
all the gods and goddessess.
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When you stop to consider the ethics of any religion, you are really looking at your responsibility in walking the walk and talking the talk. In Wicca, it is no different other than there is no governing council or book like the bible to follow.
What the Wicca follow in their ethics is eight simple words: “An’ it harm none, Do as ye will”. This is the Wiccan Rede. The rest of the Rede is just poetry that expresses our earthy religion and nothing more.
So, let’s take this to the next level and analyze what these eight simple words really mean to the beginning Wicca and everyone who walks the path.
Bide the Wiccan laws ye must in perfect love an’ perfect trust.
Live an’ let live – fairly take an’ fairly give.
Cast the Circle thrice about to keep all evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye an’ light of touch – speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing Moon – sing an’ dance the Wiccan rune.
Widdershins go when the Moon doth wan, an’ the Werewold howls by the dread Wolfsbane.
When the Lady’s Moon is new, kiss the hand to her times two.
When the Moon rides at her peak then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the Northwind’s mighty gale – lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the West wind blows o’er thee, departed spirits restless be.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go – burn them quick an’ burn them slow.
Elder be ye Lady’s tree – burn it not or cursed ye’ll be.
When the Wheel begins to turn – light the Log an’ let Pan rule.
Heed ye flower, bush an’ tree – by the Lady blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone an’ truth ye’ll know.
When ye have need, hearken not the other’s greed.
With the fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry meet an’ merry part – bright the cheeks an’ warm the heart.
Mind the Threefold Law ye should – three times bad an’ three times good.
When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ever be unless they lover’s false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill – an’ it harm none, do what ye will.
This version is from the Wicca Handbook by Eileen Holland. She got it from Wicca-Pagan Pot-Pourri as received from Lady Gwen, who received it from her grandmother, Adriana Porter. It was published in the Green Egg, Vol VIII, no. 69, in the spring of 1975, on page 10, you can find it in the Wicca Handbook published in 2000 on pages 8 – 10.
An’ it harm none
The Rede (ri-d) is defined at Dictionary.com as advice or counsel. That in a nutshell is what following this code of ethics is all about. If you have a good moral code, then you will undoubtably follow the right path in your learning and understanding of these words. Someone who has an unbalanced code will not.
What exactly is the right path to take? How literal should I view the words, “An’ it harm none?
The right path to take is one of responsibility. You need to be able to accept the consequences of your actions. Now, this can be taken to the extreme. I’m not talking about calling the road kill police if you hit a squirrel on your way to work. If that happens, just send a thought to the Goddess and let her know you didn’t intend to ham the poor soul.
That pretty much sums up the answer to those two questions. Just make sure you use the Rede as a guideline for when you need to make important decisions, because it is basically saying “Do I need to do this?” and “What will be the outcome?”.
In a couple of sections down, I’ll discuss the Threefold Law. This is the karmaic response that many Wicca believe to coincide with the Rede.
Do as ye will
Now, we come to the second part of the Wiccan ethics. These four words are simple, yet plain. Do what you must to live, but always remember all eight words together. In doing what you must, you could inadvertently hurt someone in the process.
The Goddess and God know that there are times when you will be forced to choose a course of action that will cause the least harm. There is simply no way to get around certain situations without the outcome causing harm. People who are Wiccan in the military come to mind here as does the mother protecting her child. These types of things are not intended harm, but reek of doing what one must to survive.
Stop and think about your actions. If you are trying to use a spell to bind someone to you. This is an act of intent that goes against the free will of another and not the intent of good Wiccan ethics.
The Threefold Law
I’m going to touch briefly on this as it pertains to the Rede. Your actions that you send out will have a given reaction. This reaction may be seen in record time, it may take months, or it may take years, but it will impact the world in which we live on some level at some time.
Always, always, stop to consider what you are asking for and what the consequences will be in the end. You may be asking (or doing a spell) for the personal gain of money for instance. Many Wicca believe that for every action sent out, good or bad will come back to you thrice over.
This does not mean for the ten dollars you loaned a friend that they will pay you back thirty. It means that for a good act, you will receive good times three in your life. The same goes for bad. Personally, I think I’ll stay on the good side.
Now, that we’ve looked at some basics about Wiccan ethics, it’s time to take out your notebook again.
In it, on a clean sheet of paper, write out the Wiccan Rede. I’ve included the one I like here, but there are many versions, so search out the one that calls to you and use it.
Next, spend some time in contemplation on what the Rede means. Is it something you can live by? How do you feel about the eight words? In what way can you use it every day? As the answers come to you or if more questions arise, note them down in your book. Seek out the answers to any additional questions or feel free to email me with them. If I don’t know the answer, I have a large support base to ask and find it.
The Wiccan Rede…
and the Threefold Law are intertwined in the Wiccan faith. They are the embodiment of what will guide your faith and practices as you delve deeper and deeper into Wicca.
Love and light to ye all! )0(
Written by LynneChandler
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Question by Seeker: I need help from any Wiccan/ Pagan who is “out”!?
I recently came “out of the broom closet” with my parents. My dad doesn’t care, but I think it bothers my (catholic) mom and she won’t tell me. I she always talks about Wicca in a disgusted voice and ordered me not to bring any Wiccan “stuff” out into public. Is there any way I can show her that Wicca (and witchcraft) isn’t that bad? I told her the basics of being a Wiccan, but I don’t think that was enough.
PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN TRYING TO “SAVE” ME!!!
Also how do I get her to let me bring wicca books and other things (pentacle necklace, etc.) out in public?
my mom isn’t VERY catholic she stop going to church every week and now only goes every now and then.
also i love my mom very much (more than any one i know ) im not mad at her i just want her to see it my way
when i said “out” i meant as a wiccan not homosexually (i notticed some people got the phrases mixed up)
Answer by christians_are_terrorists666
you can tell her that Hitler was a good catholic in a sarcastic voice, catholics have done a lot of bad things in history, its best that you do some research about christian history, i have a book called the dark side of christian history by helen ellerbe and ten things I learned wrong from a conservative church by john killinger, knowledge is power and its best to arm yourself to the teeth, tell her that Opus Dei is the mafia of christianity and protestants are just as crooked, they steal money form gullible people so they can have jets and mansions
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