The altar is a sacred table and represents a meeting
place between the mortal and divine worlds. A table, fireplace
mantle, bureau top, sideboard, or steamer trunk, can
serve as your indoor altar. A large flat stone, tree stump,
garden bench, patio table, or other sturdy surface can be
used as an outdoor altar.
Put the candles, incense, stones, flowers, and your Faery
Magick tools on the altar just prior to doing spells, rituals,
and other magickal works. I like to match certain decorative
items of the altar to the seasons. For example, put
daffodils and tulips on the altar in Spring, roses in Summer,
crimson and golden leaves and corn sheaves in Autumn, and
pinecones, mistletoe, and evergreen garlands in the Winter.
You will find that when you approach and stand before
your altar with its burning incense, lit candles, and tools,
you are immediately enveloped in an atmosphere of mystery
and magick. This helps move you into an “altared” state
of consciousness, which is particularly conducive for magick.
Traditionally, the altar is taken down once you are done
with your magickal work, but some individuals leave their
altars up all the time.
Position your altar in the North, East, or center area of
your sacred space, depending upon your preference. Try a
couple of positions, and then select the one that works the
best for you. My Faery Magick altar is in the North because
the North direction represents ancestral wisdom.
Once you have selected the location for your altar, cover its
surface with an altar cloth to protect it when you are doing
magick. Natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, linen, and wool,
make the best altar cloths. The cloth can be any color. I also
like to change the color of altar cloths to match the seasons.
You don’t necessarily need to use a cloth when you are working
outdoors, for example on a flat rock or tree stump.
Generally, the altar top can be divided in half, the left
side being the feminine Goddess side, and the right side
being the masculine God side. You can place statues or representative
images of the faeries, the Goddess, and God, on
your altar as well as your Faery Magick tools. Keep the
feminine and masculine polarities of the altar in mind when
putting items on your altar. For example, put your athame
and sword on the right side of the altar, and your cup and
cauldron on the left.
To begin making Faery Magick, you will need a wand,
an athame, a cup, and a pentacle. You can paint or cut
runes, your initials, the tool’s name, oghams, and other
magickal symbols on your tools. Take time to carefully
think about the decoration you would like before permanently
marking the tool, and make certain that the decoration
matches the tool’s intended use. As you continue in
your practice, you can add more tools to your altar. For
further information, refer to the following listing of Faery
Associated with masculine Fire, the athame is a knife
without iron or steel that is used to cut the magick Circle. I
suggest that you dull your athame’s edges for magickal use
to avoid accidents. (Remember to keep all knives in a safe
place, away from children.)
Associated with Air, the silver bell is usually rung at the
beginning and ending of Faery Magick and to call in the
faery guardians. Use the silver bell to summon faeries, as a
fertility charm, and for protection from harmful energies.
The besom (pronounced beh-sum) is used for protection
and purification purposes. A simple Faery Magick broom
can be made from straw or grass tied around a leafy branch
of pine or oak. The broom can also be used for astral travel
Associated with Water, the womb, and the Cauldron of
Regeneration, this is a three-legged pot with an opening
smaller than its base, traditionally used for cooking potions
and brews. Filled with water or oil, it can be used for scrying.
A feminine symbol of Water, the cup or chalice holds
water, juice, or wine on the altar. It is usually made of
stone, clay, copper, lead-free pewter, silver, and is often
stemmed rather than with a handle.
Symbolic of the cord of life, and used to mark the Faery
Ring, it is 9 feet long and usually white, green, or brown.
A bridge to faeryland, the drum (traditionally called a
Bodhram) is associated with the elements of Air and Earth.
Drumming puts you in an altered state of consciousness
that is conducive to making magick.
Faery Magick Journal/Book of Shadows
This is a journal containing rituals, potions, spells, as
well as Faery Magick encounters, and your magickal impressions
Incense and Censor
Associated with Fire and Air, burn incense to attract helpful
divine energies. Say your prayers and wishes directly into
incense smoke. If you are sensitive to smoke, try scented oils
and an aromatherapy diffuser, or put a few drops of scented
oil in a small pan of boiling water to disperse the fragrance.
This is a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle that
represents the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.
The pentacle is a powerful protection and meditation tool. It
is also used as a pentacle platter (usually wooden) to hold
cakes and faery offerings.
Your robe or cloak is your Faery Magick skin. It can be
made of any fabric or color, and any design. Whenever you
put on your robe, you know you are ready for magickmaking.
Men can wear tunics and trousers instead of robes.
A small sword of bronze, not iron or steel, can be used to
focus magick power, enhance your psychic abilities, to tap into
ancestral wisdom, and to protect you from harmful forces.
Also called the Silver Branch, the faery wand is a rod of
power and acts as an extension of your arm and hand.
Made of wood (usually oak or apple) about the length of
your forearm, the wand is the most ancient of tools. It is
used to walk between worlds (the mortal and divine), for
healing, meditation, astral travel to faeryland, and to direct