Faery Magick Altar and Tools

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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

 

Magick tools:

 

Athame

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.)

 

Bell

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.

 

Broom/Besom

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

to faeryland.

 

Cauldron

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.

 

Cup

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.

 

Cord

Symbolic of the cord of life, and used to mark the Faery

Ring, it is 9 feet long and usually white, green, or brown.

 

Drum

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

and ideas.

 

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.

 

Pentacle

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.

 

Robe/Cloak

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.

 

Sword

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.

 

Wand

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

magickal energies.

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