The ritual of consecration and purification of the altar consists of a series of actions aimed at preparing an altar, get in tune with it, and express our intentions for your witchy practice. Not everyone does it; for many people, it is enough to spend some time around the altar to make contact and start getting carried away.
According to some, rituals aside, it is the intentions that count. Personally, I really like the idea of dedicating a small ceremony to the new altar and to the work I will do with it. It shows the good intentions I have and will charge all the objects and ornaments on my altar with positive intention.
That’s why I love to dedicate myself to this little practice before using a new altar.
Three methods to consecrate your altar
My favorite method
Before using your altar, you must proceed with consecration and purification of your sacred space.
To do this, you will need:
- White sage
- Matches to light the candle
- Fireproof bowl for storing white sage
First, light one of the white candles on the altar. Close your eyes and inhale and exhale deeply. Ask the universal energies to purify and consecrate your personal space and imagine a white light that, like a bubble, envelops you and your altar.
Take the white sage in your right hand and light it by passing it over the candle flame.
Pass the sage smoke over the entire altar surface and all the elements placed on it.
Once the procedure is finished, place the white sage inside the fireproof bowl and say the following words:
May these fumes purify my sacred space from any negative energy and energetic stagnation so that my work can always be aimed at my greatest good and without causing any harm. So be it.”
Let the sage burn out.
Now, your altar is cleansed and ready for use.
Rub some salt on an instrument, saying:
“I consecrate you with the Earth. May this (instrument) be endowed with all the Virtues of the Earth, and may the blessings of the Earth element be multiplied with each use.”
Then pass the instrument through some burning incense, visualize the air as you speak:
“I consecrate you with Air. May this (instrument) be endowed with all the Virtues of Air, and may the blessings of the Air element be multiplied with each use.”
Now pass the instrument through the flame dedicating it to fire:
“I consecrate you with Fire. May this (instrument) be endowed with all the Virtues of Fire, and may the blessings of the Fire element be multiplied with each use.”
Drop a few drops of water onto the instrument:
“I consecrate you with Water. May this (instrument) be endowed with all the Virtues of Water, and may the blessings of the Water element be multiplied with each use.”
Offer the instrument to the Goddesses and to the Gods: “Mothers and Fathers listen to me, I offer you this (instrument) for your blessing and with it I honor you. Be blessed.”
A Wiccan ritual to consecrate the altar
First, we will prepare our altar with a white tablecloth.
Now put a bowl of salt, the incense in grains (if you can’t use grains, use the one in sticks, but with musk, amber, opium, or myrrh fragrance), a bowl with water, and a white candle on the altar. As you can see we are representing the four elements.
Create the magic circle. This can be done with both the Wand and the Athame, which we will talk about later!
Light the candle, and then the incense.
Both the 4 cardinal points and the 4 elements must be honored. It always starts from the East, which belongs to the Air, and then continues to the South with Fire, West with Water, and ends at the North, Earth.
Now take the pentacle or the object to be consecrated and pass it over the incense smoke to bless it with the power of Air, while saying the following:
“Beneficial powers of Air, consecrate this (the name of the object).”
Now turn to the South, pass it over the flame of the candle, and repeat:
“Beneficial powers of Fire, consecrate this (the name of the object).”
Now towards the West take a little water from the bowl with your fingertips and sprinkle it on the pentacle.
“Beneficial powers of water, consecrate this (the name of the object).”
Finally, turn to the North, sprinkle the salt on the pentacle, and say:
“Beneficial powers of the Earth, consecrate this (the name of the object).
Now take the pentacle in your hands and visualize your energy as a light surrounding the object and say:
“This pentacle is consecrated”.
After you have finished the consecration work, celebrate the process, clear your circle and give the organic ingredients leftovers back to the earth.
Leave your object in the moonlight for three nights so it can flood it with its powerful energy. Remember to purify it at least once a year.
Tools for altar consecration
|Cleansing Herbs||Sage, cedar, lavender, rosemary, or other purifying herbs|
|Purification Water||Blessed or consecrated water|
|Ritual Candles||White or purification candles|
|Incense||Frankincense, myrrh, or other purifying incense|
|Salt||Ritual salt or sea salt for purification|
|Anointing Oil||Special oil blended for consecration rituals|
|Altar Cloth||A clean and consecrated cloth to cover the altar surface|
|Ritual Tools||Athame, wand, chalice, pentacle, and any other tools used in your personal practice|
When should I purify the objects on my altar?
It is usually better to purify your objects when there is a full moon, but do not put off purification if you need to use your objects before this lunar event.
What if I want to consecrate my altar but these methods are not my thing?
Do you not feel the need to do something so elaborate to consecrate your altar? No problem. Sprinkle your altar with holy water, grease it and its tools with oil, or simply blow on them with intention. Then whisper a prayer to consecrate your altar with intent so that the breath from your prayer touches your altar and lets your energy pervade it.
Do I always need to make a circle?
It’s your call! If you don’t want, you can skip this step, but remember that you can make magic circles in many different ways. If you feel like breaking the mold, then do so! It will make your practice much more special.