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Essential Wiccan Supplies - Altar Tools

Essential Wiccan Supplies - Altar Tools

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Ever wonder what you needed to set up your own Wiccan altar?
Here is an easy to follow guide to the Wiccan supplies you will need, with the elemental associations for each. This guide works equally well for Pagan as well as Wiccan altars.
Ever wonder what you needed to set up your own Wiccan altar?
Here is an easy to follow guide to the Wiccan supplies you will need, with the elemental associations for each. This guide works equally well for Pagan as well as Wiccan altars.

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Although there are miriad Wicca traditions, each with their own unique set of 
wiccan supplies
, several artifacts cross all traditions and are generallyacknowledged to be the foundation pieces of any and every ceremonial altar.Representing the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit, the essentialbasic
wiccan supplies
for your altar are: 
The Athame
– a ritual double edged blade or dagger with a metal bladeand, usually, a wooden handle. It is used to mark sacred space. Associatedwith the element of air and male energy, it is
never 
used to cut anythingphysical.
The Chalice
– a symbol of the feminine, it is usually a stemmed goblet butcan also be a simple bowl. The chalice is associated with water, psychicability and the subconscious.
Altar Bell
– usually a small metal hand bell made of silver, pewter or brassand used to clear sacred space, punctuate parts of ceremony, and welcomethe quarters or deities. Associated with the element of air.
Altar Tile
also known as a pentacle or peyton, the altar tile is used toopen elemental gateways, evoke the divine and to protect and bless ritualtools and food. Its elemental representation can be that of earth or spirit.Generally made of metal, wood, clay or stoneware.
Altar Cloth
protects the altar from stray wax, embers, dirt, grime andany other forms of damage. Traditionally black but, when celebrating aSabbat or Esbat, it is commomplace to use a colour that is representationalof the event being observed.
The Wand
– considered by some to be one of the most important
wiccansupplies
, wands are usually made of wood and are used to project or directenergy to a specific area, object, or person. The elemental correspondenceis that of fire.
The Besom
– a ritual broom used to clear the residual energy from a spacebeing prepared for ritual. Although not part of the altar itself, it has animportant part to play in the preparation of the ritual space.
Cauldron
– perhaps one of the most well known of the
wiccan supplies
ortools, the cauldron represents the feminine. Used to burn, brew and mixthings, it represents all the various elements, depending on its use. Whenused to burn offerings, it represents fire; used to brew a potion, it representswater; used for incense, air; and a cauldron of abundance, like a cornucopia,is associated with the element of earth. Usually made of iron and standingon three legs, cauldrons vary greatly in size, although most nowadays aresmall enough to fit comfortably on an average size altar.
Candles
– there are usually three on the altar: one black, representing theGoddess; one white, representing the God, and a third, usually also white,for lighting. Candles represent the element of fire.
A Censer
– any flame-proof vessel used for burning incense, representing

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