Stone Altar Instructions……
If you decide to use a stone altar it will depend on how simple or complex you prefer your rituals to be and whether you wish to leave your altar set up permanently. Ideally you should be able to find in the open a fairly flat stone which will give you the working surface you need. It can be as large or as small as you like or one which just feels right for your purpose.
YOU WILL NEED
Variety of smoothly-shaped stones flattish but of pleasing shape as follows: At least three for the altar proper.
Stone to represent the female principle
Stone to represent the male principle
Small stone as candle holder to represent fire element or as mentioned previously
Small cupped stone to hold water
Small stone to represent earth as above
Stone to act as incense burner for charcoal or herbs
A flat offertory stone (optional)
Suitable incense for your purpose
Create the altar itself from three large stones. Two smaller ones of almost the same size are used as the base, while a longer, flat stone (such as a piece of slate) is placed on top of these to form the altar itself. Make sure that the structure is stable.
Place one stone on the left of the altar to represent the Feminine principle or Goddess. If there is not enough room on the altar proper, place the stone on the ground to the left.
Note: You can use a stone with a hole, a natural, river-rounded stone, or any of the gems appropriate to the Goddess. These include all pink, green and blue stones; those related to the Moon or Venus and Water and Earth-ruled stones, such as aquamarine beryl, blue quartz, emerald, kunzite, peridot, pink tourmaline, rose quartz and turquoise.
To the right of the altar, place a stone to represent the Masculine principle or God. This might be a piece of volcanic rock or a long, thin, club or hammer-shaped rock. Again if your altar is small, these can be placed on the ground on the right.
Note: Generally, all orange and red stones, stones related to the Sun, Mars and Fire and Air-ruled stones can signify the God. Gemstones such as such as bloodstone, carnelian, calcite, diamond, garnet, sunstone, orange ruby, tiger’s eye, topaz and tourmaline can also be used.
Between these two stones place a smaller stone to represent the element of Fire. Affix the red candle to it to represent the unified energy of the masculine and feminine principles — the union of the God and Goddess.
In front of this, place a flat stone to receive offerings of wine, honey, cakes, semi-precious stones, flowers and fruit appropriate for the ritual you are performing.
A small, cupped stone (if one can be found) should be set to the left of the offering stone. Fill this with water to represent that element.
To the right of the offering stone place a stone to signify earth. If you like, you can place a small quantity of earth on this stone.
Additionally, another flattish stone can be placed in front of the offering stone to serve as a place on which to burn your incense.
This is an ideal opportunity for you to use your travelling tools.
Most of us have a particular place which means a great deal to us — somewhere which has touched a chord within where we feel safe. This might be the home that we buy, a particular grove of trees, a waterfall or simply a corner of the garden that is special to us.
There is a resonance between us and the place. This is why we feel inextricably drawn to particular places. Church will have a very different ‘personality’ to a Buddhist temple, yet both are spiritual places, while a busy bank again will feel totally different to a busy supermarket.
Environments can heal, inspire, protect, and teach. Conversely, we can do the same for a place or building. We might, for instance, come across somewhere which seems very bleak, and which cries out for personal attention. Perhaps someone has died in the building or been very sick. We have the ability to cleanse and clear that building and to make it a place of happiness and joy once again. One method of doing this is shown in the next article.