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Altar question and spell casting question

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:25 am
by WinterRose
Just a couple of questions...

I don’t have an altar, when I have cast spells previously, I just cast my circle and do all the work inside that with no altar - have I been doing it wrong this whole time? Do I need an altar?

And when in the middle of spell work, when you are speaking out loud, if you make a mistake as in missing a line of a chant for example, will it still work if I start again? Say my chant had 6 lines and I accidentally went to line 5 before 4, do I just start again?

I may be thinking too hard about things but I just never know if I’m doing it correctly.

Thank you.


Edit to say I think I may have posted this in the wrong section. I was just reading all the questions in the FAQ section and then posted my question. Sorry if it’s in the wrong spot.

Re: Altar question and spell casting question

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:08 am
by SpiritTalker
Nope, you don’t need one & it’s OK if a table & just a surface to hold gear. An altar is a tool. I think It ratchets up a notch to view connections. Magic imitates creation. An altar’s like a mini-circle (which itself is a mini-cosmos) that holds those subliminal reminders of the elements from which all thought-energy takes form. This focuses our thoughts. Altar gear represents an elemental link - wand, blade, cup, pentacle represent air, fire, water, earth and the expendable supplies of incense - candle & oil - H2O - salt, herbs & stones are air, fire, water & earth symbols. A symbol is just a reminder.

Chants are very forgiving because they are meant to repeat again & again so there’s ops to say it right on the next round. Otherwise just correct what you said so the intent is clear. Clear intent is what works.

Your post is OK where it is because “do we need an altar?” Is frequently asked. :)

Re: Altar question and spell casting question

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:18 pm
by WinterRose
Thank you so much, that clears both questions up perfectly. I actually do want to make an altar; I just haven’t got one yet but it’s going to be my next project. And that’s good about the chants and making a mistake - I always wondered if maybe I had blown the whole thing if I made a little mistake.

Thanks for the quick answers! I appreciate it.

Re: Altar question and spell casting question

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:57 pm
by SpiritTalker
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