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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:50 am
by firebirdflys
As Witches I would hope that we all know the difference between Altar and Alter
I see it spelled wrong all the time, and I'm beginning to wonder if we all are knowing the difference.

While it's true you may become altered at your Altar :fairy:

Please remember the place you kneel is the Altar It can be a table or a cloth on the ground, sometimes it is a location like a shrine indoors or out and used for purposes of a place worthy of being capitalized, like a proper noun, a big "A" though this isn't the norm... altar/Altar
The more important point is this... the second vowel is an "a" this second vowel differentiates the word from the other.
I'm going to set the Altar with my magic tools.
The Priest aspersed the room with high altar incense.
The Priestess stood at the Altar and called to the Goddess.
Our indoor altar is made of mahogany, the outdoor altar in on the Earth.

Your alter differs like this, it's a thing you become, to change your way of direction, transforming your way of thinking, rearranging the living room or remodeling the house ...alter.
The second vowel is an "e" and the word is never capitalized, unless it is the first word in a sentence.
Let's alter our course and swing by the bank first.
The meditation was deep and he forever altered his way of behaving.
I will have to alter that spell and use a different ingredient.
The actress would slip in to her alter ego to preform.

Let's put them together in sentence:
The High Priest and Priestess flanked the Altar. They were skilled at their ability to alter reality in a magic circle. As the sphere was cast it was clear the a space between spaces altered the feel of the place. The group sat in quite contemplation after the High Priestess wove a meditation that alters the brain in a deep way. One by one the Page brought each member forward to the altar where a prayer to alter ones direction in life was made. Upon completing of the ceremony all declared they had a mind altering experience and felt the energy of the altar had shifted their focus and altered the outcome of the ritual.
(how many do you count, how are they different?)

They're similar in one way...In that the place you kneel or put you tools of "transformation" is the place that will transform your way of thinking. :fairy:

Remember...Altar (table) noun ...alter (change) verb

sorry in advance for being like such an old school marm. Blessings, Firebird

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:26 pm
by firebirdflys
Ack!! bringing it back up....

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:28 pm
by whisperingMaiden
I'm glad this was posts and that more would see it. I'm getting really tired seeing "Help With My Alter". -.-

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:20 am
by miachrhys
Thank You!

I hate being the grammar police but find this type of error so annoying. It is forgivable only because of the confusion and the newness of the topic, though barely. I understand that purposefully misspelling words is "kewl" these days but I see my English teachers throughout my school years screeching whenever I run across mistakes on the Internet. Usually I just let it of because I don't want to make a person feel uneducated. Often times I find myself assuming that is the reason...


Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:48 pm
by The Judge
And just so the reference is there: :D

Change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way.

A table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, esp. for making sacrifices or offerings to a deity.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:18 pm
by SylverSparro
Not gonna lie, I'll probably mess it up a lot. A lot a lot.

Also, do you all keep your Altar out all the time or do you store the Altar pieces away when not in use?

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:43 pm
by Starwitch
I see this error a lot. In fact, it seems that more people spell it the wrong way than the right way. And yeah, it's a bit annoying. You would hope they had read a few witchcraft books and would know how to spell it, but I think some people's brains just aren't good with remembering proper spelling and grammar. You really need to be taught well at a young age and read a lot of books to get a good grasp on spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

I understand that you may wish to capitalize "altar" because it's important to you, but grammatically speaking, it's not a proper noun. But I do see it capitalized frequently. Witchcraft really shouldn't be capitalized either when used in the general sense, as most of us use it.

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:35 pm
by myrrhwind
Great thread! Sometimes a little constructive criticism is in order. If offered correctly, as here, it can be accepted as education. BB

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:16 am
by p3nathan
Think that's bad? I have to stop myself pulling clumps of my hair out every time a friend talks about me "practicing wicker" haha. Maybe my family have been so accepting because they just think I'm in my room weaving baskets.

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 8:19 am
by EbonySunset
p3nathan, that made me giggle!

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:51 pm
by lilmizsunshine727
:snickers: this is why I love you Firebird!

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:47 pm
by Xiao Rong
Wicker / Wicca - this reminds me of this time I visited my family and my brother is going off about how he is on the Paleo diet. My mom is listening intently to him talk about how in the Paleo diet you only eat stuff from before early humans invented farming ... then she turns to me and she's like, "Pa ... Pa ... isn't that like ... what your friend from high school was? Pa something? Pagan?" I almost snorted an entire cup of water up my nose when she said that - she had apparently thought my brother was on the pagan diet for like a year now. (which, incidentally, sounds kind of cool - you eat nothing but animal sacrifices, cakes and ale ... sounds kind of tasty ...)

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:56 pm
by Kassandra

Haha, your mom's cute. "The Pagan Diet," you heard it here first, guys. I like the term, though. She might be on to something...


Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:13 am
by nightshroud
So um, does it matter how one goes about building said altar?

Re: Altar/Alter

PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:30 am
by TwilightDancer
nightshroud wrote:So um, does it matter how one goes about building said altar?

Check out this post by Babybear in the Altar section of the forum.

And this post by Kassandra.