Do you travel a lot? Have you missed viewing your Gods from your home altar? Make a Portable Shrine. It’s fun.
What you will need:
One wooden hinged box
Different colored tissue paper (I used some paper with a flower-pattern for one of my boxes.)
Image of the God
Image of the Goddess
Glue gun and glue
Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint–Glitter
Mini flowers and/or other decorations for the Gods
(For example, I included flowers for the Goddess. You can use beads,
paint, coins or other decorations that have meaning for you and your
Electric tea lights. Hotels do not let you use lit candles.
Mod Podge glue
Sponge applicator (for the glue)
Other decorations like stickers and such as desired
To start, I applied Mod Podge glue to the exterior surface of my wooden box. Then I affixed the flower-patterned tissue paper to the surface with the glue. Note in the photo how the patterned tissue paper provides an interesting texture. (Be careful and use glue on only one side at a time. Let the glue fully dry.)
Then I applied another coat of glue over the tissue paper to seal it.
As another option, you can paint your box any color that seems appropriate, perhaps, your favorite color.
Although you could add decorations to the outside of the box, I suggest leaving it plain. Why? You do not want a hotel maid or other stranger to be drawn to the box out of curiosity.
Inside the box, I used red tissue paper. Pick the color you prefer. Whether you glued paper or painted the inside, wait for it to dry. Then use glue to apply the images of your chosen God and Goddess.
Note in the photo that I used Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint–Glitter to cover the edges of the Deities’ pictures—gold glitter for the God and silver for the Goddess.
I added pearl 3D-stick-ons and other jeweled stick-on pieces to accent my images. I also added glittery stickers on the sides to personalize the interior of my box.
I strung beads in strands—two for the God and one long strand for the Goddess. I used fishing line for that. I draped the beads and used the glue gun to affix the ends in place.
As a finishing touch, I employed the glue gun as I added mini-flowers to the Goddess’ side.
Once your Portable Shrine is fully dried, you close it up. From the outside, no one will know what it is.
Take your Portable Shrine anywhere, open it up and place the electric candle in front to honor the God and Goddess.
My Portable Shrine is small and compact enough to fit into a backpack that I bring on a plane. I even took it on a cruise. It’s nice to have the familiar company of my shrine when I am away from home.
At home, I place my Portable Shrine in a prominent location and enjoy it.
Since, when closed, your Portable Shrine is nondescript, it can be placed on a book shelf or the corner of a desk. Some people consider using a Portable Shrine in a dorm room because the Portable Shrine can be closed quickly.
Making a Portable Shrine can be a fun family project. You could have each family member contribute to one Family Portable Shrine or each person could create his or her own. Perhaps, you might want to do both. They are fun and relatively easy to make.
So keep the craft in witchcraft and have some fun while honoring the Gods.
Casting a circle involves several steps. The following lays this out for you in detail. Please see the post on Alter Setup for the placement of the tools on your altar, also see what is a magick circle if you are wondering why you need to do this in the first place.
Before you begin, you will need:
1) A table for the altar.
2) Candles and candle holders for the four directions in the colors that represent each (red for south, blue for west, green for north, yellow for east.)
3) A red candle for the god and a green candle for the goddess. These candle colors are preferable but not mandatory. You may also use white candles if that is all you have.
12) An altar cloth to keep wax and the other things off the table.
13) Wine or juice and some sort of cake.
14) A lighter.
Next, locate the four directions. Place the quarter candles in their respective corners: green in the northern-most corner, yellow in the east, red in the south, and blue in the west. Below is a simple graphic to show you where to place the quarter candles.
Before you begin, ground and center. This will help to clean out and balance your energy. This step is important to help you get into the right frame of mind before you start.
Next, you need a script to cast a circle or temple for conducting harmonious rites. Don’t worry if the rites you perform don’t flow easily at first. You just need practice. Consider writing a script yourself to follow. This may make it less confusing for you.
The following is an example of a script you can use. The parts you say out loud are in bold. This makes it easier to be seen by candlelight.
Note: This script is written for someone who is casting alone.
Knockthree times on the altar. Ring the bell three times.
Light the working candle with the lighter.
Light the charcoal if you are using it from the working candle.
Take your athame and place its tip into the flame of the working candle. Say:
I exorcise you o creature of fire. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
5) Trace a pentacle over the flame. Pick up the candle and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the flame. Place the candle back on the altar.
6) Take your athame and place its tip into the bowl of water. Say:
I exorcise you, o creature of water. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
7) Trace a pentacle in the water. Pick up the bowl of water and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the water. Place the bowl back on the altar.
8) Take your athame and place its tip into the salt. Say:
I exorcise you, o creature of salt. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
9) Trace a pentacle in the salt. Pick up the bowl of salt and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the salt. Place the salt bowl back on the altar.
10) Take your athame and place its tip into the incense. Say:
I exorcise you, o creature of Air. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
11) Trace a pentacle over incense. Pick up the incense and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the incense. Place the incense on the lit charcoal.
12) Take your athame and scoop up three blades of the salt. You may also use your finger. Put the three pinches of salt into the water and mix it with the blade of your athame to make holy water. Pick up the bowl of holy water and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ the energy filling it.
13) Take the holy water (the salt and water mixture) and dip your fingers into it. Dab some of it on your wrists and forehead. Say:
I bless myself with Earth and Water.
14) Take the censer filled with the burning incense and wave the smoke over you. Say:
I bless myself with Air and Fire.
15) Take the holy water (salt water mixture) and use your fingers to asperge (sprinkle with the holy water) the circle. Starting with north and moving clockwise, walk a complete circle around the parameter, asperging each corner as you go. When finished, place the bowl back on the altar.
16) Pick up the censer filled with the burning incense. Use your hand to wave the incense smoke around the circle. Starting with north and moving clockwise, walk a complete circle around the parameter, waving the smoke as you go. Be careful not to burn yourself or anything else. When finished, place the censer back on the altar.
(You have just cleansed the space and yourself. Now let’s continue by casting the circle.)
17) Take the sword/athame. Envision energy being channeled from you up from the earth or down from the sky and coming out the tip of your sword/athame. Starting with north and moving clockwise, walk a complete circle around the parameter. As you walk, say:
I conjure you, o circle of power, that you be a boundary between the seen mundane world and the spirit world. That you protect me and contain the magick that I shall raise within you! I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God. So mote it be!
18) Finish at the east quarter and trace a pentacle in the air with sword/athame.
(Now it’s time to call the quarters.)
19) Take the athame and the taper from the altar. Light the taper from the working candle. Go and stand in the east corner of where your circle boundary is. Starting with the east candle, say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the East, element of Air. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
20) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for east. Say:
Hail and welcome!
21) Move clockwise to the south candle. Say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the South, element of Fire. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
22) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for south. Say:
Hail and welcome!
23) Move clockwise to the west candle. Say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the West, element of Water. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
24) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for west. Say:
Hail and welcome!
25) Move clockwise to the north candle. Say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the North, element of Earth. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
26) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for north. Say:
Hail and welcome!
27) Using the taper, light the goddess candle, saying:
Welcome, my lady!
28) Using the taper, light the god candle, saying:
Welcome, my lord!
You have now completed casting your circle!
(At this time you can do any working you need or communicate with the gods through meditation.)
When I first started to learn from my mentor, it took me forever to remember where everything went on my altar. I would feel self-conscious about making mistakes. My mentor smiled and simply moved the item I had misplaced to where it should reside on the altar. So don’t beat yourself up if you need to use this picture for a while.
There are about just as many ways to set up an altar as there are people. Each person or group may have a certain way of doing an altar setup. Here’s an example of a Wiccan altar. Let’s start with the right side of the Altar.
As you can see at the top right is the “Cakes/Bread” You can use bread, cupcakes, cookies or a power bar for that matter. It should contain carbohydrates to nourish the body to replenish the energy you used during ritual.
Below that you can see the “Censer & Incense“. This incense burner has cone incense inside it. However, you can burn any kind of incense in this burner. Remember that incense, when burned, represents air on your altar.
You can see the “Taper (a long wick),” which is used to help light the candles. You light everything from the working candle. You can use the Taper to transfer the flame to another candle to light it.
To the right is the “Lighter” which is used to light the working candle.
Below that is the “Bell/Chime” that you use for ringing, when appropriate.
Continuing around in a clockwise direction is the “Pentacle”. You use the pentacle to help you focus your attention on your goal.
To the left of the pentacle is the “Athame” used to cast circle and to direct power.
Above the athame is the “Water in Bowl.” Water is one of the four elements and is used with the salt to make your holy water.
Continuing around we have the “Salt in Dish“. Representing Earth, Salt is put into the water.
Above the salt is the “Wine Filled Cup”. The cup as you remember is a female symbol and holds the wine/juice to be blessed.