This is a series of pagan altar images that include candles, chalices, deities, and other items made for ritual. The altar is a living item as part of our practice. The altar is used during all the times of the year and often will change based on the season. Many witches use their altar to do spells, but it is also a space used for more than this. This image shows a collage of many stages that might be present for a typical altar used to practice witchcraft of magick.
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There is More Than One Way to Create a Sacred Space for Magick

Pagan Altars: The Key to a Magickal Mindset

There is More Than One Way to Create a Sacred Space for Magick

Most modern magick practices insist on some form of a sacred space that is designed to be specifically for doing magick. Whether discussing this topic with a Wiccan or a Ceremonial Magician, this is one of those kinds of topics where pretty much everyone can agree. At least, there will be a general consensus: An altar or designated space for magickal working is recommended.

Creating a Sacred Space for Spells and Magick

Much like a teacher will take time to create a space for learning for their students, a proper magician should take the time to cultivate a space for doing their practice. This space is important for a number of reasons:

  1. Creating a sacred space for magick allows the mind to key into the correct state to be successful in magickal endeavors.
  2. Tools kept on the altar remain more effective for longer periods of time when properly stored and tended.
  3. Setting up and caring for your sacred space instills a ritual of care and importance for your magickal working space. This is likely to help create a routine for ritual, and can act as a helpful reminder for working regularly with your chosen practice.

The Proper Way to Set Up a Pagan Altar

This section suggests that there is a right or a wrong way to set up a pagan altar, but it is intentionally deceiving. While there are plenty of people that are bound to say that things must be one way or the other, Mage Against the Machine isn’t on that bandwagon.

The fact of the matter is, an altar and a ritual sacred space for any kind of magick, these are intensely personal topics. Any one person may choose to set their altar up anyway that they please. In fact, for example, below is a link of my (Rohanna Irene) altar at home. Feel free to take a peek and see the example in the video!

Altar Talk: Part One

Notice that there are not all of the tools listed in this video. As described, the goal is going to be moving forward, to discuss the variety of important aspects of ritual and altar creation.

What Is Most Important on a Wiccan or Pagan Altar?

Before going too deep and saying what we do or how things should be done, we think it is best to have a discussion. For this reason, this section is listed as Part 1. Please feel free to ask any questions or to share your ideas.

THEN… Keep an eye out for the next podcast airing this weekend! We are going to discuss more details about pagan altars, delve into their history, and look about how modern magicians use their altars in practices of the current era.

Image of a candle lit pagan altar with plants and chalices.
An example of a simple pagan altar.

What Does Your Altar Look Like?

We are collecting images of people’s altars to show off! If you want to include your altar image, please email!

You can also share with us on social media – @mageatm

Thank you for stopping by! We can’t wait to develop this conversation more deeply and give the topic of pagan and Wiccan altars the true in-depth attention that the vast topic deserves!


Hail and Welcome to a New Beginning!

The cycle of the year reflects the ever changing, yet constant, charge of vibration and rhythm that we experience within this empirically human existence. This year, Ostara has come again, and with it brings the eternal hope that light will overcome the darkness.

Whether you are an eclectic kitchen witch celebrating the old ways or a focused hermeticist… or really, anything in between, we should all agree that these milestones through the year are gentle, reliable reminders of the constant shifting that takes place in the world around us.

Our Place in the World

As humans, we have the unique ability (so far as we know) to process our experience on this earth with a conscious and focused fervor. We can effectively step out of the cycle by not participating. This, can be done with an intent to “shut this whole thing down” and disengaging, or by sheer distraction and forgetting how people are part of an overarching cycle. At some point in our lives, all of us do this. Because of that, it may be easy to recognize the dismal or discontented nature of that kind of existence.

Being outside of the cycle and ignoring the rhythm that takes place day in and day out on this planet often comes with a cost. It is almost as if the Divine spark within us slowly dies out as we unplugged from the vibrations that feed this everlasting dynamic.
For this reason, it is vitally important to incorporate the holiday traditions that help us to reconnect with our natural and divine source.

A Decided Path is a Reward in Itself

A simple recognition, a proverbial “namaste” moment, can easily rejuvenate the most lost of souls, so long as it is propelled with will and combined with love. This connection through recognition requires intent, and it is our sincere hope that all of you out there are able to take that moment for yourself, your community, and those that you cherish in your life.

The Magick Within the Cycle

The equinoxes are a strong vibrational time, where the veil thins, and manipulation through a combination of intention, will, and exerted energy is often easier. We refer to this entire action as the act of magick.

Never forget that you have a choice within the rhythm of the year. It is often easy, during the colder and dark months, to forget as we dwell deeper within ourselves. However, one of the greatest blessings of the vernal equinox, also known as Ostara for many that practice Western magickal, Wiccan, or esoteric traditions, is the constant reminder that no matter what happens in the darkness, that the light will prevail.

Our human existence is neither all of anyting or merely an achievement of a singular goal,  but a collection of the experiences that we gained along the way. Allowing ourselves to bask in the light, both in a spiritual and physical sense, can bring a sense of peace or a sense of purpose.

The question is, which direction will you extend yourself during this cycle of the year and what do you want to get out of it?

We Are In This Together

Here at Mage Against the Machine, we are actively taking our first step into a new direction of practice and study, consciously making the decision to seek out the wisdom and truth of the esoteric and occult knowledges. We aim not to go so deep to divide our purpose, but rather seek to find a communal strength within the extensive understanding of collective knowledges.   

For this year, we start a new venture and a completely new direction. It seems like a great time to do this, considering the natural energies that are working around us during the vernal equinox. It just so happens to coincide with the beginning of a new Aries season as well, which is an equally opportunistic time to begin new project and plan for the future!

What Would You Like to Achieve

Every year we are given a new opportunity, a proverbial lease on life to choose something different. They also have the choice to fortify that which we have already built. There is but a brief time when we can put forth this effort and during those few days during each half year it is in our best interest to make a plan so that we can follow through.

With this in mind we invite you to witness our journey or declare some plans of your own. We are all in this together and if you so choose please feel free to let us know what your plans are as the days are longer and what you plan to accomplish during this time of the year!

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