The difference between altars and shrines is they serve different purposes. An altar is for working. It is the space a witch sets up for an esbat, a sabat, a magical working, or permanently for all sorts of practices (examples: divination, meditation, etc.). Basically it is the place for transformational change. In contrast, a shrine serves to honor a person, deity, or concept. Offerings and prayers may be given here. People tend to create shrines after a passing or tragedy as well. It is more of a place to connect rather than to do magic. For a lengthy discussion on both altars and shrines, listen to the latest episodes of Circle Craft Podcast.
Objects that can reside on altars include:
- Ritual objects, such as athames, chalices, wands, cauldrons, etc.
- Divination tools
- Herbs, gemstones, or other magical tools
Objects that can be found on shrines…
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