An altar is a certain space where you can fully connect with the source. It is an area where you invest all the good energy so that you can feel spiritually safe and secure. To maintain good energy in this area, you also have to invest in magickal tools.
Natural elements carry within the energy of the Divine, of Mother Nature. A great way to elevate the aura of your sacred space is by collecting items from nature that represent all four elements: earth, water, wind, and fire.
Importance of the Four Elements in Witchcraft
The four elements are significant in any practice because of one unifying principle: they control the development of every living being on earth. These elements are also highly regarded in witchcraft because of its strong association with the presence of the Divine. This also explains why we instantly feel at peace in the presence of nature during a hike in the woods, or a day at the beach.
Making an Altar with the Four Elements
Gather pieces of twigs, medicinal herbs, flowers, or crystals to decorate your altar. Follow your instincts and only bring items that give you joy. Alternatively, you may also want to bring in some fresh harvest to represent abundance and prosperity.
There are two ways to collect water for your altar. The first one is by collecting water from any natural source: river, ocean, or the beach and storing it in a closed container.
The second option, moon water, is for people who do not have clear access to natural bodies of water. To craft your own moon water, simply put water in a closed container. Surround it with crystals that hold specific energies you want to charge it with. During the evening, place the jar in an area where it can absorb moonlight. Preferably, you’d want to put it outside during the full moon.
Grab a jar of your choosing and use a smudging stick to trap air inside the jar. Cover with an airtight lid. You may also add an intention that is associated with the wind element such as clarity, strength, and intellect.
You guessed it right! Candles are the most accessible items that you can get to represent the element of fire. However, before you head on buying one, the color of the candle must resonate with your intention. Below are some color options with their most common associations:
Black: for protection, wards off negative energy
White: for cleansing and grounding
Purple: for divination, strengthens intuition
Blue: for enhancing speech and communication skills
Red: for self-love, passion, relationships
Orange: for boosting creativity and intimacy
Yellow: For abundance and prosperity
With all the options you can find nowadays, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
Crafting your own altar with the guidance of the four elements makes it easier especially if you have limited space or if you are just starting to get going with the practice.