In my recent discussions of spirituality and witchcraft, a comment from one of my followers (Olivia) pointed out that it makes sense that items that are on an altar should be very personal.
That got me thinking about what makes a symbol powerful.
Items on an altar are symbols of the energies we wish to attract.
So, sure there are certain traditional masculine symbols if you wish to attract that type of energy: phallic symbols and the sun for example. Just like the bowls and the moon are traditionally female.
Those symbols are based on associations most people understand and to which they can relate.
Other symbols retain their power because people imbue them with collective thoughts. Think of the cross; it’s a powerful icon because a massive amount of people having agreed on its meaning for centuries.
For some, the cross inspires hope and love and a promise. Others might associate it with guilt and bigotry.
But most people on this planet know it.
The American flag also evokes such strong associations.
That’s why, when considering what you believe and what symbols hold power, and what that power is, the most important part of the equation is what you hold most dear in your heart.
That will carry the power.