The Altar Cloths

The altar cloths are designed with love by me, Kate Reed of The Sister Circles. They are screen printed by hand in Sydney Australia.

Material: 100% cotton (complying with the Better Cotton Initiative*)

Size: 43cm x 43cm

Colour: White

These altar cloths are set up with the Directions corresponding to the direction of the sun in the Southern Hemisphere. In Australia and all countries in the Southern Hemisphere, the sun rises in the East and sets in the West and therefore the wheel turns counter-clockwise.


  • East – Air – Child/Maiden
  • North – Fire – Mother
  • West – Water – Maga
  • South – Earth – Crone
  • Centre – Ether – Spirit


The wheel is also divided into 8 festivals to honour and celebrate the natural birth, growth, harvesting, death and re-birth of all things in nature.


  • East – Spring Equinox / Ostara
  • North East – Beltane (bel-tayne)
  • North – Summer Solstice / Litha (Lee-tha)
  • North West – Lammas
  • West – Autumn Equinox / Mabon
  • South West – Samhain (sow-en)
  • South – Winter Solstice / Yule
  • South East – Imbolc (Im-olc)


Additionally, the corresponding astrological sun sign is plotted within the altar map so that you may also tune into how these energies are influencing and effecting you throughout the year.

Please note:

Different cultures will set their wheels up in different ways. For example, in the Northern Hemisphere, North is represented by the element of Earth and South is Fire (because of the clockwise direction of the sun). Other cultures will also have their own interpretation of different archetypes. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to set up your altar, it is your own personal and physical expression of your internal experience. This particular design draws strongly from pagan traditions and the natural observance and the seasons and cycles of nature.



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