Sanctum Sanctorum – Sacred Space
As you go on through your spiritual journey as a magick practitioner you will start to realize the importance of having a sacred space. But what should your sacred space look like? Lets start by going through some of the things a sacred space could be used for. If you are a ceremonial magician you will use the space for rituals. If you are someone who meditates every day you would use it for that. Any spiritual practices that can be done in your sacred space should be done in your sacred space. Whatever your needs your space should be able to cater for them. This space will also need to be somewhere where you won’t be disturbed.
We understand that not everyone has room enough in their home to have a space all to themselves, so if this is the case your bedroom or an outdoor circle would suffice, just as long as you know you have time without the possibility of being disturbed when doing magickal workings. If you do have your own temple room what would you have in it? Well, you would house your altar, your magickal books, devotional artwork, any magickal tools you possess and perhaps a comfy chair or bed to meditate on, or perhaps a mat is good enough, as long as you can be comfortable. A temple room could be a place where you come to talk to your gods, do rituals or magickal workings. When you enter your sacred space you should forget about your mundane self and become your spiritual self. There are a few ways to help you do this effectively; you could have a cleansing bath or shower, put on your ritual clothes or even just take off a jumper and visualize your mundane self with all its earthly concerns being peeled off with it.
As you may know we have a section in our magazine called Sanctum Sanctorum. This is because your sacred space is also a place you should keep all your collected items like the ones we discussed in yesterdays post. Seeing as most Pagans and Witches would love to have a museum of their own, your sanctum sanctorum can become your personal museum as well, filled with all the special artifacts you have collected. You could also make your sacred space into a shrine for one of your gods, as this creates the perfect environment for you to worship or talk to your god. A shrine usually has posters and pictures of your god and candles and statues devoted to them. Any god will love you for it and may give you many gifts in return.
Other things you can do in your sacred space is set up small alters at the four corners for the directions and the elements, or you could get posters of the four archangels and put them up in their appropriate directions. This will increase the spiritual power of the space dramatically. You could also create a permanent circle on the floor (if you own your place) or draw one in chalk using a piece of string for the radius with some sort of anchor. Don’t feel too worried if you don’t have access to a space that could be your own temple, it is quite a luxury to have a temple room in your house. The important thing is to have somewhere you can practice your rituals everyday.
Brad and Saskia