Sacred space is much the same as the concept of a Christian church or an Islamic mosque being a sacred, purified place dedicated to God or Allah - or Lord and Lady in the case of us Witches. Sacred space is basically a Wiccan temple. But you don't need to build a cathedral or a mosque to have a sacred space - Wiccans/Witches seem to be one of the few groups that don't. You can create a sacred space in your bedroom, your bathroom, your backyard, or anywhere you like. It doesn't have to be permanent and it doesn't have to be clearly defined by physical boundaries - as long as you know where it ends.

In sacred space Witches conduct ritual and any worshipping of or communication with deity. Magick circles are also cast in sacred space. You can make a sacred space physically with the ritual below, or you can do the ritual mentally if you can't do it physically - you should really do it physically a few times first, and when you're more adept at it you can try it mentally. Also, you don't have to use the materials I've described in the ritual below - you can use a feather for Air, or something red for Fire, for example. As long as you hold whatever it is to represent the element, it'll do fine.

You should really create sacred space at least every couple of months to keep it clear of negativity and 'clean' - you should also keep it physically neat and tidy! Negativity will collect everywhere, but it happens much more easily in a mess than it does in a reasonably clean, organised space.

Time: Any

Day: Any

Moon phase: Waning (banishing)

 

Equipment

Incense (Air) - lavender is good for purification

Candle (Fire) - either black for banishing or red for Fire

Consecrated Water (Water)

Salt (Earth)

 

Method

Make sure all your materials are consecrated first! You can't create sacred space with unconsecrated equipment - my full consecration ritual can be found here.

Light the incense and the candle.

Again, I like to use the compass order of elements - so, start with the lit candle. Pick it up and walk anticlockwise (deosil) around the room/space you want to purify, saying as you walk:

By the power of Spirit I cleanse this space

Element of Fire, empower this place.

Put down your candle and pick up the consecrated water. Walk deosil around your space, sprinkling a little water and saying the following as you go:

By the power of Spirit I cleanse this space,

Element of Earth, empower this place.

Put down your water and pick up the incense. Take it deosil around the room, saying:

By the power of Spirit I cleanse this space,

Element of Air, empower this place.

Put down the incense and pick up the salt. Walk deosil around your space, sprinkling a little as you go and saying:

By the power of Spirit I cleanse this space,

Element of Earth, empower this place.

Stand in the middle of your space and look to the sky, saying:

Powers of Spirit, please cleanse this space,

Consecrate and empower this place.

In the name of the Lord and Lady,

This sacred space is ready.

 

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