Monday, February 25, 2013

52 weeks of pagan art journaling: week 4

This week's prompt: sacred space

What does your sacred space look like. Is it inside or outside or both? Do you create a special altar or is it a corner in a room or something entirely different?

 Being an urban pagan, my space is mostly inside, particularly for my daily practices. That said, I would love to meditate outside without worrying that my neighbours are watching! I may have to hunt down a secluded nook by the river when the weather gets warmer in my corner of the world.

That said, my sacred space has a definite Buddhist feel to it. I'm not quite sure how that happened but it's not full of Goddess or God paraphernalia. It doesn't have a particularly pagan vibe to it at all. In fact, most people who walked into my craft/practice room would find it very Buddhist/Yogic in nature. I have a small altar table with a Buddha head, mala prayer beads, a candle, and incense holder. In front of it, I keep my yoga mat out most days. Above the altar I have a Buddha painting that a friend did for me and on the right a chair that I sit to meditate in.

The funny thing in all this is that all of this converts when I do circles. My altar gets turned sideways and out comes the candles, wand, athame, cords, quarter candles, circle cord etc... It's almost as if I keep my most sacred space secret until it's needed for an actual rite/circle. The daily space is about creating a calming, contemplative space and the sacred space for workings remains special, only witnessed in the sacred circle.

I'm not sure if I created the space this way because I wanted to keep it from prying eyes or if I wanted to keep it sacred. But either way, whether chicken or the egg came first, it works for me.

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