A sacred space isn’t always necessarily a circle. It’s a place where you can feel at rest, calm, uninterrupted and safe. Creating a sacred space rather than a circle can be less stressful as well as discreet, if you have others around who do not share in your beliefs.
There are four basic steps to creating a sacred space. Separating the steps will aid in helping you understand the why behind what you’re doing.
- First, you’ll want to create an internal sacred space. This means the elimination of thoughts and energies from the outside world. You’ll need a calm and ritual ready psyche.
- Next, you’ll need to cleanse. Clean the area you’ll be using so you have a clear space in which to work.
- Now you’re ready to purify. The magical counterpart to cleansing. Purification removes negative energy.
- Last comes consecration. This entails blessing the space in some fashion. If you desire, you can cast a circle in your space. Otherwise, working within your sacred space is perfectly acceptable.
Internal Sacred Space
Calm your spirit and mind. Meditate, center and ground. Begin by clearing your thoughts and take a few minutes to meditate. Aromatherapy helps here. The ritual bath or shower beforehand and purification with a smudge stick or incense are popular methods in preparing for your sacred space but in this step you’re just centering, focusing and preparing yourself. Set a purpose or intention for the space. Decide how it will be used. Ground yourself in your intention.
Clutter, dust, dirt and residue can cause chaotic energy. In this step you’re physically cleansing yourself and the space. Begin with a bath or shower. You can use a cleansing scrub with purposeful ingredients like purifying oils and epsom salt or just take a regular shower. I’ve included a few recipes below the steps. Once you’re clean you’ll be able to focus better on the space. Clean the space with a purifying spray if you have the ingredients on hand. Organize, declutter and create your atmosphere.
Purifying your space is the spiritual aspect of cleansing. Rather than physically cleansing, we’re now ridding of negative energies. Assess the area and see what needs to be done. Stand in the center and allow your personal shields to briefly come down so you can tune into the vibes and what must be removed. Use a broom and sweep in clockwork motions. Burn incense or smudge. Crystals dedicated to absorbing negative energy work too, particularly smoky quartz, regular quartz and obsidian. You can use a crystal to repel negative energy also. You can visualize white light emitting from the center of the room and spreading out, purifying every inch. Make sure to ground again and bring back those personal shields so you don’t remain an open conduit for energies.
This last step sanctifies your space. You can choose to dedicate it to a deity, you could use or call on the elements, the sun, moon and stars, the sky and ground, or whatever it is that suits you. You can pray, chant, verbalize a sanctification, do a ceremony with the physical elements upon an alter space or whatever it is that aligns with you, spiritually. Make sure to verbalize an “end” to this little ritual. The length of time that these four steps last vary, If you have a lot of traffic in your house and around that space (and if its a room you may see guests drawn to the calm energy and gathering there) you’ll have to repeat the cleansing and such more often. There is no stated time limit. Use your intuition and senses to feel it out. If you’re using crystals make sure to recharge them when need be. Purify the items you bring to your space. Enter your space clean. Use dedications and intentions for what you do in your space. Make it feel like your own holy sanctuary.
Cleansing Bath Scrub
This scrub can be used in the shower or bath before you move on to create your sacred space (or cast your circle). Use warm water rather than hot for less stress on your system. Do not use this scrub on your face. If you have sensitive skin, blend the herbs and oils into the oil alone and omit the salt; rub the oil gently into your skin prior to your bath or shower and rinse off.
1/2 cup sea salt
1 cup fine Epsom salts
1/2 cup sweet almond or jojoba oil
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops frankincense oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest (fresh or dry)
2 teaspoons lavender flowers (fresh or dry)
A lidded jar that fits at least 2 cups of scrub
A small glass bowl
A damp washcloth
- Purify the ingredients first. Grind the dried flowers finely while you empower them for cleansing and purifying the body, mind and spirit.
- In the covered jar, shake the two salts together. In a bowl, blend the oils. Open the jar and add the oil blend to the salt. Close and shake to blend thoroughly. Open the jar and sprinkle the herbs over the oil and salt blend. Close and shake to blend one more time.
- To use the salt scrub once in the shower, place about a tablespoon in the center of a clean, damp washcloth or in the palm of your hand. Gently rub the salts against your skin, visualizing the loosening of negative energy that is clinging to you.
- When you feel cleansed in body, mind and aura, rinse away the salt scrub and negative energy with the water of your bath or shower. Step out and dry thoroughly.
This wash can be added to the water used for mopping or scrubbing floors, or to a spray bottle to mist over the area. Alternatively, spray it on a soft cloth to wipe objects down. This is for the physical cleansing of your space phase. This wash is also ideal to use to add a touch of extra cleansing energy to your regular housework.
1 cup spring water (bottled or fresh)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 drop rose water
1 pinch salt
A glass jar or bottle with lid, cap or cork
Label and pen
- Purify your ingredients first. In a clean glass bowl, blend all four ingredients, empowering them for cleansing. Decant the wash into the jar or bottle and cap it securely. Label as Cleansing Wash with the date and the ingredients. Store in the refrigerator.
- If you intend to mop your ritual area, add nine drops of this wash to the water. Otherwise prepare a spray bottle by adding nine drops to a spray bottle of spring water and shake to blend. If you intend to sweep with a regular household broom, spray the bristles of your broom before sweeping. Otherwise, spray a soft cloth and wipe down the furniture, walls, and floor of your intended ritual area.