Thursday, April 3, 2014

My Updated Spiritual Room!


Click here to view my post on the corner of air!
Click here to view my post on the corner of fire!
Click here to view my post on the corner of water!
Click here to view my post on the corner of earth!
Welcome to the final installation of my spiritual room updates!  Previously, I've taken you through each corner of the room (linked above if you'd like to review) and given you details about the various aspects of building my room.   Today, I'll be putting it all together for you.  However, before I do that, let me take you through the progression of my spiritual space over the years!


Here's my bedroom from my teens.  I was still in high school when this was taken (as noted by my backpack).  On the far right, you can see my original altar scavenged from someone's curb some thirteen years ago!  The middle of my bedroom served as my circle area and the drawer of the altar served as my only storage space for my pagan supplies.


Here's my bedroom circa early college years.  You can tell that I'm advancing a bit in my spirituality.  I now display my BOS and some books with pride in my altar and have candles everywhere.  You might also spot my guitar in this picture!


The first time I discussed my spiritual space on this blog was in my entry My Tools of the Craft back in December 2012.  At the time, we lived in a rental house that was for sale, so I kept my space minimal for potential buyers.  When we moved from the house, I decided I wanted a dedicated room to the craft.  Between leading a circle of solitaries for a year and my commitment to my blog, I had invested much in my religion.  It only seemed fit to devote a full room to it.

Here's the original room from August 2013:



My first room was an expansion of my smaller "wall" of tools and altars from the rental house.  However, while it was my very own space, it lacked a certain flare and feel that I greatly desired.  Over the past seven months, I have slowly built my collection of items through gifts, thrift store shopping, online sellers and local metaphysical stores.  I never bought with the intention of having lots of "things."  I only picked up items that called to me.  My collection grew based on that.  I was drawn to the modern boho look because it allowed me to mismatch things and still keep a particular style.  After my hard work, diligence, and a relatively small amount of money, here is my spiritual room today!







I'm sure you've immediately noticed an altar that hasn't been mentioned in previous posts.  Let me go ahead and elaborate here!


This is the Circle Altar, a lightweight folding table that typically sits in the center of the room during sabbat rituals.  You've seen this altar before:

Here...
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... and here.
When not in use, I push it up against the wall and use it to prepare for the next sabbat (currently May Day).  It is a folding table, so technically I could tuck it away in the closet for future use, but I prefer it to be out and available.

While every witch needs her private space, it's often nice to have someone to share it with.  For me, I share my spiritual room with my four familiars...

Hermes, my very long 3-year-old leucistic Siamese whose chatty and curious nature represents air.
Apollo, our new firecracker of a kitten with so much passion and excitement that he is officially a familiar of fire.
Artemis (Artie), my Malshi rescue who has the healing and empathetic traits of water.
And Zeus, my tubby Maine Coon mix tabby whose wise and practical personality evokes earth.
While I have yet to meet another pagan or witch who has more than a couple of familiars, I truly believe that I am spiritually connected to each of my little soul mates.  I was just as skeptical as you likely are of their familiar status at first, but each one has shown me their abilities inside and outside of my religion.  Whether it's Apollo reading my BOS, Hermes sleeping on the lower shelf of my front room altar, Zeus choosing a rune from my rune bag and setting it in front of me or Artie always wanting to be a part of the circle, all of my fuzzy babies are definitely magickal animals.  Of course, my familiars enjoy the room from time to time.


Sometimes a little too much...


That would be Hermes wrangling open a jar of catnip in the middle of the room. In the back upper right, you can see that he knocked down a wall shelf. And now with my indoor garden...


... I don't want them munching on my new sprouts in my absence.  I usually keep the door closed but they're in there if I'm in there.  In fact, if I don't let them in, they either knock, scratch or meow at the door.  Tonight, my kitten Apollo even flat and clearly said the word "Mama!" when I shut the door behind me.  I ended up letting all four of them in for a brief time while I tended to my garden.



Just as they struggle with separation from me, they also can't stand to be separated from each other.  Cats don't typically move in packs but mine do, and they always include my dog.  When not in the spiritual room, you can usually find all of them cuddling or playing together throughout the day.






To me, their togetherness represents the circle of elements perfectly, further enforcing their magickal connection.  It is because of this magickal connection that I absolutely cannot talk about my spiritual room without including them! They are always a part of the room even when they're absent from it.


And that concludes my updated spiritual room series for 2014.  The room has been almost thirteen years in the making and has been shaped by my living arrangements and experiences.  However, just as life changes, so will my spiritual room.  As an extension of myself, it will represent whatever state I am in at each point of my life.  I'm excited to see how it transforms over the upcoming years.  In the meantime, I hope I've given everyone just a little inspiration for your own spiritual space!  If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them.  

Thank you for reading!

13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Thank you for taking the time to show us all this. It has me inspired to dedicate some space in my house to do the same.

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    1. You're more than welcome! If you've taken away some inspiration, I've done my job. Thank you for reading!

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  2. Thank you for sharing all of this with us. It's such a complete, all-encompassing look and it's given me so many ideas for my own space!

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    1. Of course! Inspiration is absolutely the end goal. I'm so glad you've liked the series. Thank you for reading!

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  3. I love seeing this and thank you for sharing of your familiars! I love my little man dearly.

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    1. Thank you so much! I can't imagine life without my fuzzy babies. They're absolutely everything to me!

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  4. Hi, thanks so much for sharing,your room is wonderful, and the time you spent putting this all togather is really appreciated. Thank you so much. I just wondered if you had noticed the 16th picture down from the top, the corner of earth on the second shelf there is a picture frame and the light from the candles is shining into the glass and makes it look like the people in the picture are holding live lit candles kinda creepy and cool at the same time. just thought I would mention it.
    thanks
    bye

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    1. You're absolutely right! That's a very interesting observation, considering that the people in that photo are my paternal grandparents whom I've never met - one of whom was my namesake. Thank you so much for reading! I'm so glad you've liked the series!

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  5. thank pinterest for leading me here! i love the way you've set up your room. what i found most beautiful was the stories you share of your familiars + seeing the evolution of your room (+ path, i suppose) over the years. awesome + inspiring, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much, Florence! We've actually just moved, so I imagine there'll have to be another series of updating posts again fairly soon. Best wishes to you!

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  6. Hello love your furry souls. Thanks for sharing hope to see how you have your room now.
    New to all these wonderful positive ideas, have a lot to learn but love candles and oils.

    Moon Wishes Lady

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    1. Thank you so much! Now that we're moving, I don't know if I'll go into a full post about my current circle room, but I may take some pictures before I box everything up. Best of luck to you on your path!

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  7. Hi, thanks so much for sharing,your room is wonderful, and the time you spent putting this all together is really appreciated. Thank you so much. I just wondered if you had, any ideas on how to get started in witchery, I'll say I'm about 15 even though I'm 14 1/2, and I'm literally just drawn to witch, spells, crafts, books, clothes, and deferentially your shrine's have given me much inspiration to make my own shrine's to the element's <3

    I would love to share notes

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