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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!
The corner of air.
The corner of fire.
The corner of water.
The corner of earth.
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:
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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.|
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!