I think of sacred space as being very root chakra related. A sacred space feels like home. It feels safe to do your most vulnerable work and have your deepest breakthroughs there. It feels safe to put your worries, your fears, your joys, your disappointments, everything that you have and are on the altar there.
The best part is, you don’t need anyone to hold this sacred space for you. You can hold it for yourself.
What is it, exactly? It’s any space that you set aside as sacred or holy. It’s a place where you can meditate, do magic and ritual, and connect to your highest self. This might look like an altar, or it might not. If you are interested in creating your own sacred altar, check out this blog post.
Your space is personal and unique to you. This blog post is all about creating sacred space in your home, but remember that you are sacred, too, and any space you hold for yourself can be sacred space. Divinity doesn’t have to be experiences just at your altar.
With that being said, here are a few ideas for things you might like to include in your sacred space:
Having your sacred space by a window can be a beautiful way to connect with nature even from the inside. See the sun, the stars, and feel the breeze right in your space.
A Moon Calendar
Connecting with the phases of the moon can help anchor you and connect you with nature. Having a moon calendar (and moon ritual cards) in your sacred space where you do rituals and other healing practices that you might base around moon cycles is ideal.
Crystals can raise the frequency of your space and bring in specific energies you want to work with. The options are endless, but some crystals you might like to have in your sacred space are:
- Amethyst to help you connect with your intuition and boost your mood
- Clear quartz (the ultimate crystal!), the ultimate healer, balancer, manifestor and energy amplifier
- Rose quartz for heart opening
- Labradorite for self-discovery
- Citrine to bring in energizing and creative energy
- Fluorite to cleanse your aura and draw off negative energy
- Obsidian or black tourmaline for grounding
- Selenite to access higher guidance and open your crown chakra
Candles and their colors have all different types of uses. You can use them in spell work, ritual, burning ceremonies, or just to bring some soft light into your space. Here are some different candle color meanings (source):
- Blue for harmony, peace, and tranquility
- Red for passion and action
- White for purifying, cleansing, and clarity
- Purple for psychic abilities and spiritual awakening
- Yellow for inspiration and creativity
- Orange for energizing, joy, and success
- Pink for love, compassion, and forgiveness
- Green for nature, growth, and fertility
- Brown for grounding, Earthy energy
You can use your feather to direct the flow of smoke when cleansing with sage or palo santo. For example, when cleansing yourself you might want to circle the smoke around the top of your head or other parts of your body. A feather will help you do that!
Plants & Herbs
Plants and herbs have so many practical and magickal uses. You can use herbs in your sacred space for burning or tea-drinking, and you might like to also have dried or fresh flowers, or other plants that you feel connected to.
Like plants and herbs, essential oils also have many practical and magickal uses. Use them in your sacred space for ritual, to anoint your candles, to assist in meditation, or to massage your body. Some go-tos you might like to have are:
- Geranium oil for self-love
- Juniper for protection and purification
- Cilantro oil for releasing negative energy
- Lavender oil for peace and healing
- Frankincense and myrrh oil for meditation
- Yarrow oil to connect with your psychic abilities
Tarot or Oracle Decks
Your sacred space is the perfect place to keep any divination tools you use such as tarot cards, oracle cards, or runes. Display the card or rune you’re working with at the moment on your altar as a visual reminder of the energy you’re working to create, or the intentions you’re working to manifest.
Visual Representations of Goddesses You’re Working With
This could be a printed photo, a statue, an oracle card, a painting, or another creative representation that resonates with you. Everyone’s needs are different, so choose a goddess that you feel drawn to work with. That likely means that she has a message for you.
Salt has been touted for its magical properties for a long time. Practically, having a salt lamp in your space releases negative ions (which actually make you feel good, despite the name!) and detoxifies the air. But magically, salt also purifies and protects against psychic attacks. If you don’t want to go for a lamp, you can also opt for a small bowl of sea salt.
Additional Representations of the Four Elements
You don’t actually need additional representations of the four elements (fire, earth, water and air), since you likely already have them on your altar. But feel free to add any other elements to your space that you’d like, such as a bowl of water or the beautiful element cards from the Goddess Discovery Book.
Any Sacred Possessions
Anything that feels sacred and holds special meaning to you, even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else, can also go in your sacred space. Maybe it’s photographs, special objects, or mementos. Whatever it is, feel free to add it.
You can customize your sacred space or altar depending on where you are in life and what you’re trying to manifest. For example, you might create an abundance altar centered around money, photos of abundance goddesses like Lakshmi, tarot cards like the 10 of pentacles, and herbs or spices that promote abundance when you want to manifest material wealth.
The most important thing to remember is that this space is for you. All of the above are just options and suggestions. Create a space that feels sacred to you, and you will have created sacred space.
About Eryn Johnson
Eryn Johnson is a breathwork facilitator, tarot reader, and Reiki Master based in Fishtown, Philadelphia. She is also the host of the Living Open podcast for mystics and seekers, a storytelling tool here to help facilitate soul evolution. The foundation of her work is energetic and based on the belief that there's nothing wrong with you- we are simply programmed from a young age to forget the truth of who we are. She uses energy work, storytelling, and breathwork to guide you back to you - your heart, your power, your magic. Find her work at www.living-open.com and @erynj_ on Instagram.