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Sacred space outdoors

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:22 pm
by SunshineEyes
Merry meet, everyone. I was wondering if anyone has ever had a problem with the location of their sacred space. Where I live, the lease specifically states that "fire hazards," including candles and incense, are absolutely not allowed in any of the apartments. I know there are a lot of spells and rituals which require you to be indoors with candles, but I cannot do any of them. I spoke to a fellow Wiccan who works at an occult store near where I live and she said that a permanent outdoor altar is perfectly acceptable. Luckily the sacred space that 'called' to me is right under a hackberry tree in my backyard, so I feel blessed to have followed my friend's advice.

Re: Sacred space outdoors

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:05 pm
by Oakheart
I believe you might be able to legally fight your landlord in regard to burning candles/incense on grounds of religious freedom. But I'm certainly not a lawyer, so take that with a healthy dose of salt. Anyways, I have plenty of indoor altars, as most folks do, but I also have an altar located deep within a local nature sanctuary. It sits atop a fallen, long-dead tree that was pointed out to me by the elementary spirits. I go there once every few months to conduct miscellaneous rituals, i.e. Samhain rituals.
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Re: Sacred space outdoors

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:20 pm
by runrun131
@Oakheart: I love your Samhain altar!

Sacred space outdoors

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:33 pm
by Katrinkah
Woah, no candles or incense? I'm sorry to hear that :( Glad you found an outdoor altar :D

If you need to cleanse your living space maybe try a diffuser. I like to diffuse oils instead of lighting incense from time to time. Incense sometimes make my allergies go crazy.

Sacred space outdoors

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:40 pm
by Katrinkah
Here is a link to a conversation about replacing candles in your spells to ;)
http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=447067

Re: Sacred space outdoors

PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:59 pm
by SpiritTalker
There are alternatives, as usual. I keep a vigil light in a small cauldron, which is a battery powered candle. It represents fire in the center, to keep fueling my purpose. I wouldn't dare leave a flame unattended with cats in the house, and my intention requires 24/7 light. The one I have looks very realistic 6" taper, and a single AA battery lasts over a month. Try that with a votive! Another has a timer so it will shut off after six hours, and come back on at the same time every day. The timer kind batteries last only a week or so. Pillars and tea lights in all colors are available.

I have also used an electric warming pot and diffuser with water and scented oil for setting moods because indoor incense smoke makes me tear-up, sneeze or cough which kills meditation.

When the weather's good, I like to be outside. There's nothing like a starlit night to sit and reflect. If there's a wind, an outdoor candle is hopeless, even in a jar...but a tea light in a jar works. And a battery powered candle can't blow out. Any kind of open fire in a BBQ at night attracts neighbors if they smell smoke. Nosey Parkersburg. I do have a permanent outdoor shrine in my little garden area. You use what you've got.