Sunday, December 7, 2014

Indoor Pagan and Witch Celebrations

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One of the obstacles city pagans face is the want of outdoor space for workings and rituals. One way to get around such problems is to hold workings indoors.

For indoor locations you have the option of using your regular ritual room/altar space. Or of clearing a room, such as living room, just for the occasion. Which you choose will depend on your circumstances.

If you share living space with someone that is non-pagan then perhaps keeping it simple and working in the privacy of your own room would be best.

However, if you can move out into a larger space it is always nice to do so. If it is a room that is used for other things this may mean cleaning up before and after. First, move any furniture out of the way. Then put everything back when done. It can mean a bit more work, but if you host a grove/coven/group you may need the extra space. *Don't be afraid to ask grove/coven/group members to help with the set up and take down in such situations. It will save you on both time and energy.

Indoors you may want to cut down by half the amount of incense you burn, unless it is warm enough to have windows open for smoke reasons and the overdone effect of scent in a small place. Remember you can always add more if needed, but you can't undo it if you get too much.

Candles can also be a hazard in small spaces with folks moving about. So always make sure that candles are set in sturdy holders that are on level non-moving surfaces. Make sure you have a little extra water on hand just in case one gets bumped over. I have found a medium plastic measuring cup works great for this. You can fill it with tap water and set it in a corner for emergencies. It has a handle and a pour spout which makes it easy to grab and pour where needed.

Whether you use a rug to denote the circle or a rope, or another item is up to you. I have seen some lovely rugs that are circular with Celtic knot work patterns. They come in a variety of sizes, smalls are about 5', mediums are about 8-9', large ones can be huge. The small ones are nice when working alone as it gives you a visual boundary when calling quarters. One could also use several rugs together to get the same effect. Rugs are a nice option that you might not want to use outdoors due to cleaning of rugs.

Also a nice thing about working indoors if you can leave you altar up overnight is being able to leave your nice silver out without worrying about it disappearing. Plus you can use a nice coffee table for your altar.

I hope these ideas help.