Sacred space is the fundamental practice of animism.
Opening sacred space creates a set apart space within a clear
boundary, within which you are present, clear and can be aware of the
spirits that you work with.
Being within sacred space keeps your formal animism work separate
from your daily life, which can be very helpful in the beginning. And as
you progress, sacred space provides support for more powerful, deep
work where you need to keep your intent and energy clear.
Without sacred space, your practice can suffer from distracted intent
and awareness. It can become confusing to practice divination or spirit
communication, and your energy can become open to interference.
Sacred space is important when you’re working any practice that involves clear intent.
This includes divination, spirit communication, energy work, altar work
and ceremony. It’s also a great way to nourish and re-charge yourself,
simply through being within the space.
Opening sacred space can be as simply as a quick prayer to your
helping ancestors, to a full ceremony with candles and a physical
boundary like a ribbon or salt.
The only essential requirements are the intent to open sacred space
and a power greater than yourself that you can call on. The power can be
anything from your helping ancestors, to a deity, to the elements.