#januarywitch Day 18: Sacred Space
So, I'm an animist, follower of Taoist philosophy, and folk witch, which means that I don't readily distinguish between sacred and mundane. Everything is enspirited; everything has magical value. It's just a matter of looking closely enough to discover what that is. And the more natural and humbler something is, the closer it is to the Way -- that is, the natural way of things as well as the wakeful and generative force of the universe -- which means that a lot of my tools and processes are fairly raw: direct, unrefined, based on instinct and insight, while also consciously crafted.
The two images here are passages from the Tao Te Ching -- The Book of the Way and Its Power, a book that has been a formative influence in my life. The first poem asserts that it's not an object itself but the empty space(s) within that define it and give it value. Similarly, the second poem expresses the importance of making space within, or hollowing oneself, in meditation -- which makes it possible for me not only to see clearly and expansively but also to perceive and receive spirits and energy into my body, the foundation for the kind of magical work I do.
So the most essential sacred space for my spiritual and magical work is the one I make within myself: opening and emptying to become a vessel and translator of power. That makes everything else I do possible.
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