Seriously. Why don’t more witches go outside for their practice? I can’t do witchcraft inside anymore. It’s so constricting. There is nothing like going outside and experiencing the spirits. Why would a nature spirit want to come into the closed confines of a house? It weakens them, I feel.
I live in a city which makes personal, private outdoor rituals hard to come by - during the day, curious eyes are everywhere and during the night, parks are closed. I also live in the Bible Belt, which means those curious eyes are likely to turn cruel. Often times ritual has to be done inside. Please remember this before turning condescending.
Condescending? Didn’t realise I was being condescending…
On the note of the Bible Belt: I’ve heard that there are an awful lot of slave graveyards that witch’s down there make use of. They are rarely, if ever, watched and closed.
As I said, living in the city is fucking hard, I know.
Nature comes inside all the time. Buy a pot plant for heaven’s sake. There are also spirits of the house. Spirits which dwell within charms and idols. There are spirits of planets and stars which are not even going to begin being limited by the fact there’s a thin layer of matter between the willworker and another randomly selected part of creation. Let’s not even begin to look at how we’re working on different levels of reality, and moving energy around. Both of which have little to do with whether you’re inside or not. There’s nothing wrong with working outside in nature. There’s equally nothing wrong with tending my shrine. Inside. Where the elements won’t damage the delicate items or pictures placed on it. Treat your space well, practice decent spiritual/energetic hygiene so you’re not wading through muck everytime you try to stir energy and otherwise do what you like.
The assumptions being made here are rather huge and just… well, wrong. Witch does not automatically equate with working in or with nature. Practicing in nature is great if you have any connection to it in your practice.
And if you’re a city based witch who is more likely to be talking to an elevator’s spirit than a tree’s, and laughing at the carry on of spirits making fun with drunk revelers thank honouring a river spirit then there’s no reason to be out in nature 99% of the time.
I’m a city based witch, and I spend most my time indoors, I cast spells at the bar, honour my Ancestor’s inside where it’s warm and safe, and am far more comfortable with asphalt than ‘the great outdoors’ and it’s all peachy keen to me. My path, my way.
Do not presume to know or understand how and why other witches live and work. We’re all on our own path.
I love nature, I really do. Sometimes there is nothing better than being outside, breathing in the fresh air, inhaling the scents of flower and leaf, watching fish dart beneath the surface of a pond.
But I also love being indoors. It depends on a lot of things - weather, privacy, my mood. I can practice just well, if not better, indoors, within the sanctuary of a building than I can outdoors.
I imagine there are some spirits who are more comfortable out in nature than within the confines of a building, but I’m also quite sure that other spirits are more comfortable inside than out. And that’s before you get into the fact that many cultures build temples (houses) for their gods.
Buildings and cities are not new, they are as old old as civilisation itself, so why should all gods be gods of the great outdoors? The answer is, they’re not. Domovoi, Mutyalamma, Conopa, Teraphim, Kaukis and Laume, Thonenli, Aspelenie, and Kathar (The Ugarit god of architects), are all deities and types of spirit of the household and buildings, from many different cultures all over the world, and that’s just naming a few off the top of my head.