I’m sure many of you by now have seen this video, but just in case here it is again:
I just love the aesthetics (both ancient and modern) of the goddess cults on the greek islands and Asia minor. I like pretty jewelry, the frame drum and flute.
One of the reaons I think I have been struggling so much recently, is the environment I live in. Right now all I have is a cramped, darkened room with nothing but a shitty shelf for my altar. It is very difficult to get into any kind of ritual mindset when you can’t move around, burn too much, set up a pretty focal point or even change the room around (the joys of student accommodation, everything is bolted to the wall). I’m sure there are those that baulk at this, because ‘you shouldn’t need anything to feel connected’ or ‘you should just go out into the wilds which don’t actually exist in the inner city blah blah blah’ but I’m just one of those people that really responds to environments.
One thing that has especially affected me is lack of sunlight. This only really occurred to me recently, but it does seriously make a massive difference.
Next year, I’ll have my own flat with Dave and his sister. The rooms are light and airy, and I will have more time and space to do longer ritual. I will be able to spend more time in a kitchen that is actually clean, and generally live in an environment where I want to be!
Until then, I am trying to evoke the mindset I want with everything from desktop backgrounds to jewellery. This will do for now.