The Gift of Place and the Power of Space

Humans often use space as a tool to distinguish certain events from "ordinary, everyday" life. Studying spaces can help you enhance your own practices, whatever they may be. It matters not whether you identify as an energy medicine practitioner, witch, medium, therapist, magician, astrologer, meditator, monotheist, or none of these things, particularly. If you are willing to let go of judgements of the "other", you may discover some surprising spaces that speak to you, and whose magic you can incorporate into your own reality and practice.


Hagia Sophia


Originally erected between 532 and 537, this structure was at the time the largest interior space on the planet. It was built by the Roman emperor Justinian as a Christian cathedral. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, it became a mosque. Then in 1935 it was turned into a museum, and recently re-converted into a mosque again in 2020. While the building certainly is a thread within a long, complex history of war, and political and religious issues, the building itself has a very different story to tell- one much more about timeless beauty and sublimity.


Stonehenge


Stonehenge sits on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Current guestimates of date of construction fall around 3,000 BC. The largest stones, known as sarsens, weigh about 25 tons each. The exact purpose of the space is still unknown, although it seems to have functioned as a cemetery from its initial construction, and of course all sorts of fantastical theories have spawned from the fact that the stones as a whole are oriented towards sunrise on the summer solstice. Stonehenge ranks in the top ten of the oldest monuments on the planet.


The Masonic Hall


The Masonic lodge depicted here is located in the Netherlands. The lodges are the meeting places of the Freemasons, of which there are approximately 6 million currently around the world. While the term lodge technically is used to refer to a group of meeting masons (they meet as a lodge, not in a lodge), this is still the common term for their meeting spaces. And if you're really into this type of precision and specific, regulated ways of functioning, the energy of the Masonic lodges might be just your thing.


Freud's couch


Sigmund Freud's now-famous patient couch was gifted to him in the 1890s by a patient, Madame Benvenisti. It is said that by having people lie down and look upward, Freud was initiating the patient's self-reflective tendencies. However, as with all things Freudian, it may be easy to project personal or fantastical meanings onto the couch. Freud is claimed to have stated that he wanted to keep himself out of the eyeline of his patients because he just couldn't stand to be stared at for eight hours a day. Regardless of Freud's motives, the couch does seem to speak to the relationship between our bodies and the spaces we inhabit, and the magic that can perhaps be supported and facilitated by a relaxed, comfortable body.


The Meditation Cushion


Perhaps the smallest, yet most potent space in this list. Many meditators have written about the meditation space and the power of sitting. It does indeed connect to an incredible space of magic in which one does so little, and yet changes so much.


The Witch's Altar


Altars vary widely in terms of their appearance and purpose. They may be used as a space to create talismans, amulets, or other objects, as a space to carry out rituals, or as a place to meditate, pray, or convene with unseen energies. Wonderfully, a personal altar can serve as a completely unique means of connecting with particular aspects of the universe, using whatever objects suit your needs and aesthetic.


The Shaman's Space of Non-ordinary Reality


Many practices that involve traveling through the unseen realms include non-physical spaces that the practitioner regularly visits while journeying. This may include a particular gateway through which the journeyer passes into other dimensions, or environments to which they travel in order to communicate and interact with certain entities. Even in non-ordinary reality, an environment can be used to amplify specific energies and states of consciousness. Similarly, someone who uses guided imagery and imagines themselves relaxing on a beach at sunset is making use of a similar power of space.


The Lion Gate


The Lion Gate was built around 1250BC. It was the main entrance to the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenea in Greece. The walls surrounding the gate were created through Cyclopean masonry, a type of construction involving massive stones placed tightly together with little or no mortar. The term comes from the fact that the classical Greeks believed that only the mythical Cyclopes would have had the strength to build this type of structure. While the Lion Gate long served as a symbol of protection and safety for those within its walls, it now exists as a portal to the mysteries and magic of the ancient past.


The ways in which we contain space, and the objects we fill it with, can have a powerful impact on the acts we perform within it. What gifts are available to you through the space that surrounds you?