Protocol and Practices
Sacred space is more than a physical place; it is also defined by the actions you engage in there and your state of mind. When the faithful enter a church, temple, or mosque, they often perform a ritual — removing their shoes, crossing themselves, kneeling, dabbing holy water on their foreheads, etc. — to signify a change in attitude and focus. The ritual act itself helps shift consciousness from that dominated by ego to that guided by Spirit.
When Wiccans or witches come together to perform a ritual, they often enter the sacred space in single file, moving in a clockwise direction to form the circle. When the ritual is over, they close the circle and file out in a counterclockwise direction.
Some people like to take a purifying bath before performing a ritual or rite. Some change into special ritual clothing or don magickal jewelry. You might choose to take off your shoes so you feel more connected to the earth. The point is to do something to clearly demarcate — mentally as well as physically — sacred space.
Within the circle, participants observe certain practices and behavior conducive to the occasion. You want to keep the energy within the circle high: positive, harmonious, respectful, and joyful. Leave everyday worries, fears, anger, and negativity outside. Don't discuss mundane matters or engage in idle chit-chat. Remember, you are honoring the deities, your own magickal power, and the other members of the circle.