This ties in to my earlier post “Paganism is Expensive.” In an increasingly materialistic and narcissistic world, people want to show off everything, and everything becomes a competition to have or be the “best.” It’s sad that some Pagans have fallen into this trap, but there’s no fact in the idea that your rituals need to be photo perfect.
Honestly, most Pagans don’t even share photos of their rituals or sacred space. It considered too personal, and showing the center of your spiritual practices can paint a big target on you by ill-willed witches. Since social networks got big, people started feeling obligated to show off their ritual spaces and even the rituals themselves, but it’s not something that most feel really comfortable with.
A ritual doesn’t have to be pretty, it doesn’t have to cost a lot either. You don’t need to make it photo ready and share shots of it with the world. This is your faith, your space, and your practice. It should be your choice. You don’t have to compete with anyone. You may feel good about sharing, but if it ever makes you feel bad, or feel less, then don’t do it, and don’t compare what you have to what anyone else has.
Personally, I used to feel bad seeing other people’s ritual space photos. I was a minimalist and not wealthy, so mine looked so sparse and poor compared to the folks who feel the need to spend hundreds of dollars to make “perfect” spaces. It’s not a good feeling. The truth is, looks mean nothing in magick or spirituality. Whatever you have is enough. If it makes you happy, to hell with what anyone else thinks. Never allow yourself to think that you need to spend money or take gorgeous photos to be a good Pagan or witch.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*