Hex and The City: Ideas for the Urban Witch

Practicing a nature-based religion poses unique challenges in a city environment, where space is limited and nature is . . . well, hard to come by.

ten tips for the city witch

1.  Window boxes.  A simple window can make a great herb garden in city apartments where even a patch of lawn can be pricey.  Almost any herb can be grown in a window box, but rosemary, mint, thyme and catnip are all easy options.

2.  Wall altars.  There’s no reason you need an enormous altar.  A small shelf can be mounted to even the tiniest wall space.  Be selective, and choose only your most important pieces.  If you are concerned about prying eyes, you can even mount in inside a closet door.  Just swing it open when it’s in use!

3.   Take advantage of what the city DOES have to offer.  Scan local event pages for pagan festivals, gatherings and shops, which are much more likely to be abundant in a metropolitan area.

4.  Make nature a day trip.  Quiet natural settings are scarce in big cities, but usually not far outside them.  Get some like-minded friends together and take day trip to a nearby outdoor attraction.

5.  Looking for a quiet place to meditate?  Try a temple.  Almost every major city has at least a few Buddhist or Hindu temples.  They are great places for meditating and exploring new traditions.

6.  Consider training a familiar.  If your apartment allows you to have pets, this can be a great way to stay connected to the natural world and form a spiritual bond with another creature.  Snakes, cats and tarantulas all make great apartment pets.

7.  Make use of your bathroom.  If you have roommates, this is a great place to find some assured privacy.  If you’re lucky enough to have a tub, transform it into a place of ritual cleansing with lots of candles, essential oils and incense.  If you just have a shower, bundle herbs and tie them to the shower head for a burst of magical cleansing.

8.  Make use of your kitchen.  If you’re an apartment dweller, you have the perfect opportunity to explore kitchen witchery!  The art of marrying food with spell craft is a great way to get into folk magic.

9.  Check out international markets.  You are probably surrounded by specialty markets from around the world.  These are great places to find statuary, inexpensive herbs and oils, incense and incense burners.

10.  Tarot cards.  They are lightweight, portable and take up very little space.  Spread them out when you need them, fold them away when you don’t.  They can be taken anywhere, hidden easily and make a fantastic way to connect immediately with like-minded people.

Hope this was helpful!

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