Aesthetics and Spiritual or Magical Practice

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus. Oldham Art...
Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It occurred to me the other day as I was rearranging some things that I invest a lot in creating atmosphere. My apartment is, as far as I’m concerned, an extension of my personality, spiritual practice, and magic. I want things to look a certain way, from the decor to ritual supplies.

(I’m a Libra. This may be relevant.)

So I was wondering if this is the norm. Does your living space reflect your spiritual or magical practice? If so, what is your aesthetic? I have a friend who is very into the use of bright fabrics and sari material, and I’ve met others who preferred the fantasy artwork look. (Personally I’m more likely to surf Apartment Therapy for altar ideas than a pagan store, but I sometimes think I’m in the minority on that.)

Furthermore, do you think that having things appeal to you visually is an aid in your spiritual or magical work? Are there any particular objects you covet?