The creation of sacred space is intimately tied to something called land-taking. The idea of land-taking is that you’re claiming ownership of a space for as long as you physically reside there. In essence, you’re stating that you’re interested in the property and intend to take care of it and, most importantly, all of the denizens that reside there. You’re entering into a covenant with the spirits of place, and in return gaining some measure of sovereignty over the locale.
Recognizing this, there’s a number of ways to go about doing this. Traditionally, it was done with a spike and a source of flame: the spike or tent peg would be driven deep into the earth and a flame would then be walked about the perimeter of the space as a means of signaling that this space belonged to a new owner. Supplications would then be made to the genii locii, and one would go about their rituals at that point.
You can utilize this in your own ritual works, as this is essentially the earliest known version of creating a circle. To adopt this into your own practices, procure a spike-like object that calls to you. It can be a dagger, a tent peg, or even a large nail - it simply needs to feel like it commands some attention for you. From there, consecrate the item appropriately and begin to consider it to be a physical representation of your presence & control.
Once this has been done, procure a bowl of earth, ideally from your property. You should pick a bowl that can hold enough dirt that this spike can stand up within it with ease. Place that bowl upon your altar, and when you’re ready to claim the space for ritual, place the dagger/spike into the bowl: spear it in an act of controlled force, being careful not to break the bowl.
Then, light a stick of incense appropriate to the ritual you’re looking to perform and walk it about the perimeter of your space. As you do this, keep in mind the idea that you’re signifying that this space is now yours. You can attach an oral prayer or statement to this, if you like.
Once completed, provide offerings of water and fruit to the spirits of place and then get started with your rite.
It’s simple technology at the end of the day, but its importance really cannot be overstated. It might seem a little odd at first, but this does have a tendency to amp up the potency of one’s rites.
Have a lovely day!