Where you conduct your Lunar ceremonies is important but we also must be practical and do what is best for you. I personally prefer to hold all of my ceremonies outside with the power of nature but sometimes in the freezing weather and the lack of outdoor space, peace and quiet and privacy in the city sometimes it simply makes more sense to prepare and perform your rituals inside.
it is much easier to have your ceremonies inside because the space is climate controlled, it is private and there is access to anything you may need such as music, candles, supplies, etc. If you are doing a lunar ceremony to access the powers of the moon, try to find a spot where you can see the moon, if possible, but above all this needs to be a comfortable space where you feel at ease and at peace to perform your rituals. If you are conducting you ceremony during the day or do not have a view of the moon use a representation of the moon such as a picture or an item the represents the moon. I personally wear my moon shirt every time I commune with the moon. Be creative with your moon representations it can be a pendant, pin, decoration, print out, painting etc. Also, keep in mind that privacy is a must, there should be no one else in the space unless they are directly participating in the ceremony. If you live in a house like me where there is simply no privacy you can also use the bathroom for piece of mind and privacy. Your best ceremonies are all based on your mindset and your ability to be clear. If you decide to do your ceremony inside be sure to clear the space, create sacred space and to thank the house and land spirits for the healing magick that is about to occur during your ceremony. (read about creating sacred space)
it is an enchanting experience to have a ceremony surrounded by Mother Nature but the same rules apply to having your ceremony outside as it is having it indoors. You want to make sure you have privacy and that you feel safe and comfortable otherwise the stress will defeat the purpose. So, if you have access to safely and comfortably having a private ceremony in nature this is the most optimal for your rituals especially if you can be surrounded by trees or a tree you have a special connection with. many cultures believe that trees have curative properties and can dispel negative energy from a person. This is why going for a walk in nature has such a calming effect on the body and the nervous system. If you perform your ceremony outside remember to take a moment to feel out the energies of the land and thank the land spirits for all the healing magick that will occur during your ceremony. It is also good measure to bring an offering for the land spirits to your sacred ceremony site.
Either way ceremonies both outdoors and indoors are just as effective.
Ash: peace, protection, prosperity, strength
Birch: new beginnings, healing of wounds and burns
Cedar: courage, longevity, wealth, self-esteem, purification
Coconut Palm: purity, honor, relaxation
Cypress: past life issues, comfort, protection, ease of loss
Elder: transformation and change, peaceful sleep, self-confidence
Elm: protection and meditation, stops slander and gossip
eucalyptus: healing, protection, moon affinity
Holly: magic and enchantment
lilac: activate chakras, healing back pain
Lime: divination, development, cleansing
Magnolia: fidelity, changes, relaxation and calmness
Maple: longevity, love, money
Myrtle: fertility, balance, youth, riches
Oak: increasing sexuality, luck strength
Pear: clarity, energy, confidence, reduction of stress
Pecan: career issues and job seeking, money discipline
Pine: prosperity, purification, health, exorcism
Plum: love and healing, self confidence
Poplar: astral projection, wisdom, mental healing, starting over
Walnut: depression, healing, heals infertility
Willow: wishes coming true, seductiveness, protection, healing illness
The magick of trees can be accessed at anytime not just for Lunar Ceremonies. Mother Nature and her healing tree spirits are a wealth of healing and abundance for mind, body and spirit. Be sure to always hank the tree(s) for receiving their healing energies.
Another important factor to consider for your lunar ceremonies wether you are in or outdoors is which direction to face. The direction in which you face is very important for your rituals because each direction offers a different energy. The power of the four directions or also referred to as the four great winds is often overlooked but offers us a useful and powerful reinforcement for our rituals. by not incorporating the four directions or the four great winds, the flow of vital forces are far more gentle.
North: corresponds with the earth element. Face North for health issues, healing of the body, spirituality, increasing or developing your intuition, using some type of divination, for transcending the physical and trying to communicate with someone telepathically, and in asking for guidance from whomever or whatever you call your higher power. This is the most power direction.
South: corresponds to the element of fire. Face south for love issues, relationships, creative and artistic pursuits, anything romantic or emotional.
East: corresponds to the element of air. Face East for career issues, strength, clarity, new business opportunities, financial matters and any endeavor requiring extra energy, healing of the mind and new beginnings.
West: corresponds with the element of water. Face West for letting go and moving on, increasing self-esteem, forgiving yourself or someone else, cleansing and, unconditional love.
Remember when doing you lunar ceremonies the moon's vibrations can permeate through rooftops, mountains, clouds, rain, snow, and even the apartment above you.