@DiscordianBliss and anyone else interested. Here is a little inconspicuous ritual that will help you to connect with the genus loci of your choice.
Magick, in its essence, is getting you to change your consciousness. You don’t need the candles and robes and utterances and tools, but they make it infinitely easier, especially for a newbie, to get into an altered state of consciousness. Since you’re in a public place and can’t do that, you might have to work a little harder to get into the ‘magickal mind’, but you can do it.
Sit in the place that you’ve chosen to commune with.
With the notebook open on your lap and pencil at the ready, pick a place to rest your eyes that represents the space you’re trying to contact. For example, if you’re trying to make contact with the spirit of the land that your workplace sits on, look at the parking lot or the building or the little edge of grass on the side. If you can’t do that without looking crazy, then look at your open notebook, and with your side vision, notice your focal point. Soft gaze at it, much like you would do if activiatng a sigil.
Take three (or seven) deep breaths to still your mind. If, after your initial set of three or seven your mind is still chattering, doing it again, always in sets of threes or sevens (those two numbers are very powerful pattern producers in the subconscious mind). You eventually notice your mind quieting some.
When it does, write down the first things that come to you. It may be a word, it may be a whole stream of words to make an essay. It doesn’t matter if it makes sense. Right now, you are practicing making contact. Or, if you are so inclined, draw what you see in your peripheral vision. you may begin to see things that indicate that the spirit of the place is speaking to you. (I prefer the writing method, because I think in words, plus words are easier to converse with than pictures).
Keep doing this each day, or opportunity, until you’re sure you’ve made contact. After you’ve developed a repport with the spirit of the place, you’ll find that you can speak to it whenever, by tuning into it with your thoughts (the breathing may signal to your mind and to the spirit that talking time is nigh).
If anyone asks what you’re doing, you’re taking cleansing breaths. You’re journaling. You’re writing the next Great American Novel. You’re practicing for your English class. You get the idea. It is something that doesn’t look strange to the passersby, but you know better.
Hope that helps, even though it was late in coming.