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« Topic Start: October 07, 2009, 10:02:01 pm »

We were talking about offerings and sacrifices over in the Hazel and Oak SIG, which spun me off into talking about how best to dispose of offerings without soiling the environment. I have alley cats I feed, and my own cat goes in the front yard... not to mention the birds, the cats I don't feed, and whoever's dogs get loose running around the neighborhood. I don't want to put anything out in the yard that will harm the critters or kill my grass or plants.

How do you dispose of your offerings or used spell materials (like wax candle stubs)? Do you just chuck them in the trash? Pour them down the sink? Take them outdoors into the yard or other wilderness?

Have you thought about the affects that your leavings might have on local wildlife or the environment?

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« Reply #1: October 08, 2009, 12:10:35 am »

How do you dispose of your offerings or used spell materials (like wax candle stubs)? Do you just chuck them in the trash? Pour them down the sink? Take them outdoors into the yard or other wilderness?

Back when I used to cast spells, it really depended on the type of spell. If it was a banishing spell, I'd take the leavings to someplace I wasn't likely to return to and bury them. If it was a love spell, I'd bind the remnants up in a mojo bag & carry it around with me until I was done with it. If it was a spell to bring something to myself or someone else, it got put under the bed or buried at the doorstep... you get the idea.

As far as 'green' disposal... most of my spellcraft was relatively simple. I never had a jar candle w/wax left in it - I was taught that jar candles shouldn't be reused because of residual energies contaminating the next spell, so the glass would be wrapped in a paper bag, smashed & thrown away. I was always careful to buy only beeswax or vegetable based candles if they weren't jar candles so whatever wax was left would be reasonably biodegradable.

I would use little bottles of oil all the way up & throw the bottles away if the oil's residue was too powerful-smelling or sticky for the bottle to be reused. Incense would be burned to ash. Most of my other spell ingredients were herbs, feathers, bones, stones, shells... pretty much natural ingredients all the way around.

Personally, I worry more about the effect my feminine hygiene products have on the environment - there doesn't seem to be any reasonable way to dispose of any of that without exposing something to my hormones - and then magnify that by every woman in Las Vegas...
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« Reply #2: October 08, 2009, 09:22:00 am »

We were talking about offerings and sacrifices over in the Hazel and Oak SIG, which spun me off into talking about how best to dispose of offerings without soiling the environment. I have alley cats I feed, and my own cat goes in the front yard... not to mention the birds, the cats I don't feed, and whoever's dogs get loose running around the neighborhood. I don't want to put anything out in the yard that will harm the critters or kill my grass or plants.

How do you dispose of your offerings or used spell materials (like wax candle stubs)? Do you just chuck them in the trash? Pour them down the sink? Take them outdoors into the yard or other wilderness?

Have you thought about the affects that your leavings might have on local wildlife or the environment?

Karen

Well, I just chuck 'em. The wax candle stubs that is. I carve symbols relevant to the goalI want to achieve, mostly runes, and when it's burned past the last one, the spell is over, as far as I am concerned. I realize this is a very unorthadox way of going about my business, but it resonates with me as being right.
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« Reply #3: October 08, 2009, 09:27:04 am »


How do you dispose of your offerings or used spell materials (like wax candle stubs)? Do you just chuck them in the trash? Pour them down the sink? Take them outdoors into the yard or other wilderness?

Have you thought about the affects that your leavings might have on local wildlife or the environment?

Karen

For food offerings, ash left over from burning wishes or incense, etc. I just throw it out into the grass near my outdoor meditation area.  My food offerings are usually bread, milk, fruit, wine, etc. so it's fine for the local wildlife if they were to get into it.  I wouldn't pour anything down the sink, since that goes into the septic tank and that just seems wrong to me.  Anything like that either gets returned to the earth and the critters if it's safe to do so, or buried.  For candle wax, matches, and things that aren't safe to just throw out, I keep them in a lidded jar and then burn them when we make a fire, or bury them.  It doesn't bother me to let them collect for a while.  I feel like I've "disposed" of them when I put them in the jar and the final burning or burying is just the last step.  But, I don't feel like they're holding onto astral dust or anything by sitting around.
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« Reply #4: October 08, 2009, 11:54:52 am »

We were talking about offerings and sacrifices over in the Hazel and Oak SIG, which spun me off into talking about how best to dispose of offerings without soiling the environment. I have alley cats I feed, and my own cat goes in the front yard... not to mention the birds, the cats I don't feed, and whoever's dogs get loose running around the neighborhood. I don't want to put anything out in the yard that will harm the critters or kill my grass or plants.

How do you dispose of your offerings or used spell materials (like wax candle stubs)? Do you just chuck them in the trash? Pour them down the sink? Take them outdoors into the yard or other wilderness?

Have you thought about the affects that your leavings might have on local wildlife or the environment?

Karen

Usually, unless there is a lot of negativity associated with an item, I just throw it away. For offerings of food to the gods, I eat them. For offerings to Fae, I leave them outside, or throw them away, depending on what has been offered and where I live. Incense ash gets tossed, as does candle wax/burned herbs. Usually, I only take special precautions with negative stuff, in which case that usually gets buried.

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« Reply #5: October 08, 2009, 01:27:17 pm »


Personally, I worry more about the effect my feminine hygiene products have on the environment - there doesn't seem to be any reasonable way to dispose of any of that without exposing something to my hormones - and then magnify that by every woman in Las Vegas...

Well at the risk of divulging way too much info, I would suggest cloth and a diva cup.  No, you won't be completely eliminating exposure to your hormones, but everything goes into the drain and is diluted with water before ending up in a public area.  We have a septic tank so I think less about it than if I had city sewer, but either way, it's way better than the traditional alternatives.
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« Reply #6: October 08, 2009, 01:45:01 pm »

Well at the risk of divulging way too much info, I would suggest cloth and a diva cup.  No, you won't be completely eliminating exposure to your hormones, but everything goes into the drain and is diluted with water before ending up in a public area.  We have a septic tank so I think less about it than if I had city sewer, but either way, it's way better than the traditional alternatives.

Diva cups come in limited sizes - they don't come small enough to fit me (so they don't seal) for example. 
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« Reply #7: October 08, 2009, 03:57:23 pm »

Well at the risk of divulging way too much info, I would suggest cloth and a diva cup.  No, you won't be completely eliminating exposure to your hormones, but everything goes into the drain and is diluted with water before ending up in a public area.  We have a septic tank so I think less about it than if I had city sewer, but either way, it's way better than the traditional alternatives.
I've heard of the Diva Cup, though I have no idea how well it works (does it work?). I know they make reusable pads now, I can get a url, if needed.
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« Reply #8: October 08, 2009, 10:42:44 pm »

Well at the risk of divulging way too much info, I would suggest cloth and a diva cup.

Well, uh, thanks for the suggestion, but I was just using it as an example of something I'm more concerned about than a little ball of wax, lol.

I think it's just knowing we have sex-changing fish in Lake Mead that gets me going, lol. Who cares about some incense ash when there are hermaphroditic fish swimming around?!
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