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« Reply #1: February 06, 2010, 05:35:54 pm »

Please pardon the flippancy of my responses, I'm in a weird mood. :}

What tools do you use doing ritual or other religious work?

Honestly, the stuff I do seriously at most requires a cup, a source of fire, and incense.

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How do you use them?

The cup holds water.  The source of fire provides light.  The incense smells nice. Wink

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What do they represent?

A thing that holds water so it doesn't go all over everywhere.
Fire is probably solar, now I think of it.
Incense, depending on framework, is purification/cleansing/space definition, or a symbol of the presence of the divine.  Or, arguably, both.

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How did you decide on them? (IE, are they tradition specific, historically informed, UPG, something else?)

The tools in general, or the specific ones I use?

For Kemetic ritual, the standard rites are based on one of the Pyramid Texts which explicitly refers to fire and incense offerings.  There are also wall pictures of water libation offerings.  I have a goblet with Aset on it and a candleholder that a friend gave me that is the same coloration as the sacred waterlily that I use as symbol reinforcement.

For Feri stuff, I ... need a cup to hold the water in.  Because otherwise it goes everywhere.  I have been known to use specific stuff for that, but I also use whatever is handy, because I need the water to not go everywhere.

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Are there any special rules involved with them? (IE, no one else can touch them, you have to make them yourself, etc?)

I pay some attention to incense purity standards for Kemetic stuff.

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How necessary are they? If you couldn't use your tool, are can you substitute/adapt, or do you just go without?

Something that fills those roles is necessary; the tools I have are the things that I have that fill that role.  There isn't anything particularly special about them beyond a) I like them and b) I have them.
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