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« Topic Start: June 02, 2010, 11:52:11 am »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?
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« Reply #1: June 02, 2010, 11:59:50 am »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

I've heard a lot of things I would personally tend to classify as "superstition" related to the practice of magic, the obtaining of tools and materials, etc.  But...  You know, some of it looks a little silly to me maybe, but I don't really practice magic myself.  So I'm not sure I'm that qualified to judge.  And it seems to me that a lot of magic (though perhaps not all) relies at least in part on creating the right mindset, the right atmosphere.  Even if I think someone purchasing a tool for themselves is just fine, if they look at it and think, "Oh gods this thing is not as powerful as it could be because I bought it myself," then...  Well, I can't say that might not have an effect on the work they're trying to do.
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« Reply #2: June 02, 2010, 12:12:09 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

Being gifted with magical tools or such is always a lovely surprise, and tends to bring positive associations to mind when using them. However, those purchased by the user, especially if they are particularly attractive, are just as useful. I have found no difference in using either, and honestly, I tend to favour those I picked for myself, as they tend to be more in tune with my own energies/vibrations/etc.

My particular flavour of craft has no prohibition to buying your own tools or books, etc. We do have a sort of onus to pay fair price for such, and are urged not to bargain with a craftsman over the price of a certain tool.....perhaps as a way to honour the value of the tool to both the crafter and the final user.
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« Reply #3: June 02, 2010, 12:12:24 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself.
So you're just supposed to sit around and twiddle your thumbs until people buy stuff for you?

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I personally think you're more likely to end up with a powerful tool if you go shopping for tools yourself and choose one that calls to you rather than accepting one from someone whose intentions you can never been entirely sure of.
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« Reply #4: June 02, 2010, 01:25:06 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

I don't agree with this piece of advice at all. Magic is a mindset - ultimately, the tools are just aids to get your brain working the way it needs to. Scott Cunningham once told an anecdote where he had to construct a quick Wiccan ritual out of a paper cup, a salt packet, a plastic knife, and a birthday candle, and apparently all was fine and sundry.
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« Reply #5: June 02, 2010, 05:51:55 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power.

This is silly. I've heard it over the years about various magic tools and items, but I've never found it to be true. The tool that works best is the one that calls to you. It doesn't matter if you buy it, make it, or someone else buys or makes it for you. At least as far as I've seen.
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« Reply #6: June 02, 2010, 07:17:50 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

This sounds relatively similar to the superstition regarding never buying your own tarot deck, whether its your first or just another one. SunflowerP made a post about this a long time ago (here, for those interested -- ironically, it was my post about it that sparked her making a new topic about it  Cheesy) asking about it, as well as how common it was.

Like Fierflye said, are we just supposed to sit around waiting for it to happen? Honestly to me it seems to stem from the idea of "the Universe/Divine/etc will provide for you", tacking on a "sit and be patient".. which eventually leads to these "never buy your own tarot deck/magical books/tools/etc" mess. The idea that one should not take the initiative in something they are interested in sounds really silly, and at worst lazy, to me. Not everything is going to be handed to you on a silver platter.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7: June 02, 2010, 09:59:36 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

This is what I'd heard when I was starting my search for my first deck of tarot cards. In the end my mother's friend ended up purchasing my set. I felt a great connection to them when I first touched them. They are the best. It's my belief that it doesn't matter if you buy them or of someone else does as long as they feel right. I've bought all my tools, and a few books myself.
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« Reply #8: June 07, 2010, 07:16:05 pm »

This is silly. I've heard it over the years about various magic tools and items, but I've never found it to be true. The tool that works best is the one that calls to you. It doesn't matter if you buy it, make it, or someone else buys or makes it for you. At least as far as I've seen.

Much of the 'tools' I use are hand made by myself.  I wouldn't say that buying your own tools is a problem, tho.  IMHO, you do need to wait for something to 'call out' to you, though.  If it happens to be a found item (a chipped rock for a blade), a repurposed item (old snake oil bottles to hold liquids or powders), or a item that just calls to your sense of 'right' ( a beautiful silver chalice from an old tea set), if it's right you'll know. 

(BTW, all the above are things I've used.  If you're open to new ideas, sometimes the best things just come to you.)
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« Reply #9: June 08, 2010, 01:12:06 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

Merry Meet Winged Coyote,

When I first began my magickal practice, I heard the very same thing regarding being gifted your tools. Basically what I have found to be true for me is that it depends on how a person feels about the "rule/superstition" as it would apply to them.

However, there are a few problems that I have with that "rule". First, if I were in a situation where I was not out of the broom closet, then who would know to even consider purchasing any magickal tool(s) for me? Second, if I don't know someone all that well, I'd be less inclined to take any magickal tool or item from them as I am not sure what spiritual path or otherwise they follow/practice. Lastly, I am a solitary practitioner and I am very sensitive to energies and would want the pleasure of searching and connecting with the tools that I were going to use.

So with those few issues, I've always felt that if and when I needed any magickal tools, that they would call to me.

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« Reply #10: June 27, 2010, 08:22:44 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

That seems very odd advice to me, as my view is exactly the opposite, namely that if you don't buy or obtain (or make, if you're not going to buy) the things yourself, there would be less power in them. 
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« Reply #11: June 27, 2010, 08:34:01 pm »

A friend of mine recently told me that I should never, ever buy books about paganism/occult/anything related for myself. Similarly, I should never buy any magic(k) tools or divination tools for myself. Apparently if you buy them for yourself it diminishes their power. Has anyone heard anything like this, or any other superstitions related to practicing magic(k)?

See, I've heard something like this but about Tarot instead. That you should always have your cards be gifted to you. I've also heard that anykind of tool you have is supposed to be made by yourself and to never be shown to anyone, else they steal your power.

And I've also heard the reverse, that having items gifted to you makes you bound to the person who gifted the item to you. That you should buy anything you use yourself or make yourself so that it is bound to you, and not to someone else.

Personally, I'm of the mind that if someone gives you something then take it and treasure it greatly, and if something really calls out to you in the store then by all means snatch it up. The items you have only carry as much power as you're willing to let be carried in them.
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