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« Topic Start: April 13, 2011, 09:43:13 pm »

So I have a spell that requires me to bury a few objects (it removes negative energy connected with a former employer). I live in an apartment complex, and I have no shovel. I do have a little field close to my building that is completely uncared for (no mowing at all) and it's littered with random trash. If I can't bury it, could I just toss it in the field? Or would that not necessary be "giving" it to the earth?

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« Reply #1: April 13, 2011, 10:29:45 pm »

So I have a spell that requires me to bury a few objects (it removes negative energy connected with a former employer). I live in an apartment complex, and I have no shovel. I do have a little field close to my building that is completely uncared for (no mowing at all) and it's littered with random trash. If I can't bury it, could I just toss it in the field? Or would that not necessary be "giving" it to the earth?

What are the objects? (More specifically, what are they made of?)

My usual practice for spells that normally require burying is:
- Store in my home in an out of the way location (for something like a protective witchbottle, which would ideally be buried, but 'buried in the back closet' works well enough for this purpose.)

- Pick materials that will biodegrade (natural fiber yarns are a favorite of mine) and use that. (Generally, I leave them in a way that will not cause problems until they biodegrade/birds take them away. Shallow burial, twisted around a branch, etc.)

- Use a natural material in the first place and scatter it (dried leaves are great for this one, blown out egg shells). Natural pigments on stone (a bit of charcoal and water will let you paint on a river stone, for example, without adding unusually nasty chemicals to the environment. Ditto chalk. Powdered egg shell, egg white, and some kinds of spices/herbs for color might work, too.)

In a pinch, torn paper scattered in a field, or into running water is probably not the end of the world, though it's adding a burden to the ecosystem in a way I'd rather not do. An alternative might be charging water (perhaps by putting the objects in question in it for a period of time?) and then splashing the water out in various directions?

- If a spell calls for non-biodegradable materials *and* burial, I figure out an alternative that solves at least one of those. There's bunches of ways to accomplish the same magic.
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« Reply #2: April 13, 2011, 10:51:27 pm »

Well, it's a job that lays a former job to rest. It asked for materials leftover from the job, which are my apron and guest check book.
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« Reply #3: April 13, 2011, 11:22:41 pm »

I mean, I guess I could just throw it away? Would that work, maybe?
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« Reply #4: April 13, 2011, 11:26:12 pm »

Well, it's a job that lays a former job to rest. It asked for materials leftover from the job, which are my apron and guest check book.

In that case, I might find some way to recycle the apron (donate it? make it into something new that you can use/give away/whatever?) and maybe do something to appropriately destroy the guest check book. (Are there places near you where you can have a small bonfire? Even a permanent grill at a park/apartment complex/etc. might work.)

Or, I'd do something very symbolic: write and draw things about that job onto something that could be put out into the environment. (I've done this for 'done with that now' spells before.) I tend to do either flash paper indoors (in a cauldron or other controlled container: flash paper is treated to flare fast), or regular paper in a bonfire.

Just throwing away wouldn't be my choice of preference - just because it's really hard to direct energy to that (since you throw it away, it sits in the trash for a while, then it goes and sits in a landfill for a *very* long time.) So, what's the point at which it is no longer 'yours', and how do you mark that ritually/magically?

I might where I live, but only because I know that our city trash goes into an incinerator, so there'd be a very finite end of the thing. But on the whole I'd pick a different option, so that I could have a decisive end point.
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« Reply #5: April 14, 2011, 12:32:58 am »


I'll tell ya what I did. I laid it all in a box and gave it up to the World. Whether man takes it to use as his own, or he throws it away as garbage, it's in the World's hand now. And I feel much, much better.
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« Reply #6: April 15, 2011, 11:51:15 am »

I'll tell ya what I did. I laid it all in a box and gave it up to the World. Whether man takes it to use as his own, or he throws it away as garbage, it's in the World's hand now. And I feel much, much better.

So you just threw trash out in a field and expect another person to take care of it for you?
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« Reply #7: April 15, 2011, 04:36:21 pm »

So you just threw trash out in a field and expect another person to take care of it for you?

no, I put it in a box labeled "free" and set it next to the dumpster.
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