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« Topic Start: July 13, 2007, 05:20:37 pm »

Merry Meet, all!

I have to admit I am a bit nit picky about my altar and ritual tools. I have a permanent altar in my bedroom and I keep symbols of the Elements on it, my censer and any decorations that may correspond with a particular Sabbat or Esbat. The only things I don't keep out on my altar are things my son could get into and hurt himself with. I keep those safely tucked away in a drawer and only pull them out during ritual work. I am especially particular about my Book of Shadows and my divination tools. I don't let anyone touch my Rider-Waite Tarot deck. I've had it since I was nineteen and it has been properly cleansed, consecrated and empowered. I have used it for so many years that I just can't bear the thought of anyone else's energy coming into contact with them.

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?
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« Reply #1: July 13, 2007, 05:29:08 pm »

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

I know a lot of people who feel basically like you do. Personally, I could care less if my magical tools are handled by others or not. Of course, I'm just as likely to pick up and use whatever is handy at the moment and use it rather than dig out the special tool stored away in a safe place. Smiley
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« Reply #2: July 13, 2007, 05:34:33 pm »

Merry Meet, all!

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

Speaking personally, no I don't think you're being unreasonable - which is quite funny coming from me since I'm not that way at all - just as well in this house, especially given the current location of the altar, though it needs to move soon because spawn can almost reach it *sighs*!

 I've never minded people touching or whatever (the exception obviously being that anything that could harm the spawn stays well out of his way) - BUT, I've also always understood why many people don't like others to touch/handle their tools, cards, etc. Certainly I'd never handle someone else's things without their permission, even though I don't have a problem with people touching mine.

It's just the way I am. So no, I don't think you're unreasonable - just different from me - and in this case we can actually both be 'right' - because the way we do it works for each of us Wink

If that makes sense....

And darn, now I'm reminded I need to find a new place to put my stuff. Phooey.
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« Reply #3: July 13, 2007, 05:34:58 pm »

Merry Meet, all!

I have to admit I am a bit nit picky about my altar and ritual tools. I have a permanent altar in my bedroom and I keep symbols of the Elements on it, my censer and any decorations that may correspond with a particular Sabbat or Esbat. The only things I don't keep out on my altar are things my son could get into and hurt himself with. I keep those safely tucked away in a drawer and only pull them out during ritual work. I am especially particular about my Book of Shadows and my divination tools. I don't let anyone touch my Rider-Waite Tarot deck. I've had it since I was nineteen and it has been properly cleansed, consecrated and empowered. I have used it for so many years that I just can't bear the thought of anyone else's energy coming into contact with them.

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

No. I do not think you are being unreasonable at all. In fact you are being very intelligent about whom, if any, you let handle your tools. Because these tools have been infused with your energy I feel it is important to make sure this energy doesn't become short-circuited by those who are not "compatible" with you and the tools.

For example I sometimes use a pendulum to dowse the condition of foods..my father does the same yet I insist on using my own pendulum instead of sharing his. His mindset and energy does not mesh with my own. It is not meant as an insult however, it merely means my tools are attuned to me and his are attuned to him.

Anyways..I think you are doing the right thing.
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« Reply #4: July 13, 2007, 05:37:14 pm »

Of course, I'm just as likely to pick up and use whatever is handy at the moment and use it rather than dig out the special tool stored away in a safe place. Smiley

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« Reply #5: July 13, 2007, 05:40:38 pm »

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

I don't think you're being unreasonable, it's your altar; if you want to be the only person touching certain items on it that's your choice.

I have several tarot decks, some I use when I read for others and some that I keep just for myself.
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« Reply #6: July 13, 2007, 06:09:11 pm »

Merry Meet, all!

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

Unreasonably superstitous would describe me.  Grin 
Sometimes items take on a personality all their own. I probably shouldn't be so protective of them. I certainly have been shown time and time again NOT to do this (by favorite items becoming broken or destroyed or missing) despite my care, but I still do. 

Really, it just comes down to what you feel comfortable about doing though.

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« Reply #7: July 13, 2007, 07:24:31 pm »

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

I don't think it's unreasonable at all. It's not unlike an artist that doesn't want his brushes used by someone else. F'ex, I do wood art, and don't allow my special tools to be used by others.
The important thing is to treat your things in a way that makes you comfortable.
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« Reply #8: July 13, 2007, 08:53:58 pm »

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

No, not at all. There are people whose energies don't meld well with your own. I don't have many tools, but no one's allowed to touch what little I have; except for my tarot cards, and that's rare.

Not sure if it's related, but I never let my sister touch the jewelry I wear often because her energy makes me feel funny, and it's really hard to shield or cleanse. That just might be normal sibling rivalry, though. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9: July 13, 2007, 10:50:55 pm »

Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

Well, to be perfectly blunt - it's YOUR tools, you have every right to be however you want to be about them! It's you practicing, it's you believing, it's you worshiping, it's you! All you. You get to determine what gets done with your tools and things that belong to you. It's better to be overly protective than to have something happen to them, am I correct? :-D

I personally keep my altar up high enough that small fingers (my niece) and stupid animals (my new kitten) can't accidentally attack it, mostly for their own personal (and animal) safety, along with fears of contamination to the tools themselves. I know their energies are still innocent enough - both young! - but I just prefer if nothing were to get ahold of them, as purification is time-consuming and tedious enough sometimes, without having to re-do your efforts because of a careless knock or a curious kitty. Not that consecration doesn't matter; I would gladly re-purify my items if need be, but I prefer having to do it out of Work necessity, not out of accidental contamination (for lack of a better word!)

Sometimes, also, though I am not squeamish of a good debate, when my older relatives come over it's just easier to avoid lecture and confrontation to keep things in a drawer or under a good cover so as not to offend anyone. I'm free to believe how I'd like, but others are as well, and while I'm not ashamed of my religion I do have relatives who aren't too comfortable with it, and I'll keep them on the down-low so as not to offend them nor create tension in an otherwise-happy environment.

I hope I didn't overstep my bounds as a new member to the boards, but I do hope my opinions and actions have helped you out at least somewhat!

Kendra

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« Reply #10: July 13, 2007, 11:07:45 pm »

Merry Meet, all!



Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?

I am not Wiccan, nor Ceremonialist in my practice.  So what tools I have---I admit to using them rarely---are there in the open.  I find the greatest use of them sometimes is the conversations they can thus spark, and I figure if I can't make them "safe" against handling, well, then, I would need more help than sparkling "clean" tools.  But everyone does what they feel best about.  If you are most comfortable keeping yours stashed, why should you change based on what others do?
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« Reply #11: July 13, 2007, 11:47:11 pm »



Am I being unreasonable or superstitious, or are there others out there who prefer to keep their tools "pure" by not letting other people handle them?


I think that's just your way, and that's cool and characterful Smiley

I dont mind friends touching my altery tarot type things, in fact I encourage them to play around with stuff cuz they have good energy too, so its like a pool of all my friends and my own energy..
I often loose cards, crystals and such, but I always end up finding them somewhere or other and when I do it's sometimes meaningful but always a suprise Smiley
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« Reply #13: July 14, 2007, 12:09:55 am »

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« Reply #14: July 14, 2007, 12:20:07 am »

I thought It would be good to show others the rules of the forum so that no one else makes the same mistake as I did. Speading the gospil if you like, is that so wrong?

If you don't like it i will refuse to get rid of them and will leave forever, which is what it seems you want?


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