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« Topic Start: March 30, 2009, 07:25:20 am »

I have been thinking of taking some items that remind me of my faith to work, to place on my desk.  A little candle holder that I have used in ritual that says Inspire on it, a nice pretty chunk of amethyst and maybe a few other items that I have charged or used in the past for magic or ritual.

I am not out as a pagan at work, although I know my boss would be cool with this knowledge.  It is more the other employees that would find issue with knowing this about me.  Do you think it is okay to bring such items to work?  I just want to create a more peaceful and pleasing environment for myself at work.  Your thoughts?
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« Reply #1: March 30, 2009, 07:31:59 am »

Do you think it is okay to bring such items to work?  I just want to create a more peaceful and pleasing environment for myself at work.  Your thoughts?

Unless your office has a policy against personal items at your desk, I don't see anything wrong with it.  As far as making your coworkers uncomfortable goes...  Well, I mean, it's not like you're hanging up a pentacle the size of a dinner plate and plastering your area with signs that say "I'm a Pagan!"  The items you describe are things that I don't think anyone will bat an eye at.  They're not overtly religious, even, much less pagan.  I doubt anyone is going to realize what those things mean to you unless you tell them.
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« Reply #2: March 30, 2009, 10:25:47 am »

Do you think it is okay to bring such items to work?  I just want to create a more peaceful and pleasing environment for myself at work.  Your thoughts?

Depends on the items, but as Star said, unless there is a policy on personal items, then I don't see an issue.  Look around you and see what others are doing to get an idea of how liberal (or conservative) your workplace is w/r/t personal items.  But the items you mentioned aren't unreasonable at all. And probably most would not even recognize them as having religious significance.

Heck, I've a Shrine to Chaos at my cubicle (complete with golden apple and a plushie cthulhu), and nobody has even batted an eye. 
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« Reply #3: March 30, 2009, 10:33:53 am »

Heck, I've a Shrine to Chaos at my cubicle (complete with golden apple and a plushie cthulhu), and nobody has even batted an eye. 

I've got a sun-shrine on my desk that includes a Tarot card (not RW, or even a very traditionally tarot-y-looking card, but not completely unobvious either), in the midst of a fairly religiously-and-politically conservative environment, and to the best of my knowledge no one has ever looked twice at it.  Except maybe the one guy I know is pagan, but that's different.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4: March 30, 2009, 11:10:46 am »

I have been thinking of taking some items that remind me of my faith to work, to place on my desk.  A little candle holder that I have used in ritual that says Inspire on it, a nice pretty chunk of amethyst and maybe a few other items that I have charged or used in the past for magic or ritual.

I am not out as a pagan at work, although I know my boss would be cool with this knowledge.  It is more the other employees that would find issue with knowing this about me.  Do you think it is okay to bring such items to work?  I just want to create a more peaceful and pleasing environment for myself at work.  Your thoughts?
I work from home now so it's not an issue.  But in the past, I worked for a large advertising agency and many of my co-workers had religious items on their desks.  I don't remember any pentacles the size of a dinner plate Wink (and I would remember that) but I do remember some religious items as well as some rocks and crystals and such.  I don't think there's anything wrong with adding a few personal items that make you feel at peace and the one's your describing seem to fit that.
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« Reply #5: March 30, 2009, 01:15:56 pm »

Heck, I've a Shrine to Chaos at my cubicle (complete with golden apple and a plushie cthulhu), and nobody has even batted an eye. 

This is completely offtopic but... I want a plushie Cthulhu!
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« Reply #6: March 30, 2009, 01:36:38 pm »

This is completely offtopic but... I want a plushie Cthulhu!
I love my plushie Cthulhu.  Right now mine is wearing a pair of sunglasses, holding a foam mini-football I caught at a high school football game, and has a pink flamingo beanie baby sitting on its head.   Grin

Also, my monitor is a make-shift shrine for Djehuty and Heru-Wer.  I have small icons of Them sitting on top of it, with a pencil and some pennies as offerings.
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« Reply #7: March 30, 2009, 02:09:42 pm »

This is completely offtopic but... I want a plushie Cthulhu!

Your not the only one.  Heck, I imagine that if I knew about Cthulhu when I was a child I would go to sleep cuddling a plushie Cthulhu.
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« Reply #8: March 30, 2009, 02:12:32 pm »

I work from home now so it's not an issue.  But in the past, I worked for a large advertising agency and many of my co-workers had religious items on their desks.  I don't remember any pentacles the size of a dinner plate Wink (and I would remember that) but I do remember some religious items as well as some rocks and crystals and such.  I don't think there's anything wrong with adding a few personal items that make you feel at peace and the one's your describing seem to fit that.

I'm kind of wondering now if its because things like crystals are now being targetted towards a Christian audience, and thus less people are thinking "heathenry!" when they see a pile of stones on someone's desk.

Of course there is also a growing religious tolerance, for which I am grateful for, but that also depends on what part of the world you live in.

For me, I don't keep anything religious here. Its really dirty and what stones that come with me stay on me. I don't trust people not to touch it or think "oh, its just a stone" and toss it. Did I mention its dirty here?  Cheesy Metaphysically (lots of family in-fighting, back stabbing, etc) and physical (auto body supply store.. ick). And any job I am getting soon wouldn't allow me to have any sort of space to keep things, I'm assuming, other than a small cubby. So anything I'd keep on me (other than possible tattoos which can be well-hidden) would be in a pocket or on a necklace.
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« Reply #9: March 30, 2009, 03:25:49 pm »

This is completely offtopic but... I want a plushie Cthulhu!

you mean one of these: http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/index.html ?
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« Reply #10: March 30, 2009, 04:04:53 pm »


Ooh.  Me want!

I can't decide if I want the plushie or the hand puppet.
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« Reply #11: March 30, 2009, 04:07:27 pm »

Ooh.  Me want!

I can't decide if I want the plushie or the hand puppet.

I have Summer Fun Cthulhu. Smiley

and I recently made a crochet cthulhu from http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #12: March 30, 2009, 04:49:01 pm »

I have been thinking of taking some items that remind me of my faith to work, to place on my desk.  A little candle holder that I have used in ritual that says Inspire on it, a nice pretty chunk of amethyst and maybe a few other items that I have charged or used in the past for magic or ritual.

I am not out as a pagan at work, although I know my boss would be cool with this knowledge.  It is more the other employees that would find issue with knowing this about me.  Do you think it is okay to bring such items to work?  I just want to create a more peaceful and pleasing environment for myself at work.  Your thoughts?

I have a discreet shrine at work   - a  wooden dish with a pine cone, LED candle, and a stone + whatever might be seasonal. No one was ever commented on it. I'm not sure it has even been noticed.  Oh it also has a celtic spiral at the  moment as it fell off my charm bracelet! Mind you my collection of plants always attracts comment. 
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« Reply #13: March 30, 2009, 08:30:04 pm »

I don't see why there would be a problem at all, as long as your workplace permits for it.

I personally do not have any items at my cubicle, but eventually I am sure I will be adding a little extra something when the time comes. We have a fairly laid-back work environment, and many people who work there are (by society's standards) definitely not the norm. So I definitely wouldn't think a few paganish items would bother anyone.  Wink
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« Reply #14: March 30, 2009, 09:55:22 pm »


Ooh! I want them all! I loved the Cthulhu slippers!  Cheesy

I have Summer Fun Cthulhu. Smiley

and I recently made a crochet cthulhu from http://cthulhucrochet.blogspot.com/

I can't understand crochet. It's too much for my little brain. I wonder if my mom wants to make me one of those... Of course, she doesn't understand English, and I don't think I can translate crochet for her.  Sad
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