Friday, July 13, 2007

The Sanctity of Your Altar and Tools?

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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