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Postby Anthousa » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:02 am

I guess this is kind of two mini topics. The first is the storage of altar tools. I was looking into the very simple basics of what each tool is used for and the website I was using for reference said that all tools should be stored on the altar as putting them in a box would be disrespectful. I don't have masses of space and so my original intent was indeed to put them in a box before and after - will that be a problem? Will it be any less of a problem if I always use the same box(es)?

Also I saw a topic of someone saying they don't like to use unnatural materials in their practice. Whilst that makes sense and will probably be very easy for tools does it matter for storing oils/potions/ingredients? I was going to try and put some water out under the full moon (turns out I got the date wrong and missed it, grr) and the easiest way to do that would be in plastic bottles as I don't have any closeable glass ones. Would that be okay?
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Re: Storage

Postby SpiritTalker » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:17 am

The full Moon's power covers the day before full, day of, and day after full until sunrise, which coincides with moon set. So you can still get the energy tonight. Drinking water is sold in clear plastic bottles, & these can be recycled for water, but not anything acidic or oily. Plastic absorbs scents. I've used recycled canning jars, & glass, ceramic, steel or copper mixing bowls to catch the moon, as well as a cast iron cauldron. I'm twitchy with iron. It has to be coated or my fingers & teeth buzz.

Storing our tools is entirely a personal choice, and beliefs will differ. There are differences between folk magic practices that are practical and homey, and high magic ceremonial practices with dedicated ritual rooms. Everyone's situation differs. We box or wrap tools to protect them from unsympathetic viewing, mis-handling by others & for transport to out door sites where we would have a temporary altar any ways. I am the folk magic type & store my tools in a covered picnic basket so they're ready for carrying outside or immediate use at home. To me they are sacred when they are within an active circle and in use. I store them to protect the energy I've built into them.

My oils, herbs and tinctures are kept in non-absorbing glass on spice racks, in a shadowy corner in the kitchen. I like the small size of recycled baby food jars. I prefer doing messy spells at my kitchen counter for convenience. Light & high heat can break down the vital oils within herbs and essential oils. Plastic absorbs. it doesn't matter what outside box you organize the glass jars and bottles in.
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Re: Storage

Postby Anthousa » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:44 am

Oh, thank you so much for the knowledge about the full moon, I was quite miffed with myself thinking I'd missed it! I'm aware that plastic isn't great for storing some things from a practical standpoint as it can absorb stuff, I was mostly just wondering if it would be okay to use to store a big plastic bottle of water outside for using with the moon so I'd get a lot of water. Thanks for your help (also, on a bit of a tangent, would you recommend placing the water outside or next to a window to catch the moon?)
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Re: Storage

Postby SpiritTalker » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:50 pm

Outside seems more direct, whenever practical.
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Re: Storage

Postby EveningWithAstaroth » Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:53 am

Have you considered storing some items in shadow boxes that could be hung? Only a suggestion and probably better for smaller items, but figured if you'd like to store in boxes this may also save on floor and closet space.

Like SpiritTalker pointed out storage is a personal preference most usually and is often determined accordance to needs, what is readily available needs to be an open areas, what isn't being used currently or is not readily needed at the altar.

Space does determine a lot. I have been utilizing my creativity in coming up with storage. I have witch bottles- the type used for brewing beers- though not what I intend for them- hung on my window frame on either side and a couple on the bottom frame of the window. They are up out of the way, and do not take any needed table space.

I have a knick knack cabinet with a door and a back mirror inside I am considering using for storage, I haven't yet worked out all the details on my ideas for it.

Essentially we do what is applicable and what works best. I do not see a need to hold to any fast rule that one must keep all supplies and tools on the altar. If that were the case I would have a hard time of having a neat table. Not only do I have ritual supplies, but I do have things about that are decoration as well. I need all thee table space I can utilize, and I even have certain things like various bells put away in a closet, among other decorations that are not ready for visible cycle.

My advice is to use whichever storage technique or idea that works best for you and your needs and forget some of what the websites say lol. After all Wicca/Spirituality is highly personal. Do what you find you are comfortable with.

As for water and oil storage I must agree also with SpiritTalker here. I had previously been storing homemade holy water in a small plastic scented perfume spray bottle and have made the upgrade to a small corked glass bottle I had. I must say the difference is remarkable. The temperature of the water is quite a bit cooler, and I can not help to feel it is meant to be this way, like when first putting on a lotion and it is cold to your skin.

The plastic didn't quite have the same feel, felt warmer. If it is warm it is possible it will do damage to any plant based and other materials.

But, with all due respect we all have a budget, if plastic containers or one transportable plastic container fits your needs that is just how it is.

Thank you for posting this thought provoking topic. Perhaps it will help with a few storage ideas of my own.

Blessings.
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