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Postby LC » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:44 am

I am wondering if there are any sites that you can suggest to get altar items and the others items I would need. I am on a tight budget. I know that there are loads of them but I was wondering if there are ones that you prefer because of using them before. The closes place for me to find what I need is 2 hours away, and I am not sure when I can get up there. I have a Hobby Lobby but it doesn't have anything that I need. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!
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Re: Supplies

Postby firebirdflys » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:47 am

your-favorite-supply-website-t27742.html?hilit=Azure%20green#p202316

I like going to thrift stores, some of the very best treasures are there hidden in the nooks and crannies of these places. Not to mention the affordability of a second hand shop.
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Re: Supplies

Postby SpiritTalker » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:38 pm

It can help to not think of the expendable supplies as especially magical, but as ordinary items in everyday places. Culinary, safe to consume herbs, spices &'oils are easily found in grocery stores & if they have international foods, even better; if the store has an in-house drug store, probably it has some of the popular essential oils. Candles, think "dollar" stores. Non-expendable items like athames are just blades & can be found as fancy letter openers in office supplies, and in both camping and cooking equipment. And don't forget thrift stores.
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Re: Supplies

Postby LC » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:45 am

Are athames suppose to be not sharp? Would it be okay if it is sharp? I also saw someone say you can have a altoids tin can be your altar, how does that work?
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Re: Supplies

Postby firebirdflys » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:26 pm

This is a real good thread clever-altar-ideas-t24263.html
The altoid tin link is towards the end.

I feel the athame can be sharp or dull, it's up to you and safety factors. I have 3, blades, well 4 if I count my floral knife, my first is a scuba diving knife that used to be sharp, (it's dulled up over time and I do not sharpen it.) It's beautiful, cuts both ways has a serated section and a backwards ripper, the hilt is rubberized and has a meta loophole protruding from the bottom, which is where I have tied on ribbons of every color.

Also as part of my work toward becoming a Hps, I made my own blade with an old file and grinder. That was my second blade, Cut myself good on that one, and then decided to make it dulish. It's very personal and has herbs and other things wraped in leather on the hilt, I also etched vines on the blade and made a deerskin scabbard on which I embroidered the triple moon symbol on.

My third, the "dress" blade was forged on the full moon by a wonderful blacksmith from the Ren Faire. And it is very sharp. The wood is purple heart, and has special meaning for me. I know some people who have used their very ornate letter opener, so thankfully it is your choice.

Do be cautious with a sharp blade, I accidentally stabbed a Priest at his challenge and it hit his sternum, ouch. It was his blade, he wanted me to use it, a very sharp and long filet knife.

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Re: Supplies

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:30 pm

Depends on how you will use it. A dull blade is safer in a group and for those of us like me who are klutz-by-birth. In magic a blade can be used to cut away binding,etheric energy, which is the energy strings that connect everything & it doesn't need toharp razor sharp to do that. Other paths use their blade etherically AND to do all the physical work a knife's meant to do like cutting herbs. Some folk magic uses scissors instead. Snip snip.

A blade is double edged so it cuts both ways without the clumsy need to turn your wrist. This is practical for drawing signs in mid air, as we are carving them into the etheric realm as well as drawing on air.

The Altoids or similar small container can be used for a miniature altar-supply kit. It can hold a pack of incense-matches and tea light candle. (Use the can as both incense-holder for the match and as a candle-holder if using birthday candles.) A teeny bottle of water & another of oil, and McDonald's salt packet might fit inside as well. Decorate the can as a shrine. Voila!
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Re: Supplies

Postby SpiritTalker » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:12 am

I've known of a couple who used a screw driver & a garden trowel as their athames because they regularly use these tools in their work-a-day world & have a relationship with their tool.
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