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Disposing of Magical Items

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.lucky.w,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Re: Disposing of Magical Items (was What to Do With Your ...)
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002 00:22:25 GMT

50020208 VI om

re disposal of unwanted magical items and the commodification
>>>> bury it at a crossroads or burn its contents. read some appropriate
>>>> scripture for the burial of a loved one. do it on a Saturday in the
>>>> Fall or Winter, Nov-Dec 24. 

nagasiva :
>> generally. distancing oneself magically from the magical object can
>> be accomplished in any number of ways and it becomes personal at
>> some point (because of the ways you relate to power objects or the
>> elements to which you turn in times of magical transition).
>> giving it away might be a valuable method, 

Ian Sturrock :
> I usually find it's better to sell it than to give it away - even if you
> sell it for a token amount. Coins break links.
only from certain cultures. amongst some cultures selling an item can
even increase its potential value and in no way harms a link to their
constructor or originator. there are Neopagans who are completely
contrary to purchase of magical items, for example, because they 'do
not know where they have been' and do not believe that they can
reformat or recondition the item to their needs. some ceremonialists
will, in preparation for a particular working, require the complete
construction of their working tools from the ground up, in order to
completely infuse and comprehend the origination of one's ritual.

for example, in the hoodoo culture, selling is merely a means of conveying
what would otherwise be difficult-to-get items in the manner of food or
import devices and entertainments. there is a cost to moving it and this
is applied to the magical object (e.g. Powder, Curio, Salts, etc.) as part
of its presentation and procurement. association with money or 'coins' is,
in this sociocultural framework, merely a practical element of an item's

contracted personal-designs (inclusive of personal items like clothing, 
hair, nails, etc.) carry not only the nature of the target or spellcaster
for the purpose of intensifying the spell's effects, but also that of the
manufacturer, for which the interested customer will seek out a powerful
and reliable ally and will guard such sources with care (especially in
today's world where any small manufacturer may be purchased by a mammoth
warehouser who may destroy their formulas and reduce the value of the line).

there are supposedly some spells and types of work which 'leave a residue'
on the magical tool. it is possible that even these will not be 'rendered
ineffectual' through sales or association with exchange of money. certain
'Black Workings', pact-oriented, or blood-magic, for example, is said by 
some to taint or permanently mark a magical tool for the rest of its days 
(often in association with emotional turmoil or taboo-breaking, 
controversial activities).

where the sales of magic is considered anathema, surely coins attached to
the object will be seen as a declination of the object's power and its
association to previous control. where sales of magic is part of accepted
sociological standards, however, sales, and the demand and difficulty of
supplying certain hard-to-find (especially genuine) occult items, charging
a finder's fee or obtainer's fee, will likely be seen as *increasing* the
item's value and power or will have no real affect upon it, especially if
the finder or obtainer is reputable.

blessed beast!

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