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Disposing of Magical Items

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.lucky.w,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic
From: "Kurt Kurosawa" 
Subject: Re: Disposing of Magical Items (was What to Do With Your ...)
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 03:18:59 GMT

>> Check it in at the entrance to the British Museum, receive a brass
>> token.  Exit the Museum without redeeming the umbrella

>> and chuck the token in the Thames.
>  That is lovely! It is a very clever variation of the "leave it at a
> crossroads" method of disposal or the "leave it in the forks of a tree"

Yeah, if a crossroads "undirectionalizes" something or "gets it lost" then
the British Museum, the crossing of many thousands of different paths, has
to be the great-granddaddy of crossroads. To throw the token in the Thames,
which itself has seen thousands of paths crossing it as well as going up-
and downstream plus being running water is the ultimate overkill.

There is this killer Chinese restaurant on Main Street in Flushing, Queens,
between the LIE and the library, not too far from the library on the same
side of the street. We were scouting an eatery and didn't really like the
looks of many obvious places when we saw some folks exiting from a door we
hadn't noticed. I looked in there and saw a Fillmore East style mirrored
hall ending with a mirrored wall. Went in and took a right at the dead end.
Huge room. Nobody but Chinese in there. Killer food at reasonable prices.
Hard to communicate but well worth it. Huge place, too, buried down in the
building. Then I remembered Chinese say spirits can't make turns, just
travel in straight lines, and mirrors bounce them back whence they came. I
guess that was the deal there.

I'm guessing that the Western spirit tradition figures that spirits can make
turns, but get confused with four choices, or just lose their drive when
faced by choices, or dissipate energy without a contained channel, or some
such. Crossroads disposal goes back into the English tradition before the
culture got introduced to Baron Samedi, doesn't it? Or does it?

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