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Understand That "Stuff" is Just Trappings

What matters most is your intent, rather than the material goods.

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One of the biggest misconceptions that people new to Pagan spirituality seem to develop is that they need to have a whole bunch of Stuff, or they're not really a Wiccan/Pagan/Druid/Treehugger/Whatever. Here's the thing. You can spend a small fortune on knickknacks for your altar, shiny silver necklaces, and brightly bejeweled athame. But the fact is that your belief and your abilities to process those beliefs come from within. The gods don't care if you have the most expensive ritual robe in the group. The universe couldn’t care less that you have a bigger wand than everyone else. Magic comes from inside you, and you should be able to perform just about any ritual without the use of Stuff. If you've got a finger to point with, there's your wand. If you can close your eyes and feel the sun on your face, there's your element of Fire. If you can raise your hands to the sky and open your heart, there is your offering to the gods. You don't have to have the Stuff. Sure, the Stuff is nice to have, but it's not required.

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