Can you be a minimalist witch? Yes!
Hello! I’m relatively new to your site and was delighted to find out that you’ve also got minimalist leanings! As an aspiring practitioner of “lagom”-style minimalism, I’m pretty good at keeping my living space clean. I’ve been running into a new obstacle, however: witchy paraphernalia. Ever since I started exploring Western and Eastern occult, the desire to collect useful magic pieces (athames, stones, and fetish statues, oh my!) has drawn me back into patterns of accumulation. I want to try everything, and some practices require certain tools. My eccentric Aquarius Sun seems to be conflicting with my martial Aries Rising and moody Scorpio Moon in this regard. Do you have any thoughts on how to be an effective yet minimalist witch/occultist? Thanks!
You Are The Spell
There IS a cliche that witchy types have these cob-webbed, clutter-filled spaces of expired spices, rancid patchouli and moldy bunches of herbs breeding ear-wigs.
Personally, i have found the occult types who most like paraphernalia and ritual tend to be Catholic or Ex-Catholic. I think the magic is within you and that the less clutter in the way of energy, the more freely it flows. You ARE the spell. Magic wise, I practice Feng Shui but true Feng Shui is not heaps of statues or “cures”.
But having said that, it sounds like you are doing Wicca and that is more “thing” involved. I’m Pantheist – the world is a magical being and i also think that, as we are soaking in Dark Matter – we ARE quantum energy buzzing about in multiple dimensions. The very awareness of that (via meditation, yoga, acupuncture, dreams, binaural beats, astrology etc) forestalls the need for ritual objects.
But i am insane for minimalism – what does everyone else think?
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