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Coronation Oil and Reclaiming the Magic of Youth

It's been on my to-do list for months to write this post. I'm really, really good at procrastinating, it turns out.

I'm also good, it seems, at avoiding stuff which will help me deepen my understanding of my own spirituality. It's kind of scary, isn't it, to delve into what we believe? What if I stumble upon something that doesn't make sense, or what if I'm crazy? Confronting the intangible is always, always difficult, but it's the difficult stuff that always yields the best rewards.

I've spent the last several years investigating and refining what I've sometimes called "Spiritual Minimalism." The original idea was that spirituality is its most pure when you forge a direct connection between yourself and the divine, something I thought could only be done in the complete absence of tools and spiritual aides.

I'd read in other books and websites that in witchcraft the tools that are used (wand, athame, altar, etc) have no innate powe…

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