So, I had planned a week with a theme about “Secondhand Magick”. I wanted to write about how and why I think there is so much power to vintage and antique altar pieces. So, I started doing some research and I found almost nothing. Nothing! I was shocked. So, it might be — given that no one else has even bothered to write about it yet — that no one is terribly interested in the magick of pre-owned. BUT — this week I am adding some content because I know it’s something I would want to read about. I truly love a great vintage/antique altar piece and one of my passions is finding and curating pieces to pass along to you! So, this week let’s talk about WHY they’re so awesome:
It took some thinking outside of the box in my research to try to put words and concept to what I have long felt intuitively regarding the innate power of secondhand. And I know that I’m not alone in my feelings, so this blog is all about trying to help explain it:
our ancestors couldn’t practice magick or indicated any sort of pagan belief publicly. It was a time when the accusation of heresy was a serious one. And using tools that remind us of that oppressive and different time it allows us to appreciate the peace and freedom we now get to enjoy in regards to our right to practice and believe whatever religion we choose.
If, like me, you relish in the energy that comes from a long-loved secondhand object you might decide that a traditional cleansing where you remove all prior energy on the object isn’t exactly for you. I’ve seen suggestions from other websites that cleansing objects like these may take more than one go of it to really scour it of any other energy. (Energy gets “sticky” over time as it sits in the same place!) Obviously, you’ll want to choose a cleansing method, if that’s the route you’re going, that won’t damage the item. (Don’t use salt water on wood, etc.)
But what if you don’t want to cleanse at all? What if you like the feeling you get from it just the way it is, but you just want to add your own energy signature on top of what’s already there? I pose here that a better approach to working with new-to-you secondhand items is instead to charge them. To add your own magickal intention to them, so that the item “knows” that it is now yours and “knows” how you intend to use it so your energies can mesh and work most effectively together. The easiest way is to leave it in the light of a full moon and charge it there with a small prayer or incantation claiming ownership of the object.
Do you work with secondhand/antique/vintage magickal tools and decor? Tell me about your experience and why you love them so much in the comments below!