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Ok, so I am going to start posting weekly community discussions with certain topics about what I have encountered over the week that has gotten to me. This all came about over a discussion in chat, where I will not disclose the other party's name out of respect.
The whole topic came over tarot cards, as I was reading that some people were buying their own decks. I was raised traditionally, so the thought of purchasing your own deck was taboo to myself. I stated that you arent supposed to purchase your own deck, that you are supposed to have it gifted. Of course a discussion came about where the opposite party stated that 'Rev. Don says it is all phooey, that you can purchase your own deck with no ill effects.' Then asked for me to state the relevant difference of magickal effect. Here are some examples of Tradition Vs. Modern
It was ok for human sacrifice and was sometimes seen as an honor.
Tarot cards were gifted due to the thought put into the deck by the gifter, giving the deck a strong energy.
Spells were handed down from family member to family member.
Covens were close group and generally exclusive.
We dont even sacrifice goats, let alone humans.
Spells and Tarots and other tools are purchased for convenience.
Covens are more open to help their brothers and sisters emerge and practice openly.
At this point we exchanged our differences and agreed to disagree, but the topic still remains. When is it ok for someone to follow tradition or modern practices?
We are in a place of change, so is it ok to keep some traditions but not follow others? or as we change, must we change all ways? Even better, is it cliche to follow a leader blindly and follow their ways because they say it is so? Or is it ok to take different teachings and traditions while studying a particular path, but follow the ways that suit you?
Post your arguments and comments below and look out next week for the next Community Discussion :)