Archive for February, 2010

Keeping your occult hidden

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Leading a magickal life can sometimes lead to living a mundane life that needs far too much explaining. If you are not going all out with your magick and would like to keep the majority of your occult things ‘hidden’ here are a few tips…

Herbs and Spices:

Keep your herbs in the kitchen on your “spice rack” if you cook some fancy meals now and again very few people will question why that section of your cupboard is packed full, though I do suggest that you keep the ones that are not all that wise to cook with in the back, as it would a bit hard to explain why your belladonna is next to your allspice.

Rock Collection:

Many people now-a-days collect stones, feel free to be one of them! However, it may help if you know not only their vibration levels, but also a few mundane facts about them (like where they came from, or their fancy Latin names)

Transforming the library:

Many of the used bookstores have cheap books, and some even have free bins. Grab some of the drabber titles and remove the covers to them. Now take the covers and put over your own occult collection. This should keep most people from even bothering to ask if they can borrow them.

You can mix in astrology books with astrology books with little effort without much explaining. Likewise, a handful of ceremonial books can be placed next to other biblical text without much cause for alarm. Numerology books could also pass for math books if you happen to have the option to pull that one off.

Reference books also tend to not warrant much concern by the average scanning of a bookshelf. Though you will need to pay attention to the book titles as an encyclopedia of herbs can get stuck in with cookbooks, but a “magickal encyclopedia” likely can not.

Books behind books are another method if you have deep enough shelves to allow it. If that is not an option the top (or bottom) of your closet, or inside of a chest is a good place to stash such literary works.

I’d try to stay away from putting your books at a friends house though, as that is just a bad idea which can lead to ‘whose book is who’s”.

Your magickal journals can often be placed in the open as well, assuming they are not bound in human flesh or adorned with magickal writing.

Aromatherapy and candles:

A candle collection is not going to raise many questions, and if it does make sure you call up the person asking the next time there is a power outage.

Incense and oils can be explained away through Aromatherapy or simply because “they smell nice” as many people use such things that have little or nothing to do on an esoteric level. However, I suggest that your house does not smell like an incense factory, as people may start to think you are smoking pot…
Tarot, runes, and fortunetelling:

Replace your tarot deck with playing cards, or hide it as per the library tips above.

Dice and Dominoes make fine replacements for such things as Runes, and in many cases are just as effective.
Other forms of Divination:
One can use a needle and thread as a pendulum rather then a stone on a chain, but if you simply must use the latter, place it with your “rock collection” and say you have no idea what it’s for and that you simply liked the pretty pointy stone.

A bowl with a few drops of ink can make a workable black mirror.

Ebooks and the computer:
Technomancy is alive and well when it comes to hiding things. One can pick up a thumb drive pretty cheap from most stores these days. The thumb drive is easily hidden, and can hold hundreds of online resources to be used offline.

Ritual Tools:
Mundane items as seen in previous tips can be used in magick, your tools are no exception. Kitchen knives for the Athame for instance, and while you are in the kitchen, feel free to put that mortal and pedestal up in your herb shelf.

A bell on the mantel will not raise many questions assuming it does not have pagan symbology all over it.

Hang that sword up on your wall, if you have a matching shield people will just think you are into Renaissance Faires. Staves can be placed next to the front door to be called a “walking stick” to your friends and family.

Jewelry (rings, necklaces, pendants, pentacles, etc) can be placed in your jewelry box, as few people look there unless they are planning to rob you.

Altar clothes in your linen cabinet, and robes in your closet are sometimes nice hiding places, as often times the best place to hide something is out in the open…