[quote=“Euoi, post:20, topic:4573”]You don’t actually need to put anything into the offerings. To quote Satan, “We know what the offerings are for, we know their virtues even if you do not.” I never put any energy into it, I never cleanse offerings at all. It’s a totally unnecessary step.
If you want to do it, that’s your practice, but to consecrate like that is just extra stuff.[/quote]
Depends entirely on the spiritual relationship. I run around all day with a pack of cheerfully demanding ungrateful little people.
I’m not doing shit for someone who shouts at me that he’s hungry or wants xxx. He knows how to recall that I am the Giver of Gifts and act accordingly. If he wants stuff, he can use the magical formula, “Excuse me, Jo, when you have a moment, may I have xxx?” And, amazingly, I always have a moment and his want is satisfied. Generally with a hug.
I just carry that over to my rituals. I figure consecration is a way of politely offering the gift. More necessary for me than for the spirit. Gets my mind in the right place, one of appreciation, awe, and all that. So, yeah, certain things are not necessary for the spirit, but they are necessary in my relationship with the spirit. Even though Satan laughs at me for it, he knows why I do what I do.
Reminds me of going to church back in the day. Some places are all over casual clothes and a fucking rock band. Others are liturgical, solemn, beautiful. And then, there’s standing in the middle of the icy water that pours over Multnomah Falls…now, that’s the power I want to touch, not a leftover churchy impression. That’s why I put in the extra effort. I imagine the further behind I leave my former religion, my practice will change accordingly.