Use of props in religion
Posted 18 May 2004 - 08:33 AM
In the practice of Wicca today, are props necessary, on either a solitary or coven basis? This goes for any religion, really, such as Catholicism, where mass incorporates a great deal of props, perhaps to set the mood, perhaps to act as some conduit to a higher being. What's your opinion.
Posted 18 May 2004 - 12:17 PM
Posted 18 May 2004 - 01:49 PM
1. In a group atmosphere, props often help "set the mood" and allow people the opportunity to tune into the Divine by significantly affecting all six senses.
2. Props can also be used as a physical extension of ones own inherent power. This is generally used by those who aren't quite confident enough in their own abilities or who lack the necessary visionary skills that is helpful in the more esoteric traditions. Not to say it's a bad thing if you can't meditate all that great, or hold a specific image in your mind for any great length of time. Some people just can't, and tools often help maintain a needed thought or image necessary to make a spell or ritual work.
3. Props such as candles, cords, herbs and stones can be used in a type of sympathetic magick in which the actions done to the items are manifested in reality. Consider the sacred great hunt rites that were performed by neolithic people. They would literally inact a hunt, except add a successful capture and kill, thus "charging" their weapons, so to speak, and ensuring a positive outcome.
The article I supplied was greatly one-sided, but still offered valid points. Again, I see no reason why props can't be used, so long as it's not just for the reason of "Oooh... look at the 200.00 crystal wand I bought at the local metaphysical store". I sincerely believe props should be those gathered or collected by your own hand, or given as gifts. Spending a ridiculous amount of money on something that looks pretty certainly does little to enhance magick or rites.
Posted 18 May 2004 - 05:42 PM
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Posted 18 May 2004 - 07:35 PM
In our weekly services, our props are limited to trays for the Sacrament and (sometimes) paintings that depect a story we're going to discuss in Sunday School.
We use ceremonial clothes in our temples (sorry, it's an oath-bound thing, so I can't go into details). In our "sealing" rooms (where we perform weddings) we have mirrors on opposite walls so that you can see into eternity (Mormon weddings don't include the phrase "until death do us part").
Outside of organized worship services, we still surround us with props. Most Mormon homes have at least one photo (or painting) of the closest temple, the current Prophet, and often one of the temple where the parents were sealed. Elders generally use olive oil when giving blessings.
I believe that for the most part, props are used to set the mood or help us remember things.
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Posted 19 May 2004 - 05:28 AM
When I was in Catholic School, much of what we were taught about our religion started with a painting or picture or other item. For example, the Stations of the Cross, which was used to teach us about Christ's journey to his crucifixtion. Or one nun would present us children with one or another print of a famous religious painting and teach us about the Biblical story behind the image.
Most humans, going back into the mists of time, seem to need/require/prefer the use of props and images within their spiritual life.
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