I have seen a lot of this going around lately, and it makes me quite sad. There are more and more people who are getting the idea that in order to be Pagan, you have to buy all sorts of fancy, expensive stuff like they see in all the Instagram photos. Nothing could be further from the actual truth.
You see, way back in the day, Pagans were some of the poorest people around. They were simple country folk. They wouldn’t have had the coin or trade goods to buy expensive items. Nature was their church, a rock was their altar, herbs their medicine, and so on. It was all simple and taken from the earth. Sure, when they could they’d decorate for holidays and important rituals, but it was still mostly handmade and nothing like what you see in today’s internet photos.
All you need to be a Pagan or a witch is your body, your faith, and your will. That’s it. Not a single other thing is needed. Everything else is just extra, other items to help focus your energy. And contrary to recent belief, spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on crystals and other showy items to put around your home, doesn’t make you a better or more powerful Pagan. It’s just window dressing. What you use at your altar matters, but a stick and string that you made into a wand is just as powerful, if not more so, than some expensive crystal-tipped thing you might buy at a metaphysical shop.
You do not need to buy or own anything to be Pagan or a witch. When practicing magic, certain elements like herbs or stones can help, but they’re not mandatory. The cost of your materials means absolutely nothing. The only ones who care about the cost and appearance of your spiritual space are other people who want to show off or feel superior. Ignore them, and practice with what you have or what you can get. The gods will love you just the same.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*