Okay, so I’ve mentioned before that I do not normally travel with items of my faith. I leave my tarot cards at home, and instead take a deck of playing cards. I leave my crystals and other items at home other than those set into the (very innocuous) jewelry that I wear.
This is how I was taught, and it’s the practice I have followed throughout my entire life. But, I’ve been feeling a need this time around to bring some things with me. This is different, and unusual for me, and yet it’s a nagging niggle in the back of my mind that I’m having a hard time silencing.
So… I made myself a ‘kit’ of sorts. A sort of ‘travel altar’ that I have packed to take with me on my trip. I thought you’d like to see it and what’s in it.
Above, you can see how it looks all packed up and ready to go. I’m using a book bandolier to hold it all together, and what you see there are two small hand-made notebooks for taking notes on any readings I do while I’m gone so that I can bring them back and transfer them into my journal when I get home. I need to be able to hand-write my notes, as this connects to a different part of the brain than typing (no matter what device I’m typing on). For example, all of my self-care spreads are hand written prior to being added to this blog, as are some of my other personal readings that I’ve shared.
Also included is my favorite type of pen for this type of writing (thank you Sharpie). Then above that is my tin with all my supplies, and above that, the tin containing the deck I’ve decided to bring along with me on this trip. I chose a tinned deck for protection of the cards, and that deck in particular because 1) it’s very easy to read and 2) it’s very inexpensive to replace if something happens to it.
Okay, so in the picture above, you see everything taken out of their tins. Starting with the deck of tarot cards on the left and working clockwise, we have….
- The Morgan Greer Tarot deck (in a tin version)
- A small spray bottle of homemade purification spray consisting of alcohol, distilled water, sweet grass, garden sage, lavender, clove, bergamot, rosehips, allspice, rosemary, and cedar shavings. These ingredients are put in alcohol (this batch was made with vodka, although rubbing alcohol will also work) and set to age for several months before being strained and diluted with distilled water.
- One tealight candle
- An incense holder
- A small sample of soil from the Olympic Rainforest, and beside it, a small sample of rain water from the Olympic Rainforest as well.
- My black Sharpie 0.8 fine point pen
- Two 18 page handmade notebooks (passport size) that came as a free gifts with past bandolier orders (made by CleverHands on Etsy)
- A selenite thumb stone, and above it, a crystal quartz thumb stone
- A flourite heart
- Two small sticks (each) of Nag Champa and Frankincense
- A small baggie of crystals and stones including labradorite, rose quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, malachite, nuummite, tigers eye, apatite, citrine, moonstone, amazonite, green calcite, and a few others
- A strand I made to signify the four elements. It is created out of amazonite, citrine, carnelian agate, and amethyst, with crystal quartz positioned between each and on either end.
- A mini Bic lighter
As you can see in the picture on the left, it all fits nice and neat inside the little tin, and the tin closes tightly. I will carry it on the plane, except for the lighter, which will have to go in my suitcase (because no way they’re going to let me take a lighter on the plane when they won’t even let me board with a pair of jeweler’s pliers).
So…. there you have it. Something new I’ve never done before. And yet…. maybe it’s time, yeah?