Magickal Items I’m Taking to University


As I’m trying to tie up the loose ends on my university supplies, stationary and halls items, it occurred to me I hadn’t drawn up a list of Magickal tools I’ll need. I can’t take everything, and there are a lot of books I will have to leave behind until Yule. I will only take the most important items, also noting that I may buy other items when I’m there as well. What items would you take with you? I’ve asked a few folks over the past few weeks, and the responses have been diverse. I’ve had time to think and thought I’d share this written mishmash of ideas! It’s been a long time coming!

Here is my comprehensive list of spiritual items I might be taking:

I am only taking two of my thirty decks. The “Lo Scarabeo Tarot” and Crowley’s “Thoth Tarot”. The Lo Scarabeo tarot is a modern merging of three of the worlds most popular tarot, with beautiful Italian illustration and simple symbols. It’s a deck that is comprised of the Rider-Waite, Tarot de Marseilles and Thoth. I use this deck as one of my daily/weekly tools for personal divination. It may come in handy with a few students too. As for my beloved Thoth deck, it’s only used for the odd reading, meditation and Qabalah study.

As far as books are concerned, they have been the main area of interest and inquiry. Partly because they are tomes of knowledge and I will miss them if they aren’t around for me to study from. Mostly because the house I’ll be leaving them in is heaven for the ignorant and closed minded – I would die if my aunt decided to hide or destroy them, like a few of my old ritual items from times past.

My original plan was to take the smaller version of Liber ABA – Regardie’s “Gems…” As it includes everything I need to know in a more immediate fashion, but I’m just too attached to my blue baby. So below is a small list of a few important books I’m taking, baring in mind I can change them every three months or so until I get my own place the following year.

▪Liber ABA
▪Liber AL vel Legis (I have so many copies of this bible, I really wouldn’t mind if it got lost! I have 8 now; excluding the printed copies within other publications)
▪Gems from the Equinox
▪Garden of Pomegranates
▪Middle Pillar
▪The Tree of Life
▪The Golden Dawn
▪The Complete Works of Aleister Crowley vol. I-III

All of my journals are coming with me! I write in them so damn much I’m already about to start my next brand new Moleskine for Conjurations and thoughts. Write! And write often folks!

▪Book of Conjurations
▪Book of Thoth
▪Book of Horus
▪Main journal

Ritual Items
Now, I don’t know all the rules of my halls yet so I’m not risking candles, my dagger or wands etc. however, I shall take a particular number of altar cloths to create scared space, and possibly a statue or two. I’ve moved from the stage of having a statue to represent deity in order to worship it, as my view of deity is that of the New Æon. I will also have a small vase with a fake red rose – hayfever issues.

Miscellaneous and Pagan Items
I will take a few crystals to keep balance, and my pink yoga mat! If there is a yoga class at the gym then I’ll be going, if not I’ll find one somewhere in the city – need to keep toned and spiritually connected yo’!

Music will be on my iPad, iPhone and laptop, which will range from the beautiful Deva Premal and Maya Fiennes right up to Beethoven, Demdike Stare and Rammstein. I have quite an eclectic taste in music, but rock is in my blood 😛

I’m sure there is much more I could take, but I will see. My travel altar items need a massive reshape too!

Like I said, what would you take with you and why? So many people have so many different paths and experiences, and differing reasons for particular items. What keeps you spiritually connected? Let me know below.

In LVX 93, 93/93


Author: Sy Andrews

Sy Andrews aka Sylvia Beckett Davidson, is a British writer, blogger, esoteric darling and Youtube vlogger. English literature graduate. Both sites will focus on literary reviews, book lists, comic books and nerd chat, writing and novel tips, and discussions in magick, paganism and the occult. A mixture of everything from her. Reach out on social media from Twitter (@SyBAndrews), Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Goodreads (Sylvia Beckett Davidson), and Pinterest.

3 thoughts on “Magickal Items I’m Taking to University

  1. Awesome! I couldn’t have planned it better than myself! I hope your transition into Uni is smooth and rather enjoyable! You must make sure to document all of your adventures, once there!
    Let’s see… I would find all the digital versions of my books, because I couldn’t really bear to be separate from some and not others. Except for the one or two basic books that I’ve collected for general reference. Practicing Chaos Magick, I’ve found a few rather ubiquitous items to represent my connections with Spirit: a 20-sided die (decision=>air/communications), zippo lighter=>fire, glass heart=>water/emotions, gerber 4-inch utility knife=>metal/earth. They’re rather easy to keep on my person, no matter my clothing, so I keep them on me at all times.
    As far as my altar… A single tea light that will be used multiple times and then replaced, an altar cloth, my dragon tarot cards based very loosely on the Rider-Waite, my collection of five smooth stones and my Futhark runes. Also a random card cover that has a nifty dragon that sits in front of my dragon waterbowl. Next to my dragon incense holder. Next to my dragon-engraved sword. With the except of my sword, this all fits into a bag rather well. Have done it before. Will love to do that again. My sword tends to act as my athame, so I would probably have to find a temp replacement if I were to ever enter a place that would forbid my sword.

    I’m so happy for you!

  2. The main things you have to take with you are in your head and in your heart …
    I myself would take with me a few favorite books, (difficult choice), Dvd’s, my little travel buddha (always with me when traveling and staying at other places). A mala, my miniature copy of my altar, some personal things I got from dear friends, incense …
    Laptop, Creative Zen media player with lots of music, pictures, documents, ebooks etc.
    And very important (as you mentioned): make sure that no one can come to your left behind stuff!!! Keep them safe as a treasure!!!
    So … very exciting times for you Sy!
    Happy for you too and I wish you again all the luck and success!

  3. My collection is so small I could actually bring everything pagany I have. And my step mom gave me this new kind of candle burner to where to don’t actually light the candle and it just heats it enough for it to give off the smell. I would imagine you could find on in the U.K. if you love candles. Because it is make for safety , but it all depends on the school. But for me I would have to at least bring my three dragon candle holders whether or not I can have candles in them. They are a big part of my ritual work. And thanks the gods my mother is so clueless and hasn’t figure out they are on my altar and she just thinks they are decoration. I don’t really have a lot of pagan books. Max at the moment it ten maybe. But I have a nook that I am going to start getting books on instead of hard copies because I am going to to herbalist school in a few years. But I do have a huge binder that I keep a lot of stuff in (picture the size of the Charmed BOS and that is about it’s size). If I had to I could only bring that, but I do have three smaller or personal journals I would have to bring. I usually carry one with me for when I get inspired. Other than those things all I have is my candles incenses and shells. Anywho, congrats on school. I hope you have a wonderful time there. I know I am looking forward to going off in a few years (hopefully no later than 2016). Blessed be my friend.

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