4 Great Gift Ideas for the Occultist in Your LifeWhat do you get the man or woman who doesn't have everything, but might have just about anything? Specifically, what do you get your friend, family member, or new significant other that's into the occult? Here is a short list of gift ideas that the occultist in your life will appreciate.
The Zen of Screaming. How can a DVD marketed towards heavy metal singers be of any value to those who tread in unseen realms? As any good (or even bad) occultist can tell you, a great deal of the success in any ceremonial working depends on proper vibration of names. Melissa Cross's DVD teaches useful things like how to really project one's voice out there. Those of us who've put this projection technique (called "singing above the pencil") into practice can vouch that it alone is worth the price of the DVD. And if your occultist is also a metal singer, it'll help him or her save some wear on the vocal cords, as well.
Gift Certificate to Hobby Lobby-- Yes, that's right--your friend who spends time looking into the mysteries of the universe and making contact with the underlying forces of existence itself--he or she spends money at an arts and crafts store. Are all occultists closet craftspersons? No, not all of us. An active occultist can spend an awful lot of money on paint and little pantacle disks alone in the course of a year. And there's always other stuff we need--wood for wands, bowls and trimmings for that Yesodic font, a fake mini-palm for calling up Djinn. Many of us spend upwards of $100 a year at Hobby Lobby, despite the fact that they're closed on Sundays. A gift certificate to Hobby Lobby (or other craft store, if you so chose) is one of the most useful things you can get your occultist this holiday season.
Amazon.com gift certificate. This one's pretty much a no-brainer, really. We occultists are bookish people. I have yet to meet one who's not. But buying specific books for us can be dangerous, because at any given moment we may have multiple books ordered and in the mail. Gift certificates are great, and Amazon.com certificates are even better. Why? Amazon gives percentage discounts on books, and those discounts add up when you have to pay forty to upwards of one hundred dollars for a single book--as we often do. And you never know if the book you bought us might be one we already have, but just don't have shelf-space for. And speaking of shelf space...
Bookshelves make excellent gifts for us. Chances are, we don't have enough. You can go with the twenty dollar jobs at your local Wal Mart or office supply store, or you can shop around your local flea markets and find an old, weathered bookshelf with personality (harder to find than you might think, and valuable for this very reason). Don't worry if the old bookshelf creaks or smells a little musty--your occultist will appreciate it even more for these very reasons!
A Mitch Hedberg CD Despite our constant (non-sexual, usually) intercourse with the spirits of the heavens and the elements (and sometimes those of the not-so-pleasant realms), most of us have pretty keen senses of humor. And we need it--things can get real weird in the occult world. Many of us use laughter as a sort of banishing or grounding to return to the "real world". And nothing helps one get the mind off of weighty cosmic matters like the pure silliness of Mitch Hedberg.
Sure, there are other things to get your occultist this holiday season (hey, you can call it Christmas--but that may not mean so much to him or her). We'd all love an ancient manuscript, or a first edition copy of The Equinox. But this list should give you some solid and very likely to be appreciated gift ideas that won't break your bank.