I keep seeing posts from those new to the craft asking questions about the type of material their altars should be or how to properly set up sacred spaces, which tools should be used or what words or gods and goddesses should be envoked.
Is all of this necessary? Well actually no. None of it actually matters. What does matter is intention. While ceremony is beautiful and is traditional for some pagan sects, it is not required or necessary to produce very real and beautiful magic.
The magic comes from what feels natural and the intention of the practitioner. Tools are often used as a way to help hone in on the intention, but can also be overwhelming and distracting to a new practitioner. Work with what you have and simplify the process in the beginning. There is no need for the ceremony unless the ritual is formal and with your group, coven or order.
Get comfortable with your abilities and the process, then add the rest! Much love to you all new and advanced. We are all on our own path and we are all doing great things!
HP Rev. Sage Moonmaiden