Upholding Ma'at

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Budget Thursday: Lighting

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One of many important elements of a Kemetic shrine is lighting. The practical purpose is obvious. In a modern day there are many ways to bring this tool to a shrine. The easiest to acquire are candles. A drawback to using candles arises with keeping a constant supply. There are quite a few ways to tackle this issue, some of which I’m sure I haven’t considered. Here are some ideas on how to save in this area.

Grocery and Discount Stores. While not always a bargain it can save some money. One thing to consider when purchasing: some people try to avoid petroleum products, and most inexpensive candles are made of paraffin (which is derived from petroleum).

Make your own candles. This is more costly upfront than most. One major downside is there is some time and money spent on wicks. Depending on the type of wax, you can save any wax not completely melted and reuse it. Candlemaking supplies are found at most craft stores.

Use a lamp instead. Wicks still need purchasing, but depending on the lamp the oil doesn’t have to be that expensive. Lamps are found at some department stores or handmade.

-If you use a lamp already, try olive oil. There may be little to no problem with using olive oil. You just need a lamp that can take it. Olive oil was used even in ancient times as lamp oil, so it’s an added bonus for those who want more authenticity with their practice.

Use LED candles. Not only is this a better option where real candles aren’t allowed, but it saves some money in the long run. These are increasingly available at discount and department stores.

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