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Foundations: My First Altar

This "old piece of plywood" is about 24 year old! When we talk about "foundations" in the magical community, most people think of information, teachings, notes, etc.  How many people include our first tools and their origins in thinking of foundations?
I'm not materialistic by any stretch, but I find that I bind objects to myself--form relationships with objects--very easily.  I am also empathic and can pick up emotional energy from objects pretty easily.  Whether it's a conscious effort or not, our objects absorb our energy and tend to hold onto it.  (This, of course, is how tools are charged.)
This crappy-looking piece of plywood was my first altar.  Significantly, it also represents foundations in my life in other ways:  It's a piece of sub floor from the first house in which my mother and I lived together after leaving my previous home, where we'd lived with extended family.
A piece of the floor from my mother's and my first home* became my