This may be a bit of a two-part question...
For the past 7-8 mos. I've been repeating this same spell during the waxing moon. Once the spell-casting has been finished, I take down all the components and put them neatly away. Not a big deal to take it all down and set it all back up once a month, but... would it hurt (by hurt I mean, 'to lessen or interrupt') the energy of the cast spell in any way to leave the tools used in the spell up all month long?
And (possible 2nd part of Q), in so doing, would that not in a way turn the set-up into an altar?
Also, in the past and here recently I've been reading about visualizing what it is you're wanting and while working your spell believing that it is already your's or soon will be.
-When trying to visualize a person...if you can't seem to accurately picture their face...does that hurt the visualization any? As long as you're aware of who the person is and can mostly visualize (accurately) their body and body-movements, could that be enough combined with your will and desire?
Thank you so much in advance for your help/suggestions.
X-posted to Non-Fluffy Pagans and _Wicca_.