Tools of the Craft
Magick can be performed without the standard tools. These are only props to help you focus your energy and concentration. You many collect al of these, a few of these, or none of these. I don't have all of these items but I keep an eye open for things that catch my eye.
Your Altar has to be one of the most important tools. This is where all the magickal things happen.Your altar centralizes your personal power. It is a work table. A permanent altar helps you honor the Gods even when you are not physically present.
I do have a permanent altar in my home that I leave up at all times if possible. But what if you would like to do a ritual outside. I surely can't carry my altar around!! Anything can be your altar. An old table, a rock, a picnic table, or even good old Mother Nature!
The wand serves to protect and direct your energy to a certain place, thing, person, or dimension. There are many Occult shops that sell wands, but I think if it is possble, make your own. This makes it more personalized. The wand and the Athame are interchangable.
The Broom or Besom
The broom can be for decoration, magickal and ritual use. It is used to "sweep" the negative energy from an area.
The Chalice or cup
Used in a magickal circle to hold the beverage to be drunk during the ceremony. You may want to have 2 : One for you and one for the Gods.
The pentacle is a flat disc with a pentagram (among other possible symbols) inscribed onto it. Its basic use is to evoke entities and protection. It's also excellent for empowering jewelry and gems.
The Athame (pronounced Athaymay)
The athame is used for commanding and directing power. This is usually a double-edged, dull knife as it is never used to cut anything on the physical plane. After a magickal rite is over, most maigickians absorb the circles energy back into the athame for later use.
This is the magickal knife used to cut things on the physical plane. Most use a curved hilt or blade. It is used to harvest herbs, plants, inscribing candles, cutting cords, etc.
This is also called the incense burner. The use for this should be obvious. It should be made out of a heat resistant material especially if you use the type of incense made from herbs that will need to be burned on charcol.
This is where the witch makes brews, oils, or other crafty things. This should also be made out of a good material that can stand high heat.
These are the basics that every Witch should try to have. There are
many more items that would be worth getting that are listed in my
Consecration of Tools
Tool(s) to be consecrated
Bowl of water
Bowl of salt
Cast a proper circle before doing any magickal work. Place the tool to be
consecrated on the pentacle. Touch it with your left hand and say: "I consecrate
this tool to clense it, so that it may be purified and able to serve me in the magick
circle. In the name of the Mother Goddess and the Father God, you are consecrated."
Pick up the tool. Touch it to the salt. Pass it through the incense and
the flame of the candle. Sprinkle it with water. Then hold the tool to the sky and
say: "Lady and Lord, bless this (name of tool). Let it be pure for thy service and bind
it so that no harm will come to anyone from it's use. Keep watch over it and guard
the works that come forth from it. I dedicate this tool to thy service. So mote it be!"
Continue with magickal workings or close the circle.
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