Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Magickal Thursday: October 17th, 2013

1 Wand
1 Cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set of glass or crystal phials
1 telescope
1 set of brass scales
Students may also bring an owl or a cat or a toad
(List of "Other Equipment" from Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowlings)

I have met very few witches who didn't wish that the world of Harry Potter was true! Unfortunately, it isn't. We don't get a nice little list of textbooks and supplies. The real practice of magick doesn't need any tools, just you, but having a tool can help a practitioner focus their energy.

If you're practicing any kind of magick and are using tools those tools should be used JUST for magick. Tools that go back and forth can build up energy that you may not want if you're trying to do a healing spell. Magickal tools should be kept separate and, again, used only for magick.

Below you'll find a list of common tools and their uses.

Athame--a knife
The Athame represents either air or fire depending on your personal preference or education. It is used for cutting objects for both physical objects, like cords, or energies.

Candles & holder(s)
Candle holders can be used in day to day life, candles, however, cannot be. Once a candle is charged and used for something it cannot be reused. Healing candles can only be used for healing. Protection candles for protection. Being a magickal object, candles should not be just thrown into the trash. To dispose of any magickal "waste" it should be gathered into a box and buried or, preferably, burned.

Chalice/Bowl
The chalice or bowl is the representation of water due to the fact that it is the container for water.

Incense & burner
These are the tools that can be used in day to day life.

Alter Cloth
Helpful when you have a multi-purpose space. Placing the alter cloth represents the "working" space while removing it represents the "mundane" space.

Wand/Staff
Wands and/or staffs can represent air or fire depending on your personal preference and education. It can be used for directing and cutting energy.

Book of Shadows
It's a fancy name for a notebook to keep your work in.

Other tools that can be used are: Oils, Herbs, Divination tool(s) (tarot, runes, scying mirror), gemstones, and salt.

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