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WOTC Extra – Common Craft Tools


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Common Craft Tools

 

Athame: A ritual blade, usually double edged, with a black or dark handle. The two sides symbolize the God and the Goddess, coming together at the point to join the spiritual and mundane worlds. It is never used to cut anything on the physical plane. This tool is only used to direct energy that is raised during rites and spells . It is most often associated with the element of air and the east quarter, but some associate it with fire and the south. Coven members can share many of the ritual tools, but the athame is always personal. The sword is a larger version of the ritual knife or athame, and stories of magical swords seem to be quite common in mythic literature!

Bells: Often used to invoke directional energies, to ring in the sunrise on a Sabbat, or to invoke the Goddess in ritual. Some believe they can be rung to ward off evil spells and spirits, and good energies or bring good luck. You can place them in cupboards or hang them on a door to guard your home , or ring them in ritual to signal a spell’s beginning or end. Any type of bell can be used.

Besom: A witch’s broom is still used in Wicca today. Some begin rituals by sweeping the energy out of the circle space (indoors or out) before drawing the circle. The bristles do not need to touch the ground. While brushing, simply visualize the broom sweeping the area to purify it for your ritual workings. The broom was traditionally thought to be a powerful tool against curses and practitioners of evil magic. Some believed that laying a broom across the doorway could block any spells sent to the house or to those in it. Some also use the broom to raise energy in a circle. The broom is most often associated with earth and the north, but some traditions link it to air and the east.

Book of Shadows: Also called a BOS, is a witch’s book of spells, rituals and magical lore. It’s your personal magical journal and can be one of your most valuable tools.

Boline or Bolline: A white-handled knife used in magic or ritual. Unlike the Athame, which is only used in ritual, this is a working knife. It may be used to cut wands, cords, sacred herbs, flowers, or to inscribe symbols onto wood, candles or wax.

Candles: Candles are used at most all Wiccan rituals and celebrations. You can place candles on the altar to represent the God and Goddess, to mark the quarters, or simply to help set the mood for something magical. We suggest you keep a good supply on hand at all times. Candles represent fire and the south.

Cauldron: This tool symbolizes the Goddess or feminine aspect of the Divine and the waters of rebirth. The cauldron is an ancient vessel used for cooking and brew making. It is the container in which magical transformations take place. It is also symbolic of the element of Water. Celtic legends about Kerridwen’s cauldron have influenced some Wiccan traditions . The cauldron can also be used as a tool for scrying (gazing) if you fill it with water and stare down into its depths.

Chalice or Cup: A ritual tool, the chalice represents the female principals of creation. It is used to drink from, especially in rituals where feminine symbolism is important. The chalice can be made from most anything. Feel free to use one made from glass, ceramic, wood or metal. The chalice is most often associated with water and the west.

Crystal Sphere: The quartz crystal sphere has been used in Divination since ancient times. Most crystal balls on the market today are glass or plastic. Genuine quartz crystal spheres can be determined by their inclusions or irregularities. Larger crystals are beyond most budgets, as they often retail for several hundred dollars. Small crystals can be effective too. The diviner simply gazes into the ball until images appear in the mind or in the depths of the crystal, revealing the information they are seeking. Some use the crystal ball at Full Moon rituals, and believe that exposure to moonlight can increase its ability to inspire our psychic powers.

Grimoire: A magical workbook containing ritual information, magical properties of natural objects and preparation of ritual equipment. Often used interchangeably with Book of Shadows.

Incense: You can burn herbs, oils, or other aromatic items to scent the air during acts of magic and ritual. Incense purifies the ritual space and you can consecrate items being used in ritual by passing them through the smoke. Any type of incense and censer (burner) can be used in a Wiccan ritual. The incense represents fire and air, as well as south and east.

Pentacle: A circle surrounding a five-pointed, upright star (pentagram). Worn as a symbol of a witch’s beliefs. The five points represent the Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. This symbol is often worn as a pendant or placed on the Wiccan altar. Some also hang Pentacles over doors and windows to provide protection for those within.

Wand: The wand has been used for thousands of years in both magic and religious rites. This tool is often used to invoke the Goddess and God. It is also used to direct energy, to draw magical symbols on the ground, or even to stir brew in a cauldron. For some Wiccans it represents the element of Air and it’s a symbol of the God or masculine aspect of the Divine. The length and type of wood vary by tradition, so feel free to cut yours as long or as short as you like. You may also want to strip the bark or carve magickal symbols into your wand. The choice is yours.

TIP: Don’t be too concerned if you lack the proper candles, aromas or other suggested tools for magickal work. Focus on sending out positive thoughts and feelings. The words you utter or the tools you use in your magickal rituals, will not affect the results nearly as much as the actual thoughts and feelings you send forth into the Universe.

You won’t fail at magick because you used the wrong color candle or different incense than suggested. Always remember that wands, candles, oils and other items are simply used to help you focus your thoughts and set the mood for magickal activities.

Wicca: A Beginner’s Guide to Earth Magic (Living Wicca Today Book 2)
Kardia Zoe

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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Magical Tools


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Your Magical Tools

Tools can be helpful in creating a magical life. In Wicca, certain objects are traditionally used in ritual to help invoke the Deities, banish negativity, or direct energy. Your Craft tools can help you create the proper frame of mind or atmosphere for your magical work. They don’t need to be elaborate, but they should be special to you.

To better understand the role your tools play, think back to a time when you dressed up for a job interview or an important social event. What you wore made you feel better about yourself, and thus improved your chances for a successful outcome. You knew that your clothes didn’t really have magical powers, but there was no question that having the right outfit and accessories boosted your self-confidence, and THAT is why these things are important. Magical tools work the same way. They are a part of our rituals because they can help us focus our thoughts and generate the ideal atmosphere to work in.

In the next post, you will find a list of the most common tools and their general uses. While these items are not required to practice Wicca, you may want to collect some of them to enrich your rituals. You can shop for these tools in our Magical Store, or search through antique and second-hand shops for them. Some prefer to make their tools and infuse them with a little of their own energy.

In addition to the standard tools like the athame, cauldron or broom, use tools such as relaxing nature sounds and music, fragrance or aromatherapy, and candles, stones, pendants or even wands, to help you focus your thoughts. Just remember, these are ONLY tools, and not the real source of your power.

Wicca: A Beginner’s Guide to Earth Magic (Living Wicca Today Book 2)
Kardia Zoe

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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Household Altar


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Let’s Talk Witch – Your Household Altar

 

Since this is a highly personal subject, only you can determine which objects to place on your altar. If you belong to an organized religion or follow a faith with specific symbols and deities, you might place symbols or images related to your faith on the altar. This will connect your home with the energies of your spiritual practices. A Wiccan, for example, might include a statue of a Moon goddess on her altar.

Fire, in any form, is a frequent addition to altars, for it has long been revered as sacred. Candles are quite appropriate, as are their antecedents, oil lamps. Candles in glass jars-often called “seven-day” candles-are ideal for altar use. They can be left burning for several days with relative safety and are available in a wide range of colors, making them useful for their symbolic meanings.

White candles are often left burning continuously on household altars to promote spirituality and peace within the home as well as to honor deity. Use the colors that seem right.

Charms, amulets and personal-power objects also can be placed on the altar. Favorite stones, shells gathered on distant beaches or any other objects that you feel are special and important belong on the altar as well. Many of the charms mentioned in this book are perfect for altar use.

If you decide that a pile of fossils will guard your home like nothing else, add them to your altar, where their powers will be enhanced.

Choose objects that have special meanings to you, that are related to the house (tiny brooms, pieces of brick, a picture of the structure) or that are magically potent (four-leaf clovers, feathers, coral or turquoise).

In some parts of the world to this day such altars are decked with flowers, greens or fruit, which are cut with simple thanks to the plant providing the sacrifice. The flowers and leaves maybe fashioned into garlands, wreaths or leis. Any seasonal flowers that you enjoy can be added to the altar to increase its powers and appearance. These are seen as sacrifices to the energies, but are also admired for their beauty.

Salt is often present on the altar as well, in a box, bag, bottle or cut-crystal jar. It cleanses and purifies the altar and also lends it the power to prevent poverty and financial misfortune.

Incense burners, another common altar object, provide a convenient means of honoring the divine. Lighting incense daily and placing it in the burner not only “pleases” the gods, it also clears the house of stuffy vibrations. Burning incense regularly is a highly recommended magical household practice. Perhaps the best incense for daily use is the joss-stick type, which can easily be lit and placed in a bowl of sand or an incense burner. Choose incenses not only for their scents, but also for their powers and influences.

If you are a practitioner of magic, you may want to place your ritual tools and objects-drum, rattle, magic blades, crystals, cords, wand and pentacles-on the altar. All will be intimately linked with the house’s well-being and spiritual current.

Aligning the altar with the four elements is a common practice. The elements are the sum of the universal forces divided into four basic types of energies. Invoking their presence in your home lends it their specific powers.

A fragrant bloom, feather or smoking censer can represent the element of Air, which brings intelligence and organization to the home.

The element of Fire is symbolized by a burning candle, an oil lamp or a chunk of volcanic rock, such as obsidian, olivine or lava. Fire blesses the home with warmth, passion, energy, protection and health.

A dish of water or some quartz crystal signifies the element of Water, which brings love, contentment, spirituality, psych-ism and a sense of family unity to the home.

Finally, a bowl of earth, a clay pot, a pile of stones or a container of salt tunes in the element of Earth. This element lends your home stability, physical strength, a nurturing atmosphere, money and food.

One object for each of the four elements can be placed on the altar to bring these influences into your home.

Source:
The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home
Scott Cunningham; David Harrington.

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WOTC Extra – Building Your Own Water Bowl


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WOTC Extra – Building Your Own Water Bowl

 Building a water bowl is a simple procedure. With practice, it will take you only a minute or two to build one. In this section, we give you instructions on how to build a simple water bowl with smooth and calm Water. Once you have learned this procedure, we will teach you how to use a water bowl for other purposes, such as scrying. To build a water bowl:

  1. Have a Water Blue color source (something bright blue) available as a reference.
  2. Seat yourself so you can rest your elbows comfortably against your sides at or just above your hip bone points with your arms and hands extended horizontally or slightly up angled in front of you and the tips of your fingers interlaced. This results in a “bowl” at about the level of or just above your navel. High or low bowls will have different effects. Standing, you will only affect the area above and at the level of the arms. If you do a bowl too low or are bent over, it will affect intestinal tract, kidneys, or bladder. If you make one below the waist, it will trigger the body’s mechanism for clearing Water and you will go to the bathroom a lot.
  3. Envision or “mock-up” a dry stream bed or ditch descending from the region of your heart into the bowl on the side nearest you. Build a spout right above the heart and allow a stream of Water to flow down the ditch or stream bed into the left side of the bowl. Just see it in your mind’s eye. You can also allow the Water to flow out of the spout directly into the left edge of the bowl. Be sure and look at your Water Blue source as you are flowing Water.
  4. You can decorate the bowl on the edges if you so desire with palm trees, birds and flowers. The Water flowing down can be a cascading mountain stream or a fountain-like stream pouring into the corner. Fill the bowl, which should be a fairly deep bowl, until the Water reaches the edge. As the bowl fills, you will likely have a sense of a rising coolness or pressure in your linked fingertips. Begin reabsorbing the Water by pulling the Water in your hands and up your arms from the bowl’s far side. You don’t need to think about this—your body knows what to do. The goal with reabsorbing the Water— and re-circulating it in later steps— is to develop a smooth surface to on your water bowl.
  5. As you absorb the Water energies, re-circulate the Water back out to the spout so you have a continuous flow.
  6. If you have alligators in your water bowl and they are dark, leave them alone. If they are healthy and you don’t want them, you can blow them over the edge of the bowl.
  7. As you re-circulate your Water, let the turbulent feelings rush out and down the stream bed into the bowl, as with a turbulent stream down a hillside, without concerning yourself about their source. The only goal here is to smooth out the feelings so you can function in your situation at this time. To accomplish this goal, you want to have a clear top surface so
  8. Continue recycling until one of the following occurs: -The outflowing Water is running smoothly in the stream bed (usually takes three to five minutes). -The outflow stops of its own accord, often with a “chug” feeling. Do not force a restart if this happens! A forced restart may trigger release of an overwhelming amount of suppressed or repressed fear, anger, and grief. When you stop flowing, either intentionally— having achieved a smooth surface in your water bowl— or because the Water stopped flowing spontaneously, pull all the Water back up into your palms and up your arms. Failing to pull all your Water energies back in may cause you to feel emotionally drained or physically dehydrated.
  9. Unlace your hands. You have just completed a water bowl! You can use the water bowl, as outlined in this procedure, consistently to clear out emotional “junk.” If you do so, you will find that your moods will stabilize and you will experience a more peaceful state of being in your

You can use the water bowl, as outlined in this procedure, consistently to clear out emotional “junk.” If you do so, you will find that your moods will stabilize and you will experience a more peaceful state of being in your daily life. You can also release all forms of stress and tension accumulated during the day, and this technique works especially well if you tend to have trouble sleeping.

Source:
Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands
Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc.
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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Let’s Talk Witch – What is a Water Bowl?


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Let’s Talk Witch – What is a Water Bowl?

 

The water bowl is a versatile tool of witchcraft that can be used for a variety of purposes, including scrying and sending psychic messages. Scrying is the art of looking for information that is not easily available in the ordinary world. In the practice of witchcraft, Water is the energy of Spirit, and flowing Water with a water bowl can help Spirit find desired information, or communicate with another Spirit.

A water bowl is simply a “bowl” formed by holding your elbows snug against your sides. You lace your fingers together in front of you to form a bowl, and visualize flowing your energetic Water into this bowl. This procedure takes very little time and handles a lot of life’s daily difficulties. It also allows you to accomplish a lot without changing your overall water level, but simply re-circulating it. To make the most of your water bowls, read the following safety cautions until you understand them thoroughly:

-Flow only Water Blue (a bright blue) energy for this exercise. Do not flow dark blue, blue-black, or black.

-Be sure the “bowl” is at or above the level of your navel.

-Do not drop the bowl without first reabsorbing the Water energies in it (we’ll show you how in the next section). If you accidentally drop the water bowl before you have reabsorbed all the Water, it may leave you short of Water which could produce a feeling of being emotionally drained or could cause dehydration. It could also possibly cause diarrhea. Also, keep the bowl level to prevent sloshing.

Source:
Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands
Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc.
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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WOTC Extra – A List of Useful Animal Components To Pick Up On Your Next Nature Walk


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A List of Useful Animal Components To Pick Up On Your Next Nature Walk

 

A list of animal components and applications you would likely find on a random walk in nature:

Antlers: Sliced antler makes a very sturdy carving surface, and may be used in making a personal set of runes. Alternatively, antlers can be carried to honor Artemis, Cernunnos, and Bacchus, or used as virility charms.

Eggshells: Traditionally, shells were buried or burned in healing spells (often after having been carried by the patient so the eggshells “absorbed” the illness). Eggshells also make a good womb symbol in which energy can be nurtured to maturity. Be sure to consider the color of the eggshell in the final application. For instance, use blue eggshells to nurture peace and joy.

Feathers: Use feathers for divination, for moving incense around the sacred space, or as a spell component in magick directed toward liberation and release. They’re also good for meditations in which you wish to connect with bird spirits or the air element.

Fur: Tufts of fur can often be found on burrs or other prickly bushes. If you can determine the animal that lost the fur, you can apply the fur as a symbol of that creature and its attributes in spells and rituals. For example, a bit of rabbit fur would be a good component to put in your power pouch for abundance and fertility. (Any small pouch will do as a power pouch. Use it to keep special items, like small stones given by friends and those that carry personal meaning.)

Nails: Nails serve utilitarian purposes (for gathering food) as well as defensive ones—when in the clutches of a foe. With this in mind, animal nails could be carried as amulets and talismans for providence and safety.

Teeth: One of the longest-lasting parts of any body, teeth have natural associations with longevity and durability. Furthermore, teeth affect the way a lot of creatures communicate, so use them in different communication spells, depending on the type of creature involved. For example, if you were going into a meeting where clever discourse was needed, carrying a fox tooth might be apt.

Whiskers: According to an old bit of folklore, cat’s whiskers that you find somewhere can be used in a wish-fulfilling spell. For this to work, burn the whisker and whisper a wish to the smoke. This spell might be accomplished with the whiskers of other animals too, like using a dog’s whiskers to inspire devotion and constancy.

Source:

The Only Book of Wiccan Spells You’ll Ever Need (The Only Book You’ll Ever Need)
Singer, Marian; MacGregor, Trish (2012-08-18)
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WOTC Extra – Blessing of the Book of Shadows

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BLESSING OF THE BOOK OF SHADOWS SPELL

 

Hearken as the witch’s word calls to all, a gulf to ford. Bridge the vast realities.
An it harm none, do as ye please.
Elements, protect and guard this book, from wandering eyes and prying looks.
Fill it with thine ancient powers, in this right and ready hour.
Powers of the North, the East below, help me to live, to learn, to grow.
Lend your strength and stability, to practice the Craft and with love be free.
Powers of East, the wind, the Sky, watch over these pages with thine eye.
Your wisdom and knowledge, for these I do ask,
that this book be worthy of the Craft and its task.
Powers of South, Fire, and hearth, help these
Shadows to prove their worth. Infuse them with all your healing and passion,
so only good comes from the work that is fashioned.
Powers of West, the Water and sea, change and growth are granted by thee.
Bless these pages with all that you know, that righteous readers may learn and grow.
And to the unschooled eye that see,
confusing words and sophistry, lead them from these sacred pages,
and bless their passage through the ages.
For free will of all, and harm none, as I have willed it, it is now done.
So mote it be!

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Let’s Talk Witch – Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

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Book of Magick or Book of Shadows

Whether it’s called a Book of Magic or a Book of Shadows, it’s important for every witch to create a book of records. These are your personal notes, a diary of your spiritual or magical journey. A book to record your interpretations, aspirations, affirmations, notes, charms, and spells. All right, all right, let’s make this simple: It is a book kept and used by a witch to record research, thoughts, experiences , and spiritual information, such as spells, charms, incantations, potions, and so on. I have bits of plants and herbs pressed into mine and drawing of plants on the page that the spell was written on . As with all religious texts, debates loom about how the books came into use. Some say they were prevalent during the Middle Ages written only in runic alphabets to hide their magical meanings . It is widely thought that in the Middle Ages, many were illiterate , and the books did not come into practice until the fourteenth or fifteenth centuries. Even then, runic alphabets and codes were used to protect the owner from persecution and death if found by witch hunters.

Farmhouse Witchcraft
By Penny Parker
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