Tool List
  • Altar cloths come in all shapes and sizes to fit your altar. You can make them as magickal as you like. They are both bought and made in different colors to represent the Sabbats or to decorate the altar. If you have a very special one and don’t want to worry about wax or oils dripping on it, you can either put a small topper over it or set your candle or work on a place mat.
  • Amulets are nature made-objects used in protection or with magickal intent.
  • An athame is a double-edged knife, approximately six inches in length, which is used in ritual to represent the male phallus. Athames are usually dull because they are never used to cut anything but energy. Traditionally, athames had black handles. Many witches own athames made from a variety of materials, including crystal, pewter, steel, bone, and copper. Some are plain, and some are very fancy. Because an athame is a ritual tool that you will use frequently, be sure to pick one that is special to you.
  • Baskets are used for many things. Plain baskets are good to keep your magickal notions, potions, and powders organized. That way you can find everything you need, when you need it.
  • Bath salts, both plain and magickal, are used in the ritual bath taken before doing ritual or magick. They help calm and relax you and make your bath a special treat. Bath oils are used alone or in conjunction with bath salts and have the same purpose as bath salts.
  • Beads are used in decorating talismans, medicine bags, feathers, and many other objects.
  • A bell is used in ritual when calling in the quarters and deity (asking the four directions and the God and Goddess to join you). At the end of ritual, the bell is rung to let the elements return to their realms.
  • A bolline traditionally is a white-handled knife with a curved blade. This is your working knife. It is used to cut a variety of things — string, clay, herbs, candles, or what have you — while doing magick or ritual.
  • A Book of Shadows is your personal magickal book. In it you record your spells, magickal information, dreams, chants, or any other material that has to do with your workings in the craft.
  • Bowls are important for your altar. You will need at least two small ones. In one keep salt, in the other water.
  • A broom — a magick one — is used to sweep out negativity from an area where you are going to do ritual or magick.
  • Candles of various shapes, sizes, and colors are used in magick and on the altar. Candleholders of various shapes and sizes are needed to hold the type of candle you are working with.
  • The cauldron represents the womb of the Goddess and is used to cook, burn, scry, or hold things that are used in ritual or magick.
  • Chalices represent the female. They are used to drink wine from during ritual. A chalice is also used during the great rite — a symbolic unification of the male and female in which an athame is lowered into a chalice. Many witches on more than one. You always seem to find a great one that you just must have. Keep an extra inexpensive one on hand in case someone in ritual doesn’t have one.
  • Charcoal is used to burn powdered incense or herbs.
  • Clay can be used in poppet magick. It comes in all colors and can be formed into many shapes.
  • A censer is a special container used to burn incense. Censers often have feet so that the heat they contain will not scorch the surface upon which they rest. Some censers have chains attached on top so that you can lift them easily and spread the smoke from the incense around the room.
  • A compass is used to determine where your directions are. It’s a hard call in the north wind when you are facing south!
  • Cords of different thicknesses and colors are used to do binding magick.
  • Crystals and gems are used in magick, healing, ritual, and talismans among other things. Your collection of these pretty objects will continue to grow and grow.
  • Crystal balls come in various sizes and colors. They are used for pulling energy and scrying.
  • A decanter is used to hold wine during ritual.
  • Divination tools such as tarot cards, runes, pendulums, and the I-Ching are used in looking into the future, to aid you in decision making, and in doing magick. Its best to learn more than one type of divination.
  • Feathers are used in magick to represent the element of Air.
  • Felt is used in poppet magick, in making pouches and dream pillows, or to wrap items to cover or protect them.
  • Fiber stuffing is used for filling pillows or poppets.
  • Herbs are used in healing and in magick, and can include dried plants or spices, dried corn, and even tobacco.
  • Holy water is used to cleanse and consecrate ritual tools and magickal items. Holy oil is used to consecrate ritual tools and magick items.
  • Incense comes in stick, cone, and powder form. In ritual, it is used to represent the element of Air. It is also used in Air magick — magick in which you call upon the element of Air — and to cleanse ritual or magickal tools.
  • Magickal inks: homemade, dragon’s blood, or dove’s blood. No, these inks are not really made from the blood of a dove or dragon. They are specially made from herbs and resins to enhance your magickal spells. These inks come in a variety of colors, and some have essential oils added.
  • A magick mirror is a mirror that has been cleansed, treated with herbs and magickally charged to help you see things as they really are or as they should be.
  • Magick pens can be quills, hand-blown glass, or antique. These are very special pens that are used only for writing your magick spells or in your Book of Shadows.
  • A mortar and pestle are used to grind your herbs into a fine powder.
  • Tapes of special music are used in ritual and magick. The music helps you ground, center, and relax, or it helps you build a cone of power or celebrate in dance.
  • Needle and thread are used to sew magickal bags and poppets and to attach talismans or amulets.
  • Oils of various types — essential, fragrance, and herbal — are used to consecrate, anoint, or charge people and tools both in ritual and magick.
  • Parchment paper is paper that is usually enhanced with cloth fiber. It is used when writing magickal spells or rituals.
  • A pentagram can be used as jewelry. It is also placed on the altar for protection.
  • A pocketknife is great for cutting or carving.
  • Pouches are used for keeping crystals, tarot cards, herbs, jewelry, or anything else special.
  • Powders come in various colors. Mixed with herbs, they are used in magick or to mark boundaries.
  • Scissors are used for cutting cords for binding spells or cloth for poppets.
  • A scrying mirror is usually made of black glass and is used in divination or magick.
  • Sea salt is used on the altar to represent Earth. It is also used in making holy water and in magick.
  • Seeds are used in magickal ritual. Various kinds are used to represent intents in your magickal workings.
  • Smudge sticks are bound herbs and grasses used in cleansing an area or item.
  • Statues, which represent the God or Goddess you are working with, are usually placed on the altar.
  • String is used in beading, tying, or binding objects.
  • Talismans are man-made objects or symbols that have magickal intent placed in them.
  • A wand, which can be made from a variety of materials, is used to direct energy.
  • Wooden spoons are used to stir notions — magickal mixtures, potions, and powders.
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