Last week we started talking about the magic tools witches often use to make magic happen. This week we’re continuing on in this same line as we move to one of my favorites.
The Chalice or Cup
As soon as you’ve prepared your Book of Shadows, it’s a good idea to prepare one of the magic tools called the Chalice. In the distant past these were made of horn or some such thing. Later the chalice took its place. I believe a silver goblet is traditional; however, I personally use a ceramic goblet that I made. It has served me well for many years. In fact it can be made of any material you want.
One word of advice though. Porous material can be a bit dangerous because it is hard to clean. Some of the herbs and things you will be mixing up in your magic can react badly when combined. Also watch out for copper, I have never had one but I heard it reacts badly to some things. Other than that the material, color, size, and what not are all up to you. You don’t actually have to have a goblet. A simple cup or even a bowl will do if that is what you prefer. The mandatory requirement is that you love it.
I recommend going to one of those places that have cups already made but you can color them and decorate them to your liking. When it is done it has been made by you, magically speaking. You have put your intuition into it. That is a blessing to the cup all by itself.
When it is made or bought and consecrated is again dependant on how you identify yourself. If you’re a good witch, make it on the new moon and consecrate it on the full moon. If you’re more naughty than nice, do the opposite.
Now some witches like to keep their magic tools hidden away except when in ritual. I however leave mine out on a shelf in the magic room, because we are friends and I use her for many things. (I’m not speaking of casually drinking a beer)
You can use her to make potions and tinctures and anything else you want the only rule I would impose, if I were in a position to do so, is simply make sure you’re using her in service of the craft. If you ever feel you have defiled your cup, it is a simple matter to exercise it and re-consecrate it.
Remember these are not beings, they are tools. They exist to serve you, not the other way around.
This is a creature of fire. Its purpose is to hold charcoal and incense we burn during rituals. We have several. One is a medium size bowl filled with three inches of sand. We also have a slightly larger sensor. We also have a small cauldron we sometimes use to build small fires and the like. We’ll talk more about the Cauldron later. While it can be used as a big sensor, it also has other uses and as such will need more explanation.
Any metal, glass or ceramic bowl will suffice. My favorite is ceramic. It’s light and can withstand heat. Fill whatever you use about half full of sand. This equips your sensor to hold things like stick incense and insulates against heat from the charcoal. If you’re planning to stoke up the heat you might also consider setting it on a ceramic or other kind of heat resistant plate.
When you acquire and consecrate your sensor, all depends on your own alignment to the magnetic flow of the universe.
As with your other magic tools my suggestion would be to have your witch fiends keep their hands off and as for your mon-witch friends, well, out of sight, out of mind right?
Next week we move on to wands, Athame’s and more. Join me here at the Magic Owl where I do all the talking and you get to pretend to be amazed. LOL! See ya Next week.