If you have any interest in the occult, you may be familiar with some of the tools used in ritual and spell casting. Finding and preparing your witches tool is not only important but it’s downright fun. Our old friend the traditional witch would turn this into a huge chore, but it really doesn’t have to be. Some witches make a big deal out of how they are treated after made. They view them as familiar like creatures with the ability to become offended by our actions.
Your magic tools are just that. They are tools. If you are smart you will care for them, because they should be a source of pride for you. One rule we like to follow is no non-witch people should handle them. The reason for this is, whatever vibe they exude may be picked up by the instrument and can stay with it until you ritually cleanse it. It is more of a practical thing.
Also it might be wise to let only witches you know handle them. If a non-witch could accidently lay a negative vibe on it. Just imagine what an experienced practitioner could do on purpose, should they wish. This is again is all up to you.
So first let’s look at the tools and talk about them. We’ll see what they’re used for, where we can find them and when is the best time to acquire them.
Sarah and I feel the most important of the magical tools is the Book of Shadows. This is the place to write your spells, thoughts about magic, Observations, Art and Poetry. It is very personal and should only be shown to other witches.
Some feel you must make your own book, but to hell with that. We say go to your local Walmart or better yet, go to Amazon and purchase a book. It can be a journal or an art book. I recommend a hard cover but it’s not necessary. And personally I like a larger book, but your book is for you and should be exactly what you want it to be. Just remember, you’ll sometimes need to read it by candlelight. Make sure you like your book and make sure it loves you.
Here is where Sarah and I are a bit traditional. Whether you make your book, or buy it. Do it with intention. It is not okay to just use whatever you have lying around. Pursue it for the purpose of becoming your magical servant.
Now as to the when, here is where I may differ from some witches and especially wiccans. When you should consecrate your book depends on what kind of witch you are. If you are a lover of light and a doer of all things blessed, then Your book should be bought on the new moon and consecrated on the full (the time of greatest spiritual light).
If, however, you’re a little naughty, and plan to explore this side of the craft (careful) then your book would need to be bought on the full moon and consecrated on the dark moon (the time of greatest spiritual darkness).
Don’t fear if you consecrate it to the light, it doesn’t mean you can’t put your darker works in it. It is your book. Put what you want in it. I’m speaking more to how you yourself relate to your “witchdom” so to speak. No doubt, if you are young and new to the craft, you will explore both sides of the coin. More on this later.
Next week we’ll look at more magical tools and where to find them. The Magic Owl
Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me about your magical implements. What do you use and why?