No matter what your reason was for being drawn to the Craft you are here now. Maybe you are just a little curious, a little excited about learning more and thought you’d take a peek. That’s perfectly fine too. The more you learn the more informed you’ll be and that is always a good thing.
Witchcraft is all about manifestation with tools. The basic ingredients of a spell are tools to help manifest your desires into reality. Your words are tools that create a powerful link from thought into being. But the tools I am mentioning today are standard ones that are commonly used in practice and ritual.
This is a ceremonial knife. It tends to be decorative and not sharp. It is not used for actual cutting but instead cutting energy such as cutting a doorway in your circle if you need to leave after you have drawn it. Some people even draw their circle with their athame. Other witches carve their candles for candle magick with their athame. I think it is a bit cumbersome but always think it is worth giving something a try to see if it works for you.
Bells are used to clear the energy. This is done before setting your circle for spellwork or ritual. It is similar to sage as it will cleanse the space of negative energy and/or spirits. I personally use a chime as it works the same but the sound resonates for much longer, however, bells are more decorative and have that “witchy” feel.
This is your broom. This can be a ceremonial broom, in which case I say make it a really awesome witchy broom, lol, or it can be a functional broom. If it is a functional broom it should be made from natural materials. Many kitchen, hedge, and green witches tend to have functional brooms and use it in their daily life as well as ritual life. You would use your broom to “sweep” your working space (circle area) free of negative energy or psychic debris. I prefer to physically sweep, then take my broom outside and knocking it against something solid to knock off the debris and leave it outside my home.
BOOK OF SHADOWS
This is your witch journal. You will keep your notes about correspondences, moon phases, astrological aspects, tarot spreads and notes, working spells and notes, herbal recipes, etc. Anything and everything witchy can go in here. Mine is a HUGE binder so I can add pages and move them around freely. Although the words are used interchangeably these days a GRIMOIRE is actually your perfected Spellbook and your BoS a witchy catchall.
This is a curved, sharp knife used for cutting herbs.
You will use a shit ton of candles. Seriously. White and black are the most used ones because they are multi-purpose but feel free to learn the color correspondences and stock up for a wide variety of spellwork. Silver and gold are great representations of the Goddess and God to keep on your altar as well.
Is there anything more witchy than this? I think you need a multitude of sizes. They are used for ritual and magick. I use a teeny size for burning charcoal and incense/herbs/small bits of paper inside, a Medium one for small outdoor ritual and spellwork and a large dutch oven as a cauldron for ritual and making my magickal black salt. Dutch ovens come with lids and are up to half the cost of cauldrons and don’t look much different. Keep it in mind when shopping for large cauldrons.
For ritual and ceremony mostly used in Wicca or covens, but I have also concluded spellwork with a small bit of wine and a cookie or chocolate for grounding purposes, plus they look cool. I have a set of gorgeous mini onyx ones.
YAY!!! These are used to raise the vibration of your space and your tools and to aid in spellwork. ALWAYS cleanse them first and personally, personally I never cleanse in water because there are too many that should never make contact with it. If water is your preferred method of cleansing a good rule of thumb is to avoid doing so with crystals ending in “ite” bu there are plenty of crystals that don’t end in “ite” that shouldn’t touch water so do your homework.
This is a cool tool for guiding energy. The most common purpose would be for drawing your circle or infusing a spell. You, of course, have a built-in wand on your hand-your index finger. A wand is obviously much cooler.
These are great tools to have but as you can see many of them are not required. They definitely help with the vibe though and have that whole empowerment thing going on. After years of practice, I find some I use more than others and I am sure you will have your favorites as well.
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