Lesson 2 – Tools of the Craft
This is an introduction to the symbolism of magical tools
and how they are used.
Please note that ideas may vary depending on tradition, this
article is intended as a guide only.
The Pentacle is a flat board or circle that is usually
inscribed with a pentagram (a five-pointed star), though
they may also have many other symbols upon them.
This tool acts like a platform upon which many other acts
are often performed –especially consecrations. It is
symbolic of the Element of Earth, not only as the general
Element, but also as the planet Earth itself and on a larger
scale it can even be used as a symbol of the universe. It is
generally placed in the centre of the altar, and magical
workings are performed on top of it. It can also be used in
meditations. The Pentacle is often used in ceremonial magic
as it blocks evil very effectively.
It’s direction is North and it’s energy is Female.
In the upward direction it is used for Protection,
Blessing, Consecration, Meditation and Positive energy. In
the downward direction it is used for Banishing and Binding.
The five points of the pentacle can be used to represent
Love, Wisdom, Power, Knowledge and Law
Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit
In Tarot, the pentacle symbolises political action and
Bells are used to banish negative energy and evil
spirits, they are also used to mark the beginning and end or
a ritual or ceremony. It is a tool of the element of air and
spirit, the sound represents the creative power of the
universe. Bells can also be used in invocations, chants and
An athame is a ceremonial knife used in Traditional
Witchcraft and other pagan beliefs for various rituals. A
black-handled knife called an arthame appears in the Key of
Solomon. The athame is an important ritual tool but is not
used for physical cutting.
The athame’s primary use is for ritual and magical
purposes only, to direct energy; if things such as herbs or
cords need to be cut, another knife called a boline – a
white-handled knife -is used. An exception is the “kitchen
witchcraft” philosophy, which encourages the everyday use of
magical tools to increase the witch’s familiarity with them.
Uses: Mixing solutions and potions, charging and
consecrating amulets and talismans. Opening and closing
Additional Information: Also known as the right handed
knife. Athames must be consecrated or purified before use.
Bags and Pouches
Bags and pouches are an important magical tool as they
have many uses. You can use them to carry tools safely; or
keep tarot decks and crystals protected from negative
vibrations and damage; create a Mojo bag; stuff with herbs
to make a sachet charm or dream pillow.
Storing a tarot deck in a special place helps the reader
to appreciate the significance of her cards. It builds an
atmosphere of respect for the tarot reading. It is also
believed that care placed in storage practices keeps the
cards from absorbing negative energy. A popular storage
option is a dark coloured fabric bag. Some people wrap their
cards in a cloth before they place the cards in the bag.
Mojo bags (also known as a gris-gris or conjure bag)
usually contains a mix of herbs, powders, personal items
such as a hair or fingernail clippings, sometimes a coin or
dice, a lodestone, a petition paper or prayer, and other
objects thought to promote supernatural action or
Herbal sachets are small fabric bags filled with herbs
intended to achieve a particular magical goal. They are
popular for protection and attracting positive influences
into your life such as love, psychic ability, prosperity and
the like. Sachets are constructed with appropriate
correspondences for the magical intent they are being
created to achieve. These correspondences include the time
and day they are made, the colour of the cloth used, and the
herbs and other items often including crystals which are
enclosed in the pouch.
Making dream pillows are an excellent way to make your
subconscious mind work with you on problem-solving,
divination, etc. Dream pillows will also help when you are
troubled by nightmares. For hundreds of years people have
used herb mixtures to affect their dreams. In the same way
that certain fragrances (like fresh coffee or cut grass)
evoke a pleasant memory for you, herbs also evoke pleasant
associations of memory.
Book of Shadows
A Book of Shadows is a blank book where witches write
down information useful to their craft. It is considered a
sacred tool, which means it is an item of power that should
be consecrated with all of your other magical tools. Copy
spells and rituals into your Book of Shadows by hand – this
will not only transfer energy but will also help you
memorise the content.
Typically a Book of Shadows will be used to store
information on Spells, Rituals, Magical Correspondences,
Gods and Goddesses, Festivals, Recipes, Charts, Sketches,
Recordings of Magical Workings etc.
1. If you find a rite, spell or piece of information
somewhere else, be sure to note down the source. It will
help you keep organized, and you’ll start to recognize
patterns in authors’ works.
2. Add a section that includes books you’ve read, as well as
what you thought of them. This way, when you get a chance to
share information with others, you’ll remember what you’ve
It is important to keep your magical tools in good
condition. Boxes offer physical protection from damage, and
keep your items clean. By respecting your magical items you
will have greater affinity with them, and their powers will
be more in harmony with your own. On a metaphysical level,
boxes prevent negative energies from affecting your tools.
Boxes can also be used as an integral part of any magical
working. In general, a spell box is filled with power items
necessary to achieve a goal, although you should follow
directions given for specific spells. It may be a cumulative
spell done in increments: items are gathered one by one and
added to enhance the power oft he box. Sometimes a special
box lends itself to a magical or spiritual goal. The box
itself can become an intrinsic part of the spell. Some ideas
for use include: Attach and incorporate the power items to
the box itself, such as charms, beads, shells and feathers;
Paint images on the outside or inside of the box to
correspond with the spells goals; Embellish with sigils or
other symbols using magic ink, henna or other natural dyes.
The besom’s components are of both masculine and feminine
orientation. The handle, a stave, is masculine in nature
while the bristles are feminine. The besom is an important
part of hand-fasting ceremonies in some traditions. The
couple jumps over the besom during the ceremony as a
Uses include: symbolic and physical cleansing, sweeping
away negative vibrations, expelling evil spirits, defining
boundaries and purification. Brooms should always be looked
after to keep from losing good fortune. It is traditional to
keep a broom either by or above the front door, to protect
hearth and home from negative energy The broom is sacred to
the Goddess Hecate, it’s element is Water.
Candle Magic has been around for many, many years, being
traced as far back as the Palaeolithic era. It is a very
powerful form of sympathetic magic.
There are many factors that play into the art of candle
magic. Keep in mind that some candle magic has to be
repeated over a period of days. Therefore, you will want to
place them in an area that will not be disturbed. Do not
choose a place where there is a tv, radio noise or
disturbances of any kind. Keep in mind to not put candles
near curtains and such, as you would not want to burn your
house down. Candle magic should always be performed in a low
Any type of candle can be used for candle magic as long
as it has been cleansed and consecrated prior to use.
Cleansing removes any negative energies that the candle has
picked up along the way. As with all supplies you want your
candles to be as free of psychic debris as possible.
The candles you use for any type of magical use should be
unused. Under no circumstances use a candle which has
already adorned a dinner table or been used as a bedroom
candle or night-light. Vibrations picked up by second-hand
materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate
Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it has
to be oiled or ‘dressed’ before burning. The purpose of
dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between
it and the magician through a primal sensory experience. By
physically touching the candle during the dressing
procedure, you are charging it with your own personal
vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magical
act into the wax.
The cauldron or pot symbolizes cyclical time and the
lunar calendar, it is the repository of inspiration and
In contemporary Witchcraft, the cauldron is an important
magical tool that symbolically combines the influences of
the ancient elements of air, fire, water, and earth. Its
shape is representative of Mother Nature, and the three legs
upon which it stands correspond to the three aspects of the
Triple Goddess, the three lunar phases (waxing, full, and
waning), and to three as a magical number. Additionally, the
cauldron is a symbol of transformation (both physical and
spiritual), enlightenment, wisdom, the womb of the Mother
Goddess, and rebirth.
Since early times, cauldrons have been used not only for
boiling water and cooking food, but for heating up magical
brews, poisons, and healing potions. They have also been
utilized by alchemists and by Witches as tools of
divination, containers for sacred fires and incense, and
holy vessels for offerings to the gods of old.
The Element of Water is represented through the use of
the Chalice, which is a ceremonial drinking vessel. The
Chalice is used to take drinks during rituals and at the
culmination of ritual work. In some paths it is also used to
toast the Gods.
This tool also represents the universal feminine or the
womb, especially when combined with the Athamé during the
symbolic Great Rite. However, in Asatru the chalice is used
as a drinking horn for holding sacred mead.
Chalices are used for:
* Mixing salt and water
* Mixing potions
* Invoking the power of the Moon
* Conjuring emotions
* Presenting offerings and pouring libations
* Drinking ritual wine
* Create bonds between coven members
* Proposing toasts
Crafting Personal Shrines by Carol Owen
Witch’s Guide to
Kitchen Witches Guide to Magickal Tools by
Spell for Lesson 2
You will need:
– Bowl of Water
– White Candle
– Your Bell
Sit at your working space with your bell in front of you.
Make yourself comfortable, and take a few deep breaths to
relax and focus yourself.
Sprinkle salt around the bell and say:
“Element of Earth, cleanse and purify this tool, keep its
tone healthy and strong”
Next pass the bell through the incense smoke and say:
“Element of Air, cleanse and purify this tool, may its
clarity be heard throughout the ether.”
Pass the bell over the candle flame and say:
“Element of Fire, cleanse and purify this tool, may it bring
bright energies and drive out the dark.”
Sprinkle water on the bell and say:
“Element of Water, cleanse and purify this tool, that it may
aid me in my tasks and keep me focused.”
Place your hands either side of the bell and visualise light
energy coming out of your palms and passing into the bell,
“I consecrate this bell in love and in trust,
In peace and in wisdom,
I bless this tool of my craft,
So mote it be.”
Thank You soooo much. I have been looking for a bell
blessing to no avail! This was exactly what I was needing!
It was a gift to have found it!!
The Tools of Witchcraft, Part 2
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