Tools of the Craft

Lesson 2 – Tools of the Craft

Part One

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

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

several things:

Five Senses
Human Body
Love, Wisdom, Power, Knowledge and Law
Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit

In Tarot, the pentacle symbolises political action and

intrigue.

Bell

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

meditation techniques.

Athame

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.

Gender: Masculine
Direction: East
Element: Fire/Air
Uses: Mixing solutions and potions, charging and

consecrating amulets and talismans. Opening and closing

magic circles.
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

protection.

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.

Tips:
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

read.

Boxes

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.

Broom/Besom

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

fertility rite.

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.

Candles

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

traffic area.

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

their effectiveness.

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

The cauldron or pot symbolizes cyclical time and the

lunar calendar, it is the repository of inspiration and

magick.

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

Chalice

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

Recommended Reading

Altars

Made Easy
Crafting Personal Shrines by Carol Owen
Witch’s Guide to

Life
Kitchen Witches Guide to Magickal Tools by

Patricia Telesco

Spell for Lesson 2

Bell Blessing

You will need:

– Salt
– Rosemary

Incense
– 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,

say:

“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.”

Feedback

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!!

Next Lesson…

The Tools of Witchcraft, Part 2

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