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Tools of the Craft



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Depending on the system the Initiate follows, he also uses some tools, which differ from system to system. But some are common to all and we list them here:



The Initiate


What an important tool! The only tool the practitioner needs is himself. It is his Wills, his powers and his knowledge that create Magic and nothing else. Magic is within us, not outside of us.

Many initiates use absolutely no tools and rely solely on their own actions. Even the most demanding tasks need nothing more than the self-concentration of the initiate. All other items provide absolutely no power other than the owner's power.

YOU are the Power, not your tools.





The Book of Shadows – Grimoire


Each practitioner owns a book in which he records his progress, his dreams, his experiences, a personal collection of incantations, spells, rituals, and other secrets of the Art.

This Book is strictly personal. Traditionally, it is consecrated and "bound" with a curse on anyone who opens it without the owner's approval. However, since such a binding may create unwanted problems (eg a loved one accidentally opening it), many prefer to simply 'tie' it with a charm that prevents curiosity from opening it and/or forces the would-be thief to return it to the owner (that is, to create remorse for the act and a need to make amends). This Book can - if he wants - be given by the owner to his children or to whoever he deems worthy to receive it, after his death.

Besides the personal Books, there are also the Brotherhood Books, which are used in the various occult and mystical groups. These are handed down to each High Priest/High Priestess, from generation to generation, completed (if necessary) by each generation of High Priests and read by all members of the Brotherhood.



The Pentacle


In all sanctuaries there is a Pentacle, engraved on metal, ceramic, glass, wood or directly on the sanctum. Its size varies: from a small object placed on the shrine, to a figure large enough on the floor to enclose the shrine in its center. It is placed so that the point of the Spirit 'points' to the East.





The Staff


Traditionally, it is created from a branch of a tree, usually an oak, carved with symbols and its height reaches the shoulder of the practitioner or the High Priestess of the Brotherhood.

It is used exclusively to carve into the ground the magic circle and other symbols that surround it. In addition, in some systems it is then used as a flagpole with symbols for some rituals and placed in the center of the magic circle that has been created.




The Cauldron


One of the most common tools of the Art and perhaps the... "trademark" of Magic. Traditionally, the cauldron has 3 legs and symbolizes the cycle of Birth-Death-Rebirth.

It is mainly used to prepare potions or is filled with water and used like the Magic Mirror for Divination (see also related article "The Mirror" for more). Also, many spells require a cauldron to contribute in some way.

It is associated with the Feminine West or the Masculine North (depending on the system) and represents the element of Water.



The Dagger – Athame


The dagger is a very personal item that is never shared with others. Acquiring and preparing it takes time, as the practitioner will have to choose it very carefully to suit him or make it himself. It is often inscribed with runes and other symbols representing the wielder, the wielder's magical name and also often the personal magical name of the dagger itself given by the wielder.

Traditionally, the dagger does not exceed 25-30 cm, its blade is double-edged from black steel and the handle is wooden or wrapped in leather. But we often see daggers made of different metals and with different handles. What matters is that it satisfies the owner aesthetically and practically. Plastic, however, is considered a 'forbidden' material.

It is used for innumerable tasks, but its primary utility is to focus and direct the practitioner's power.

It is related to the South, the Masculine side and represents the element of Fire.



The Wand


The Wand is also a very personal tool that requires care in its selection and preparation. The traditional Rod is made from a barren Willow branch and is as long as the length from the Initiate's middle finger to his elbow. But we often see Rods made of other materials as well as various sizes. A crystal is tied with leather on one end and the owner's magical name is engraved on the other. It is also decorated with symbols or other designs that represent its owner.


For more information on the types of wands and wand-wood see;

Wandlore


Many use the Wand as well as the Dagger and often replace the Dagger completely with the Wand.

The Wand is associated with the Masculine East and represents the element of Air.




The Sword


The utility of the sword is the same as that of the dagger, except that its size makes it unwieldy. Nevertheless, it is used a lot, mainly by practitioners of Ritual Magic and is - among other things - a symbol of power and rank.

Usually in Brotherhoods the only one who owns a Sword is the High Priest/High Priestess, who receives it from his predecessor.




Incense and Censer


A small tray/vessel is used for the charcoal that will burn the incense. This tashi is usually made of copper or ceramic. It is very small in size and many prefer to make it in the shape of a cauldron. It is engraved with the symbols of the elements of Air -represented by Incense- and Fire -represented by the charcoal-. For practical reasons (not to burn the metal), some sand is also added inside, where the charcoal is placed on it.


Frankincense is essential in all rituals, even if it is the only tool. It sanctifies the place where the ritual is performed, all the other tools and also the Initiate himself. It is also an aid to the disposition of the Initiate, depending on the aromatics added to it.




The Cloak


The Cloak, like all other specially prepared clothing for rituals, is completely optional. There are many who prefer the tradition that wants the practitioner to be naked of clothes as well as of jewelry. Still others pay absolutely no attention to clothing and have nothing specific that they wear in their rituals.

But when a Cloak is used, then it is made to represent the Initiate's system.

For example, Druids use the traditional plain white Cloak. The Pantheists the ancient Greek Chitons, the Rosicrucians the traditional black Cloak of the Monks with the hood and the rope belt, etc. Often the Cloaks bear embroidered symbols of either their Deities or their system or their Brotherhood, or their degrees, or all these together.

What is certain, however, is that the clothing should be made in such a way that it does not create a problem for the Initiate. That is, not to get hot or cold and to have absolute freedom of movement.

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