It cannot be emphasized enough that a witch's most
important tool is his/her mindthat is what summons
and directs magickal power. Physical tools are only
external aids which enable you to focus better.
Without focus, you can have all the tools in the world
and they will do you no good. You will undoubtedly
find however that using some of the above will make
your spells more effective because they increase your
concentration and help you to visualize. The spells
that work are the ones that have intense concentration
and emotion behind them.
- Tools of the Craft
- The Altar
- Book of Shadows
- The Cord
- Dip Pen and Inks
- Mortar and Pestle
- Parchment Paper
- White-handled knife
- Magick: What it is and how to do it
- Rules for Good Magick
- Inhale Cosmic Energy
- Magick: How To Do It
|The Altar: For spell-casting purposes, the altar is
the surface on which the spell is worked. It
symbolizes the centre of the self and the centre of
the universe. It is the focus and support for the
magickal energy you raise.
||Amulet: An item that, when worn, protects the wearer
Athame: The witch's magickal knife. The athame is a
highly personal tool of The Craft and represents the
witch's magickal identity and will. The athame is used
to draw the magick circle, making ritual objects and
projecting power. When an athame has been in use for
some time it becomes palpably charged with magickal
|Book of Shadows: The witch's journal of rituals,
prayers, meditations, charms and other bits of
magickal information. The BOS contains a complete
record of the witch's magickal workings. You should
regard and treat your Book of Shadows with esteem and
honour. When you are not using it, it is best to wrap
it in silk or velvet and keep it in a safe place.
Don't let anyone else have access to it. You can share
the spells in it by writing them out and passing them
on but don't let anyone else actually see or handle
your Book of Shadows because it is a repository for
your magickal energy.
||Bell: Sometimes used in rituals because of the
magickal properties of certain vibrations of sound.
Broom: Witches use brooms in magick and ritual. It is
a tool sacred to both The Goddess and The God. You may
begin a ritual by sweeping the area in which the
circle is to be cast clean and visualizing as you do
so all negative energy being swept outward and away.
The magickal broom should only be used for ritual
purposes. In other words, don't use it to do your
|Candles: Candles are used by almost
every religion on the planet. Symbols and sources of the element of Fire, long tapers can be substituted for wands in most rituals, while
votives and tea lights may be left on the altar, and figural candles (hands, hearts, etc.) are common in candle magick. In these rituals,
a candle of the appropriate colour
is anointed with a magickal oil
and burned as part of the spell. Large votives may also be hollowed out
at the base and packed with herbs
to increase the power.
candelabra, and refillable glass votives are all commonly used in magick. Candlesticks marked with the Moon and Sun are available
at most decorator stores (and can be used ritually for The Goddess and The God), and when practicing any spell requiring candles, a
votive glass may be affixed with the image
of an appropriate god,
(or god the saint is standing in for). These votives may often be bought premade at African and Hispanic shops, and even some grocery
stores, depending on your neighborhood.
|Cauldron: The quintessential witch's tool, the one
most people associate with a witch. The cauldron is
for mixing potions and symbolizes the Goddess and
||Censer: The censer is an incense burner. Burning
incense cleanses and purifies your sacred space.
|Chalice: One of the four elemental tools, the chalice
or cup represents the Element of Water in the Calling of the Quarters. It is placed on the West quadrant of
||The Cord: The cord is used for binding things and for
performing cord magick.
||Incense: One of the four elemental symbols, incense
represents the Element of Air in the Calling of the Quarters.
Carries your prayers to the Gods. It is
placed on the East quadrant of the altar.
Parchment Paper: Used for writing your desires on for
||Pentagram: The five pointed star with the single point
on top. It has been used in magick for hundreds of
years. The pentagram originates from ceremonial magick
where it was often used as an amulet for protection or
to invoke spirits. In witchcraft, the pentagram
represents the human figure and the four elements
fire, water, earth and air with the fifth element
spirit governing the rest. It is sometimes used to
summon The God and Goddess.
|Salt: One of the four elemental tools, salt represents
the Element of Earth in the Calling of the Quarters.
is placed at the South quadrant of the altar.
Sword: Sometimes used by witches in much the same way
as an athame or wand. It projects power and invokes
and compels spirits.
Wand: The wand is sometimes used, like the athame, to
project the magickal will of the witch. More commonly
it is used in ceremonial magick where it is viewed as
the physical embodiment of the magician's magickal
White-handled knife: The witch's knife used for common
purposes such as cutting herbs for rituals.
Magick is the ability to tap into the universal force
and bring its power to bear in order to create change.
- Examine your motives in casting the spell. Make sure
you are not trying to assert your will over another to
his detriment. Spells for revenge and control are bad
magick and will rebound on you. Remember the Wiccan
Rede? Whatever you put out, will be drawn back. So if
you put out bad energy, it will come back to haunt
you. Always endeavour to find positive ways to solve
your problem or attain your desire.
- Visualize your intent. In other words, what is it
that you are trying to achieve through the spell? Be
specific in both your intent and the wording you
choose when you perform the spell.
- Find the right spell or method. Don't choose a
spell that instructs you to, say, run naked across a
field with a honey-glazed walnut in your navel and
bells on your toes because if you feel foolish
performing a spell then your concentration will be
shot. And concentration is of paramount importance.
- Feel your power. Know that you own it. Focus it and
send it out to do your bidding and achieve your goal.
Inhaling cosmic energy is age-old. It involves
assuming the star position. The head should be tilted
slightly backwards...the back-tilted head aligns the
spine to the most effective position so that the power
can flow more freely.
now and assume the Star Position(legs should be a comfortable
distance apart, arms should be raised, palms outwards). Let the
power flow through you...you will feel the sensation gradually
build up. For some reason that we do not yet understand, when
you assume the Star Position and let the energy flow through you,
some energy stays with you. It is as though you were a pipe with
water flowing through it; the pipe remains damp even after the
flow has stopped. Make yourself into a great cosmic accumulator.
Visualize the flow of infinite cosmic energy rushing past you
as a blue-white light. Hear it as a wind in the treetops. Stand
in the Star Position. First the energy will flow in through your
hands and then into your head. Some of it will also enter through
the fontanelle, the place at the top of the skull where the infant
bones grow together in the months after birth. Feel the coolness
of the breeze. You are going to fill your body with cosmic energy.
You will feel your head come alive and glow and pulse with energy.
Let the head fill with energy. Then bring the power down through
the throat and heart into the abdomen. Visualize the energy flowing
down to the solar plexus; fell the momentary unsettled condition
of your stomach as you fill these lower areas. Imagine the infinite
power filling you as water would fill you. Finally bring it down
to your genitalia. As you fill this area, you will feel your physical
organs vibrate and tingle. Do not be uneasy; that very natural
feeling will be dispersed if you send the power to the target
you have chosen.
You are now full of cosmic energy. A clairvoyant would
see you glowing in the dark and a Kirlian photograph
of your hand would show the tremendous stream of
light/energy flowing from it. Russian experimenters
have even recorded the crackling noises of the
discharge as one of their well-known healers filled
himself with energy and sent that energy into the body
of his patient.
The single most important thing to do when performing
a magickal working is to focus your energy. Do it and
do it well!! Visualize your intention, visualize your
goal. Visualize the achievement of your goal. The more
clearly you visualize it, the better. Believe that you
will make it happen. See it happening. Now go! Use the
force of your will to make it happen.
In order to obtain the intense level of focus you must
have to perform a successful working, you must quiet
your mind before you begin. You know those random
thoughts that come into your mind unbidden? If they do
that while you are in the middle of a working they
will distract you and lessen the effectiveness of the
spell. Of you have a problem with focus, there is a
technique that you should perform before you begin
casting the spell. It should help you enter a
meditative state and calm that internal "chatter."
Many beginners think that they can just have the spell
open in front of them and read from it as though from a
recipe book. The spell just isn't going to be vital
and effective if you do it that way because magick
requires infinitely more concentration than baking a
cake! When you do a working, you should try to
memorize it beforehand.
- Sit down before your altar in a comfortable
- Take long, slow breaths. As you exhale, envision
the tension leaving your body carried by your breath.
- Light a candle. Gaze at it. Then make a statement,
either out loud or to yourself about what you see
(such as "I see the glow of the candle flame").
- Make a statement about what you hear. (You might say,
for example, "I hear the crickets chirping outside my
- Make a statement about what you can feel (such as
"I can feel the cool night breeze against the back of
- Allow your eyes to close and then describe what you
see in your mind.
Another point to remember is that most often, in order
to obtain optimum results, a spell must be performed
several or many times. In most cases, once just
doesn't do the trick nearly as well as when you repeat
it over and over again.
When you are a newcomer to The Craft, spells written
by others are a good place to start. Eventually as you
become more experienced and adept, you will modify
these for your own purposes. Eventually they will
evolve into something all your own and you will be
able to create you own workings.
One thing to remember is that magick seldom offers you
fulfillment on a silver platter but it will make
fulfillment possible. Once magick has opened the door
for you, it is up to you to walk through it!