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Making and Using a Feather Quill Pen for Rituals, Spells and Prayers

Updated on December 10, 2010

The word pen in Latin comes from the word “Penna” which means feather. Quill pens have been around for hundreds of years and were basically the only way to write until the invention of the ball point pen. Although the ball point pen made the writing process easy for everyone, the tradition of making your own quill pen has been largely abandoned.

Many metaphysical, occult and spiritual followers who perform spells, rituals and/or prayers still prefer to use traditional feather quills to write out these thoughts and prayers. This helps to give you a better atmosphere as well as makes your spells and/or rituals more authentic when combined with parchment paper, inks and talismans.

The best type of feather to use for this purpose are goose and/or turkey quills. Making your own feather quill pen puts your own vibrations, thoughts and energy on the pen and although it might sound like a difficult task, it is very easy to make your pen.

So now you are ready to purchase your feathers. The feathers need to have a wide shaft which will hold more ink. Here are instructions on how to make your own unique and traditional feather pen.

1) The first step is to “temper” your feathers. You will need to heat sand in the oven. You can use a baking pan or bowl and put sand in it. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and once at the right temperature, place the baking pan/bowl in the oven and leave there for fifteen minutes.

2) After 15 minutes remove the pan/bowl and gently slide the feathers quill in hot sand and allow cooling. This process strengthens the barrel of the feather and makes it more flexible and less brittle. After it has slowly cooled the nib can be constructed.

3) Using an exacto blade or sharp knife, cut diagonally at the end of the pen in motion. Shave down the tip of the pen, but cut the pen gently so as not to ruin the pen and the hollow inside the pen.

4) Make small slits on both sides of the pen. The nib is shaped by cutting away the corners on either side of the slit. This will help in absorbing more ink when the tip is dipped in ink. Your pen is now ready for use. When your pen becomes worn or breaks, it can be re sharpened multiple times just using the above instructions again.


Color Meanings for Feathers:

Red: Love, passion, fertility, strength, courage, will power; increases magnetism in rituals.

White: A balance of all colors; spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking;

Green: Money promotes prosperity, fertility, success; stimulates rituals for good luck, harmony, and rejuvenation.

Black: Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use in rituals to induce confusion and negativity to your enemies.

Yellow: Activity, Creativity, unity; brings power of concentration and imagination to a ritual; use in rituals where you wish to gain another’s confidence or persuade someone.

Pink: Promotes romance, friendship; standard color for rituals to draw affections; a color of femininity, honor, service, brings friendly, lively conversation to the dinner table.

Purple: Power, success, idealism, psychic manifestations; ideals for rituals to secure ambitions, independence, financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual other world.

Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality; color or loyalty; or whenever an influence needs to be increased.


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