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Wiccan Altar tools

Updated on April 8, 2015

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Wiccan Altar tools

Wiccans and there tools. Although not all wiccans practice witchcraft ( the practice of magical works), we all still need the use of tools in any ritual. Ceremonies would be quite plain and a lot lest fun if it wasn't for any of these tools. Although you can make do without some of these tools and some of us beginners have. Once you have done a few rituals with these tools you wonder how you ever have managed to do without. I know ceremonies are not about the objects or the fanfare, but it just seems to me that a well decorated, and setup altar just gives you that little bit more feeling. You can't blame us, we are only human after all. Altar tools and there representation and function are what makes ritual and spell work seem more focused and targeted.

Wiccan Altar Tools Page Summary:

  • Wiccan altar tools
  • Wiccan altar tools: The Athame
  • Wiccan altar tools: Candles
  • Wiccan altar tools: The Chalice
  • Wiccan altar tools: The Bell
  • Wiccan altar tools: The Pentacle
  • Wiccan altar tools: Gemstones or Crystals
  • Wiccan altar tools: The Wand
  • Wiccan altar tools: the Broom or Bosom
  • Wiccan altar tools: The Cauldron

Wiccan altar tools

These are but a some of the tools that are used in every witchcraft. Some items that may not be considered tools, or are not regularly included, but will be mention here these include:

Book of shadows, censer, and representations of deity.

Wiccan altar tools: The Athame

Athames or ceremonial daggers are typically uses in rituals and spells. There are many uses for these including casting circles, cutting and directing energy such as a casting circle. Athames although commonly made of metal, can also be made of stone, crystal, or wood. Athames are traditionally associates with symbol of fire, an are one the four treasures corresponding in Celtic Myth.


There is much debate on how an athame should look and of what material it should be. Many think that athames should not be made of metal, opting for a more originally type made such as wood or stone. Whatever you view on this subject I think well all agree that the function of the athame remains the same no matter what material it is made of. Athames serve the very useful purpose of casting circles and directing energy.

Wiccan altar tools: Candles

Candles probably the most versatile, and most used tool in a Wiccans arsenal. Candles have many uses anywhere from spells, to rituals, to representation of the four corners, and also representation of our appropriate Deities. From tea lights, to shaped candles, to seven day candles they have been used in one from or another. Candles and their many colors, and forms have as many uses as we have spells for them. The only thing limiting you from the use of candles is your imagination. Candles whatever the color size or shapes have found a foothold in all wiccan spells and rituals.



Candle Magic

Wiccan altar tools: The Chalice

The Chalice is essentially a cup meant to hold various liquids during ceremonies. Chalices hold any type of liquid ranging from water, to apple juice, to wine. It is also serves as a representation of the womb of your goddess. It symbol element is associate with water. Not all chalices have to be made of gold or silver. Most wiccans have chalices in accordance to the type of material best suited by their goddess. For example if your goddess color are pink or violet, it would be most appropriate to have a goblet reflecting that color in honor of your goddess.Chalices hold your favorite liquid for your rituals.Most wiccans like to have the chalice reflect in some way the attribute of their goddess.


Special note: Brass or pweter chalices unless lined with silver can cause a dangerous poisonous reaction with wine.


The Chalice

Wiccan altar tools: The Bell

The Bell serves many function in any ritual. Its primary use, however is to dispels negative energy. During ritual when you feel the energy is getting out of hand,or at the end of the ritual to clear all residue energy. The bell has found its way as a useful tool in many religions. From Christianity to paganism, the bells more common use is to call for the attention the your god and goddesses. The bell acts has not only a way to clear negative energy but also to dissipate it.

Wiccan altar tools: The Pentacle

The pentacle has had many different symbolism in most of the modern religions. For Wiccans, However the pentacle is used has a symbol of power and protection in all magical works. The pentacle portrays the four magical elements fire, air, water, and earth, all under spirit. The pentacle is usually put in the center of the altar during ceremonies and rituals. The pentacle has found it way into movies and news, and is often showcased in a negative ways. The pentacle although not always seen as a positive symbol, is considered a staple tool for pagan in all magical acts.


Crystals

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Wiccan altar tools: Gemstones or Crystals

Gemstones and crystals are known for their vast array of properties and attributes. Pagans and witches alike use gemstone and crystals for their ability to hold and channel energies during rituals.

The various specific abilities of gemstones and crystals allow pagans to cast focused, targeted spells that may not have worked without their own unique qualities . Such spells like healing and love spells have a greater chance of success given you know what gemstone or crystal to use. Some example like citrine or rose quartz are commonly used in magical work. Gemstones and crystals are a witches best friend when casting very sensitive and precise spells.

Wiccan altar tools: The Wand

The wand much like the athame is used for casting and releasing the energies of the casting circle. The traditional types of wands are made from ash, oak, or willow depending on the magical qualities you need for your chosen magical work. The propper length of a wand, as a rule should be between finger tip to elbow.


Most wiccans will make their wands from parts of a live tree. It is recommended that you ask permission before you take parts for your wand from a live tree. Some of us prefer to take parts for a wand from a fallen tree, therefore not harming the special bond between us and mother nature. Wands can be made from different types of wood depending on your intention of magical work. Wand can be taken from fallen or live trees, although many wiccans tend to frown upon taking from a live source to make tools.

The Wand

Besom

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Wiccan altar tools: the Broom or Bosom

The broom or bosom represent symbol element of air. The bosom traditional was made of ash for the shaft, birch twigs for the bristles, and willow to connect both together. Nowadays the bosom can be made up of different types of wood depending on there individual properties, and your intent. The broom is a ritual tools that represents both the god and the goddess. The general purpose of a bosom is to clear all negative energy, and to purify your magical space before any magical works. The bosom symbol of air, said to be a male and female ritual tool used to clear and purify before all magical works.

Wiccan altar tools: The Cauldron

The cauldron is the rituals tool most associated with witches and witchcraft. You think of a witch today and chances are that you visualize a cauldron in the picture as well. The cauldron is a representation of the goddess, femininity, or more accurately the womb. The cauldron is most commonly used by wiccans in ritual to hold candles. Other uses for the cauldron are making portion or brews, and water scrying. Said to be the symbol of water, although it can incorporate all of the elements Air, water, fire, and earth in ritual use. The cauldron is also one of the four treasures of the tuatha dé danann associated the in Celtic myths. The cauldron is the many faceted ritual tool associated with all wiccans and pagans.

The Cauldron

The use of Wiccan Altar tools varies from person to person. Each one of us will have different altar and setup, depending on a lot of different factors: personal tastes, type of path we follow, and budgetary means. I dare say that, much like a snowflake no two altar will be alike. Once again there are no wrong ways of displaying your altar it all comes down to you and what you feel is adequate for that particular need.


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      Patricia Francis-Wilson 22 months ago from North West Untied Kingdom

      I have most of the tools they have not yet been properly consecrated - essentially I wish to do no harm but to exercise my right to protecting myself and friends from the "wish to hurt" of others - and to help anyone where my help is sought - waited many years but now am free to pursue my chosen path - I hope I may visit often

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      Marianne Blinn 2 years ago

      This is awesome and very helpful indeed thank you for your insight for beginners I greatly appreciate it indeed blessed be !

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      I know the cauldron is not traditionally Wiccan, but I must admit I've gotten very attached to having it at the altar for my solitary rituals. It's most convenient, especially for me because I'm forever burning things (papers, herbs, etc.).

      In my trad we never used a bell though. Sometimes we use musical instruments for chanting or power-raising, but I have not tried a bell for negative energy. Interesting idea. Great hub.