Rosewicket Wicca Coven

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Tools and Supplies 

A wide variety of tools and supplies are used for rituals and general day to day life as a Wiccan. Some, like the athame, are more specialised, others like candles are common household items. Here we discuss the various items often used. Information on Altars and Ritual Wear can be found on other pages, as can the properties of herbs and other items.

 

 Tools

 

  • Altar Cloth: Used to cover the table or space used as an Altar, can be plain or ornate, remain the same or be changed with the seasons. Often shawls, sarongs and scarves are used.
  • Athame: A ritual knife, traditionally double edged but dull and often with a black handle. Used to direct and cut energy, NOT for cutting or harming living creatures.
  • Bell: Used during ritual to clear the air, signify the end of ritual or draw the Goddess' attention. 
  • Boline: Traditionally a curved knife with a white handle, this is the working knife used for gathering herbs, carving candles and preparing food for ritual. Many use a kitchen knife to stand in for this.
  • Book of Shadows: The Wiccan's journal, used to chronicle studies, rituals, make notes and store rituals.
  • Broom (Besom): Made of natural materials, the broom is used to sweep away negative energies or hung over a doorway as protection.
  • Cauldron: Used to hold water, offerings or candles, burn herbs, a general all purpose tool. Represents the Goddess at her fertile time.
  • Chalice: Used to hold ritual libation (traditionally wine or apple juice).
  • Pentacle/Pentagram: Symbols for protection, representing all the elements and drawing positive energies. Often added in the form of a carving, pendant, ornament or drawn onto a plate.
  • Statues: To represent deities.
  • Sword: Rarely used but favoured by some, serves the purpose of the Athame.
  • Wand: A more feminine charged method of directing energies. Traditionally handmade by the owner.

 

 

Supplies

 While these are all commonly used they are often not considered to be tools and have use outside ritual, thus warranting their own section. 

 

  • Amulets: For symbolic or protective purposes.
  • Books: A vital source of information, a collection on a variety of spiritual topics is a common staple.
  • Bottles: Small glass bottles for spell work and witches bottles, larger for homemade products and storing herbs.
  • Bowls: For storing salt, holding offerings, the elements during ritual, (fireproof) for burning incense.
  • Candles: To give light, represent deity and elements and for general spell or ritual use.
  • Candle Holders: A must for safe practice! Can be simple glass or more decorative
  • Candle Snuffer: It is considered poor practice by many to blow out a flame with Air, thus a simple teaspoon or proper candle snuffer is used instead. 
  • Charcoal Disks: For burning incense. 
  • Crystals: A variety of crystals with different properties, or simply one to represent an element.
  • Decorations: Seasonal and personal decorations to dedicate the working space and add your touch to rituals.
  • Fabric: For making pouches, wrapping items and using during rites.
  • Feathers: To represent Air, use during smudging and add to rituals or dream catchers. Gathering your own naturally fallen is by far preferable.
  • Hag Stones: A stone with a natural, water carved hole through it, used for protection.
  • Herbs: Used both as incense and for their properties during rituals.
  • Incense: To clear, energies and fragrance the air.
  • Incense holder: A must to safely burn sticks, cones or pure incense.
  • Ink Pen: Many Wiccans prefer to use more traditional pens to write down rituals and records.
  • Matches: Considered to be more natural than a lighter, used to light candles and bonfires.
  • Offerings: Made to the deities, elements or nature itself. Usually a libation of ritual drink or something natural like seeds, apples and nuts.
  • Paper: To write and burn, create scrolls and note down information.
  • Pictures: To represent self or deities, see decoration.
  • Plates: To work over, hold items and catch spills. Can be ceramic, wooden, metal, handmade or hand decorated.
  • Pouches: To hold spells, ritual items and tools or other supplies. 
  • Poppets: Representations of humans. 
  • Ribbons: To bind scrolls, candles and other items
  • Runes: A set of runes is used in divination or to add their meaning to works.
  • Salt: To cleanse, purify and represent Earth.
  • Sealing Wax: To seal scrolls and bottles.
  • Smudge sticks: To purify and cleanse. Usually made from sage. 
  • Tarot cards: For symbolism and divination.
  • Thread: To sew, bind shut scrolls or bottles.
  • Water: Pure spring water, free from human added containments like chlorine, is often used when water is called for in ritual. Strongest when charged under a full moon before use.