Tools of Witchcraft: A Comprehensive Glossary – WitchCraft 101

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When you perform the rituals and casting spells, you will likely incorporate a variety of tools. This article is dedicated to describing commonly used tools of witchcraft. Let keep in mind that this is not a list of tools you HAVE to use in your practice, rather a list of tools you might WANT to use.

1. The Cauldron

The real witch’s cauldron doesn’t make concoctions of bizarre animal parts into potions for absorbing souls or dramatic appearance changes like they do in the movies. The use of the Cauldron is generally for burning things for ritual or spellwork – herbs, incense, bits of paper… that sort of thing. Some witches extremely like to cook things in cauldrons too or make non-poisonous potions that are for consumption, bath rituals, or sprinkling around the home.

2. The Altar

The altar is vital for any witch, pagan, or Wiccan. It’s your sacred space, where you interact with your guides and perform your spells. It is the focus of your personal power. For a witch, not having an altar is the same as not having a home.

3. The Broom 

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Many witches use a broom as a magickal tool, but not for flying. Mainly, the broom’s use is for cleaning, but not exactly how a normal broom is. Yes, you could clear dust and dirt with a witch broom, I suppose, but normally you would only use them to “sweep out” stagnant or negative energies before spellwork or ritual.

4. The Athame

An Athame is traditionally your ceremonial knife, which is used in performing spells, such as indicating the directions and cutting a way out of a circle safely. It is not intended for use as a kitchen knife such as for cutting herbs and other practical uses, however, this depends on your preferences. 

Many witches prefer the athame to be made from pure metal and have a black handle and some believe that it gains more power as it is passed on from one witch to another. 

5. The Boline

Unlike the athame, the Boline is a knife that is intended for cutting plants, herbs and other objects for use in magical workings. It is a practical magical tool, but even so, many witches cleanse and program their Boline for its magical purpose. Often, the Boline has a curved blade and a white handle.

6. The Wand

Actually, the wand is kind of the same as it is in the stories. The idea is, anyway. It doesn’t spark out in colors or make things move around the room as it does on TV or movies or anything. It’s normally an organic material like wood. 

This organic material helps guide and sort of funnel the witch’s energy through the wand. This helps to focus their power more precisely where they want it to direct in their practice. It’s like creating a beam of sunlight through a magnifying glass.

7. The Pentacle

Many witches will have a pentacle on their altar or among their tools during their magickal workings. Sometimes it is engraved or painted onto a disc or item. It also could be painted on the actual altar or drawn on the floor. This five-pointed star enclosed in a circle is not an evil, demon-summoning symbol many stories make it out to be. 

The symbol has many variations of meanings. The common use is a symbol of protection. It is also a symbol for unity with the elements, represented by each point of the star: earth, air, fire, water, spirit.

8. The Blade

Blades are important tools in ritual magick. The blade stands for the masculine energy, movement, and the act of cutting something (metaphorically). Just like the Swords which are in the tarot suit, blades are associated with the element of air.

9. The Books of Shadows or Grimoire

The book of shadows was a document containing religious texts, rituals, and spells from a specific Wiccan tradition. Nowadays, a lot of witches also use it as a journal of their magickal and ritual practices. Magical journal is a great tool for all witches. 

The simple affirmations written on paper can be very powerful. Add a sigil or a rune and believe me, you will attain results. But more on that in another post.

 

Stay tuned with us to explore more incredible Witchcraft things!

4 comments

  • Posted on by VALERIE SARGINSON

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  • Posted on by Elizabeth Devlin

    I have trying to learn for awhile now but sometimes have a hard time staying focused. This blog was very interesting and kept my full attention. Looking forward to more.

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  • Posted on by Sherry

    I am somewhat new to wiccan. Thank you for all the information. I am learning so much from your posts.

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