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    What ritual tools do you use?

    And why? What role do they have for your path?
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    I like using tools in that they store and amplify energy for a quick power boost and help me reach a state of mind quicker than when I don't use them. My athame is probably my most used tool, though I have about three that I tend to switch between. My runes are probably my most used divination tool, though I have a deck of tarot cards that are almost tied in use. I have a set of stones that I use as representation for calling the watch towers and a pentacle necklace that also sees a fair amount of use (I actually got it back when I was a teenager from a silver ranven wolf starter witch kit thing ).


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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    Tons and tons of candles. Candles can represent the length of the spell to take effect, or I use them to "call" a specific entity (get their attention, really).

    I have a specific knife I use for cutting spiritual-related things. It feels "cleaner" to ones one dedicated to that purpose.
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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    I used to use my knife a lot more than I do now, for safety during spiritual travel. Along with essential oils and diffusers for that extra "push" for a more conducive mental and emotional state.

    Lately, I regularly and ritually wear specific pieces of jewelry that serve various purposes (grounding, mindfulness, sensitivity, etc...) that serve a quick and physical link to my most-used purposes.

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    I just remembered: I also have prayer beads. I don't actually do prayers with them, or pray a rosary or anything like that, but having them in my hands to distract my body, and because they're dedicated to a specific entity, they help me focus.
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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    Herbs, herbs and herbs. lol. I have a broom and athame. I also use tarot and a black mirror for divination. I hold a deer skull when meditating on my ancestors. The herbs are for lotions, potions, and teas. I also smoke cleanse all the time. My broom is for magic cleaning and my athame is for all magical cutting. The deer skill is to help link me to my dead. I have altars but I am not sure they would count as a tool. Most of it is more for my craft then my religion.

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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    On the rare occasion that I use any material props then I have a 6+ foot piece of driftwood that I found years ago which is roughly the right size and shape for a staff, certain pendants and occasionally a piece of

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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    I use just two ritual tools these days.

    One is a large double handled wrought iron wok that I use to cook with when doing kitchen witchery, but that also doubles as a cauldron during rituals. Typically it will contain water that is mixed with water from the Pow Burn and have a single candle in the centre. This is significant because of the connection of Brigantia with both the sacred flame and holy waters, while also connecting to the importance of both the Pow Burn herself, and the 'inner flame' in my practice. There is also the added safety of standing or floating the candle in water. I can sit by it in meditation on the floor and not have to worry about Dolly setting fire to her whiskers!

    On occasion I will use the wok for other things, or to hold decorative items on the sabbats.

    The other tool is an earthenware chalice. The chalice was originally one of a pair. The other belonged to my coven (I have no idea who kept it after the coven disbanded). There are two rituals that are central to my regular practice. The first is what I call the inner flame meditation which I mention in my recent blog entry about the cauldrons of poesy, and the other is an adaptation of a ritual by Francesca De Grandis called 'the Mother's Milk'. In the original Mother's Milk you use actual milk, but because of the importance of water in my path, I use water. I frequently do this ritual while at work in which case I use a generic mug, but when at home, there's just something nice about doing it with my special earthenware chalice!

    Of course, the chalice also holds wine for sabbat rituals, and because I drain the cup during the Mother's Milk ritual, I can even follow that ritual with a splash of wine!

    Besides these I also use candles, incense and stones as additional props in spells or rituals. I still have my wand and athame and often display them on the altar in the study. I may no longer use them but I'd couldn't part with them.
    夕方に急なにわか雨は「夕立」と呼ばれるなら、なぜ朝ににわか雨は「朝立ち」と呼ばれないの? ^^If a sudden rain shower in the evening is referred to as an 'evening stand', then why isn't a shower in the morning called 'morning stand'?

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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jembru View Post
    The first is what I call the inner flame meditation which I mention in my recent blog entry about the cauldrons of poesy, and the other is an adaptation of a ritual by Francesca De Grandis called 'the Mother's Milk'. In the original Mother's Milk you use actual milk, but because of the importance of water in my path, I use water. I frequently do this ritual while at work in which case I use a generic mug, but when at home, there's just something nice about doing it with my special earthenware chalice!

    Of course, the chalice also holds wine for sabbat rituals, and because I drain the cup during the Mother's Milk ritual, I can even follow that ritual with a splash of wine!
    Jem, I know you've talked about this before, but have you detailed the whole thing anywhere? If not, can you do a blog post on it when you have the time?
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
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    Re: What ritual tools do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    Jem, I know you've talked about this before, but have you detailed the whole thing anywhere? If not, can you do a blog post on it when you have the time?
    I have an unfinished blog that was meant to be the last in my series and explains how everything ties together in my regular practice. It got stupidly long though and I never got around to cutting it down to under 1000 words, or splitting it into two. If I do post it though, the Mother's Milk is mentioned, although I don't describe how to do the ritual.

    I was thinking about adding this ritual to the Big Thread of Liturgy and Devotionals though. I think it would be nice if we could all add our core rituals to that thread.
    夕方に急なにわか雨は「夕立」と呼ばれるなら、なぜ朝ににわか雨は「朝立ち」と呼ばれないの? ^^If a sudden rain shower in the evening is referred to as an 'evening stand', then why isn't a shower in the morning called 'morning stand'?

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