Tools and Chakras
Please don't feel that you need to go out and buy any of the following, they are purely a matter of personal taste.
In todays world, most pagans find that using special tools for the purpose of magick, helps them to focus their intent, maybe because there are so many distractions in our time!
Don't go out and buy a load of expensive regalia though, an old kitchen knife is just as good as an athame, and that casserole dish serves as a couldren. Make as many tools as you need, love and devotion counts for more even if they don't look as good as something maufactured.
One of my pet hates is folk who dress up in long robes and such at festivals. Our ancestors wore clothes like that because they were what was normal to wear then. By all means wear something specially put aside for when you are actually performing magick, such as a comfy track suit, or if in doors, a favourite dressing gown. But there is no need to dress up in silly clothes not appropriate to the times we live in, no wonder we get called weirdos, with people like that as our "representatives" always picked up by the media!
Consecrated and Anointed
The athane, traditionally a black handled knife which is of personal use to a witch.
The Pentacle, a five pointed star, surrounded by a circle is the most well known and used symbol in witchcraft. The single point always points upwards. The five points represent the five elements of Earth (North), Air (East), Fire (South), Water (West) and Ether (spirit). The circle represents the unbroken circle of life.
The couldron is traditionally a large cooking pot.
Instead of the Athane, a wand is often used to cast a circle. Traditionally a piece of fallen branch from a willow, oak or ash tree, approx. the length of a persons arm between the wrist and elbow. It should be given freely by the tree (not cut off) and collected on a Wednesday.
Contrary to popular belief, witches have never been able to fly around on a broomstck! If only we could! The broomstick was a pole of about three feet in length, used by women and children, who would stride the pole and jump in and out of the corn, calling upon the Sun God to fertilise the crop to ensure a good harvest. During the burning times of the Middle Ages, those still following the old ways had to disguise their poles, this was usually done by turning them into a household bessom(broom).
Crystals are great collectors of energy. Often crystals are used in healing spells, when given to the recipient, they can release their energy over a period of time and are useful in balancing the Chakras.
Divination tools, eg Runes, Tarot and Crystal Balls
These are all ancient divining tools, used for centuries as a guide to the future.
I must emphasise that they are a guide only. They all indicate what may happen if one stays on the path they are currently following, however we all have freedom of choice and can affect the outcome of our own destinies.
Probably the most popular tool for magick. The simplist form of candle spell, just lighting a candle and making a wish. Most people, wiccans and non wiccans alike do this every year on their birthdays.
In Eastern Philosophies, the body is made of seven energy points knowns as chakras. These consist of
The term chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for "spinning wheel". Chakras are energy centres situated between the base of the spine and the crown of the head. Each one has many different associations. Knowledge of the chakras can be found in ancient spiritual traditions all over the world.
The opening of the Chakras takes practise. I therefore recommend that anyone interested, buy a good book about using the body's own energy and see a good therapist who will be able to guide you as to how to use your full potential and balance your chakras
For more information about chakras and crystals see: rainbowarc