I have tools that have been with me for ages. I also think that tools are just... tools. I always think that passion is for the witch what structure is for the magician, so that I choose the tools according to the intent. However, there are a few things that I've worked with regularly, and work with these things is just so much more powerful and goes much more smoothly.
The things which I've been using for years are:
- Blades. Of every kind. One year ago I fell in love with this dagger at a flea market, and since then it has been appointed official ritual knife. To be honest, it is too big to cut anything besides herbs comfortably, but it is very pointy and sharp, and a bit rusty. I use it to cut big chunks of things, or to attack. Sometimes it just gives me some more authoriti. I have been using all sort of kitchen knives for all sort of things, but with time I have colelcted three prtable knives (opinel ones, if anyone wonders) that are really handy. I take them with me when I travel light, when I need to grave things, when I need to cut cords and other materials. I've also always had a jar with iron nails and needles, they're useful for all sort of things.
- There is a wand that I made myself and that I keep very dear. It is oak, and with time it has become full of engravings.
- Beeswax candles, red, 'neutral', or black are the only candles that I use if possible. For years I've been moving around, and unable to make beeswax candles (buying them is just too expensive), and was forced to work with paraffin candles. I hate them, I don't like the way they smell and I don't like the way they burn.
- Salt, oil and water are present in almost all my workings. They are the first things, together with candles, that I started using. With time, they have become the basic things that I bring at the ritual.
- Ink and paper.
Then there are a lot of other things that I use, many of which can be found in my kitchen or garage. I use bowls for containing and burning things of very different sizes. Cords, needles and strings of various colors.
Good idea to revive this topic