To me tools can be everything, really. My collection of what I consider tools is in a constant state of flux, things come, things go.
Among the constants are the things that have a personal connection with my ancestors, such as a silver spoon once owned by my grandfather (neat detail, it has his initials engraved in it), a leather pouch containing earth from my mother's grave, a colander that once belonged to my grandmother, etc.
Then there are items I either bought, found, or received as a gift. What I use at any given time is up to the vibe of the moment, and the significance of the turn of events leading up to the moment of performing a ritual act. I don't have any special altar, not in my home, nor in my garden or any place else outside. I consider my home to BE my altar, it is crammed with things that are of special significance to me, and when working indoors, the actual place to do it is determined because I feel that place is appropriate. Could be any table, the kitchen work top, a window-sill, somewhere on the floor, etc. I use candles a lot, and every candle holder I use has a story, whether they are ordinary things or antiques or great finds from a thrift shop or flea market. Among my favourite tools are my drinking horn, some vases, a walking stick, a fossil, some pieces of amber, a silver cup, bowls and serving trays, lamps, statues, brass table bells, etc.
When outside, I go to a place in my direct surroundings, a place I have a connection with, then that is my altar, or rather working area. I'm a city guy, and currently a bridge two blocks from my home is my favourite working area, it is of specific significance to me for many reasons. First, I have to cross it to reach the home of the woman I love, the water it bridges is the boundary to cross to get to her. Second, the area is inhabited by a flock of geese I feed on a daily basis. I love those birds and feel a deep connection with them, while they in their turn probably see me primarily as a source of food LOL. Feeding the local birds is a tool to me, a habit to enjoy and bond with the land I inhabit. Third, the bridge and its surroundings are like the green lung of my neighbourhood, lots of trees, and although the water is a manmade canal it has over the years it existed grown into a powerful spirit. I don't need lonely quiet places to get things done, this is where I live so here I do my things, even in broad daylight with lots of locals passing by, they haven't got a clue as to what I'm doing so nobody's going to notice anything freaky LOL.
I don't own any wands, a stang, ritual knife, etc. I prefer to use the things I feel a mutual connection with, objects I stumble onto or that seem to simply present themselves. And if finding myself without my trusted and beloved tools, there are always the tools that are suddenly just there when the need arises.
Guess my laptop, MP3 player and stereo are among my tools as well, I tend to use music a lot, to create an atmosphere, or to attach a certain vibe to certain objects, or to "dance" to specific music that I consider essential to the chain of events that culminate into the ultimate ritual working.
Edited by Horne, 30 October 2014 - 04:57 PM.