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#141 Autumn Moon

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 04:10 PM

Oh yeah, I didn't mention that I used feces - once, ONLY ONCE, and no not mine or another's. It is a gross medium to work with.  A jerk was letting their dog do it's business on my property, and I couldn't time it to catch them in the act so I could make them pick it up, so I used the dog's feces as a link to the owner. It worked.


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#142 Solanaceae

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 01:13 AM

Sure Sol, I use it for reflective magic, and in place of using mirrors in protective mirror box magic. For a mirror box, I put two pieces of foil flush with each other with the shiny side in, put the poppet, taglocks, photo, etc. inside, tape it up and viola mirror box. At other times I line a cardboard box with it to create more of a sturdy box. 

 

 

 

 

 

Great idea. Cheaper and easier than actual mirrors. Thanks for the info!


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#143 Autumn Moon

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 01:28 AM

Thanks!


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#144 Lauvitra

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 04:08 PM

My physical tools are whatever happens to be laying about looking useful when I need something; knives and sticks, plates and bowls, sieves and combs and strings, stones, coins, bones, and so on. Anything goes, if it suits the situation. The "tools" I use the most, though, are my mind and my voice. Everything else I can do without just fine.


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Posted 19 December 2016 - 12:45 AM

I'm only new to this. But so far, I would say my tarot and oracle cards, recycled jars that I store dried herbs and weeds in, my incense and burners, and my brooms, mop and bucket. Also, my big stock pot.

I do need to replace my mop and bucket, as I need something faster and more efficient. I'm going to buy a bigger broom for the same reason.

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:52 PM

candles, the fire helps me focus. I make clay figurines, that also helps me focus energy into what I have made with my own hands. My house is full of stones, river water , sticks, feathers, and bones. I typically use my stang which I also use for a walking stick and have been used since my great grandparents days. I do use a cauldron mostly to burn things and boil. My animal skulls, especially anything with horns like my fave deer skull, stones and minerals for energy focusing. Blood. Anything from tobacco to sage since I am part native and I incorporate that into my spells. and herbs. Wolfsbane I grow myself as well as lily of the valley etc. I grow all my plants and then dry them out and give them to friends and fam for workings. Magical characters, I usually draw with sand or small pebbles if I am outside. I know most of you don't believe in deity work but my fam was a hekate devoted fam since old days and I grew up feeling very attached to her. Her symbols even before I knew what they were have been etched in everything I do. Keys, torches, dogs, snakes, any significant moon I can work very powerfully under, crossroads- the energy there and on full and new moons is powerful to me.


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#147 witchinplainsight

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:29 AM

Love this thread so much and so many great ideas. This is just a bump really but Michele I LOVED your little corn husk witch, she is just beautiful. I hope you still have her - I know this is an old thread - but even looking at her picture I just got this beautiful warm feeling :) Did you make her yourself? I really want one for our house now :)
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#148 witchinplainsight

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:34 AM

As for tools I use tarot cards, my pestle and mortar, shells, herbs, candles all the time. I have a necklace with an amulet I rarely take off. I like making my own incense. I have a beech branch I want to make a staff from and some wood from the beach I would like to make an altar from and maybe a knife. I have a special sewing kit I only use for poppet making.
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#149 bluelily

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:44 PM

I personally love tools. I have anxiety, and having actual items that I have "bonded" with helps me to hyper focus on them, and the workings that I am doing. Crystals, Herbs, Papers, Candles. Colors, Oils, and anything that may instinctively catch my eye at the moment. 


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Posted 03 September 2017 - 01:26 AM

Us mudang use a wide variety but some staples of mine are:

  • fan & bell rattle for divination and communication and prayer
  • god knives for exorcisms and purifications
  • colored flags for divination and purification
  • rice and coins for blessings, divination
  • jade for protection and good fortune

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Posted 06 March 2018 - 03:22 PM

Tools eh : Interesting,  maybe i should get some, i use the cards daily just for myself,  love the way they connect with me.

 

As far as anything else not really up to now although i remember a vivid dream i had about 4 years ago, a man came right up to me he had long dark hair and beard and was holding out to me an Athame it was laid in his hands horizontally he was right up close to me, i wasn't at the time considering getting an Athame though i thanked him anyway, i have often wondered who he was.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:43 PM

What tools do I use? Whatever it takes and is readily available to me.

Sticks and stones; blood and bones; bottles and bags; candles and rags; herbs and strings; natural things.

An item is a tool, when I say it is a tool.

Yesterday, I cast a prosperity spell with a plastic drinking straw, a paper cup and a permanent marker.

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this is pretty epic, I haven't imagined using plastic in any spell. its a bit inspiring. maybe not for me, well have to see, but it shows that magic is ageless and will always exist.

 

With the exception of the runes I made and the moonstone pendant my sister gave me, I have nothing that is specifically for magical use. I don't even have a mortar and pestle but I do need to get one and it will be used for magical and mundane reasons, but I find cooking quite magical anyway. I'd like to own a proper knife one day but it hasn't found me yet so I musn't be ready.

I need to get a mortar and pestle too. but I feel so selfish spending money on something like that. even though id use it for my family, it just feels like such an unnecessary expense. hopefully my herb garden will prosper this year and give me some real excuse to buy one. I want a nice one for longevity. I hate buying the same thing twice.

 

I use candles, herbs, incense, oils, pen and paper mostly. Other things i've used off the top of my head are salt, kitchen knife, playing cards, rock with my blood on it, and crushed up egg shells to name a few.

I also try to go by the moon cycle if possible.

 

I used to look at the night sky every night. what happened? I'm so cold now! maybe its just cause I'm older, maybe its climate changes fault, maybe I need to quit smoking... 

but tonight is a new moon and st paddys day. I think its an excellent time for a ritual. and perhaps to renew my relationship with the moon.

I wonder who does have a 'real grimoire' these days. I personally have files of papers in folders and boxes.

I would 'organize' my materials in one coherent only only if I were teaching - and even then, I do not know how much more useful than A4 sheets would a 'real' grimoire be.

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three ring binder, and two kind of cute five dollar leather bound "journals" tiny little things, I keep specific notes in. one is for herbs. anything herb. spells, potions, recipes, garden care notes... just herbs though. the other I haven't used yet, or even decided its niche. the three ring binder is a haphazard mess.

 

 

 

as for the tools I use:

anything I find outside, when needed some totem representative of the target, herbs, notes (mine, books, or online), the kitchen, the garden, fire, candles, music, time, reveling. I guess thats it so far in my practice.

 

I have full intentions of acquiring a crow skull or bottom jaw necklace, but I am torn between trying to find and craft my own or buying one. I've told my husband I want one for my birthday.


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#153 Holdasown

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:50 PM

I use tools and actually like making them. I have tarot, runes, candles, incense, black mirrors. I also use music and lyrics to enhance my spell work. Music does more for my energy and focus than other tools. I also use rail road spikes and rocks to set up wards. 

 

And also, why so many tools are "named" by the witch; having a name is a powerful thing. The blade is a good example of this, folklore and history have excellent examples of infamous swords with names such as Caledfwlch (Excalibur), Gungir (Odhin's Spear), The Spear of Destiny (Forged by Tubal Cain).

 

I did a ritual to name my athame. I also use it for cutting and keep it very sharp which most people don't. 


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#154 Zombee

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 02:37 PM

I use tools and actually like making them ... I also use it for cutting and keep it very sharp which most people don't.


Similarly, I've reached a point that I only want to use the tools I've bonded with by making or hand-decorating them, ie, wand/staff, pentacle & my purchased blade. I've always kept it sharp to use for cutting cords, bread or fruit offerings etc within ritual. I admit i like glitz n' sparkles in small amounts as accents. Compared to past arrays, I've downsized &'gotten down to business.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 02:21 AM

Candles. I've accidentally cast "small" things when lighting them under certain conditions (the scenario of 'if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's calling a duck'). So it just feels right to keep using them as a focus point now that I'm consciously learning and practicing the craft.

 

Drawing. When I take my stylus to my tablet screen with purpose, I just enter another state entirely. I've almost elbowed a manager at my job without thinking about it. He was going to mess with my screen good-naturedly and didn't realize how I get. I plan to use my skill for sigil work.

 

Tarot Cards. I have not purposely used them for divination before, but I don't shut my eyes if a future event or influence is referenced.

 

A Bowl. Just the one, it was previously one of my cereal bowls that suffered a spill. I repaired it with some crazy glue, but I'm not going to eat from it anymore, so I figure I could use it for saltwater mixtures.

 

PC Tablet. It houses my Grimoire/BoS. Also, my drawing.

 

White Noise Apps, for meditation. I like to use the MyNoise app on my phone in the background while I'm meditating, or else I have real trouble reigning my mind in.

 

That's about it. I don't feel the need to grab much else at the moment.


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 09:22 AM

You know I don't think I would have bought any magical items but a pestle and mortar was needed for making good incense. Then, because I use ivy and other poison plants, I got a kitchen one too for grinding salt and kitchen herbs without killing us all!

I did buy a tiny mini cauldron for burning incense on discs and a tin painters' pot with a long handle which is useful for steeping and brewing things like my boundary marker liquids. They have both been really useful.

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 12:50 PM

Oh yeah, I didn't mention that I used feces - once, ONLY ONCE, and no not mine or another's. It is a gross medium to work with.  A jerk was letting their dog do it's business on my property, and I couldn't time it to catch them in the act so I could make them pick it up, so I used the dog's feces as a link to the owner. It worked.

 

Gross as it sounds I love this.  ;)


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:44 PM

I love doing candle spells so of course I have every colored candle under the Sun. I do buy those at my local Magick supplier.
I have a Mother of Pearl shell that I use on my Altar as an offering bowl.
I like to make my wands, although I rarely use a wand. My latest wand creation is "Raven becoming Spirit" a driftwood wand.
I use feathers that I find and paint on them. I use them for smudging and because they are pretty. Fly tying shops sell nice feathers.
I do have a huge crystal collection and I use them as amplifiers and for healing and meditating with.
Flowers, good for the Soul.
I have an Athame, I don't use it, it is a Scottish Sgian Dubh, or small knife.
Mulberry paper, great for drawing Sigils, it burns well. In various colours.
My Grimoire, or as I call it, "The Book of Ouroboros" I record my workings etc. in it. That is about it

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:09 PM

I had a bad habit of collecting tools just for the thrill of it when I was more fresh into it all. I loved how wild and witchy just having them around in my personal space made me feel, and picking up a yew wand or a skeleton key pendulum made me feel gluttonously powerful despite the fact that I hardly knew how to use the things, and was laughably ineffectual when I did give it a shot. It took me a couple years to get real and to mature out of that phase, but these days I still have a soft spot for the various tools of witchery. I never lost the old thrill, but now its amplified by the understanding of their history and potential....sure, magic can be done without a thing in hand at all, but I really love what tools can add to the bodily experience of a working.
 
The tools I use most often are all metal, I'm realizing now. The stang, my grandfather's old pocket knife, my cast iron skillet, and a set of metal dice. Ones I enjoy but don't use too much are a deck of playing cards and an antique rosary with a strange prayer-bead count.

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