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The way i work has completely changed over the years & evolved away from Wiccan structure to become more my own & take into account my aging creaking joints. I can draw the compass with my cane. I downsized when i retired but I kept the athame id engraved & consecrated in a T-storm; just the thought of parting with it upset me hugely. Also a quart size cauldron is the perfect size & I actually use it. I kept the few tools I'd made by hand: wand, pentacle & prayer beads. I prefer a thermos of good coffee to a chalice of wine any day. My go-to stroking stone is a chunk of red jasper I found in a rock pile & I've placed orgone-energy accumulators in a grid on my property & throughout the house. I use a blender instead of mortar & pestle & battery candles for perpetual lights. It's not the least bit trad (or anything else) - so what?

 

The most used expendables are tea light candles (in bulk lots, seriously), salt, oil, Bach's Rescue Remedy tincture, mint & rose petals from my backyard.

 

Most useless: engraved, silver chalice...(eye roll), exotic herbs

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Oh books! Yeah, they take up a lot of space, don't they? No matter how often i cull the herd, they keep breeding. I keep a spiral notebook and pen next to my favorite chair, and I have stored a box full of spiral notebooks of ideas pertaining to this path. Writing something down is like writing it on the mind, as my 7th grade English teacher used to say. She encouraged journaling. :-)

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Most of my spells have been the spontaneous visualization with intent sort, so I haven't done a lot of work with tools. Of the tools I do own most have found me. The claw of a grizzly bear, assorted shells, rocks and feathers. Dried flowers and herbs. My favorite though is my hawk feather and sage. I worked in a health food store and helped a Native American woman named Sweet Water find products to help with her issues. She gave the feather and sage to me as a thank you. And then I use paper and pens and candles.

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Most of my spells have been the spontaneous visualization with intent sort, so I haven't done a lot of work with tools. Of the tools I do own most have found me. The claw of a grizzly bear, assorted shells, rocks and feathers. Dried flowers and herbs. My favorite though is my hawk feather and sage. I worked in a health food store and helped a Native American woman named Sweet Water find products to help with her issues. She gave the feather and sage to me as a thank you. And then I use paper and pens and candles.

 

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If I had found or been found by the claw of a grizzly bear I would wear that thing as a pendant every day of life - I am dead serious.  That's an awesome power/ protection amulet right there.

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If I had found or been found by the claw of a grizzly bear I would wear that thing as a pendant every day of life - I am dead serious. That's an awesome power/ protection amulet right there.

Have you seen "The Revenant" by any chance? ???? :blink: Edited by IslandBruja

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I have few tools beyond candles and incense, both of which I am hoping to learn to make myself once I find the time. There's a Santeria leaning shop around the corner from my house that offers individual classes on learning how to make incense and I hope to finally take one before Spring. I do have a couple of oils that I've blended together but they don't see much use. I've been trying to incorporate tarot into my spells but I haven't really done a whole lot of spellwork lately anyway, beyond an occasional sigil here or there. I bought a crystal ball which has made itself significant to me in a number of ways, scrying being only one of them.

 

I have a branch that I found that would make a perfect wand, but I have only had use for it once or twice. I have three chalices that I use for libations for my ancestors periodically that I found at a thrift store. I used to have a python and I kept all of her sheds but I haven't yet needed them beyond a reminder of her. I do a little kitchen magic and a lot of meditational and trance work rather than organized ritual...I only tend to do something ritualistic if I'm working protection magic or attempting to reach a spirit. I probably should do more of both...

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I'm actually going to bugger about with tools for once.  I have a friend sending me a forked elder cutting and a large piece of graveyard yew.  Bark from the yew as well, if it's doable.  I've always viewed tools as something to avoid, but perhaps they can enhance my practice.

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@ Ororobos-That is a great idea! I've been dreaming about grizzly bears and cubs lately and trying to decifer the message. Maybe that's it.

 

@ IslandBruja-I have not seen the Remenant. Should I? Now I'm curious!

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@ Ororobos-That is a great idea! I've been dreaming about grizzly bears and cubs lately and trying to decifer the message. Maybe that's it.

@ IslandBruja-I have not seen the Remenant. Should I? Now I'm curious!

Well that depends. It's about frontiersmen (the main character is based on a real life person) and pulls no punches about the life they led in relation to nature and the Native Americans, so some scenes are very brutal.

 

But it famously features a grizzly and the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. Honestly, it looks like one moving Caspar David Friedrich painting after another (I am convinced the director and cinematographer MUST be huge fans of his work. There's no way they're not and still made that film).

 

Anyway, for anyone who's seen the film, you know this isn't really a thread derailment but I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who HASN'T seen it so I'm being intentionally vague. (oh and Tom Hardy in all his acting supremacy is in it - bonus :) )

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IB, that movie was amazing and disturbing! So good.

 

I mostly rely on herbs and spices in my work. I do often use candles and frequently use incense. The herbal work has long been my go-to, though I would like to expand my skillset to not have to include those things, mostly because I have NO money at all and cannot afford to be restocking beyond cooking for my family. I know they are not necessary to the work I do...it's just what I am most familiar with. Time to stretch, I think.

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I have some lightning-struck wood that I keep around and a few quartz crystals I keep charged, but generally I stick with embroidery thread. Braiding it together to make a bracelet or anklet is a great way for me to focus on bringing different energies together to harmonize into a spell, and if I ever need a talisman to take with me for protection or luck, I can just charge one overnight in my crystal box and wear it the next day! I also use my tarot cards to physically mark spaces if I ever need to clear an area of absolutely every energy I can for a working; they're always happy to help out with anything I ask of them! I'm adding another deck to my growing collection of divining tools soon, and I can't wait to see what its nuances will be for me.

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Tools that I use include: 

Books- my guide for most things

My notes

Cauldron- How else could I do some magical things

Mental focus- I don't yet have a wand, so I have to focus very hard on what I am doing. I am going to be getting a wand with cetrizine and green aventurine stones here soon, though. 

My familiar- my cat is definitely a great help to me. She aids in keeping me grounded. 

Herbs- I love herbology. I've been finding great use of different herbs in aiding me with anxiety, instead of medications that have been too strong for me. 

My medallion of Freya- I only just received her, but I feel so much different since consesecrating the medallion and have been wearing it. 

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Candles, blood, urine, hair, finger nails, bones, a few herbs, spices, resins, iron, camphor, sulphur, egg shell, tin foil, mirror, paper, pen, alcohol (no I'm not drinking it, lol), saliva, water, sand, rocks, feathers, spike of wood for carving into candles, nails, rope, string, oils, tinctures, lightning struck wood, photos, Tarot Cards, bottles, jars, bowls, boxes, hurricane jar, candle holders, tape, mortar and pestle, thorns, ammonia, vinegar, sugar, some fruits (not for eating), special area with storage and tables to do my workings, hand gestures, oil burner, and my intent. I think that about covers it.

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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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