Friday, September 12, 2008

Essentials For Your Wiccan Supplies Part 2

Here is part 2 of what should be considered essential for your wiccan supplies list.

Wands
A wand is used to project and direct energy to a specific area, object, person,
or even dimension. It can be used for tasks like stirring a cauldron if its
construction allows this. In some traditions, it is used in calling the God and the
Goddess to join a ritual. Although traditional wands are made of wood, you can find wands today in a variety of materials.

The ancient Druids held woods sacred and tools from wood were considered to carry the spirit of nature. It is not suggested that wood from a living tree be cut to make a wand. A piece of fallen wood is much more appropriate as it can be considered a gift from divinity. There are few rules about the size of the wand.

Some Wiccans believe wands should be the length of a persons forearm and hand, but in general wands commonly range from as little as 10 inches up to 3 feet in length. Some people like to hold a wand that is more massive because they feel more powerful.

It is equally acceptable to use a wand that is compact and lightweight. A wand can be as ornamental or as plain as desired. Anything from a wand fabricated of sterling silver and encrusted with gems to a piece of tree branch still covered in bark is acceptable for use. Each will serve well if the person wielding the wand is comfortable with it. The only real concern is that it feels comfortable.

If you would like to view some different wands if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Wands



The Wiccan Boline
The boline is a white handled knife, which clearly distinguishes it from the black handled athame. In many cases the blade has a distinct curved shape. It is a simple working knife used in ritual or ritual preparation for tasks like cutting herbs from a garden, inscribing candles, cutting cords, etc. It is to be used for cutting purposes only for the materials and items you need for your rituals and spells.

The Wiccan Boline is commonly the size of an athame. There are larger bolines that are made, but these are normally called Druid Bolines and are common within paganism rituals and ceremonial use. Even though a larger boline can be used in Wicca, it is usually easier to use the smaller versions of the blade.




The Besom(Ritual Broom)

A besom (ritual broom) is used in Wicca for the preparation of magickal
space. The magickal significance of a besom is twofold. First, as a magickal tool directing energy for cleaning, and second in the heritage of ancient Druidic regard for the woods from which a traditional besom is made. In Wicca, the besom is used to clear the negativity and residual energy from space being prepared as sacred. The sweeping of ritual space is not to clear debris in the physical environment.

The besom does not even have to touch the ground at all. The sweeping motion in the air combined with visualization clears the negative energies lingering from the mundane world. The traditional besom has many legends associated with it. It is said to have been used in fertility rituals where it was ridden hobbyhorse style through the crops.

It is also said to have been used in handfasting ceremonies promoting fertility in a newly wed couple. Besoms are commonly made using an ash staff, birch twigs and willow binding. The ash wood serves to protect, the birch is for purifying and the willow is sacred and holy to the Goddess.

If you would like to view some different besoms if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Besom Brooms



Cauldrons

The cauldron, like the chalice and bell, is also symbolic of the Goddess. In
Wicca, when a cauldron is used it is often central to the ritual, usually linked with fertility or transformation. Some of the lore of the cauldron is based on the legend of Kerridwen's cauldron.

Kerridwen is a goddess from the Celtic pantheon. The story begins where Kerridwen bore a son who was the ugliest and most rotten tempered man in the world. She wanted to fix this by brewing a potion to transform him into the Maiden Moon wisest man in the world. To do so she brewed a potion for a year and a day (a period still recognized as significant in Wiccan practice).

At the end of that time, there were three highly concentrated drops left. Kerridwen hired a boy to stir the potion and a man to stoke the flames. On the very day that the potion was ready, the 3 drops splashed out onto the boy’s fingers. The boy fled knowing that Kerridwen would be very angry.

Kerridwen took after him in pursuit. During the chase, both the boy and Kerridwen changed into several animals. When Kerridwen finally caught up with the boy, she ate him and became pregnant. She had planned to kill the child but when he was born, he was the most beautify boy she had ever seen, so she kept him and he grew to be Taliesin the Bard, one of the most inspired poets. As you can see, throughout the story, the concept of magickal transformation (the symbology of the cauldron) is
prevalent from beginning to end.

Cauldrons are usually made of iron and stand on three legs with the opening of
the vessel being smaller than the inside. You can find cauldrons in a wide range
of sizes from the very small altar top varieties to gigantic pots big enough for headhunters to cook a few explorers in.

If you would like to view some different cauldrons if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Cast Iron Cauldrons



Crystal Balls
While many forms of divination tools have been used, the crystal ball has been
the longest surviving. When used for divinatory purposes, the practitioner gazes
into the ball and pictures are perceived either inside the ball itself or in the
mind's eye of the crystal gazer.

When used in Wiccan ritual, the crystal is placed on the altar to represent the Goddess. Some Wiccans use the ball during the ritual for scrying but it can also be used to store energy raised from the ritual. The crystal ball is often at the center of full moon rituals where it represents the Goddess in Mother form. Of all the tools, the crystal ball is often considered as one of the hardest to charge magickally.

Many recommend that the crystal be exposed to moonlight to increase its charge after cleansing in a saltwater bath. This is seen as aligning the crystal and filling it with energy from the Goddess.

It is usually best for crystal balls to be as close and as pure to crystal as possible. Finding pure crystal balls however is not only expensive, they are hard to find. If you can charge the standard crystal balls that are comonly available as much as possible, especially in the full moon over night, they will work just as well.

If you would like to view some different cauldrons if you are interested in adding them to your wiccan supplies list you may do so here:
Crystal Balls


These are just some of the most common but essential wiccan supplies you may need to begin your rituals, ceremonies, and spells. If you would like to know more on how to cleanse, purify, and prepare your ritual tools, please see the posts below entitled "How To Use Ritual Tools"

1 comment:

BellBookCandleSupply said...

Altar besom can sweep away negativity, hang it up for protection in your home or sacred space.
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