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What wicca tools are and used for?

There is a lot of tools that are used for Wicca. I will tell you about a few.


An altar is a table, or ground or flat rock used for rituals.


 The athame (pronounced ah-thah-may by most Witches) is a double-edged knife used to direct energy and is often employed when casting circle. The athame is the tool of the East and is associated with the element of Air. In some traditions it is the tool of Fire. However, this knife is not used to cut things in the physical world.


Some Wiccan's use bells during ritual, especially when casting the circle or invoking a god or goddess.


This is often called the white handled knife. It is used for cutting herbs and cords and for carving symbols in candles and in wood.

Book of Shadows 

This is a book that is blank that a witch writes there spells, potions and all there craft stuff in. The book is written in pencil and by hand only.  To make a Book of Shadows, any blank book will do. Most are hard bound, but that's not mandatory. The color of the book is optional, but black does seem to be traditional. Today, many witches are keeping their Books on their computers. Just keep in mind that if you keep your Book on computer to back up the data!


The broom is a tool of magick and ritual that is still used by Witches today. The traditional Witch's Broom is made of ash, birch and willow because of the attributes of those woods, but it can be made of just about any wood available. Although not employed for flying purposes, the broom does have many uses. It is used for protection. It is also and most commonly used for physically and magickally cleaning an area that will be used for sacred space. The broom does not have to touch the ground to sweep away the psychic clutter that often collects in well-used spaces. Brooms are also often used in handfasting rituals (broom leap). The broom is associated with Water and is sacred to both the God and Goddess.


Candles are used to represent the Goddess and the God on the altar. They are also used in spells and can be used for the quarters of the circle. They can also be used for protection.


The cauldron is an ancient tool of magick and ritual. It is normally a three-legged vessel, ideally made of iron and has the opening smaller that the body of the cauldron. They come in a variety of sizes. The cauldron is used for many different purposes. It is used for magickal brewing and cooking, and is used for scrying. It is used many different ways during ritual, especially the rituals of the Sabbats. The cauldron is the tool of the West and is associated with Water. The cauldron is feminine in nature and represents the Goddess, fertility and femininity.


The censer is an incense burner. It can be an ornate brass burner that hangs from chains or something as simple as a small ceramic bowl. The censer is used to burn the incense that are often offered to the Deities, as well as being used to invoke the spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Faery. The censer is a tool of the element Air.


The chalice is actually used more today than its direct descendent, the cauldron. The chalice has the same attributes and is used in many of the same ways as the cauldron (minus the cooking parts). This is again an example of Witches using what they had and what would not get them burned at the stake. During those dark years, everyone in had drinking vessels, but not everyone had cauldrons.


Dishes are used to hold the water and the salt for ritual use. They can also hold anything you need for the spell.


Of all the symbols and tools used in Wicca and witchcraft, this is probably the most misunderstood. The pentacle is usually a flat piece of metal or wood inscribed with a pentagram, a five-pointed star. It can also been made of wax and then melted into candles. This was widely done during the Inquisition. The pentacle came from ceremonial magic and has been used in ritual and magick for thousands of years. It is used to represent feminine energy and to consecrate objects such as amulets and charms. The pentacle is also a traditional symbol of protection and is one of the official symbols of a Wicca. The pentacle is the tool of the North and is associated with Earth. The pentacle is feminine in nature and represents the Goddess.

Scrying Mirror

A scrying mirror is a small, darkened mirror. This is used for divination, especially at Samhain.


The wand is one of the most renown of the tools and one of the most versatile. Traditionally, the wand is made from the wood of many different kinds of trees including willow, elder, oak, hazel, and fruit trees. The length of the wand varies from tradition to tradition, but it is safe to say that the wand should be fairly straight, comfortable in your hand and is not so long as to be unwieldy. When searching for wood for your wand, even wood from a building supply store will work. If you take your wood from a living tree, remember to ask the tree first, then thank it for its sacrifice. Wands can also be made of crystals and metal. Make the wand your own by carving or painting symbols on it, adorning it with ribbons, whatever makes the wand special to you. For thousands of years the wand has been used in both magick and rituals. The wand is used mostly to invoke the God and Goddess, direct energy, and to charge other objects. It is used to draw symbols on the ground and even to stir the cauldron. The wand is the tool of the South and is associated with Fire. In some traditions it is the tool of Air. The wand is phallic in nature, is a masculine tool and is sacred to the Gods.

Other Tools

These are some of the other tools that are used by witches. For a few of these tools it is believed by some that they are a direct result of the persecution of witches over the centuries. Take for example the sword. A sword is long, cumbersome, and very visible. During the darkest years of the Burning Times, for a villager, especially a woman, to possess a sword was very suspicious. Some believe that to blend in, to assimilate if you will, the sword became the dark-handled knife we call the athame. It was not unusual for all walks of life to possess daggers. The same applies to the staff. The staff is several feet high and again, very visible. Some believe the wand is a direct result of "shrinking" the staff to a stick, something that could be found in every home in one form or another.


The Staff directly relates to the wand and has the same attributes and uses. Witches use staves very frequently today.


The Stone is used in much the same way as the pentacle and relates to it in many ways. It is a tool of the North and represents the Earth. For those of the Faery Tradition, the Stone has a very rich history. Again, the Stone is another tool that is often thought to be a trade off for many witches. Just about everyone has rocks lying around in some form or another.


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