The Wiccan faith involves a lot of symbolism and practitioners use a variety of tools to enhance their rituals and spell work. These tools become like an extension of the self and a way to connect directly with spirit. Choosing the right implements is very important and serves to enhance the experiences of ritual practice.
Altar tools include items like wands, chalices and cauldrons. When choosing items, it’s important to consider several things. The piece should be one that speaks to you, whether it’s an ornately carved item or something very simple. Altar tools come in many different styles and materials. Tools should also be well made and labeled for safety. This is especially true of items like chalices that people drink from, which should always have a “food safe” rating. Many metals used for décor items have traces of lead and other potentially toxic elements.
Many spells and rituals require the use of a fireproof vessel. Cast iron cauldrons are some of the most durable on the market. They have a very distinct, old-world appearance that adds charm to any décor. Cast iron is easy to care for and will last forever when properly maintained. Stainless steel is another excellent choice for altar tools. Like cast iron, it’s durability ensures a long life. Many altar tools not only provide vital functions; they can become heirloom pieces that are passed down.
Candles, oils and herbs are often used for rituals and spell casting. Candles that are well made produce less toxic smoke and can burn for many hours. Soy candles are always an excellent choice. They are clean burning, environmentally friendly, come in a variety of colors and throw fragrance well. Specialty candles, enhanced with intention specific essential oils, can enhance rituals.
Incense is another common ritual item, but not all incense is created the same. There are a variety of styles from stick incense, to the more traditional resins and powders that are burned on coals within a special burner. Resins and powders provide the truest scents and come in a variety of blends. They are often used for purification and cleansing and to open and close ceremonies and rituals. Like candles, there are many types of incense fragrances that are used for specific purposes.
Stones and crystals are also popular and serve a variety of purposes. Stones should always be sourced from a trusted authority, ensuring purity and high quality, especially for rarer stones. Loose stones can be collected and used in different combinations. Some love the energy of certain stones so much that they choose tools like pendulums or wands made from that specific stone.
Amethyst is a great example of a powerful healing stone. Using an amethyst wand or pendulum for healing practices will enhance that work and help promote a soothing, calm atmosphere. Selenite is another stone used to create wands because it draws physical, mental and spiritual healing, making it an excellent choice for focusing on whole being wellness.
Wicca is a unique and special faith that is highly personal and gives its practitioners a lot of freedom of expression. Choosing the correct supplies is a very special and individual practice and everyone will have their own unique preferences.