The following tools are not essential to Wicca, though some say they enrich the rites. However, the tools have no extra power save for those we give them. If you feel the need to collect all of the below mentioned tools, visit a few flea markets and antique/junk shops for great prices. Or, visit a couple of occult suppliers for a wide range of goods.
The primary reason that we use black is that when all colours are mixed together, they become black. Black also is a great conductor of energy, and example would be to think of how hot a black item becomes in the sun due to the absorption of the suns light rays versus a white item that reflects the light ray away. In our magick it is very important for us to be able to feel and absorb the energies around us so that we may focus the energy in a constructive and correct way in order to perform our magick. The colour black helps us to absorb the energies that are around us as black is an excellent conductor of energy via the absorption of light rays which carry an abundance of information.
In the old days (and unfortunately still at times today) the traditional black robe and cape served an additional purpose. When a witch or group of witches worked outside at night, especially during the days of the Burning Times, should someone come along that would threaten safety, it enabled to witch to fade away into the darkness as to not be seen by blending with the surrounding terrain.
In addition to all of this, being human as we are the other thing that it helps us with is that when we look at each other we begin to realise that we are all equal in the eyes of the Goddess as we are all attired the same so there are no differences.
Athame:The athame is usually a black-handle, double edge knife (although now days you may even wish to use a consecrated simple kitchen knife) and is strictly a ritual tool. It is a symbolic representative of the element of fire. It can be used as a tool for casting a circle, and also as a symbol representing the male aspect. Athames can also be used to invoke the quarters, release the quarters, and are customarily used to assist with blessing the waters of life inside the chalice, this blessing being symbolic of the Great Rite.
The athame should not be used in any case to cut anything except in certain situations such as cutting a doorway in the circle to allow others to pass through, cutting a cord in the event of a release or a passing over ritual, also the blessing of the bread during ritual of the Great Rite, and of course a handfasting (marriage) cake.
Sword:The sword is another ritual tool that can be used as a tool for sovereignty and authority. It is like the athame a symbolic representative of the element of fire. It is considered a representation of the male aspect and can be used in the same manner as the athame.
Chalice:The chalice, or cup, is representative of the female aspect. The chalice is the symbolic representative of the element of water. It is used to hold the water of life, and used again in the symbolic ritual of the Great Rite. Once the waters of life have been blessed during ritual, the chalice is often passed around the circle so that all may share in it by symbolically ingesting the Goddess and the bringing of the Goddess within.
Cauldron: The cauldron represent the gift of birth, death and rebirth, also knowledge and inspiration. The cauldron is a female aspect and a symbolic representative of water, and it may also be used as a representative of fire. It is often referred to in connection to Cerridwen.
Peyton:The peyton is a circular disk with a pentacle or sacred symbol inscribed on the face of it. The peyton can be made out of many different materials, in the olden days it was made of beeswax, so that in the event that someone came around that could be a threat, it could be broken and thrown in the fire and melted down quickly. It is placed at the centerpiece of the altar, where all consecrations of salt and water occur, and other objects as well. It is also the focal point of the altar. The peyton is the symbolic representative of the element of earth and because of that it is of the female aspect. If you have a second peyton available, it may be used for invoking and releasing the quarters.
Wand:The wand has been known as a tool that is gently in nature and has the male aspect, it is the symbolic representative of air. It is another tool that may be used for casting a circle, invoking and releasing the quarters, and casting of spells, and some have used this in place of the athame or sword in the performance of the symbolic ritual of the Great Rite.
Staff Usually a wooden pole often os shoulder height, used basically in the same manner as the wand. Like the wand, the staff may be decorated with crystals, symbols, feathers, or just about anything that makes it your own.
Thurible/CensorA heat resistant, or preferably fire proof
container used to contain hot coal for burning incense. The incense is
a symbolic representative of air, while the coal is representative of
fire. It is used to cleanse and purify the air within your sacred
Thurible/CensorA heat resistant, or preferably fire proof container used to contain hot coal for burning incense. The incense is a symbolic representative of air, while the coal is representative of fire. It is used to cleanse and purify the air within your sacred space.