Friday, June 22, 2012
This is the ritual I learned for consecrating tools. This is from my personal book of shadows. Please be sure to follow all directions and consecrate all of your tools before ritual use. When they are not in use I suggest storing them where others will not be tempted to handle them. Nothing draws more interest from all types than a witch's altar. Curiosity gets the best of everyone! Not to mention no one wants anyone pawing their possessions! For others to handle your ritual tools would be bad because it would interfere with the charge and could leave behind negative and/or unwanted energies.
Note: if possible lay any new tools touching an already consecrated one.
Prepare Circle and purify (I begin preparing for rituals with a ritual bath). All tools must be consecrated.
Place tool on pentacle on altar. Sprinkle it with salt and water. Witch passes it through smoke of incense, replaces it on pentacle. Touching with already consecrated tool if possible, then say:
For sword or athame, say "I conjure thee, O Sword (or Athame) of Steel, that thou servest me for a strength and a defence in all magical operations, against all mine enemies, visible and invisible, in the names of Aradia and Cernunnos. I conjure thee anew by the Holy Names Aradia and Cernunnos, that thou servest me for a protection in all adversities, so aid me."
For any other tool, say, "Aradia and Cernunnos, deign to bless and to consecrate this (tool name), that it may obtain necessary virtue through thee for all acts of love and Beauty."
Again they sprinkle and cense, and say:
For sword or athame, say, "I conjure thee, O Sword (Athame) of Steel, by the Great Gods and the Gentle Goddesses, by the virtue of the Heavens, of the Stars, of the Spirits who preside over them, that thou mayest receive such virtues that I may obtain the end that I desire in all things wherein I shall use thee, by the power of Aradia and Cernunnos."
For any other tool, say, "Aradia and Cernunnos, bless this instrument prepared in thine honour." (For the scourge or cords, add, "That it may only serve for a good use and end, and to thy Glory.")
The new tool should be used immediately, i.e., cast (trace) Circle with Sword or Athame, wave wand to 4 quarters and trace the invoking pentagram, cut something with white-handled knife (ex. herbs or cakes), etc. Cords and scourge should be used at once.
The tool should be kept in as close connection as possible to the witch for at least a month, kept under pillow. When not in use, all tools should be put away in a secret place, and it is good that this should be near your bed, and that you handle them each night before retiring. Do not allow anyone to touch or handle any of your tools until they are thoroughly impregnated with your aura. But a couple working together may own the same tools, which will be impregnated with the aura of both.
You can buy tools, but never haggle over costs. If you don't want to pay that price then don't buy it because if it's not a price you want to pay then it's not the right one for you. You can use things you already own which is even better because they were already yours! You can use tools given to you as a gift but you must properly charge them with your own energies and cleanse them of the previous owner's energies. NEVER STEAL OR CHEAT to get tools. This will negatively charge them to you forever! A good witch values their reputation too much to allow such a bad thing to be associated with them anyways! But rest assured the right tool will find it's way into the hands of the witch it belongs to!
Ritual tools should never be used for anything other than rituals! It is best to store them wrapped in a black or white cloth when not in use.