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The Witches Tools

Athame – The athame is the traditional ritual dagger of the witch. Commonly it has a black handle and steel double-edged blade. The athame is a tool of command, it is used to direct what power we pass through it. It is used to cast circles by tracing the circumference, to charge and consecrate objects and banish negative energies. In most traditions, it is never used as a mundane knife for cutting purposes, and is used strictly for magical purposes only.
Pentacle – The pentacle is a traditional tool of the craft. Originally it is thought to have been adopted from ceremonial magic. It is usually a round solid disc often made from stone, wood or cooper. On the disc is engraved or painted an up-right five pointed star enclosed inside a circle called the Pentagram. A disc decorated in this manner then becomes called a Pentacle. In some traditions other symbols are added indicative of deities, spirits or the elements as sources of power. The pentacle is normally the centre piece of the alter on which objects are placed to be consecrated or charged, other things such as amulets, charms and tools are placed on it, as well as salt and water for blessings.
Wand – The wand is one of the prime magical tools of the witch. Traditionally the wand is made from the wood of a sacred tree. These include the Willow, Elder, Oak, Apple, Peach, Hazel and Cherry, to mention just a few. Its length should approximate the crook of the elbow to the middle of the index finger. These days many modern materials are used instead, and even tipped with crystals and gems. The wand is a tool of invocation, it is used to evoke the Gods, Goddesses and Spirits. It is also used to bestow blessings, charge objects and draw down the moon during ritual.
Censer – The censer is an incense burner used to contain burning incense during ritual. Any type of censer can be used, even a simple bowl filled with sand will do, it is normally placed before the images of the Goddess and God on the altar.
Chalice – The Chalice is one of the four elemental tools of witchcraft and represents the elements of Water. It is a symbol of containment and often represents the womb of the Goddess. The base is symbolic of the material world, the stem symbolises the connection between man and spirit and the rim or opening symbolically receives spiritual energy.
The chalice can be made of any material, in times of old – Horns, Shells and Gourds were used to hold sacred liquids during ritual, and then in later times – Silver became the preferred material, having long been associated with the moon and the Goddess. The chalice is used to hold the blessed water and wine during ritual. It is traditional in many covens to pass the chalice around all members, who then take a drink as a token of unity.
Broom – The broom is a ritual tool of the witch, sacred to both Goddess and the God. The God – through its symbolic phallic shape. The Goddess – through its three-piece make up, the stick, brush and binding cord being symbolic of the of the Goddess.
Traditionally the broom was made from three different woods. Ash for the handle, Birch twigs for the brush and Willow for the binding cord. Ash is protective and has command over the four elements. Birch is purifying and draws spirits to one’s service. Willow is sacred to the Goddess. The broom is used for a variety of purposes but most generally to purify and protect. It is used to ritually cleanse an area before magic is performed by symbolically sweeping away negative energies and astral build up. Of old it was used to guard the home and persons within against psychic attack or evil curses, this by placing it across the threshold, windowsills or doorways. It was also placed under the bed or a pillow to protect the sleeper. Traditionally and perhaps the use which most people identify it with, are the old wedding ceremonies of the Gypsies and the early American slaves, where a couple leapt over the broom to ensure fertility, domestic harmony and longevity. Today pagan hand-fasting rituals often include a broom jump.
Bolline – The Bolline or White-Handled knife as it is now known is the practical knife of the craft. Traditionally it was used to harvest herbs and had a blade in the form of a small sickle. Today it is normally a mundane knife used for cutting and carving. It has a white handle to differentiate it from the Athame, which has a black handle and is used only for magical purposes. The bolline is used to cut wands and herbs, to mark and carve candles with symbols and to cut cords for use in magic. Any other ritual function requiring the use of a knife, such as cutting flowers for the altar, can be performed with the bolline.
Cauldron – The cauldron is probably the tool most associated with witchcraft and is steeped in magical tradition and mystery. The cauldron is the container in which transmutation, germination, and transformations may occur. It is symbolic of the womb of the Goddess, and is the manifested essence of femininity and fertility. In ritual the cauldron is used as a container for making brews and potions, or to contain a small fire for use with spells. It can also be used for scrying (divination) by filling it with water and gazing into its depths.
In ancient times the cauldron was used as a cooking vessel and for brew making. Traditionally it was made from cast iron, it rests on three legs and has an opening smaller than its widest part.
Bell – The bell is a ritual tool of invocation and banishment. The bell is a feminine symbol of the creative force, that of the Goddess. The bell can be rung to indicate the start of a rite by banishing negative influences before the ritual begins. Often it is used to invoke the Goddess during ritual, or sounded at the four quarters to call forth such spirits as the Watchers and Elemental’s. Bells can be used to guard the home by warding off evil spells and spirits, or evoking good energies when placed in cupboards or hung on doors. Hung from a cord the bell symbolises the human soul suspended between heaven and earth.
Book of Shadows – The Book of Shadows is the workbook of the witch. In it is recorded: Rituals guidelines, Invocations, Spells, Runes, Rules of a particular Coven or Tradition, Symbols, Poems, Chants, and anything else of use to the witch during ritual. Traditionally the Book of Shadows was always hand written by the individual. A common custom for new initiates into a Coven, is to hand copy the teacher’s Book of Shadows exactly as it appeared, then later to add your own material as you progressed in the craft, today they are also typed and photocopied.

Angel Whispers

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Angel Boards have you ever to tried one?
Angel Boards look similar to an Ouija Board. They have the traditional letters A-Z and the words YES and NO they also include the numbers 1-9 and 0. With an Ouija board you would all place your fingers on a planchette or a glass, you then ask the spirits usually loved ones to help you move the planchette around the board to spell out words.
Angel boards are beautifully decorated with images of angels and flowers can be very successful in contacting your angels and guides when using an Angel Board we are working with the highest level of vibration. Always made sure you feel well and healthy, and never use when you’re tired, drunk or under the influence of drugs of any kind.
Your medium will make sure the room is prepared using smudge or some other form of clearing and protection, to make sure the area is safe. It is always nice to say a prayer, light candles and use some crystals, like rose quartz or angelica which is a light blue crystal to bring in a nice positive energy. The board can be used in daylight or a fully lit room.
Always use these means of communication with people you trust and feel comfortable with. I recommend you always work with a medium present a confident medium will know how to deal with anything that may occur, and close it down properly, and ensure everyone is safe.

Santa’s Helpers – )

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Today I met up with my angel friend, Chrissie Astell for a coffee and a catch up just to see what she been up too. As you know I like to take a few photo’s to mark the occasion, we both got right involved and had some fun messing up the displays and props in this garden centre 🙂 thinking about it now probably far too much caffeine on my part! Did you know that Chrissie once worked as a registered nurse specialising in the care of the elderly and dying she had a vision many years ago of angel carrying a heart which had a profound effect on her, she now uses her healing energy to carry out her work with the angels. Chrissie has written four books, has loads of angel oracle cards,( some of which I use myself ) and CD’s you can even down load a free guided meditation from her website, if you’re interested in angels and learning more about them you might want to take a look at the retreats and workshops coming up for next year.
Website http://www.angellight.co.uk – Face book page Chrissie Astell Author

I thought I would share this with you all, its always lovely to get feeback :)

Hello Tracie , & thank you for your iff you don’t mind me saying scary but accurate spot on email. I lived in London for 52 years & when it was the anniversary’s of my late parents passing I would always go & see a medium as dates are special to me. I am very judgmental & expect the best . I moved to Essex over a year now & thought where am I going to find a good medium ? Well they say nothing is by chance ! I went into a shop in ..Chelmsford & was told about a good medium….I came away & thought there is no one as good as the one I saw in London but felt I had to give her a chance as going back to London was to expensive. So I emailed tracie & soon I got the reply ! ….After reading the email again & again I was pleasantly surprised but how could this lady tune into me so accurate. Well the medium in London could only do that as I am so fussy . The dates Tracie gave me & where I was going with my life soon woke me up so to speak. I do find it hard making decisions that’s me & my family are my world…..So I reflected & asked for an ..Angel reading which flew back at me & again woke me up ! . I can be quite stubborn with guidance & direction . I told my daughter in law & she was amused but curious so hence wanted a reading..She bless her came back to me feeling just like I had but so impressed . I can now say that tracie is just like George who I went to for readings & on the same wave length who funny enough lives in Essex but he wont mind me saying that. …So thank you lovely for your compassion & honesty…….Who will I go to again ? Tracie & iff in London George ! ……I will say just iff you want a honest reading & value for money Tracie is the one & wont let you down ….God bless lovely & keep the good work up …Oh & I found your sense of humor a blessing & funny..Keep going & may your spirits always guide you ……Ann x x

The Shaman Way.

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I have been studying shamanism for just over a year, the photo above was taken at a shaman workshop I attended about 6 months ago. I now have my own drum and have been practicing the journeying through meditations for my own awareness and my healing sessions.
Shamanic healing is one of the oldest healing practices, essentially it’s an energy-based therapy, and shamanism is rooted in the belief that everything has energy and sometimes, work needs to be done to bring things back into balance for us.
Traditionally, a shaman was an important part of a tribe a known as a medicine person, they are able to communicate with spirits and journey to spirit realms by doing their own spiritual journeys. Modern-day shamanism is still very similar working with a trained or practicing shamanic practitioner, they can work with power animals and spirit helpers to seek advice for their clients.
Shamanic practitioners see health issues as being connected to the loss of energy or power, and will work to balance these issues, often seeking to return lost energy, remove negativity and return the client to wholeness. Sometimes, the practitioner will bring back advice from the spirit realms, perhaps messages from loved ones, or a message for clients to aid them on their healing journey. To do this type of healing the client must be absolutely willing and ready to make the change towards a positive, healthier way of being.
During a healing session some Shamans may use drums, rattles, chimes, chanting or songs, as well as sacred smudge, this is known to many as burning of herb or incense to spiritually cleanse and bless the area. Sometimes, the shaman may use other healing tools, such as feathers or crystals as well as a combination of hands on, or off healing, similar to that experienced during a Reiki or spiritual healing session, I myself channel spirit and listen to what I’m told to do usually the tools I work with are crystals and a pendulum, so far I have had a very good success rate with my clients.

My blog write up on Taloch lead singer of the Dolmen.

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Saturday evening I set off with my friend Chris to Witchfest International to meet Taloch Jameson from the Dolmen a Celtic rock band, very popular within the pagan movement, luckily for me I managed to have a photo taken with the handsome half naked lead singer (things were starting to look up) more by sheer determination then anything else. I must say was pleasantly surprise, I felt very drawn to him, any very conscious of the fact that I was taking up his time, after all he doesn’t know me from Adam! Not that he seemed to mind as Taloch is a down to earth guy very spiritual, not run by a big ego as you would imagine some to have get when they have a following, we got chatting it turns out his late Grandmother was a medium and his is very open to spirit having friends that teach…

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