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5 Basic Tools for Magic

Who doesn’t love all the sparkly gems and rockin’ aromas of essential oils in their magical practice? Superstition teaches you are cursed when you break a mirror (7 years bad luck), but I worry more about breaking the bank. If I go broke buying magical tools then I’m defeating the purpose of magic. If you worry about having all the ‘right’ magical tools or your spells and charms won’t work then shed that stress now because I’m about to tell you 5 basic tools you probably already have in your house.

  1. Salt– Most people already have salt in the home. Your table salt works just fine and if you have Himalayan salt, you can use that. Garlic salt will work if you’re doing protective or repelling magic. Salt is commonly used for cleansing and for creating a barrier around the house to keep negative spirits out.
  2. Candle- You can use any candle, even a birthday candle. Colors are typically for specific purposes, but not necessarily a hard fast requirement. They’re great for making wishes, sending prayers, and for consoling those who are hurting.
  3. Herbs- Any herb will do. Seriously. If all you have is parsley, it can be worked with. You can use your search engine to discover numerous websites that teach you which herbs can be used for a variety of purposes.
  4. Fire- You can use a lighter or even a match. Fire symbolizes shining a light for making things clearer and can be used to burn away something that no longer serves you.
  5. Dirt- Sounds messy, but dirt can be used for grounding magic or for concealing information from people who seek to harm you.

Though I’ve offered you 5 basic tools for magic you may wonder exactly how to use them. First of all, intention is everything. Get your intentions in order and make sure there isn’t any negativity lurking in your situation because that can really interfere with getting the intentions aligned.

Salt can be used on its own. You can sprinkle it on the window sills or thresholds of your home to keep negative energy away. Again, get your intentions in order. If you have fears then that fear will create a weak link in your magic. You need to come from a place of faith and confidence. Salt can also be used in water. Even though it dissolves the salt still carries its clearing energy and an be placed in a spray bottle to clear the air in your home.

Candles do require a base such as a candle holder, but if you’re working with a birthday candle, you can create a simple base by placing salt or dirt in a jar or shot glass to hold the candle upright. When you light the candle you’re going to want to keep your thoughts and intentions focused. Speak the words you wish to use to manifest your intentions. While you look at the flame, envision how your wish will manifest. Once you have imagined that manifestation to its fullest then blow out the candle.

Herbs carry their own energy based on what natural constituents are contained within. Herbs like Oregano and Thyme have healing energy for the throat and can be used for speaking healing words in a relationship. You can brew a tea with herbs and add honey to sweeten. While you’re steeping your tea, focus on your intentions and imagine your wish manifesting. Once you’ve envisioned it then drink your tea. Bonus magic for reading the tea leaves. They may open your eyes to something you hadn’t considered before.

Fire can be a dangerous medium so make sure you use proper fire safety when you’re working with this element. I generally don’t use fire on its own. Fire is usually used in combination with candles, incense, and herbs. It symbolizes the end of things and/or igniting something new. It can be used to give insight during flame scrying (seeing things in the flicker of the flames).

Dirt is the most common element of Mother Earth that can be worked with for a variety of spiritual practices. We can bury our crystals to align them with Mother Earth’s energy. Earth can also conceal magic such as a buried Witch’s Jar to protect the home. I’ve also worked with earth to ground chaotic energy and that can be as simple as gardening bare handed or burying your feet in the earth.

I hope this helps you get started with your magical practice. Don’t let the cost of tools discourage you from tapping into your magical energy.

~Sisterlisa

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Why Use Spiritual Tools?

When I came away from a lengthy sojourn in organized religion, I forsook the idea of ritual and spiritual tools, books, etc. I felt trapped in a box, spiritually suffocating. My path to healing required that I seek the spiritual without the tangible. Through my studies of world religions and ancient practices I came to understand the importance of tools and ritual, though I still embraced the freedom we have in not using any of it. Truth is, humans seek rituals and tools for spiritual growth. It offers us the tangible feeling of being included in something greater than ourselves.

In modern times, we see humans seeking ritual and inclusion in society through sports (Superbowl anyone?). Though a majority of Superbowl fans are men, women likewise will wear their sports colors, jersey, face paint, and cook up those smashing tailgate burgers. We also have holiday rituals that many don’t attribute any religious significance such as St Patty’s Day with green ale and gathering at the local Irish pub.

We participate in a variety of practices with tools from blowing out candles on a birthday cake to toasting a bride and groom at a wedding. Our modern lives still welcome and honor ancient traditions meant for inclusion, identity, and growth. Many have been modernized, but we’re also in a time of resurrecting the ways of the old world.

 

The most practical way I like to describe the use of spiritual tools is by giving an example.

When a woman goes into labor she is encouraged to have a focal point to use during her breathing exercises. The focal point doesn’t literally bring the baby into this world, but it assists the mother in keeping focus on the work she is doing, giving birth. Bringing an infant into this life is excruciating both physically and mentally. We want to make the birth a beautiful experience in every way, though messy bedsheets and sweat isn’t the most glamorous. So we pack special clothes for ourselves and the baby. We bring focal points, music, and even holy books for blessing the baby’s birthday. We invite special people from our inner circle to come gather, support, and love the family. We deliver meals to the home and watch the baby so mama can shower. This is a spiritual event filled with practices, rituals, and tools.

Life is like the birth canal. We go through travail, sweat, tears, pain, and joy. It can be quite messy, but we can transform it into a beautiful journey with gorgeous tools and practices to highlight the best parts of the paths we travel.

Then we have another way of describing the importance of spiritual tools. I called it intuitive art. Through our creativity and intuition, we can craft spiritual practices with a colorsplash of natural elements. We pull together seeds, leaves, flowers, crystals, shells, and so much more to be used on the canvas of life. Creating meditative grids, mandalas, and even sculpting, painting, and gardening are all intuitive ways we can use our tools to manifest wellness and abundance.

 

We use spiritual tools to ease our discomfort in this life. We develop rituals to bring meaning to what we’re experiencing. We create artistic expressions of our journey to tell our stories to those coming after us.

As I mentioned earlier, I embrace the freedom we have in not using spiritual tools and practices. However, life is so much more enjoyable when we do.

I’d like to invite you to join my class Magical Tools so you can learn all about the different ways you can incorporate the elements into your practice. You can learn more about it here.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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