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The most important thing to remember about the use of ritual tools is this: the tools are unimportant -- we have all we need to make magic: our bodies, our breath, our voices, each other.
However, ritual tools can be useful to remind your subconscious that you are in a different place -- a place between the worlds -- when you are working ritual magic. They can also be used to direct energy. Some of the more traditional Wiccan tools and their correspondences are:
|Tool||Element||Direction||Sphere of influence|
|Wand (or Blade, depending on tradition)|
Censer (Incense burner)
|Air||East||Mind, intellect, ideas, abstract learning, theory, dawn, spring, wind and breath|
|Blade (or Wand, depending on tradition)|
|Fire||South||Creative energy, courage, healing and destroying, willpower, noon, summer|
|Cup||Water||West||Emotions, daring, the unconscious, intuition, twilight, autumn|
|Earth||North||Material gain, the body, health, money, birth and death, midnight, winter|
|Cauldron||Spirit||Center||"Soul", spirituality, transformation, change, transcendence, immanence|
|Broom||Spirit||Circumference||Purification and protection - used to psychically cleanse an area or to guard a home by laying it across an entryway|
|Bell||Spirit||Circle||Purification - used to psychically cleanse ritual areas and personal energy fields|
This table is a combination of what I was taught and what works for me. Feel free to embellish, rearrange or completely ignore this system. Native Americans use a six-direction system; the Norse used nine, including their home realm of Midgard. To be effective, ritual must speak to you personally, and ineffective ritual kills spirituality.
A particularly important ritual tool in the Church of Amazement is music. Weve used everything from a simple percussion circle to a highly orchestrated chant CD with 15 harmonizing vocalists to create our aural magic. Music tends to increase personal involvement in the ritual and produces freer flowing energy. A list of commonly used songs and chants and a selection of pre-recorded ritual music appear later in this book.
Music can be used prior to a ritual to set the mood; during, to create sacred space, as an invocation and offering to Deity, and to raise energy; and afterwards in celebration, as well as a gentle return to normal space.
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