top 9 tools

TOP 9 TOOLS OF THE CRAFT: BOOK OF SHADOWS (BOS)

Despite popular movies and television, there is no one single book of shadows. It is a Wiccan or Pagan’s notebook of information. It usually contains spells, rituals, correspondence charts, information about the rules of magic, invocations, myths and legs of various pantheons, etc. The information in a BOS can be passed along from one Wiccan to another, but you can create your own with a little bit of effort. A BOS is a very personal thing, and should contain information you find most important.

TOP 9 TOOLS OF THE CRAFT: CANDLES

No Wiccan ceremony really feels complete without the use of candles. In some traditions, a candle is used to represent the God and another used for the Goddess. In others, a candle is simply used to indicate the element of Fire. They are often a tool in sympathetic magic rites, and can be used to symbolize people, concepts, and emotions. Simple candle magic spells involve selecting a candle based on color correspondences, then inscribing it with sigils and anointing it with the appropriate oil.

TOP 9 TOOLS OF THE CRAFT: BELL

The ringing of a bell causes vibrations which are the source of great power. Variations of the bell include the shaking of a sistrum, a ritual rattle, or the use of a singing bowl. All of these can help bring harmony to a magical circle. In some forms of WIcca, the bell is rung to begin or end a rite, or to evoke the Goddess. 

Hundreds of years ago, rural folks knew that loud noises drove away evil spirits and the bell is a prime example of a good noisemaker.