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Favourite ritual tools?
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:59:20 am »
I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)
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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 11:27:08 am »
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I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)

My wand! I hardly ever use it but I love it to pieces. It's a piece of wood I found on the beach and sanded down.

The rest of my tools? Meh. I have a cauldron, chalice, athame (3 in fact), a shop-brought wand with crystals in it, but I never really use them. The cauldron gets used occasionally to burn incense in because I'm not buying something else to burn it in when the cauldron is perfectly functional but that's about it. In fact, if I need something to hold water in I tend to go grab a glass from the kitchen, I don't think about the chalice.

The only thing that I use on a regular basis is the offering bowl I have. It also doubles up as a small scrying bowl as it's black.  It's actually a ramekin that a crème brûlée from the supermarket came in. I don't have any feelings about it, it's just a tool that serves its purpose.

Yeah, I spent a lot of money on tools before I realised I'm far more comfortable not using any. Even my wand I don't really use. :p

EDIT:
Forgot to mention, I also have a wand that a friend made me. Again I don't use it but it has pride of place on my altar. I wouldn't want to be parted with it though.
« Last Edit: February 27, 2013, 11:29:24 am by Aranel »

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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 01:52:09 pm »
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My wand! I hardly ever use it but I love it to pieces. It's a piece of wood I found on the beach and sanded down.

The rest of my tools? Meh. I have a cauldron, chalice, athame (3 in fact), a shop-brought wand with crystals in it, but I never really use them. The cauldron gets used occasionally to burn incense in because I'm not buying something else to burn it in when the cauldron is perfectly functional but that's about it. In fact, if I need something to hold water in I tend to go grab a glass from the kitchen, I don't think about the chalice.

The only thing that I use on a regular basis is the offering bowl I have. It also doubles up as a small scrying bowl as it's black.  It's actually a ramekin that a crème brûlée from the supermarket came in. I don't have any feelings about it, it's just a tool that serves its purpose.

Yeah, I spent a lot of money on tools before I realised I'm far more comfortable not using any. Even my wand I don't really use. :p

EDIT:
Forgot to mention, I also have a wand that a friend made me. Again I don't use it but it has pride of place on my altar. I wouldn't want to be parted with it though.

My wand is probably my favourite too! :)
I have three but I use the one I was given at a pagan event late last year the most because it's the best one I've ever had :) It's a stripped and sanded branch of hazel with a small tri-spiral burned into it just above the handle which is the bark of the branch. It's very simple but very effective!
I'm quite fond of my singing bowl, I use it everyday and it has taken the place of a bell in ritual for me and when I am praying or giving offerings. It has a lovely calming tone.
My last favourite would probably be either my main offering bowl (which I keep a candle in) and my blade. I got the blade at the same festival and it's brilliant because it's just a nice size for my small hands (XD) and it's great if I want to cast a circle (I occasionally still do :) )

Bar the odd one or two specialist items like my blade and singing bowl, I bought all my tools at either charity shops, homeware sections or found them in nature. My ceramic cauldron only cost three euro from a charity shop and it's perfect :)
« Last Edit: February 27, 2013, 01:54:08 pm by Oíche »
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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 03:13:11 pm »
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I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)


My overall essential ritual object is definitely the skull on the altar. Second favourite is the blackthorn stang. Nothing else gets used much.

If I need a wand then a piece of driftwood steps into the role and if I need a cup  I also go and get a glass from the kitchen. My nice silver dragon chalice inherited from my grandmother just gets polished and looks pretty.

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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2013, 03:30:11 pm »
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My overall essential ritual object is definitely the skull on the altar. Second favourite is the blackthorn stang. Nothing else gets used much.

If I need a wand then a piece of driftwood steps into the role and if I need a cup  I also go and get a glass from the kitchen. My nice silver dragon chalice inherited from my grandmother just gets polished and looks pretty.

 
One of my wands (that I've yet to use actually) is a piece of driftwood :)
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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2013, 03:35:41 pm »
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I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)

 
Probably my collection of vintage and modern precision-edge polyhedral dice.
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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2013, 03:49:18 pm »
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My wand! I hardly ever use it but I love it to pieces. It's a piece of wood I found on the beach and sanded down.

The rest of my tools? Meh. I have a cauldron, chalice, athame (3 in fact), a shop-brought wand with crystals in it, but I never really use them. The cauldron gets used occasionally to burn incense in because I'm not buying something else to burn it in when the cauldron is perfectly functional but that's about it. In fact, if I need something to hold water in I tend to go grab a glass from the kitchen, I don't think about the chalice.

The only thing that I use on a regular basis is the offering bowl I have. It also doubles up as a small scrying bowl as it's black.  It's actually a ramekin that a crème brûlée from the supermarket came in. I don't have any feelings about it, it's just a tool that serves its purpose.

Yeah, I spent a lot of money on tools before I realised I'm far more comfortable not using any. Even my wand I don't really use. :p

EDIT:
Forgot to mention, I also have a wand that a friend made me. Again I don't use it but it has pride of place on my altar. I wouldn't want to be parted with it though.

 
I have a carved knife made from an oak tree that got blasted with lightning  that I love dearly and use regularly... I have a wand and a staff a friend made for me and while I love them, I don't really use them, just the knife and my bone flute.

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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2013, 03:58:50 pm »
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I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)

 
Can I have 'land, sea and sky' or is that me being annoying? :D: OK, my Ogham cards. They're an out-of-print set that a friend found for me, because he knew I was obsessed with finding this particular set and had never been able to. It was so sweet. They're not the best divination tool in the world, but they're meaningful to me.

I've also got lots of great finds, including various unique things from second-hand shops, and a little set of offering bowls I got in Kerry. Also a stick I use as a wand that got stuck in the wheels of my wheelchair on the first Pagan Pride day I went to. I don't use tools much, so if I use them at all, they're probably pretty special already.
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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2013, 04:07:11 pm »
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Can I have 'land, sea and sky' or is that me being annoying? :D: OK, my Ogham cards. They're an out-of-print set that a friend found for me, because he knew I was obsessed with finding this particular set and had never been able to. It was so sweet. They're not the best divination tool in the world, but they're meaningful to me.

I've also got lots of great finds, including various unique things from second-hand shops, and a little set of offering bowls I got in Kerry. Also a stick I use as a wand that got stuck in the wheels of my wheelchair on the first Pagan Pride day I went to. I don't use tools much, so if I use them at all, they're probably pretty special already.

 
;) Haha! Well if you can fit them in a box then I'll be impressed! ;)
I love Kerry- despite saying that being akin to blasphemy to Cork people XD
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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2013, 04:18:21 pm »
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I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)

 
I would say my stones, I've have a wide collection of stone surrounding my alter.
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Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2013, 04:20:53 pm »
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I saw a thread in another section about what books you have on your shelf and it got me thinking!
Do you have any ritual or spiritual tools or objects that you are particularly fond of using? If you could pick a favourite or pick one or a few objects that you use frequently and are important to you, what would they be?
I'm quite curious as we are all a mix of different branches :)

I have 2, my wand (one of three) and my tarot cards.

My tarot cards are the Shadowscapes set that I waited many, many years for the artist to finish and all that waiting was so worth the wait, they feel so special to me. I just need to learn to use them better!

My wand is a clear quartz point with gems in a line down the front and circled around the top and bottom. Most of the work I do involves meditation and that is with me every single time and contains so much of my own power that it sends a zing up my arm whenever I touch it, lol!

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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2013, 04:27:27 pm »
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Most of the work I do involves meditation and that is with me every single time and contains so much of my own power that it sends a zing up my arm whenever I touch it, lol!

 
That's how my wand is too :)

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I would say my stones, I've have a wide collection of stone surrounding my alter.

I have a fair sized collection myself for marking out boundaries and what not :)
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2013, 04:50:28 pm »
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My tarot cards are the Shadowscapes set that I waited many, many years for the artist to finish and all that waiting was so worth the wait, they feel so special to me. I just need to learn to use them better!


 
I got that deck last month! It's so beautiful. I'm getting to know it at the moment, it might even replace my current preferred deck.

Looking at other responses, I think I've got a few more things I would include. My Druid Craft Animal Oracle and the Mystic Faerie Tarot (I don't really like fairies but something about it means it's my preferred deck, I can't explain it.) Saying that, probably most of my tarot and oracle cards. I love them all.

Other things: My hagstone collection. The chalk-covered flint I gathered from the Ridgeway near the White Horse of Uffington and Wayland's Smithy. The beautiful stone (I think it's actually a crystal, it's orange and sparkly ) I found on the bank of a river in Zambia. My seashell collection from my special places in Wales. The raven feather I found on top of my favourite mountain. The stones I gathered from said favourite mountain and also the ones from my favourite hill (which also happens to be an Iron Age hill fort). The piece of slate I got from Snowdonia when I lived up that way. (I got it to paint a pentacle on for my altar but I've left it plain. )
You get the gist. :p

I don't use any of those in rituals, spells or as tools, but they all sit on my altar looking pretty. :)

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Re: Favourite ritual tools?
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2013, 04:54:37 pm »
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I got that deck last month! It's so beautiful. I'm getting to know it at the moment, it might even replace my current preferred deck.

Looking at other responses, I think I've got a few more things I would include. My Druid Craft Animal Oracle and the Mystic Faerie Tarot (I don't really like fairies but something about it means it's my preferred deck, I can't explain it.) Saying that, probably most of my tarot and oracle cards. I love them all.

Other things: My hagstone collection. The chalk-covered flint I gathered from the Ridgeway near the White Horse of Uffington and Wayland's Smithy. The beautiful stone (I think it's actually a crystal, it's orange and sparkly ) I found on the bank of a river in Zambia. My seashell collection from my special places in Wales. The raven feather I found on top of my favourite mountain. The stones I gathered from said favourite mountain and also the ones from my favourite hill (which also happens to be an Iron Age hill fort). The piece of slate I got from Snowdonia when I lived up that way. (I got it to paint a pentacle on for my altar but I've left it plain. )
You get the gist. :p

I don't use any of those in rituals, spells or as tools, but they all sit on my altar looking pretty. :)

 
I have the DruidCraft Tarot, the artwork is gorgeous! :)
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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2013, 05:01:24 pm »
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I have the DruidCraft Tarot, the artwork is gorgeous! :)

 
I have it too. I hardly use it though because the cards are so big and there's so many of them. Even though the Druid Animal Oracle (and for that matter the Druid Plant Oracle) cards are the same size as the DruidCraft Tarot, because there's less of them I can manage them despite my dyspraxia :p

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