[Ivy's Pentacles]


Generally, tools can be consecrated and made ready for use any way you like, as long as it basically involves pushing away negative energy and past associations and imbuing it with your own energy and the energy of Nature. Simply put, you can do this just by pointing your athame (or if it is the athame you're consecrating or you just prefer it, your finger) at the tool and/or running it along/around the tool and "pushing" the energies away. Then you might rub it with salt and water and/or a combination of other elements/spices/herbs/oils you find appropriate for their use (for instance, you might use female-oriented oils or herbs to consecrate a Goddess-symbolizing tool in the name of the Goddess). You might bury the tool in the earth, or if it's appropriate, carry it around with you for a day or two, put it on your altar, or carve symbols on it that mean something special to you. The formal "consecration" might be in a ritual, if you desire, inside of the circle. You would place the tool on your altar and do what I already said (pushing away negative energies and binding it to Nature). On the rest of this page, I'm going to type out some tool-specific dedications that were written by Scott Cunningham in Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. They are to use to "dedicate" the tools before you formally consecrate them in a ritual. I use the information without permission but without the intent to infringe on copyright; I still suggest buying his book because there is SO MUCH in there and I very much respect his work. He has written many books, by the way, that I recommend over in my recommended reading. I paraphrase it here to help spread knowledge. :) On to Mr. Cunningham's descriptions!

The athame or sword: Go outside at sunrise and rub the blade with basil, rosemary, or oak leaves. Point the blade to the south and lay it on the ground. Bring some bay leaves with you and walk around it three times, tossing the bay leaves onto it. Pick it up and face the east (where the Sun is rising), hold the athame or sword by the handle pointing at the sky (but not raised like you're He-Man or something), and ask the God to infuse the blade with His strength. (Remember, the athame and the sword are both symbols of the God.) Then you should point the blade at the sky and ask the Goddess to charge it also, since nothing is just one of the deities. It is suggested to wrap it after that in red cloth and take it home.

The bolline: Take this knife to the forest in the morning, or anywhere that has plants. Look through the plants and choose the nicest-looking, healthy plants. Put the knife's point on these plants, trying to connect it with them. Then sit on the ground and draw a pentagram in the dirt or sand.

The wand: If it's wooden, take it outside at sunset and use mint leaves, lavendar, or eucalyptus leaves to rub it. Raise it in the air facing east and looking at the Moon, if it's out, and invoke the Goddess however you choose. When sunrise comes again, take it outside again and rub it with leaves, and then raise it to the east and invoke the God.

The pentacle: Put it down on the earth. Then you should put a bed of parsley, patchouli, mistletoe, or jasmine or honeysuckle flowers down on top of it. Face north and sit in front of the pentacle and visualize a pentacle pulling in the energy of the Earth. Then scatter the bed of herbs or flowers to the four quarters, starting and ending in the north.

Censer (or incense burner): Burn incense of rosemary, frankincense, or copal for about an hour before you first use it.

The cauldron: Bring it to a stream or any other body of water. Gather leaves of nearby plants (or if you're at the ocean, seaweed). Dip the cauldron into the water and bring out a bunch of water in it. Put the leaves you collected into the cauldron and set it at the spot where the earth and the water meet. Put your hands on it and dedicate it to the Goddess. Then you just empty it out and dry it, and you're done.

The cup: Anoint its base with oil, preferably gardenia, rose, or violet oil. Then fill it up with water from a pure spring. Put a flower or plant in the water to float, such as ivy, a rose, or a fresh gardenia. Look into the cup and invoke the Goddess to bless it. It's also good to take it outside at night, filled with water, and catch the moon's reflection in it.

The broom or besom: Brush it with chamomile, willow, lemon balm, elder or mallow stalks and branches, then bury them with solemnity. You can carve a crescent Moon on its handle if you wish.

The crystal: On a full Moon night, rub the sphere with mugwort and take it outside. Hold it up to drench it with the light of the Moon. Look through it at the Moon . . . you can do this three times a year to keep it correctly dedicated.

The Book of Shadows: Sew leaves of vervain, rue, bay, or willow into the book's cover. The leaves should have been placed under the light of the Moon.

Your robes: If you wear one, you should store it with sachets of lavender, vervain, and cedar. You can also sew rosemary or frankincense into the hem while you're making it or resizing it.

That's about it . . . return to the tools page.

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