“Hello. I’m new to Witchcraft and Wicca. I’ve only been practicing for almost five months. I still live with my parents and I haven’t told them yet, and I probably won’t for a while or ever. I like learning and doing new spells, but a lot of the spells I read say they need magickal tools. I don’t have any and can’t get any. I really want to do spells – can I do them without tools and everything the spells says it needs?
Welcome to the Craft! Let me tell you about when I first started practicing. I first learned and “got into” Witchcraft when I was about 14 years old. I learned about it and started practicing in a country where is was forbidden and punishable by death (that should narrow down what country!). I bought my first book about Witchcraft and Wicca when I came to the U.S. to visit family in the summer. “Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner, by Cunnigham.” An excellent book to own and to read!
Among other books I read, many spells and rituals required many things I didn’t have, or couldn’t have for obvious reasons. So I refrained from doing spells the “traditional” way and tried it my own way; without the tools, without the incense and special herbs. This way of practicing still continues to my practice today. Though I don’t live where I used to and I’m no longer in fear of execution because of religious differences – I have all the access my heart desires to everything Witchcraft. The only “traditional” tools my practice today includes are the candles, crystals and herbs. On my altar, on the other hand, I do have a couple of statues, incense, candles, crystals and herbs.
Anyway… Point is. Tools aren’t a necessity in your practice. They are simply tools to help you “guide” your magick and energy – this is mostly for the wand/athame. Incense doesn’t really “power up” your magick. It simply helps you relax and put you in a state of clear consciousness and comfort. Herbs and crystals are ancient tools that have been used for thousands of years in many different religions. Herbs are believed to have specific properties that could help enhance the type of magick, spells, ritual you are doing. Crystals believe to contain and hold energy to enhance your magick. Crystals are used for both personal reasons and magick.
It’s not the tools that are making your magick happen or work. It’s you. Your energy. Your own self. Not external, mundane objects. Yes, some of these objects CAN help, but they are NOT the sole “magickal object” that will make your spells work or your ritual complete. It’s all about your own energy. The way you raise it, store it, use it and send it out. For example, I raise energy from within myself and from the Earth and create this sphere, or ball, of energy between my hands (as if you were holding a basketball). Visualize and see this energy that you are conjuring. See the sphere form, move and grow. Visualize it as a glowing light, an electric ball, or simply anything you feel strong about/attracted to. This is your energy. Tense your muscles. Push and feel this energy release from your body, down your arms, and out of your hands to create this sphere. Once you feel you have like there’s enough energy for your spell, begin your spell, or whatever you want to do with this energy. Concentrate on it and concentrate it and see it within this sphere. See it happening and working. Once this is done, release your sphere over your and send it out to the Universe to works its magick.
As for as wanting tools. You can have tools. Lots of tools are very mundane. Use a dagger or an old knife as an athame. Feathers, crystals, small candles, arrow heads, etc. can be simple things around the house, but to you, used for magickal purposes. Make a pentagram or any other symbol from twigs or tree branches to place on your altar or use during spellwork, etc. Smal figurines, doll, statues can be used to represent your deities – it’s not about if it’s really them or not, it’s about you KNOWING it’s them and there to represent them. You can also use tree branches with leafs still on them and flowers for spells.
Remember. Magick is within you. YOU have the energy, NOT the tools. I hope I have helped you understand and learn, and wish you luck and blessings in your practice.