Standard Magickal Tools
The wand serves to project your energy to a certain place, thing, person or dimension. Wands are usually made of wood and approximately 12 to 18 inches long. A wand should be taken from trees that are native to where you live so your energy will coincide with that of the land around you. Wands traditionally stand for communication and matters of business.
The chalice is a symbol of emotions and fertility. Chalices are usually long-stemmed. The chalice represents the female and the athame represents the male. When the athame is lowered into the cup, it symbolizes the divine union of the God and Goddess.
The pentacle is a flat disc with a pentagram inscribed on it. Its basic use is to evoke entities and protection. It stands for material things. The pentacle should be upright at all times on your altar.
The bolline is the tool used for cutting things in the physical realm. It is a type of knife with a curved handle. It is used for harvesting herbs, wands, plants, inscribing candles, cutting cords, etc. It is used purely for magickal workings.
The athame is used for commanding and manipulating power. It is usually doubled-edged and dull as it does not actually cut anything on the physical plane. Some witches use it to cut anything they want, this depends on the witch. The athame stands for intellect, right thinking, and calculation.
The Incense Burner
The incense burnerís function is to purify the area you are magickally working in. Incense helps the witch reach altered states of consciousness. Incense can be purchased in cones, sticks, cubes or raw.
The cauldron is the symbol of the Goddess. Transformations take place when this tool is used. It is usually made of cast iron. It is used for developing your own oils or brews, and for divination purposes by scrying with still water, steam, or dripping wax into the water and watching the patterns as the wax expands.