Other Religions Paganism and Wicca Consecrate Your Magical Tools Share Flipboard Email Print Consecrate your magical tools as sacred items. Anfisa Kameneva / Getty Images Paganism and Wicca Rituals and Ceremonies Basics Sabbats and Holidays Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Traditions Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated January 06, 2019 Why Consecrate? In many modern Pagan traditions, magical tools are consecrated before use. This achieves a couple of things -- one, it purifies the item before it is used to interact with the Divine. Secondly, it removes any negative energies from the tool. This is particularly handy if you aren't sure of a tool's past history or who owned it before it came to you. Keep in mind that many magical traditions do not require the consecration of a tool before its use. The editors at Occult 100 say, "Some practitioners avoid consecrating their tools because they don't feel they need to. In their view, their energy is directed by them into their tools without the ritual act, and actually going through the motions of consecrating would disrupt their natural energy flow. This is an interesting point for many witches to understand--the difference between conscious and unconscious energy direction. In short, if a witch feels consecrating his/her tools or ritual objects is necessary, then it is. Some witches may choose to use it with some rituals but not others. As with so many other areas of the craft, it is up to the individual." Basic Consecration Ritual for Magical Tools This ritual is a simple one that can be used to consecrate any magical tools, clothing or jewelry, or even the altar itself. By offering the tool to the powers of the four elements, it is consecrated and blessed from all directions. Keep in mind that just like with everything else in Pagan ritual, there's rarely a right or wrong way to do things. This ritual is simply a sample of how you can do things - many traditions have their own unique method of consecration. For this ritual, you'll need a white candle, a cup of water, a small bowl of salt, and incense. Each corresponds to one of the cardinal elements and directions: North/Earth: saltEast/Air: incenseSouth/Fire: candleWest/Water: water If your tradition requires you to cast a circle, do so now. Light the candle and the incense. Take the tool or item you wish to consecrate in your hands, and face north. Pass it over the salt and say: Powers of the North,Guardians of the Earth,I consecrate this wand of willow (or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc)and charge it with your energies.I purify it this night and make this tool sacred. Now, turn to the east and, holding the tool in the smoke of the incense, say: Powers of the East,Guardians of the Air,I consecrate this wand of willowand charge it with your energies.I purify it this night and make this tool sacred. Next, face the south and pass the tool over the flame of the candle -- be careful if it's a flammable material such as Tarot cards or a robe -- and repeat the process, saying: Powers of the South,Guardians of Fire,I consecrate this wand of willowand charge it with your energies.I purify it this night and make this tool sacred. Finally, turn to the west, and pass your ritual tool over the cup of water. Say: Powers of the West,Guardians of Water,I consecrate this wand of willow [or knife of steel, amulet of crystal, etc]and charge it with your energies.I purify it this night and make this tool sacred. Face your altar, hold the wand (athame/chalice/amulet/whatever) to the sky, and say: I charge this wand in the name of Old Ones,the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars.By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of WaterI banish the energies of any previous owners,and make it new and fresh.I consecrate this wand,and it is mine. Now you've not only consecrated the tool, but you've also claimed ownership. In many Pagan traditions, including some forms of Wicca, it's considered a good idea to put the item to use immediately to bind the consecration and strengthen the energy of the tool. If you've consecrated a wand, athame, or chalice, you can use those in a ceremony to consecrate another tool. If you've consecrated something that is worn, such as an article of clothing (for example, a ritual robe) or a piece of jewelry, begin wearing it now.