- athamé / wand
- a cord / chalk / something else for marking
- candles for the four quarters
- candles for other purposes
- an altar candle
- symbols of the Goddess and God
- dishes for water and salt (but don't forget the water and salt also)
- incense and an incense holder
- matches / a lighter
- a pentacle
- a chalice and plate / a bowl for food (Cakes and Wine)
- ritual oil
- a broomstick
- a sword
- a staff
- a bell
- a white-handled knife and a boline (for cutting herbs)
- ritual clothes and jewelry
- other fitting objects for Sabbats and Esbats
|My modest altar :) (above)|
The Athamé and Wand
- I found an old fallen tree (in my case a pine tree). It had been cut down a long time ago and already dry which was excellent because the wood you're working with has to be dry (if it isn't you have to let it try...some recommend even up to a year).
- I thanked the tree for its sacrifice/gift and explained why I have to take a branch from it. I proceeded with sawing of that specific branch (about 3 cm in diameter and about 50 cm long...keep in mind that the branch will get significantly smaller because you'll be sawing off unnecessary parts, removing the bark, forming the wand and so on. I chose the more or less traditional length from the tip of your fingers to your elbow).
- After removing the bark that was left (and there wasn't much of it since it was dried up), I sawed off the parts that were sticking out, abraded the wood using a sanding machine and decided to round off the end.
- I made a hole in the top fro the crystal that I decided to put in.
- I put on three coats of see-through varnish (for wood!) so the wood doesn't rot (though unnatural materials aren't recommended as I said, but that was the only option I knew about). If you decided to do this, I recommend you by varnish in a spray can which you can find in most hobby/art shops. Leave every coat to dry for at least half a day (or possibly longer).
- After the varnish had completely dried, I put the crystal in the drilled hole and glued it on using two-component type glue because it really will hold any material (and it's tricky to get crystals to stick to wood). You can find it in the same shops you find your varnish :)
- I decorated the wand with symbols after everything was dry.
Your Altar Candle
Goddess and God Symbols
Water and Salt
Cakes and Wine
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- Fill a small bottle with mint (the usual type is catmint i.e. nepeta cataria, but you can choose another type if you like). Use the fresh plant and cut it into smaller parts with your boline (mentioned before as a knife used for cutting herbs) or other sort of knife (this enables the plant to let out its natural oils faster).
- Pour olive oil over the plant (enough to cover the plant and fill the small bottle up to the top).
- Seal the bottle well and leave it in a cold and dry place for 24 hours (turn it over every six hours).
- After these 24 hours, distill the oil using a gauze or small filter into a bowl.
- Fill the same bottle with mint again (same process), fill it with the already made oil you just distilled and then leave this new mix to sit for another 24 hours.
- You should do this at least three times (3 days). Remember to use the same oil all the time but just adding freshly cut mint.
- Filter the oil fort he last tame after you think the scent is strong enough and leave it in a (preferably) dark bottle in a nice pantry or other dark and cold place.
The White-Handled Knife
Decorations and Other Occasional Objects
salt (and its bowl)
water and its bowl
|Fire||South||Candles (primarily the |
|Water||West||Water and its bowl|
|Earth||North||Salt and its bowl|
I think that this is enough for today :)