Tuesday, April 16, 2024

These are suggestions for dedicating the tools prior to their first use or formal consecration, if any.  Perform these with proper visualization and ritual intent.

The Athame or Sword:
Rub the blade with  fresh basil, rosemary or oak  leaves, at sunrise, outdoors  where you will not  be disturbed or seen.   Lay the sword or athame on  the ground  with its  point to  the South.   Walk clockwise around  it thrice, scattering bay  leaves (preferably fresh) over it.   Take up the sword or athame, stand facing East and, holding it upward  but with arms lowered, invoke the God to infuse your athame or sword with His strength.  Point it to the sky, invoking the Goddess to charge your blade with Her love and power.
Wrap your athame or sword in red cloth and take it home. It may be stored in the cloth, if desired.

The Bolline:
Early in the morning, go to a forest (or park, garden, or your indoor garden).  Choose the most beautiful and vibrant  plants.  Touch the point of the boline gently  to these in turn, forging a connection between your boline and the plants (and, thusly, the Earth).
Next, sit on the Earth. Ensuring that you are quite alone, draw a pentagram with the boline's point on the ground.  It is done.

The Wand:
If the wand is of wood, take it outdoors at sunset and rub it with fresh lavender,  eucalyptus or mint leaves.  Raise  it in the air toward the East (or the Moon if it is visible) and invoke the Goddess. At sunrise, take it again outdoors, rub with the fresh fragrant leaves and invoke the God by raising it to the East.

The Pentacle:
Place the pentacle on bare Earth.  Lay upon it dried parsley, patchouli, mistletoe, or  fresh jasmine or  honeysuckle flowers.   Sit before  it facing North for several  seconds, visualizing the pentacle absorbing the Earth's energies.  Then pick it up and scatter the herbs or flowers to the four quarters, beginning and ending in the North.
If this must be done indoors, fill a small dish with fresh Earth and place the pentacle on this.  Proceed as above, saving the herbs or flowers to be scattered outdoors at a latter time.

The Censer:
Fume pure rosemary, frankincense or copal within the censer prior to its first use.  Do this for about an hour.

The Cauldron:
Take the cauldron to a stream, river, lake or ocean. Gather the leaves  of some plants growing  nearby (at the  sea, perhaps seaweed). Dip the cauldron  into the water to fill it.   Place the leaves in the cauldron,  then set it on  the water's edge where  it is on both water and sand.   Place your  hands on the  cauldron and dedicate it  to the Goddess in any words you like.
Empty and dry the cauldron, and return home. The charge has been made.
If performed inside, place the cauldron in a large basin of water or the bathtub, in a candle-lit room.  Add a bit of salt to the water, which should be cold.  Proceed as above.
Salt water corrodes metal. Thoroughly wash the cauldron after immersion in sea or salt water.

The Chalice:
Anoint the base with gardenia, rose or violet oil and fill with pure  spring water.  Then set  afloat a sprig of ivy,  a small rose, a fresh gardenia or some other appropriate flower or herb. Gaze into the Chalice and invoke the Goddess  to bless it.   You might also wish to take  it outside  as night,  filled with water,  and catch  the Moon's reflection within it.

The Broom:
It can be fashioned from an ash staff, birch twigs and a willow binding.  Brush the broom with chamomile, willow, lemon balm, elder or mallow  stalks and branches, then bury these  with due solemnity.  You might also wish to carve a crescent Moon upon its handle.

The Crystal:
On the night of a Full Moon, rub the sphere with fresh (or dried) mugwort, then take it outside.   Hold it up  so that it drinks in  the light and energies of the Moon.   Gaze at the Moon through the crystal by holding it before your eyes.  Repeat at least thrice yearly for the best benefits.

The Book of Shadows:
Sew into the cover of the Book of Shadows leaves of the sacred herbs vervain, rue,  bay, willow or others, if you  wish.  They should be  well-dried and  secretly placed  by the  light of  the Moon.   The covers of the Book of Shadows should, of course, be covered with cloth for this purpose.

The Robe:
If you choose to wear one, lay it among sachets filled  with lavender, vervain and cedar when not in use.  Sew a bit of rosemary or frankincense into the hem  while fashioning it, if desired (and if the resulting stains won't show after washing).

~from Maat's Book of Shadows