I was surprised to find a number of videos on Youtube where people mentioned how they can’t afford to be Wicca because of the tools’ cost. So here is what you do- don’t buy tools!
- Tools will come into your life when you need them, not because you want them.
- The best tools are ones that are gifted, crafted by you, or discovered along the way.
- The single most important tool you already own….YOU.
- You can cast circle, work spells, and celebrate your spirituality without any tools at all.
Book of Shadows– any 3 ring binder works fine. you can dress it up later, but its what’s on the inside that counts more on the outside. Any paper, pen, or even a document on the computer serves just as well to keeping track of your rituals and magical journals.
Athame– I got mine at one of those stores you buy used items. It cost me all of $5. I had a number of people buy me ones over the years, even elaborately decorated ones, but I still use the original boot knife because it feels ‘right’. You can also use a wand, selected any stick fallen on the ground that feels ‘right’.
Wand– you might read or hear other people tell you that you need Oak or Apple or Willow, but you can find any stick in the wood that ‘feels right’ will work just as well if not better. You don’t need to decorate it, but if you do, you can use wire wrapping or carve into the wood.
Cauldron– I’ve found cauldrons online that are pretty cheap, but the tool’s purpose is to be flame retardant, and often used to mix potions, burn incense, fill with water for divination, etc. You can use any fireproof pot or bowl for this purpose. You can use a tin can as well.
Incense– any dollar store provides incense, although to be fair, its a cheap type that often causes too much smoke in my opinion. You can burn herbs found in your kitchen for incense, such as cinnamon or sage on a charcoal. If you do get incense, and want to be frugal, you can cut up the sticks into thirds and use them as shorter incense sticks.
Crystals and Stones– I believe out of all tools, these tend to come when they are most needed in your life. You can stones along a trail or stream, at a beach, or down by a river. Crystals can often be found in shops for $1 or even less, depending on size.
Altar cloth– Although I’d love to have pretty altar cloths, I don’t like spending the time to look and pay for them. I use a basic black cloth I bought at a fabric store, which was a remnant, and sometimes use this brocade remnant on other occasions. I only recently came into a beautiful scarf cloth a friend gave me that has leaves on it. You can also use table placemats, old pillow cases, or just do without. I did for many years.
Sea salt– you don’t need sea salt. Any salt will do. You can also use tap water, but you can also collect rainwater in jars to be used in rituals.
Candles– you can use any candles on hand, even birthday candles. You don’t have to use candles, however. Your connecting with the God, Goddess, or whatever you define as the Divine doesn’t require props to commune with them.
Oils- These are another item not crucial to anything, but you can make your own with Olive Oil or other natural oil infused with herbs.
What do you think? Do you have ritual ‘must-haves’? Do you use things on hand or do you wait to get them before performing ritual? Please comment and share your thoughts below.