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Basic items for a beginner

Postby rosemoon » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:02 pm

What are some basic items you'd recommend to a beginner in the Craft such as myself? I have a chalice and some bowls (one for an offering dish, another for a bowl of air for the Air element), but what else do you recommend? Something that could be bought at dollar stores or craft stores if possible. Thank you!
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby TwilightDancer » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:41 pm

What do you mean by "basic" items?
Items that would aid you in spell-casting?
You can cast an earth spell with a piece of fruit.


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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby rosemoon » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:44 pm

Sorry for the confusion! I meant things for an altar, like an athame or a wand. Things to make a simple altar or to use in rituals.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby Jake1001 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:49 pm

Honestly you need to explore wicca without tools, as they aren`t neccessary but if you really wish to work with tools and find it easier, I`d reccomend buying a few candles, and maybe creating your own wand for now.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby Holdasown » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:34 pm

True you don't need anything but as you move along you will start to accumulate stuff. We all do. I recommend getting a note book. Start writing things down. Candles are always good. Start saving glass jars from stuff you buy to eat. I love jars and jar spells great for beginning. Start with some basic herbs if you want. Lavender and Chamomile are both edible and good for relaxation. If you aren't comfortable with making a wand think of other stuff like a wooden spoon. I have a bowl and cup set for my ancestor altar and my god/goddess altar. But if nothing else consider the notebook. You will want to start keeping track of stuff that works and you get a gut feeling about.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:15 pm

The Crafter decides what form of practice they want to do - if they'll ad-lib or follow a structure. There's no reason to spend a lot of money starting out until you know how you will work & where; a permanent set-up or portable; indoors or outdoors; Broom-closeted?

Useful gear: heat-safe incense bowl, candle holder, offering cup & plate, & a pointer to direct energy (or use fingers)

We naturally point our finger to direct attention & cup our hands to collect energy or we can make a wand from a fallen branch. Ritual Tools are dishes reserved for magical uses. Repurposed jars & a mesh strainer can come in handy. Make a pendulum. Battery candles are OK & maintain elemental symbolism.

Expendables: incense or aerosol, candles & oil, water, salt, represent air, fire, water & earth; add a notebook you can blot & doodle in; Print current year's moon phase calendar.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby shadoweave » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:04 am

When starting the tools do help structure and visualize, my 2 pence
(The tools you chose for yourself can be made most of them. Most of the tools of the craft were and are found around the home. When people were persecuted for pagan faith this is how the survived. Chalice, Athame, wand, broom and cauldron all can be daily household items.) you can buy a lot of stuff online, if you're starting out don't. Get a notebook, a few candles and read and research. Figure out what you're comfortable with. What resonates with you. If you decide you need a tool see if you can make it and consecrate it yourself. ;)
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby valerian moon » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:26 pm

I think a good starting point is a few candles (not too many, or you won't have anywhere to put them, like moi) and a big notebook with lots of pages. Both can be found at the wal mart.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby TwilightDancer » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:49 pm

xxmoonxraverxx wrote:I think a good starting point is a few candles (not too many, or you won't have anywhere to put them, like moi)


When I was younger and just starting out 10+ years ago, I was using birthday candles. They're cheap, don't take up a lot of space and come in every color. Got the job done just fine.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby Raven At Heart » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:00 pm

I always started with crystals. a single crystal on an altar depending on what kind can be invaluable. even a lead crystal can hold countless energies and even be an anchor.Gems gems they are good for your soul, the more you have the easier magick will flow.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby TwilightDancer » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:06 am

Raven At Heart wrote:I always started with crystals. a single crystal on an altar depending on what kind can be invaluable. even a lead crystal can hold countless energies and even be an anchor.Gems gems they are good for your soul, the more you have the easier magick will flow.



I agree that crystals can be a good place to start but they might not be very attainable by someone new to the craft. Especially young newcomers.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:46 am

Maybe one approach to knowing what magical/ritual gear is best will come to you as you discover your "style". Match your magic to your personality & be authentic.

The formal ritual-magician/alchemist type is likely to find the skilled craftsman-made tools are essential. These tools can be costly such as a silver chalice, copper pentacle, brass thurible, hand forged athame & matched silver candle sticks. Symmetry on the altar needs collecting in pairs.

The natural type may be attracted to items found in Nature & prefer to make their own wand, pentacle & ceramics or might use stones, wild-crafting plants and natural fibers/materials imbued with energies that contribute to your magical goals. Your primary tools are of the Earth Herself and fluff just gets in the way.

Shamanistic type - minimal fuss; the altar & main tool is a staff. A bull-roarer helps communing with the Land Spirits. Some might use a drum. A fire-ring or ordinary cooking pot suffices for fire-safety.

The cottage/hearth/kitchen type is not limited to working in the kitchen but might use a mortar & pestle, cauldron, ye olde wooden spoone as the wand, a comfortable kitchen blade & the spice rack is a witch's cupboard.

And the practical type where necessity of function rules. The magic's in you so just get on with it using bare hands & whatever's handy.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:36 am

Our gear does not need to come from a Witchy-store. We can repurpose anything & it can be fun discovering magical uses for mundane items.

Any seasonal fruits, nuts or breads can be used for offerings. Juice, tea & coffee can be substituted for fermented beer & wine.
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Re: Basic items for a beginner

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:18 pm

Mini Elemental Reference recopied from another post just to be helpful.

[Elemental Correspondence Ref[/b].
(source, Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs)g

E-Air - wand, incense or aerosol; yellow; thought, intellect; marjoram, mint, sage; feather, wind instruments
S-Fire - blade, oil, candle; red; vitality, partnership; bay, basil, rosemary, pepper; string instruments
W-Water - cup; blue; emotions, psychic activity; lemon, rose, thyme; seashells, jingle-bells
N-Earth - pentacle or stone; green; home, prosperity; grains, patchouli, salt; percussion instruments

Different paths develop in different regions & climates so might make different associations for the four directions. Use what makes the most sense to you.
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