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« Reply #15: October 29, 2008, 09:24:12 pm »

I have never used any 'tools' ie; athames, knives or swords, in any of my rituals. I have only used the type of things that you mention here. For some people the use of tools is important to their practice, and that's fine, but it doesn't have to be for everyone.

I always read that the tools were so imperative but its nice to know that someone else does not use them as well.
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« Reply #16: October 29, 2008, 09:28:54 pm »

I received an athame (anniversary) and a crystal wand (Christmas) as gifts from my partner, so I use them in my rituals. I believe that it strongly represents the masculine side of the ritual (symbol of the male deity that I like to introduce in my rituals) because my partner gave it to me with his love and interest in my faith/beliefs. Smiley

I agree that these tools are not particularly necessary for everyone as long as their intentions are strong and focused. I think, though, that if you really want to focus on tools and want to obtain a symbolic male tool into your ritual (presuming that is what you would want the tool for, relating to typical wiccan ritual), you can collect a branch or twig from a tree (usually oak, pine or other particular wood with magic properties -sorry reference books at home again), ingrave special words or symbols into it (if you wish) and then purify it so that you can use it in your rituals to represent the male deities.

I find that using the natural elements for your rituals will connect better with your intentions and welcome more entities (spirits) to guide your ritual. This advice is merely a simple explanation of typical Wiccan ritual as I am not entirely sure whom you would invite to your ritual or if you focus on the male god/s at all in your practices. I merely focuses on the male gods in ritual via use of basic ritual tools due to some simple books I have read. Truly, if you wish and it feels right to you, you can make anything a tool for your ritual. It is all about what makes you comfortable and/or gives you the focus you need to perform/acheive your intentions.

Whoops I'm babbling now. Cheesy

LOL babble away! I love learning it all. I would like eventually to have a full altar set up with all natural components.
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« Reply #17: October 29, 2008, 09:31:43 pm »

I always read that the tools were so imperative but its nice to know that someone else does not use them as well.

A lot of my (Neo-)Wicca books emphasize the importance of tools, too. I've carried over a few aspects of Wicca into my path, but the use of tools isn't one of them as they remind me of formal magic and ritual, and my own practice isn't as ceremonial as that.
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« Reply #18: October 29, 2008, 11:54:26 pm »

A lot of my (Neo-)Wicca books emphasize the importance of tools, too. I've carried over a few aspects of Wicca into my path, but the use of tools isn't one of them as they remind me of formal magic and ritual, and my own practice isn't as ceremonial as that.

Yes I think it all comes down to "do I really need to use that tool? Can I just think on it or use something else?"

Some people (me included) don't like too much to clatter their altar so they use the same tool for many things or have one that works as both the charge of the goddess and god (in terms of neo-wiccan basic ritual, etc.).

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« Reply #19: October 30, 2008, 01:07:32 am »

Yes I think it all comes down to "do I really need to use that tool? Can I just think on it or use something else?"

Some people (me included) don't like too much to clatter their altar so they use the same tool for many things or have one that works as both the charge of the goddess and god (in terms of neo-wiccan basic ritual, etc.).

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I just got done setting up my altar and I do not have a lot of space. This is something that will contribute to my lack of tools as well. I have my four elements, two crystals symbolizing the God and Goddess as well as my books and cards underneath.
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« Reply #20: October 30, 2008, 01:23:26 am »

I just got done setting up my altar and I do not have a lot of space. This is something that will contribute to my lack of tools as well. I have my four elements, two crystals symbolizing the God and Goddess as well as my books and cards underneath.

Sounds effective to me! Just make notes in a diary (or book of shadows if you keep one) on whether the tools proved effective in your ritual and then try to work out a solution that way. That's what I do, anyway. Smiley
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« Reply #21: October 30, 2008, 06:46:24 am »

And whatever you do don't stab yourself in the foot with a sword.

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« Reply #22: October 30, 2008, 11:38:01 am »

Any suggestions would be great, as I have never done a ritual before.

I'm not sure about your level of experience, but it sounds like you're just starting out.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)  In that case, I'm not sure "dedicating your life" sounds wise.  I would recommend a self-dedication for a period of time (a year and a day seems pretty standard), or maybe dedicating yourself to your path as it may unfold.  (Which I've done.)  Or a dedication to study and learn.  Basically, give yourself space for your path to change and grow.  (Because it will.)

I personally like the idea of acknowledging one's previous path and experiences during a self-dedication, too.
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« Reply #23: October 30, 2008, 02:46:51 pm »

Sounds effective to me! Just make notes in a diary (or book of shadows if you keep one) on whether the tools proved effective in your ritual and then try to work out a solution that way. That's what I do, anyway. Smiley

I just started a BOS, I have one on my computer and one in actual book form for rituals ect. I will write everything down for sure!
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« Reply #24: October 30, 2008, 02:48:20 pm »

I'm not sure about your level of experience, but it sounds like you're just starting out.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)  In that case, I'm not sure "dedicating your life" sounds wise.  I would recommend a self-dedication for a period of time (a year and a day seems pretty standard), or maybe dedicating yourself to your path as it may unfold.  (Which I've done.)  Or a dedication to study and learn.  Basically, give yourself space for your path to change and grow.  (Because it will.)

I personally like the idea of acknowledging one's previous path and experiences during a self-dedication, too.

I really like the idea of dedicating my life to my path as it unfolds. It is not such a big dedication and one that can be made with more ease. Thanks for the sound advice!
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« Reply #25: October 31, 2008, 10:21:03 am »

I really like the idea of dedicating my life to my path as it unfolds. It is not such a big dedication and one that can be made with more ease. Thanks for the sound advice!

You're welcome - glad it was useful.

Believe me, it's definitely still a commitment.  But I've personally found it to be more honest and realistic.
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« Reply #26: November 01, 2008, 12:22:45 am »

You're welcome - glad it was useful.

Believe me, it's definitely still a commitment.  But I've personally found it to be more honest and realistic.

I just finished ritual. Cheesy I fee amazing, like a huge rush going through my body. Oddly enough, and I don't know if this is normal but I feel more....amorous as well. lol My only concern was that ritual was very short, only 15 min. Is this average or are rituals usually longer? I also used one of my crystals as a wand and really felt it was helpful. I believe I will make this crystal my new wand! Cheesy
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« Reply #27: November 01, 2008, 12:39:58 am »

I just finished ritual. Cheesy I fee amazing, like a huge rush going through my body. Oddly enough, and I don't know if this is normal but I feel more....amorous as well. lol My only concern was that ritual was very short, only 15 min. Is this average or are rituals usually longer? I also used one of my crystals as a wand and really felt it was helpful. I believe I will make this crystal my new wand! Cheesy

Good for you! Sometimes I feel a rush too, and sometimes I feel drained. As for the length of a ritual, there isn't one set time. It just depends on person, place and purpose.
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« Reply #28: November 01, 2008, 04:14:28 pm »

My only concern was that ritual was very short, only 15 min. Is this average or are rituals usually longer?

Mine is usually about 20 min counting the meditation I do. It's not like there's some kind of Absolute Law of Ritual Lengths that you must follow or get struck by lightning. If it worked for you, that's fine.
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« Reply #29: November 01, 2008, 04:35:24 pm »

Mine is usually about 20 min counting the meditation I do. It's not like there's some kind of Absolute Law of Ritual Lengths that you must follow or get struck by lightning. If it worked for you, that's fine.

Glad to know that mine are not to short.
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