THE INNER SANCTUM
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Pagan tools are nothing if not consecrated properly. Consecration (Exorcism), purifies by means of salt, water and incense. The salt, water, and incense stand for the four elements of the Wise - earth, water, and fire, together with air - symbolically constituting the basis for the material universe, in the language of alchemy and Witchcraft. By consecrating anything, you are in effect using these four basic constituents to "wash" the article of all extraneous vibrations, prior to recharging it with your own will and concentrated power.
Consecration must take place before a circle is cast, as of course the tools are used in magickal rites.
RAW MATERIALS in preparation (Anytime
new items are to be consecrated this must be done first)
"Water and earthThis is now your charged salt and water with you will use to make your working tools.
Similiarly, casting a few grains of church quaility incense (Frankincense tears or Myrrh) onto a glowing charcoal block contained in a mug or ashtray filled with sand, chant as you hold your hand outstretched over it:
"Creature of fireAgain , strongly visualize the coals radiating that strange blue light as you speak. With this charged fire, you complete consecration of raw materials and move onto the working tools:
THE CUP AND THURIBLE
VervainA re-charge of the water must now be done (as explained above). Having done this, sprinkle the cup with the water and pass it through the incense smoke, chanting words to this effect, and visualizing the blue purifying light flickering around you as you do.
"By water and fire
Now you have a working cup and thurible in which to charge your water and fire for the following three main consecrations: (and all after)
Dragon's Blood (very common)Consecrate your knife with water from your cup and the incense above in your thurible, then heat the blade on the coals of your thurible until it gets as hot as possible. You will have to stoke up good heat to do this. When the blade is red hot, plunge it into your brew, chanting these words (or yours), each immersion, and once again, visualize!
"Blade of steelThis process of tempering should be repeated three times. Having done this, you must magnetize the blade. Hold your athame in your left hand, the magnet by one end (or a lodestone) in your right, and beginning at the handle end, draw the tip of the magnet down the whole length of the blade. Keep this up for a few minutes always stroking the same direction, chanting these words as you do:
"Blade of steel,Finally paint your runes on the hilt (optional), and bury it point down for three days and three nights. (your backyard will do fine) At the end of this time you may dig up your athame and wrapping it in a piece of consecrated cloth, tuck it safely away ready for magickal use.
"Made to measureWhen done, tie the end off to prevent unraveling and repeat your sealing words:
"So mote it be!"Finally, tie another knot three feet six-inches from the first knot, a further one at four feet, another at four feet six, another at five feet, and finally another at five feet six inches. These knots are used for circle layout of various size.
"Book of words,Finally write your witch name in the center of the cover and seal once again:
"So mote it be!"This book , along with your athame will be your most treasured magickal possession and should not be flaunted or shown unless it is to other witches or coven members.