The Purpose of Tools in Magick: Combining Personal Energy with Objects
As the secrets of magick and spellcasting went from occult knowledge to easily attainable information in a plethora of books readily available to the public, many have sought to understand what magick is and the right and wrong ways to do it.
Many have defined magick as the manipulation of energy in conformity with will. In other words, using our personal energy at the quantum level to affect other energies on the quantum level to manifest desired change that is real and visible on all levels.
However, nearly all forms of witchcraft and magick make use of a variety of tools such as herbs, stones, oils, athames, wands, music, etc. If magick is using one's personal energy, why the use of such tools? This article delves into two main reasons behind the use of such tools and their benefits in spellcasting.
Shift in Consciousness
Studies of psychics and magick practitioners reveal one commonality: Real use of psychic and magickal ability involves a shift in consciousness. Thus, anything that can help create the necessary shift in consciousness is a huge bonus. This is perhaps the most common explanation for the use of tools in magick. Magick requires a considerable amount of focus. If we cannot concentrate on what we are doing, the energy will not flow properly.
One familiar saying sums this up perfectly: "Energy flows where attention goes." If you want your magick to be effective, you need to find tools to help you concentrate. Certain tools and garb are great for affecting our moods and - with time and practice - helps us quickly shift our consciousness for effective spellcasting. If for no other reason, we use tools in magick for this much needed assistance in focusing to attain the proper shift in consciousness.
Humans are not the only ones composed of energy. Plants, animals, stones, and all matter are composed of energy of different vibrations. Witches spend years learning and working with the different vibrations inherent within these items. Adding them to spells provides more focused energies that combine with personal energy when shifting energies to reach a desired outcome.
An experienced magickal practitioner can use the energy found within such objects to manipulate the other energies in the same way they would use their own energy to do so. This use has various benefits. Perhaps the most notable is that by utilizing the energy in other objects, we are not limited by our own energy and reduce the risk of burn out from exhausting our energy in spellcasting. We can do more in less time.
Of course, this method comes with its fair share of ethical questions and concerns. Aside from the usual questions about harming others, denying free will, and the like, using energy from other sources is an ethical question all its own. Is the use of animal energy a violation? Is there an animal rights issue involved? Are we depleting the energy of stones and herbs when using their powers? The answers to questions like these may vary. The most important thing, however, is that you take the time to contemplate them.
Magick is more effective when we have working relationships with nature and all it's composed of. If you have a strong relationship with amethyst, for example, the use of the amethyst in your magick is likely ethical. Although some may find it strange or even funny to do, asking the animal or object in question for permission to use them as a tool will fare far better than using them first and questioning later. The response may come in many ways, such as a cat purring and rubbing your leg or sensing a small "burst" of positive energy from a stone.
Necessary or Not?
Are tools necessary for magick? No.
However, if you can make your magick more effective or even just find ways to conserve your personal energy to do more magick, why would you not?
An experienced and effective Witch has no need of tools. That said, an experienced and effective witch will also have a working relationship with creatures, plants, spirits, stones, and the like. They, in turn, will assist the Witch in whatever he or she needs to do.
For the newcomer, the use of tools is great to help build that ability to quickly shift consciousness. However, no magickal practitioner - beginner or seasoned - should feel that any tool is absolutely required to be effective in magick.
© 2012 by Evylyn Rose