Foundations of Practice: Lesson Five
A Simple Ritual for Tool Consecration
You’ll need a white candle and holder, a small bowl of purified water, a small bowl of sea salt, and your favorite incense. And * The tool to be consecrated *
Before you begin, determine the placement of the cardinal directions in the room where you will be performing the consecration. Place all the items below on a square (round will do as well) table. In each corner of the table place the item that corresponds to that specific cardinal direction.
In the Northern corner, place the container of salt
In the Eastern corner, place the incense
In the Southern corner, place the candle
In the Western corner, place a small bowl with purified water
Light the candle and the incense
Begin by creating sacred working space in whatever manner you are accustomed. This can be simply envisioning the working space bathed in white energy that purifies and protects. Quiet your mind and focus your intent on the work at hand. When you feel strong and centered, begin your ritual.
Move around the table to each of the corners in turn. Beginning in the North, take the tool you wish to consecrate in your hands, and face north. Pass it over the salt, then take some of the salt crystals in your hand and sprinkle them over the tool as you declare:
Powers of the North, Guardians of the Earth, I consecrate this Wand and charge it with your energies. I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.
Now, turn to the east and, holding the tool in the smoke of the incense, say:
Powers of the East, Guardians of the Air, I consecrate this Wand and charge it with your energies. I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.
Next, move to the south and pass the tool over the flame of the candle — be careful if it’s a flammable material.
Powers of the South, Guardians of Fire, I consecrate this Wand and charge it with your energies. I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.
Finally, turn to the west, and pass your ritual tool over the bowl of water and sprinkle a few drops over the tool. Say:
Powers of the West, Guardians of Water, I consecrate this Wand and charge it with your energies. I purify it this night, and make this tool sacred.
Standing centrally and holding your tool raised upwards, say:
I charge this wand in the name of Old Ones, the Ancients, the Sun and the Moon and the Stars. By the powers of the Earth, of Air, of Fire and of Water I banish the energies of any previous owners, and make it new and fresh. I consecrate this Wand and it is mine.
Sit quietly, holding your newly consecrated tool and open yourself in a receptive manner to how the tool feels. What type of energy is pulsing in or through it? Does it feel cool or warm to the touch? Are there any visions that bubble to the surface? Does the tool seem to speak to you? These are some of the ways we become more attuned to our tools, but don’t have any concern if you are not able to recognize any of these. Sensing energy and simply being able to sit quietly and listen for what is moving around us is not easily accomplished in these busy times. So, be patient. I can assure you that if your intent was clear in making connection to your tool the work was successful!
If there are no other tools to be consecrated, offer thanks to the quiet and support of the energy of your working space. If you created sacred space in a more formal way, be sure to clear that energy in whatever way you have been accustomed.
Repeat this ritual for each of the tools as you acquire them. And, by all means, if you wish to write your own words of consecration, please do so. The more you personally invest in the consecration ritual the more effective and more fully the tool and you will connect.