Magic would not be complete without scented oils, homemade magical brews and smoke rising from the incense as it carries our thoughts up into the universe. We weave spells utilizing the simple but potent powers found within the tools nature gives us.
But keep in mind that true magic begins within. Your magical tools simply help you draw out the thoughts and feelings that you want to send out to the Universe.
To better understand how your tools work to enhance your results, think back to a time when you dressed up for a job interview or an important social event. What you wore made you feel better about yourself, and thus improved your chances for a successful outcome. You knew that your clothes didn’t really have magical powers of their own, but there was no question that having the right outfit and accessories boosted your self-confidence, and THAT is why these items were needed. Magical tools work the same way. They are a part of our rituals because they can help us focus our thoughts and generate the ideal atmosphere to work in.
Incense can create a magical atmosphere that helps you achieve the desired mental state for your ritual. It can be used both on and off the altar to cleanse and create sacred space. If for any reason the smoke of incense bothers you, essential oil can work as a substitute. But be sure to include one or the other. The effects of aroma can have a significant impact on any rituals or magical work.
Stones or crystals may also be used in your spell work. You’ll find a list of their traditional magical properties in the second half of this book. I simply wanted to stress here that stones are easy to carry with you and are a great little reminder of the beautiful gifts our Mother Earth wants to share with you.
Plants and herbs are also examples of the tools that our Mother Earth provides us with. It’s very common to see them listed in spells, and combining their energy with ours can really boost the outcome.
Finally, you might not think of jewelry as being a “tool” for magical work. However, placing a small pentacle or symbol of your beliefs on your alter or simply carrying it around with you throughout the day, is also a great little reminder of the power that is within you.