Derek asks: What are some ingredients that would be most suitable for starting off?
Getting started with Wicca and magick is a very exciting time. So exciting, in fact, that many of us easily get carried away with acquiring tools and ingredients to build our very first altar. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but we mustn’t forget that our most important tool is our mind. Any ingredients and accessories we use in magick are charged by our mind, and if your mind isn’t trained and sharpened, then your magick will suffer. Tools help us enter into the right mindset and keep us focused, which is very helpful during spell casting, but they won’t do the work for us.
So, while you read and learn and practice and gather your supplies, remember that you must begin to train your mind as well. When you acquire or make a new tool, a great exercise is to cleanse and charge it – a ritual which serves to connect you to the tool and charge it with its magickal purpose (fully explained in my ebook, The Essence of Magick). Daily meditation will also help you focus your mind and make you more powerful each day that passes.
To your question, then – what ingredients and tools are good to start with? I always say, go with your heart. Each situation is unique, so think about what kind of spells you are most keen to start with. Is it for love, abundance, well-being? Look online and you will find lists of the purposes and correspondences of herbs, incenses and gemstones – these are relatively inexpensive and are easy to buy online if not in-store. They can quickly be charged with your intent and used in many different rituals. Find gemstones, incenses and herbs which correspond with what purposes you feel most drawn to at this time.
Other easy and useful things are candles (look at colour correspondences online or in my ebook), a cup for holding sacred water or to drink any magickal brews, sea salt for cleansing and protection, and a notebook from which you can create your first Book of Shadows. You can carve your own wand out of a branch. Until you find an athame that suits you, you can use your arm to direct energy.
This will give you a good place to start, without costing you too much. Gather information where you can, meditate, spend time in nature connecting to Mother Earth, and most importantly, play and have fun, and follow your intuition – s/he knows best!
Until next time,