Ritual Tools: Cleansing and Consecrating Is More Than Making Them Shiny
Recently, we have been talking about various ritual tools: the athame and the chalice, and so on. Whenever you procure a ritual tool–whether you buy it, make it, or find it–you want to cleanse that tool before you first use it, especially if someone else’s negative vibes have touched that tool, and periodically afterwards (several times a year, at least). Then, you want to consecrate that tool, blessing it in the name of the Lady and the Lord for the good of all and harm to none.
Why do all this? First, you want to set these ritual tools off as holy, special, sacred. You want your good spiritual vibes to permeate the tools. And you want to discourage negative energy from trying to invade your tools: this negative energy could seriously interfere with magickal or other rites.
Different ways of cleansing a ritual tool exist: pick the method that is right for you and for the tool. Here are but a few options at your disposal:
1. Cleanse, using the elements. Waft air, using a feather, over the ritual tool. Pass the tool through or above fire (the latter is recommended for candles; make it quick). Sprinkle a little salt, repreenting Earth, on the tool. Finally, sprinkle a few drops of water on the tool. As an option, you can touch the ritual tool with the athame, representing Spirit, as well.
2. You can use just one element to cleanse the ritual tool. You can bury the tool in the earth for a few weeks (don’t forget where you buried it, of course), hold it underneath running water, hold it against a gentle breeze, or let it sit underneath the afternoon sun for a few hours (not recommended for candles).
3. Place the ritual items underneath the light of a full moon and let them absorb the moon’s energy all night.
4. If you are a Reiki practitioner, you can use Reiki energy to cleanse the tools.
5. You can visualize a cleansing light in blue, pink, white, or another color that you associate with cleaning. Visualize that light emanating from your hands and embuing the tool with clean, positive energy.
After you cleanse your ritual tool(s), be sure to bless them in the name of Deity, saying something like, “In the name and service of the Lady and the Lord, for all good works, and for the benefit of all and harm to none. Blessed Be.”
How do you cleanse and consecrate your ritual tools? Do you use a method not mentioned here? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Blessed Be!