We write this simple list to help those of you who are new on the path of witchcraft, or desire to begin the tradition of Wicca, and you’re wondering what tools should I get to ensure you have everything you need to get started.
Feel free to use any of your own tools you may have around your home while you gather all of your equipment into one box of tools. I once read Crowley’s remarks on how he contrived his stuff while he was out wandering the world or climbing mountains. He found ways to just use the simple things from his kit…cook knife became Athame, tin cup became the Cup…etc.
As for the table itself, I know many of the photos and pictures you will see on the Internet so quite elaborate and very beautiful table set up in people’s homes, but in no way feel that you have to create such an elaborate altar in order to be effective as a witch, or as a Wiccan practitioner. One student writes….
“…..in my home, I ‘clutter’ a shelf, a mantle, or a
small window sill. I put a little origami pinwheel up on an
Eastern sill, a small shell on a Western one, a tiny oil lamp on a
Southern one, and a pretty rock on a Northern one. The whole House is
the Altar “Table”.
This sort of ‘kitchen witch’ working is accepted by lots of folks. You can set an altar up and take it down as fast as you can set a table.
We have provided a few direct links to products from our store to help you, but please understand we have hundreds of items within each category, we are simply providing you a link over to an item within that category.
- a pentacle
- 6 candles; 1 for each direction, 2 for altar
- chalice of wine (hard apple cider on Samhain)
- scrounge of silken cords
- small bowl of water
- small bowl of salt
- 3 cords, one red, one white, one blue, 9′ long each
- white-handled knife
- individual athames
- incense burner and incense
- small hand bell
- dish of cakes
- altar cloth of any color
- appropriate music
- veil for Great Rite of a Goddess color: Blue, green, silver or white
For New or Dark Moon Esbat:
- extra incense
- an apple and a pomegranate
- cauldron with a fire in it and/or a bonfire
- crystal ball or other scrying tools
- white tabard with hood for Priestess
For Winter Solstice (Yule):
- cauldron with candle or oak bonfire
- wreaths, 1 of holly and 1 of mistletoe
- crowns, 1 of oak and 1 of holly
- animal skull filled with salt
For Spring Equinox:
- cords as described in preparations
- hard-boiled eggs
- a bonfire ready to ignite or a taper
- flowers in the cauldron
For Beltane Sabbat:
- anointing oil
- tub to bathe the candidate in
- salts, herbs and oils to add to the bath
- a blindfold
- a shirt or other clothing that can be cut
- a length of string to measure the person
- two lengths of cord to bind the hands and feet
- bonfire for warmth if needed
- anointing oil
Recommended books for learning Solitary Wicca
Any good book on learning this tradition, or in fact any witchcraft tradition takes you on a journey. You should expect to be studying for the next three years before you even begin to feel confident. Naturally you will be totally capable of performing general rituals and getting used to the changing of the seasons.