how and when to consecrate magickal tools

Consecrating magickal tools is likely one of the first magickal rituals you will do when you’re a new witch starting out. It’s very simple and straightforward, however, its one of those magickal rituals that can be made very complex if you wanted to.

What is Consecration?

Consecration is the act of making something sacred, or dedicating something to sacred use only. This is a practice found in virtually all spiritual paths dating back as far as recorded spiritual practices are found. I won’t go into consecration of individuals, such as that which is performed for bishops, here, as that’s not relevant to what I’m talking about.

The actual act of consecration can be quite ceremonial or rather simple, depending on the spiritual path, what is being consecrated, and what the purpose of the consecrated item will be.

The fundamental common theme among all consecration practices is that the very essence of the object being consecrated is irrevocably changed in the process.

If you are Catholic, you are familiar with the priest consecrating the bread or crackers and wine used in communion. There is often an element of transmutation that comes along with consecration, as one thing is symbolically or spiritually transformed into another.

If you are familiar with most Judeo-Christian practices of consecrating burial land in cemeteries, this is another example of making land sacred so that anyone buried there is then part of that consecration.

In Hinduism, temples are consecrated and then re-consecrated every 12 years.

In Islam, similar to the Judeo-Christian practice of consecrating holy ground, once a temple is built on a particular piece of land, it is permanently dedicated and consecrated for that purpose and that land then can no longer be used to build anything else.

What to Consecrate

There is some debate about exactly how many things you should consecrate and what should be consecrated and what probably doesn’t need to be.

What I will say is this: if you have an item that you will be using only in your magickal or spiritual practice and you will not be using it for anything else, then consecrate it.

If you have items that you are using for spiritual things, but they are also your personal items and you cannot afford to purchase extras (for example, you may only have a couple of nice glasses and you use them to give offerings, but also to drink out of yourself), then I personally don’t think you’re doing it wrong.

However, here are things you should consecrate, but you’re likely not using them for other things:

  • wands
  • cauldrons
  • ceremonial athames/knives/swords
  • permanent altars
  • statues or representations of deities
  • things you place on altars permanently

and then there are things you might want to consecrate, depending on what you’re using them for:

  • crystals
  • chalices
  • feathers
  • incense
  • candles
  • sacred/blessed water
  • temporary magickal work spaces
  • outdoor spaces you use frequently, such as a garden or outdoor altar

Its really kind of up to you if you feel that something should be consecrated. If your intuition says yes, then do it. But, realize that consecration generally does mean that once you do it, that object is now dedicated to your magickal work and shouldn’t be used for other mundane things anymore.

How to Consecrate

This process will vary widely from one spiritual path to another, so please feel free to consult with those in your own spiritual path or tradition first, as they may have specific guidance here.

A general process of consecration in many pagan practices is to present the item to all four elements, asking each element to bless it.

This might look like submerging it in water or sprinkling a bit of water on it if it can’t be submerged, passing it through or over a flame, placing it in a dish of salt, and blowing on it or passing it through incense. You would then state that the item is now sacred and dedicated to serve you in your practice.

You can also choose to consecrate items by calling on any deities or entities with whom you work, asking them to bless the item and then stating that it is dedicated to serve you in your practice. This can be in addition to or in place of presenting to the elements or any other process you prefer.

Some spiritual paths will prefer to make this ceremonial, casting a circle, calling the elements, and involving deities. If you prefer this and you have the time and resources, its also an option.

My practice is really fairly eclectic and intuitive, and I tend to grab whatever object I am consecrating, hold it in my hands (or place my hands on it, if its an altar space) and meditate on it for a bit, sending all my emotion and intention into it, then stating its purpose. I may or may not use the four elements, but I generally do pass it through some frankincense and myrrh resin or incense.

what is magickal breath?

There are a number of ways to incorporate breath into your magickal practice.

Breath in itself is viewed as magickal, as it is the drawing in of the air element to the physical corporeal body, filling the body with a necessary life-sustaining requirement. Breathing it back out, the air is now transformed to carbon dioxide and expelled from the body.

In many spiritual practices, it is viewed as something which connects the spirit to the physical. Even in passages of the Christian Bible, babies are not viewed as alive until the breath of God is breathed into them upon birth.

In yoga, there is significant focus on breath. Practitioners are guided when to move on a breath in vs a breath out. Breath expands and collapses parts of the body. It creates force on us, moving energy throughout important chakras and nerve/circulation centers.

So, breath symbolically, spiritually, and physically carries some pretty important meaning.

Here are some ways you can use magickal breath in your practice:

Breath During Meditation

I wrote a longer post on a breathing exercise that I have found helpful to calm a chaotic mind, but breathing itself is generally a recommended focus during meditation because it provides your mind with something tactile to focus on, while not focusing on anything else at all.

The deep inhalation and exhalation of breath can still and calm the heart, as well, which helps to ease you into a more relaxed physical and mental state.

There’s good reason why the majority of books and written guides for magickal practice emphasize breath work in meditation, due to its ability to create a calm state of mind and body.

Breath is also how we expel energy from the body and how we can visualize expelling energy we no longer want to hang onto.

Visualization during meditation may often start with breathing in a clean white light and breathing out frustrations, negativity, and anything else bothering you.

Breath to Consecrate

As humans are part of the divine, however you view that divinity, we have divinity within us, and as such, our own breath is that of the divine manifested in physical form.

When consecrating your magickal tools or other items, it is common in many traditions to present the tool or item to all four elements. This might include passing it over a flame, placing it in a bowl of salt or soil, sprinkling a bit of water on it, and…breathing on it.

Our own breath is obviously the element of air, and given that it comes from within us, it is also a divine breath.

Magickal Breath on Sigils

When invoking a spirit or deity, you can use your breath to breathe on the sigil you have drawn. You can also use your magickal breath to blow on a sigil that you have created for anything else, to activate it.

It is this divine nature of our breath that we can connect to symbols and images to bring us closer to the energy of the spirit we’re attempting to invoke, as if we’re communicating more on the level of our spirit or soul.

You can try this after creating a sigil and meditating on it or the entity associated with it, and when you feel ready, gently blow on the sigil to activate it, visualizing your own energy connecting and meshing with that of the sigil, ‘lighting it up’ so to speak.

There are probably many other ways you can use breath in magick, so get creative! You could explore combining breath and sound, such as singing, humming, chanting, or other ways to breathe magickally!

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