Ritual Tools

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Ritual Tools
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Tue, 04-05-2011 - 9:23am

Hello all.

In many of my past readings of Paganism, the idea of ritual tools has been presented many times. Since I am not really a believer in the need for ritual, its not something I have ever really thought about. However since I know many of you do perform rituals, I thought it would be interesting to know your take on the tools that you use (or dont use) in following your Path.

So if you would like to, please share some info on what tools you use and their significance both to the ritual and to you personally.

Look forward to learning about this!

Peace,

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Registered: 09-20-2007
Tue, 04-05-2011 - 12:51pm

While ritual tools are not absolutely necessary, they are nice to use and I do prefer to use them. Since the Druids themselves left no written records of their rituals we modern Druids rely on the writings of the Greco-Romans who came into contact with the ancient Druids, particularly Julius Caesar and Pliny the Elder.

One important tool is the sickle (Pliny claimed they were made of gold and were used to cut down the sacred mistletoe, though gold would be way too soft a metal to do that). I used a curved knife instead. The main tool of the Druid is the wand (think Gandalf). Another tool is the bell branch. This is a branch that has small bells attached to it, that when rung, attracts the sounds of the deities and good spirits and repels the negative spirits. Another tool would be a musical instrument of some kind, since Druids were Bards, but since I can't play anything, I use the bell branch for that. Another tool that I carry with me is what is called a crane bag, which is similar to a Native American medicine bag. It contains items like stones, feathers, animal bones, dried berries, etc. The crane bag come from Irish legend. The father of the Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhaill had a crane bag which was stolen and Fionn had to recover it (Fionn's grandfather was a Druid). Another important tool is the cauldron, which is used by different deities within Celtic mythology. It can be used for drinking, meditation, seering, and burning offerings. And the final tool is that of stones, which we use to build altars and to make sacred space.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 04-05-2011 - 5:56pm

Cool! I have never heard of a bell branch! I like the idea though. One of my favorite sounds is that of wind chimes.

Thanks for sharing. I love learning new things.

*hugs

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