Like everybody else, as a newbie I got ALL the kit. Fortunately for my bank balance, there wasn’t an occult shop near me but I punished the plastic on-line and I scoured bric-a-brac shops. Friends who knew I had finally started taking my heritage seriously were kind enough to donate a dagger here, a sword there, incense burners and guess what? MOST OF IT IS UP IN THE LOFT!
Having got back to the absolute basics now I find that my paraphernalia is down to two pendants that never leave my neck
My Pentacle is sacred to me because it was given to me during my first initiation and I wore it during my ordination and even though I no longer practice Wicca, it carries a great deal of spiritual and magical weight.
The little gold Triskell does two jobs. My husband gave it to me to celebrate my naturalisation as a Breton citizen. You must understand that Brittany is like Cornwall and does not count itself part of the mainland but a Celtic nation apart. So when I went to the Prefecture to receive my new papers, the Prefect (a nationalist) kissed me and welcomed me as “the newest Breton”. So I proudly wear Brittany’s national symbol.
The Triskell is also a symbol of the triple goddess – maiden, mother, crone (or Magrat (note spelling), Ogg and Weatherwax if you wish) and I wear it to remind myself that I have passed through three of those phases and whoopee – made it to crone-hood in almost one piece!
My other two bits of paraphernalia that I still keep by me are my pendulums. One was a gift from my beloved aunt with the immortal words “Bloody thing will NOT work for me. No doubt it will chat to you like a mynah bird!’ which, of course, it does. She knew it would. I use my pendulums for guidance, asking question, finding lost things and also for confirming feelings I have about people or situations. The small crystal one is my travelling copy. I couldn’t dare lose the amethyst one – Auntie would kill me.
Yes, I still have an altar because it is my practice to light candles and burn incense for my friends who need my thoughts and prayers. These days it is very functional. The top of a bookcase has my candlesticks, joss stick holders and a few gemstones plus a vase of feathers that I have picked up on my walks, gifts from my friends, the children of the air. And, yes, you can see Christian symbols on there too because many of the friends I am working for are Christian so I honour their traditions too. More on that in another post.
Do I have a wand? Well of course I do! Two in fact – one from my old hazel bush in my garden in Brittany and one from my dragon willow tree out there in the garden. No Diagon Alley merchandise, just plain old bits of tree.
So if anyone wants a box of witchy paraphernalia …. I have one in the loft!