In the previous installment I discussed the physical and energetic methods of cleansing magical tools, the next step is to bless and amp them up. Empowering is simply charging a person/place/thing or idea with energy; your intentions and the forces you invite are what creates magic. Blessing is inviting energy of the highest good to manifest in a person/place/creature/thing or at an event. Consecrating means you are dedicating a person/place/thing for a specific function. It’s good to know some general information about each element, so I’ll give a brief description of associations.
Earth energy is connected to green or brown, nurturing, growing, grounding, stability, fertility, prosperity, darkness, quiet, winter, all kinds of soil, sand, rocks, roots, plants, crops, mushrooms, moss, salt, nuts, and grains. You might want to use grain, meal or rice in a bowl, or sand, soil, or nuts in a bigger container, you could use a hunk of moss or even material coloured brown or green. It would be good to keep in mind that whatever symbol you choose is normally sprinkled, wiped or wrapped around the item being blessed.
Fire energy is connected to red, purifying, cleansing, heat, smouldering, speed, courage, energy, strength, influence, sex, protection, light, storms, summer, stinging nettles, thorny plants, volcanoes, deserts, candles, fireplaces, spicy foods. The most common way to bless with fire is to pass the object through the flame; a candle works nicely and is the easiest method.
Water energy is connected to blue, purifying, soothing, healing, love, emotions, psychic awareness, dreams, peace, relationships, flow, all bodies of water, water lilies, seaweed, roses, gardenia, most flowers, wells, shells, darkness, washing, and bathing. Again, water is either poured or sprinkled over the object being blessed so you could use a cup of water, or sprinkle water from a shell or sprinkle rosebuds over your tools.
Air is connected with yellow, movement, flying, floating, freshness, fragrance, breath, wind, incense, and smoke, fragrant flowers, flying creatures, windy places, divination, learning, knowledge, freedom, travel and hearing. The easiest way to represent air is with incense and again the tool is passed through the smoke to bless it.
Decide what materials you wish to represent each element, the simple list: incense, incense burner, candle and candleholder, matches or lighter, shell or cup with water inside, bowl holding your earth element, you also need a spirit candle, snuffer, altar cloth and space where you can work comfortably without being disturbed. Set up the altar, the spirit candle is in the center, the elements arranged in your tradition (many Wiccan’s follow the east-air, south-fire, west-water, north-earth arrangement) this is your ritual so do what works for you!
Do whatever it is that gets you ready to be in sacred space, have everything you need in easy reach, light the spirit candle and ground into the earth letting any worries go. Visualize the earth energy reaching towards you, flowing up your body, just like water through the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree, imagine the energy overflowing from just above your head and returning to the earth. When you are ready, cast a circle or make sacred space in your usual way.
The first step is to declare the symbols of the elements as being sacred, you can say something like
“I bless and consecrate these symbols to represent the four powers of the elements and to lend their energies to this rite, (light the incense, the fire candle, dip fingers in water, touch the earth representation) I bless and honour the spirit that is in all things, (palm above spirit candle) in the names of the Lady and Lord so mote it be! “
Take the first tool and pass it through the incense smoke say something like “I bless you with the powers of air, may you help me to have clear thought, freedom, knowledge, to study and learn, to communicate openly and listen wisely in all I do. Blessed Be!”
Pass the tool through the fire flame, “I bless you with the powers of fire, may you help me to take action when required, to know my strength and will, to be courageous, daring and empowered. Blessed Be!”
Bathe the tool in the water, “I bless you with the powers of water, may you help me to dare and be receptive, to know and face my emotions, to discover the mysteries and to flow through life. Blessed Be!
Sprinkle the tool with the earth substance, saying “I bless you with the powers of earth, may I know when to be silent, bring stability, abundance, wisdom, grounding, strength and help me remember my connection to the earth, her people and my ancestors. Blessed be!”
Now pass the tool over the spirit candle and say” I bless you with spirit that is in all things, may you be a creature of magic, change, and transformation. Blessed Be!”
Then cradle the tool in your hands, thinking of the energies placed within it. Be aware of any messages, thoughts or feelings associated with your magical helper, you may even be given a name for it. Take a deep breath filling your lungs, then blow your over the tool and say “I breathe my life into you to be with you. You are a symbol of my spirits desire to help focus my will, thoughts and ideas; we are in service to the Goddess and God for the best and highest good of all concerned. (I name you ___ [optional])So Mote it Be!”
Before you finish remember to thank the energies you invited, and to bid them hail and farewell, and if you cast a circle to open it. Remember to snuff the candles, it’s a respect thing and actually use the tools you have blessed, you are bonded together, they don’t like to be neglected! There are other ways to charge up magical tools using the sun, moon phase, crystals, smudge etc. I’ll tackle that next time.