Many natural objects can be used as Wiccan stuff. And you may prefer such things because you know exactly where they came from -- no Earth was harmed in the making of these products.
So what do you need to know about harvesting Wiccan ritual tools from nature?
That's what this article covers.
Before you take something from nature for ritual use, remember that it has a living spirit - even a broken branch or abandoned shell. And it is part of a system of interconnected life that has a living spirit - the soul of the forest or beach or park.
So before you make off with it, ask. And then remember to say thankyou!
Ask the stuff if it is willing to come with you. Ask if it agrees to do the work you have in mind.
Most things are happy to participate in sacred rites, or even to help out other beings by adding to a spell. Even living things like plants and trees are usually willing, when asked, to sacrifice themselves for a good cause. Humans could learn a lot from the generosity of nature!
One thing is certain. If you take something that is not willing, it won't be a beneficial Wiccan ritual tool for you.
Sensing the agreement and readiness comes with practice. And it may be different for each witch.
You may feel a difference between a "yes" and a "no" with your hand on it. It may feel like a sense of peace for yes, or a sense of discord for no. Warmth generally signals yes, and coolness no.
And ask the Divine to help you understand. With a little practice, you will come to feel something, and know how to interpret it.
If you're taking a plant, give it some time after it agrees to come.
Plants don't seem to have individual souls the way humans do - or so it seems to me. I've found that if you give them a minute or two, they will withdraw their life force into their roots.
In this way, they can send their soul into another growth.
Then it seems that you're not actually killing the being, but pruning it, like a very long toenail.
If the item says yes, then you are free to take it. But remember to offer something back to the spirit of the place in return.
This is a way of saying Thank-you to the spirit of the being, and to the Divine Source.
A piece of hair, a little water, a bit of food . . . whatever seems to you like an offering.
And the greater the gift nature offers you as a Wiccan ritual tool, the greater your thank-you should be.
The important part isn't what the Earth gets, but the recognition that you've received a gift, and a grateful desire to offer something in return.
To take something without gratitude and respect is to harm the Earth, even in a minute way. You also harm yourself, to take without giving.
Plus, there is the energy involved.
If you want something that will add to your rituals or spells, you want it to be filled with good energy and willing to help you.
Otherwise, you're sabotaging your efforts.
Choose your ritual supplies with awareness. Gather them with conscious gratitude.
If you do this, your Wiccan ritual tools will serve you well. And you will serve them well, too.
This goes for when you buy Wiccan ritual tools too.
With Brightest Blessings,
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