My portable magic kit

This is going to be a quick post before bed, but I’ve been using this kit now for a month and it feels like it’s time to show it off. I found the wallet at the op shop/thrift shop I work at, and at first, I thought it might make a good portable art kit, so I could draw while I was out, or at the shop or something, but after three weeks of it sitting in my bag, I had a better idea.

There was a particular thing that happened that made me want to have some sort of magical things with me, but I won’t go into details about that. Suffice it to say, this kit is all about protection, cleansing, and banishing, since that’s what I’ve had the most call to use.

The contents are pretty simple. I have two notebooks that I cut to size, and stitched together, where I can write notes or use it for spellwork if I have no other paper to hand. I have five coloured pencils, two lead pencils, and a black pen. I have an eraser (for banishing as well as practical uses), and a sharpener (for focus). There are two train tickets (the yellow pieces of card) that I use as a travel talisman as much as anything else. There is some black cord for binding. A pentacle pendant for an altar tile. A mirror. A pair of d6 dice I use for divination. A vial of frankincense oil. A nail. Finally, six vials containing white salt, black salt, sage, rosemary, hot foot powder, and a purifying herb mix.

There’s only a couple of things I still need to add: replace the black cord with three smaller skeins of red, white, and black thread, and print out a cheat sheet of my dice divination meanings. But other than that, it’s as complete as it’s going to be.

I’ve played around with travel altar kits for a long time, but I’ve never really found them particularly useful. But this seems to do the trick. It’s small enough to fit in my backpack, so I can take it with me all the time, and it’s discreet. I can take it out to lunch with me and write in my notebook, or put together an impromptu healing spell, and it’s fine. Anything more complex is going to get done at home, and since it’s not about deity devotion, but magic, it can be much more tightly focused, and have such small and useful things.

Anyway, it’s time for bed, so I’ll leave this here. If anyone else has a kit like this, I’d love to see them.

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I seem to have found a snake wand

heka wand sm

I mean, the stuff that turns up at my op shop/charity shop/thrift shop/pick your preferred regionalism. Like, srsly. I find this jarrah wood snake on the shelf when I got in on Tuesday (I work Tue and Wed), and it’s been priced at $3, and it’s just waxed jarrah wood, my dad reckons. The photo doesn’t even do it justice, but it’s so beautiful. It’s got some speckled markings on it, paint I think, but we’re going to clean it up, and then I think I’m just going to embellish it a little, and write on the bottom. It measures about 80cm long/~32in, but it feels like the right size and weight, and, hey, it was only $3. Bargain.

Granted, it isn’t a pair of snake wands, but I ain’t complaining. I’ll pair it with my knife, which I’ve just painted the handle up tonight. I think there’s gonna be some intense ritual tool consecration going on during the next full moon. I might do my ritual jewellery at the same time, since I took it all off on Monday, which is weird, but also good? I’m enjoying a little break from the priesting, and just doing simple twice-daily ad-lib offerings of flame, water, and incense, just for the joy of it. Some of the words from the old Senut prayers are coming back, which is weird because I never did Senut all that much, even when I was Kemetic Orthodox, but there are some nice words in there.

I’m beginning to understand the purpose of this pause, so that’s nice. Got a lot still to puzzle out, but that’s fine. It keeps me busy. I’ve got a snake to finish, and some consecration rituals to write. I don’t think I’ve done any magical tool consecrations since I was Wiccan, which is around 15 years ago woo. So that’ll be fun. I’m probably going to switch up some of the pendants I wear as well, it seems like the time to be a little more committed than just wearing All The Things, so. I’ve also started putting together a knife for Hekate, made from a letter opener, and I’ve made some incense burners out of all the clay, so. Fallow Time is unexpectedly productive, go me.

Runes are done!

Finished runes

All done! Painted them up on Friday, and only just got around to photographing them now. I wanted to see if I could arrange the runes like that around the base of Woden’s statue when it arrives, so I tried it out around the horse first. (And before anyone complains, no, they’re not in any kind of order. Just the order in which I took them out of the container once they’d dried outside.) Not sure what’ll happen to the horse when the statue comes, but I’ll figure that out in time. I still need to buy a drinking vessel, and a libation bowl, at the very least.

In front of the candle on the right is the little hammer I made for Thunor with the leftover clay. I painted it up and wrote His name in runes on it. Quite hard, as it’s quite small. It was a bit fiddly to get right, but I managed it. It’s a first start, though.

I’ve been mixing my red paint with copper paint, actually, since it makes it feel more like a blood substitute than just plain red paint. Plus, it’s been great having a portable magic altar I can just take outside for when I’m painting things like this. Man, why did no one tell me about portable magic altars before now? My life is so much easier now that I don’t have to fret about only doing things inside because that’s where my altars are. I can do magical things outside! omg! 😀 /small thing s etc.

T is for Tools

This was going to be my second T topic, but I can’t think of anything else to write about, so I’ll do this first, and give myself some time to think of another topic that’s not as vague as ‘thinky thoughts’ or ‘transition-y things’, which is about as much as I’ve got right now. Also, I though I’d save you another post on trans* deities because all I really want to write about is Wesir and the Wild Godde, the Horned Goddess’ companion, and the ties between them and such. So that’s a W topic for later.

This also gives me time to think of another T topic, because I am all out of ideas right now, beyond a rambly post about ~transitions~ and such. I still have a P post to catch up on too, and the only reason that isn’t done either is because I also can’t think of what to write about. Too many P topics. D:

So, this post is about my ritual and magical tools. I feel like it’s a bit obvious, in some ways, but I don’t think I’ve ever really done a post like this before, ever, where I’ve kind of gone through and talked about all the tools I use. This will involve Illustrations, so be warned. 😛

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