How to Make Magick Tools
Book Proposal by Melissa Michael
200 pages with illustrations
Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master projects for each magickal tool
The difference between magic and magick
First we ground, center, and cast a sacred circle of protection.
Then we ground center, and release the circle.
Be open to tools and materials coming to you - feathers, stones, berries, and even deer bones in the woods
Why to make your own tools
this covers the ethics of magick and the reasons why it’s better to make your own tools instead of buying ready made. Even if you do buy ready made, you should at least decorate or mark the tool in some way to claim it and make it your own.
Purpose -- creates and defines sacred space set aside for magickal ritual and spellcasting only. Creates a boundary between your daily life and duties, and your magickal spiritual self.
Apprentice project - paint a tile
Journeyman project - score copper foil
Master project - paint or embroider cloth
Purpose -- The athame is all-purpose and if you are only going to have one blade, this is it. It can be sharp enough to actually cut like a boline and can define the boundary of the sacred circle like the sword, and make all ritual gestures, drawings, and symbolic cuts. Unless you are into metal working, this chapter is mostly about merely decorating a ready-made blade. It is of vital importance to find a blade that ‘feels’ right to you, that you like to look at and hold in your hand. Ordering from a catalog is risky. You can’t feel the balance or edge from a picture.
Apprentice project - Athame - decorate a dagger
Journeyman project - Boline - Sharpen a blade
Master project - Ritual Sword - Sew a scabbard
Apprentice project - sparklers
Journeyman project -
Master project - Outdoor fire pit
Apprentice project - decorate a conductor’s baton
Journeyman project - carve your own piece of wood
Master project - fashion a glass or metal masterpiece
Staffs, Staves, Batons, and
Apprentice project - Find a good walking stick
Journeyman project -
Master project -
Apprentice project - scribe a small votive
Journeyman project - Decorate a container candle
Master project - Make your own Crockpot Candles
Working with Herbs
Apprentice project - blend oils, powders for aromatherapy
Journeyman project - Make a punk with herbs from your garden
Master project - make an herbal elixir
Other Altar Tools
Purpose --Three more tools you might like to create
Apprentice project - cure your cauldron - Again, unless you are an experienced metalworker, which I am not! you will buy a cast iron cauldron ready made.
Journeyman project - Besom -tie together fragrant pine boughs, or even rosemary and other herbs from your garden and use to cleanse your altar or magickal working space
Master project - Scrying Mirror
Purpose -- There are thousands upon thousands of very useful, beautiful, wonderful divination tools on the market and I own many of them. But, none of them can access my own inner eye, my sense of intuition, my accumulated wisdom, like a divination tool that I created my very own self.
Apprentice project - pendulum
Journeyman project - runes
Master project - tarot deck
Book of Shadows
Purpose -- This is your magickal grimoire, your record of spells and wisdom, your private magickal diary that chronicles your magickal journey. Some keep the BOS secret, some pass it along in coven, or down in their family.
Apprentice project - quill
Journeyman project - ink blend
Master project - Book binding
Putting it all together
Purpose -- This can help you decide which tools you want to start with or concentrate on for a small basic altar, a purposive altar, or to make your entire home an altar.
Apprentice project - Basic small altar
Journeyman project - Elaborate, purposive altar
Master project - Making your home an altar
Using Your Magickal Tools
Apprentice project - 5 minutes per day
Journeyman project - New/Full Moon
Master project - Change My Life