Do I really need to consecrate all my tools? Or is it acceptable to just cleanse them?
@carter1 i think it up to you. I have done both on my tools. I only do the whole process once, when I started out.
I’ve always just cleansed them because it was way late in my journey that I learned to consecrate them but it’s not too late. It’s totally your opinion.
Great question, @carter1!
I know there are witches out there who consecrate and/or cleanse all their tools (as well as their altar and the room itself). Depending on the method of consecration or cleansing you choose, this could be a quick and easy procedure or a day-long endeavor
I personally think it depends on how you feel. Pick up the tools- if you sense any muddled or negative energy, I would say yes- go ahead and cleanse them.
But if you recently cleansed or consecrated your tools or you don’t feel any negative energy, I personally don’t see the need to cleanse- just like I wouldn’t usually wash clothes stored in the closet. No need to wash something immediately before wearing/using it every time!
Francisco shared a great response to a similar question a while back, so I’ll add that in here to for you to consider:
Good luck and blessed be, Carter!
Recently Mark shared a very useful ritual he wrote for a combination of cleansing and consecrating. It’s a “Cleansing Consecration” ritual. I thought you may find it useful:
First, I think it’s useful to define those two terms.
To cleanse → to remove any unwanted energies from an object
To consecrate → usually, this means to make an object sacred
In witchcraft, cleansing and consecrating serve two different purposes. Everyday objects can be cleansed, ritual items can be cleansed, etc. Anything can be consecrated, but once consecration has happened, that item can no longer be used for anything else. It has been made sacred and given a very specific purpose. Here’s an example.
I’m a writer. I don’t generally write by hand anymore but if I wanted to create a ritual out of my writing process, I would cleanse all of my tools. If I wanted the ritual to have deep meaning and give a specific purpose to my pen, for example, to only be used for writing certain things, then I would consecrate it. During consecration, I would be making it sacred and designating its use for one task. After that, I would not use that pen for any writing other than what it was consecrated for.
In this case, consecration of tools is entirely your decision. If you plan on using them for other things then no, don’t consecrate them. You can just cleanse them between uses. If you want an object to be sacred and used for a specific ritual purpose then yes, consecrate it.
Hope that helps!
Hello @carter1 and welcome, for some reason you seems to me familiar.
Why do you say that?
Not sure why, but is what I felt.
There are really no absolutes in magic. It’s a good idea to stay positive. I bless my altar all inclusive (cause I’m lazy), but no flash of lightening in the sky or a deep male voice saying- No, no, no.
If you feel any negativity, by all means, cleanse and bless your tools. Reality? What can it hurt?
BUT I will strongly suggest a you make a circle to keep all negativity out of your work area.
Be blessed, stay safe.