magicianDon’t get us wrong… we love the quirky, fun adventures of Harry Potter as much as other fans. However, some of the inaccuracies of magical practice portrayed in the movie could get the newbie practitioner in trouble. For instance, the Wand is a magical Air tool, which means that it can’t handle Fire bolts, or Water and Earth magic. Yet Harry uses his Wand to handle all four elements. We don’t suggest that unless you want to fry your Wand.

Magic Tools
The tools we use in magical practice are used to extend, enhance, direct, and focus our energies in using the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. The corresponding tools for each element are:
Air – Wand
Fire – Athame
Water – Chalice
Earth – Plate

Whereas some magic tools are items you need to buy such as the Athame, Chalice and Plate, we encourage our students to make their own Wands. Before using them, your magic tools need to be cleansed and keyed to your own personal energies. According to the tool, this is done in various ways. Before using magic tools, you need to have a good understanding of the types of magical techniques each one is best used for. This starts with a comprehensive understanding of the four elements themselves. Here are some examples of the types of techniques that each element and tools associated with them are best used for.

Air Element – corresponds to seeing, breathing, speaking, hearing, planning, thinking, believing, memorizing, communicating, learning, teaching, information, ideas, wisdom, understanding, worry, sensation, awareness, opinions, data, memory, mind.
Wand – magical techniques done with the Wand include sending air element messages to others, building air protection shields and healing techniques such as sweeping, pulling and touch assist.

Fire Element – corresponds to energy, power, will, desire, anger, pain, motivation, radiance, passion, initiative, aggression, limitation, endeavor, activity, creative, willingness, urge, inspired, excitable, courage, bravado, compulsion, fanaticism, frustration, resentment, rage, freedom.
Athame – magical techniques done with the Athame include creating more permanent protective shields such as omnils, doing banishments, cutting psychic lines representing unhealthy connections that are attached to yourself or other people, and healing conditions such as those that include pain, inflammation, congestion and tension in the body. The Athame is also used quite commonly in ceremonies and rituals for invoking higher powers and spirits to participate.

Water Element – corresponds to emotions, feelings, intuition, compassion, empathy, sympathy, knowing, devotion, quest, aspiration, intention, appreciation, integrity, harmony, beauty, balance, serenity, fluidity, grief, apathy, joy, love.
Chalice – magical techniques done with the Chalice include doing four element cleansings, doing the night time blessing ritual, throwing bolts of water energy, sending psychic messages on an emotional level, divination, creating a standing shield for capturing to isolate and confine objects, entities, or others who are harming you and healing for conditions using Water element energies.

Earth Element – corresponds to strength, money, foundation, endurance, structure, mundane world, serenity of beingness, solidity, boundaries, permanence, land, commerce, products, confidence, loyalty, persistence, stubbornness, fortress, security, anchor, barter, substance, body, base, possessions.
Plate – magical techniques done with the Plate include shielding and protecting objects, cutting psychic lines on yourself, keying Tarot cards, and healing for conditions using Earth element energies like healing broken bones.

Just like with any other kind of tools, you need the right magic tool for the job. You can check out more of the do’s and don’ts of the four magical elemental tools in our ebooks. Not sure whether to dig in? Don’t worry, we have a 30-day magical happiness guarantee. If you’re not totally happy, we will refund your money, no questions asked. Is that magical or what?


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