Every practitioner of magick is aware of the basic tools required for Ritual or Spell work within their Tradition. All these tools are basically the same. The difference is mostly in the Style of the Tool. When working within a Traditional Wiccan Path, one might expect the practitioner to have & use mostly Goddess orientated tools, that is, tools decorated & adorned with Goddess symbols, or corresponding colors, objects, etc. 

The Tools for use within the Draconian or Dragon Tradition of Wicca are no different. They are simply Sacred Tools that reflect the Dragon, instead of the Goddess. This is the same in most Traditions. For instance, if you are more God orientated, your Ritual Tools would reflect this, such as having stag skulls or horns, things that Honor & reflect the symbols for Cernunnos...

 

When a practitioner first chooses a Path or Tradition to follow, The ritual tools they have & use may not all reflect this path, and that is okay. Everyone starts somewhere. If your budget does not allow you to run out and purchase all new tools, use the ones you have. Slowly, over time, your collection of Sacred Tools will grow to reflect the Tradition or Path that you follow. Regardless of the symbols upon your tools, ALL tools used for a Draconic Ritual should first be Cleansed, Consecrated and Blessed by the Dragons.

 

Types of Tools used within the Draconian Tradition

SWORD:One thing that draws those who practice Dragon Magick together is their common Love of Dragons.  Most practitioners who choose a Dragon Wicca Path thrive on tales of Dragons... A sword is often disregarded in many Traditions of Wicca, in Draconian Wicca however...As you might expect;The Prime Ritual Tool for Dragon Magick is a Sword. A Sword is a symbol of the Power of the practitioner of Dragon Magick. It is the symbol that the Dragons recognize as related to the practitioner, and it is the symbol that the Dragons Expect the practitioner to posses.  Dragons are practitioners of magick themselves, and just like us they use correspondences in their Ritual magick. Swords can easily be the most expensive tool to purchase. Even a sword that is not elaborate or heavily decorated with ornamentation can be expensive, for this reason I suggest you choose your sword wisely, you may well use it for years. A short sword is the best choice, I think, because you will need to be able to maneuver it within the circle. 18 to 20 inches in length is the ideal size. After a few minutes of actually holding the sword out in front of you, you will come to understand why a short sword is best, believe me.  It is a cumbersome tool, and notoriously clumsy within a circle.

Ceremonial Knives:Athame / Boline 

 

Athame:It is used primarily to cut and direct energy links and sometimes to delineate sacred space. Gate portals are cut with the Athame, and it is the Witch's primary weapon when in liminal space.An Athame is a double edged dagger.It is common for an Athame to have a sharp tip and dull sides, I think this is to prevent injuries. I prefer my blades all to be carefully sharpened and honed to perfection, but that's just me. To me, a dull blade is the sign of sloven practices. A sharp blade shows Respect & Honor to the God. An Athame is used to sever things within the Spiritual Realms ONLY> it is not meant to be used to cut, carve or otherwise use within the physical realm, but for the directing of energy and manipulation of power within the ethereal realm. That being said, I know that it is a common practice to use one's athame to carve ruins or words onto candles, etc. I believe that using your athame for such mundane practices will damage its use within the ethereal realm.  The Athame corresponds to the Element Fire.The Energy of the Athame is Masculine and corresponds with the God.An Athame usually has a Black handle, this is so that the practitioner can readily tell the difference between knives during Ritual. If your knives are decorative and easily told apart it is not necessary for it to have a black handle.

 

 

Boline:The Boline's handle is White. This is the physical tool used in basic altar needs and in preparing for any ritual work that you might do, such as in carving candles, trimming wicks, and cutting cords. It is for cutting things in the physical realm. In Kitchen Witchery it has become the practice to combine the knives into one all-purpose knife (and still call it an Athame) I disagree completely with this. Keeping your knives separate, using them for their intended purposes and treating them as the Sacred Tools that they are, will enhance the tools ability to store & manipulate energy. The Boline is the Physical Realm Knife, It draws upon the practitioners energies. The more you use this knife, the more it will become a part of you. I use my knife for everything. The Traditional Boline is shaped like a Sickle, it is shaped in such a way as to make it practical for harvesting herbs. While I like the idea of a sickle shaped knife... it just isn't practical for everyday use. My Boline is my pocket knife. Unfolded it is about the size of my Athame, about the length of a large hand, fingers opened. It is consecrated and I cleanse & charge it regularly. I've had it for years, and it holds much of my energy. 

 

Shelg:The Shelg is not a Traditional Wiccan tool. The Shelg is an American Folkloric Traditional blood sacrifice knife. It is the tool of the third realm and relates to the Red God of the Forge, Tubal Qayin. The Shelg is used for blood magick and sacrifice. It may be used to open a small wound in the flesh in order to produce blood for oath-taking or binding links. Although sterile lancets are often used in place of the Shelg for safe bloodletting in small amounts, the Shelg is still symbolically passed over the wound to seal the link.

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