Hello everyone! I've finally decided to start making my own tools for my practices instead of merely buying them(making them much more personal), and was wondering if anyone had some pointers or advice on how to make things such as a staff or an athame. Thanks in advance!
Re: Making a Wiccan Staff
By: blackbeldam / Novice Nov 20, 2012
Post # 2
Forging your own weaponry? That's quite an endeavor in this day and age.
My only suggestion related to athames is NOT to forge them out of steel. Some extra-planar creatures, namely elementals, fear steel, and having any tools nearby when you attempt to summon them forged from it will make the process more difficult, if not impossible. Also, athames are traditionally black-handled.
If you're making your own weapons, you should also make your own boline. They're used in lieu of athames to perform practical work related to magic, such as cutting thread or drawing small amounts of blood. (Athames lose their power if they draw blood, and must be destroyed and discarded immediately. They can, however, be /anointed/ in blood.) Bolines are traditionally crescent shaped to represent the moon and white-handled.
As for staves, they are traditionally carved from oak, a tree associated with Jupiter. Try to only remove inessential parts of the tree - or better yet, use branches that have already fallen.