Tools and Materials
The most important thing is to keep it simple.
- A journal or sketchbook: Any kind of book even loose leaf paper is fine. I like bound sketch books with quite heavy paper in them, as I can do a variety of things with the pages and they hold up well. My favorites are from Daler and Rowney.
- Something to write with: a pen, or pencil.
- Something that makes color: markers, paints, colored pencils.
- Glue stick
- Old magazines and bits of paper for collage
- A quiet place to work: indoors or outdoors but it should be somewhere you won’t be disturbed and you feel perfectly safe and at ease
In addition to these basics there are some things that will make tapping into your spiritual self potentially easier:
- Incense or an essential oil spritzer
- A candle
There might other be things you use when participating in ritual - special jewelry, crystals, etc. - bring them along for the ride too.
Some of the materials in this course are pdfs so that you can print them out and use them without your device. Mainly I have done this for the journaling/ritual activities and I recommend you print them out if you have the means so that you can unplug for those precious moments.
It is a good idea to read through all rituals or exercises several times before embarking on them so that you are comfortable with the steps. You could even record the steps and play them during the ritual if you prefer.
All activities are optional - the whole course is! But the more you do the more you will get out of the experience.
I also want to recommend you spend time writing about what you do in the rituals and exercises. Having a written record is very important too. While magickal art journaling is a potent practice, I don't believe it should replace the written word. Each activity is of benefit to a different part of us. Also consider sharing your thoughts about them in our Slack group.
Terminology and Context
I developed my craft by following pagan beliefs and customs. Over time I have broadened my beliefs and ideas, but I still have roots in this heritage. As a result I often refer to terms and ideas that are pagan. You do not have to be pagan to find magick and become a witch and if you have any questions or concerns about the way I phrase things I am always ready to talk and learn. Feel free to start a discussion in our Slack group.