Nearly a month ago, I posted about visiting a local antique shop and purchasing twin brass bowls. I knew nothing of their previous use. How many hands had passed them? I did not feel anything inherently negative about them (I doubt I would have purchased them if I had), but unless I craft a tool, I like to purify it. Think what you will of energy, positive or negative: this is what I do and believe.
In 2010, I posted about the moon with regards to Druidism. Since then, I’ve been trying to work with its energies and phases. Ian Corrigan created The Nine Moons discipline for would-be initiates of ADF. The system is still being experimented with, but I’ve lapsed from practice due to the demands of college, family, and work. The system is either not entirely for me or not meant for me now. Despite that, I benefited from my time toying with it. I really connected to my ancestors in a way I never had, and I started to work with the moon. I paid more attention to it, to my feelings, to the energies around me. I started to work with it.
The waning moon felt like a perfect time to purify my brass bowls. Many traditions posit that workings meant to decrease or banish should take place during the waning moon – the time when the lunar wheel appears to decrease. It is a very sympathetic magic – “like begets like”. It’s a very symbolic way of going about magic.
With that in mind, I set about my task. I called to my spiritual allies, made offerings, and went into a light trance. I used ogham to divine whether this was indeed a good time for such a working and the signs indicated that it was. I placed the brass bowls on a slab of stone I use to draw sigils of purification on*. I blessed the bowls in the name of the three realms and the three kindreds. I blessed them in the name of fire and water while passing them through incense and anointing them with water from my blessed well. I declared the bowls “whole and holy” and dedicated them to the service of my path. I let them sit on the slab with sigils overnight.
The bowls will now be put to work on my altar. They are perfect for holding incense and are just the thing I’ve been looking for. Is there something you’ve been hoping to find for your altar? Rather than going to a big box store, why not see what’s available at nearby antique shops? You’ll never know what treasures you may find, and reusing is very good for Mama Earth. Use a ritual of purification to welcome the tools to your altar and make them your own!
*There are many ways to make sigils in rituals space. There are woodcuts of alchemists with various sigils and conjuration patterns on their floors. I live in an apartment and can't draw on my floors. It would be a pain to vacuum loose powders out of the carpet. The stone slab, which gave me permission to bring it inside for magical work, is a great way to get around that and connect to earthy energies. I use chalk to draw oghams on it according to my purposes. Outside, you can make sigils on the ground using herbs, differently colored soil, bird seed or twigs.