I’m not usually a fan of birthdays, but when one is really well-timed, they can be pretty handy. For my birthday this year I got a beautiful double-edged dagger. How fortunate that I was in need of a ceremonial dagger (Athame) and it all just seemed to work out.
Now I just need to consecrate the silly thing and I’ll have a tool that I can use in some of the rituals that I perform. The only problem is, I haven’t decided exactly what my ritual will be yet. There is such a wide array of opinions as to the consecration of magical tools that it makes me feel like I’m at a buffet. I’m thinking I’ll start with some candles and incense, take a large serving of focused meditation for the main course, perhaps a side of an appropriate incantation, and finish it all off with a bit of blood anointing for desert.
It’s nice to not be bound to one single magical paradigm, as I can pull together the pieces that will make it a meaningful ritual for me. I have never found any one discipline that I have found all-encompassing, but all of them contain something there I find interesting, and can find use for in the future.