The Power Bag
and foremost tool of a practicing Sorcerer is his Bag of Power.
Many akin this bag to the Mojo, Toby, Medicine Pouch, Trick,
Fetish, Ouanga, Gris-Gris, etc. I just simply call it the Power
Bag. The bag is usually left up to the design of the individual
Sorcerer but if you need a pattern to follow, contact my publisher
BOTNL for a copy of my book, Pragmatic Magics: A Grimoire Of
Modern Sorcery which has instructions for both creating your Power
Bag as well as what to put into it and finally what to do with it.
The Power Bag is one of the easiest tools to carry around. It is
the easiest to conceal as you can wear it under your clothes and
it is lightweight. This tool should be made use of as often as
possible for with it the competent Sorcerer can either store
energy to be called upon later or siphon off needed energies to
supplement his/her technical workings.
Its uses are not simply limited to what I've written about as one
can meditate upon each piece that makes up the content which will
be a wealth of knowledge to be tapped in and of itself. Make sure
that all of your tools are multi-purpose so that they can be used
when nothing else is at hand.
The Sorcerer's Staff
the traditions of Magic, there exists a little used and often
misunderstood tool, the staff. Hence, there are few traditions
that even bother to utilize its potential. But in the realms of
fantasy literature, the wizard's staff holds a place of prominence
as weapons of peace and destruction. In the real Occult world, the
Staff is used primarily in place of the sword that so many groups
are fond of working with.
One may be able to bandy about town carrying a sword on their hip
without too much trouble or looks from Johnny Law and Joe Citizen
respectively. However it is far easier to walk about town carrying
a staff that can easily be said to be a "walking stick".
What is a cane that an elderly person use but a walking stick.
Historically, the staff was cut to the height of its owner. I feel
that the reason for this was two fold:
1) to use as an axis of power that could be stored conveniently
whenever the Sorcerer had use for it
2) to act as a stand in for someone whom the Mage happened to be
working on. (Details on how to use it in this manner are available
in Pragmatic Magics)
The Staff is a potent tool for use when working Magic. It can be
used with relevant ease in the place of the Sword to cast a
circle, to force summoned Spirits to pay you homage, etc. When
seen in this light, doesn't it make a little more sense to employ
an ancient Magical tool within your practices rather than trying
to lug arond some heavy sword? For more on its uses, see my Magus
Ritual Magic Course.
A Thought Before Making Your Tools
the few things I find amusing with mainstream Neo-Pagan beliefs is
the 'you have to make your tools from all natural substances'.
Whoever started this had to be a fiendish prankster because
nothing could be further from the truth. In my article on "Making
Your Own Staff", I raised holy hell about this topic already. I'm
revisiting it mainly to add something.
What amuses me about the whole situation is the mainstream Pagans
who, on one hand, will tell you that you must use all natural
fibers, woods and metals for making your tools yet when it comes
to working Magical spellcraft, you'll hear them proudly proclaim,
"if it feels right, do it". Well we have pale faced Pagans
speaking with forked tongue, don't you agree? I mean why is it
okay to have to follow a strict belief when it comes to simply
crafting your tools but you can throw it all out the window when
it comes to working spells and rituals! Is this a stupid line of
reasoning or what? I'm more interested in practicing traditional
forms of Magic which are already tried and proven but
experimenting with the art of crafting one's tools by trying new
Frankly if you need to, use synthetic materials. Generally these
are cheaper cost and easier to obtain. Why would you want to use
real, all natural civet, musk or ambergris? These liquids come
from live animals and for these to be collected, the animal must
die. The same goes for rhinocerous horn. Use synthetic scents. The
vibration is so close that only the Spirits will know the
difference and frankly they don't care half as much as you do.
Besides, I've said this a thousand times: if the ancients had
velcro, PVC pipe and Elmer's Glue All, don't you think they would
have used it???
Brother Moloch 969