I recently posted an article on what kind of tools can be used in the Craft so I thought it would be a good time to give ways in which to cleanse these tools before and after using them.
When buying or reusing items which haven’t yet been used in ritual with you yet, it’s almost essential to cleanse these items to prevent any negative energies affecting the ritual/spell that you plan on carrying out. It’s also a good time to cleanse your tools if you haven’t done so in a while, depending on how often you use the equipment.
There are a few ways to cleanse your tools, the first of which is to run the tool through the smoke of a smudging stick. A smudging stick is generally a bundle of sage which can be burned slowly to purify anything around the smoke, (obligatory fire safety warning) make sure when using a smudging stick to have an ash tray to catch any falling ashes and embers and also be sure to put it out completely when finished. This particular method would be good for just about anything but especially larger items such as cauldrons or even the entire house! The second method is to use salt water and rinse the tools. This method is very cheap and simple although it wouldn’t be ideal for items like your broomsticks or anything else that can be damaged by water or salt. The third method is to leave your tools outside under a full moon. Although this method is probably the best as it is not only cleansing it but also empowering it with the Goddess’ moonlight, you can only do this every 28 days and on some of those nights the weather may not be in your favour.
All in all, I would suggest using the smudging sticks to cleanse your tools generally and then use the full moon to cleanse them whenever you can.
Dance For All People, Image of Smudging Stick, [accessed online] Available from: http://danceforallpeople.com/respecting-indian-tradition/