Tool or Weapon?

Yes.

Maybe starting with a different question would be better. What do you think of when I say tool? No not the person! The item. I’m going to guess most of you will think of a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, saw, etc. And you would be right.




Now let me ask you another question. What do you think of when I mention weapon?

I think it may be safe to say that most of you will think of a rifle, knife, handgun, and things along these lines. And once again, you would be correct.


When I was growing up in school, everyone carried a pocket knife. For the most part, anyway. I know I had one, and most everyone I knew had one as well. I wouldn’t have dreamed of it being a weapon. Sure, there were fights, and no knives were ever used though. That wouldn’t be right. So I think there is a blurry line between something being a tool or weapon.


Let’s move this into a magical aspect. What comes to mind when I ask about magical tools?

Do your thoughts run to wand, athame (blade), cup, maybe a bell and or a broom?


How about magical weapons? Excalibur? Lugh’s spear? The one ring? I have found it amazing over the years when the topic of magical weapons comes up, no one shouts out ‘the knot’! It could very well be that the definitions I use are different. For tool I use: something (such as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession. Thank you Webster. And for weapon I refer to: A means used to defend against or defeat another. I think it helps a conversation when words can mean the same thing. Back to weapons. For me, when I started thinking about the word a little differently, it helped me change my perspective. I can easily see a candle being just as much of a weapon as an athame.


In my mind, weapons don’t have to be sharp, pointy things. I know my land wards are very much a weapon. As are my Pocket Notions. I see no need to use the word ‘weapon’ always in an aggressive context. Maybe it’ is too charged a word for some. For me, using this definition gives me an umbrella to help categorize and focus intentions. Of course, as always, you do you!


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