Books by Carl F. Neal
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My second published book is a reference guide to locating, making, and using magickal tools. From athames to wands, the book is an encyclopedic guide for Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, and other Earth-based beliefs that encorporate ritual magick. One of the more interesting aspects of this book is the repeated disclaimer that ultimately, it is the practitioner herself who is the only required magickal tool. Every tool has an important use and purpose, but magick can always be worked with no external tools at all.

After selling altar tools for some years, I wanted to offer a guide for consumers. This was not only to guide readers in the use of tools but also to point out how easy it is to find or create tools for far less money, and with far greater impact, than tools purchased from vendors like me. For years before writing this book I had also been selling altar sets and very popular portable altar sets. I still giggle when I think back to those first sets that I sold. I truly believed I was being an inovator and had created the first such kits in history. As I did more research I quickly learned that not only was not an original idea and in fact there were such sets from archeological digs that predated written history. So much for innovation! I did include a section in this book on creating protable kits.

Researching, writing, and lecturing about this book taught me many things. For one, people who use magickal tools are fiercly loyal to their methods of use. Introducing a new way to use an old tool is tricky at best in some settings. I also learned that people who use tools regularly have a blast assembling a portable set.

I don't foresee any sequels to this book, as it is truly a stand-alone reference work. It was a lot of fun and I continue to extend my thanks to my good friend Leo Mabry for handling the photography for this book. The publisher erroneously gave me credit for Leo's photos and gave him credit only for the two photos that I took. Uncool, but there it is. Thanks Leo!
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The Magick Toolbox:
The Ultimate Compendium for Choosing & Using Ritual Impliments and Magical Tools
The Magick Toolbox (book)