The Four Hallows of Witchcraft – An Introduction

What are the four hallows?  What are they used for and what do they represent? 

                The four hallows (also known as jewels or treasures) come to us from Celtic mythology.  It is said that the Tuatha Dé Danann, an ancient race of gods founded by the goddesses Danu, brought the four hallows with them when they traveled from their homeland in the west to settle in Ireland.  Each of the treasures was brought from a different island: the Stone of Fál from Falias, Núadu’s Sword from Findias, the Spear of Lug from Gorias, and the Cauldron of the Dagda from Murias.  Each hallow had a special property and could be linked to an element, much the same as the four hallows of a witch’s altar.

                The witch’s altar is where we make our sacred space.  This is where we work our magick, the launching pad for our petitions to the universe.  We can use a variety of tools to aid us in the process, items to help build energy or direct the flow, supplies to stack the deck in our favor.  There are four main tools on a witch’s altar, used to store and direct energy:

  • Earth - The stone, coin, soil, salt, shield, or paten / pentacle.
  • Air / Fire - The athame or sword.
  • Fire / Air - The wand or staff.
  • Water - The chalice or cauldron.

              Over the next week or so we will be reviewing each of the hallows and explaining their correspondences, symbolism, and use.