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Posted by Bob on 8/30/2011, 5:36 pm, in reply to "Boline
The reverse blade and white handle of a boleen rather make it a sort of non threatening symbol of sustainable culture, in keeping with the white magic concept that no living thing should be injured unnecessarily or without the blessing of the greater soul that generated its individual form. I've never yet harvested a wand that didn't sort of present itself to me, and that has been dozens of times. But, wand cutting normally requires a pruning other small saw, like one of those that looks like the beak of an ibis. When it comes to harvesting leaves and other herbs for potions, though, you will probably want something that seems elegant to you and is also in aesthetic harmony with the tradition that is your real source. You know, whether or not you have declared an alignment, if you have had luck in finding magical tools, there is probably a sort of underlying style to the items that float up from the dark waters of the undifferentiated, at the behest of your guardians and helpers. You may want a boleen whose style suggests that is easy to use for self defense, as if you have shamanic balance, you are one of those beings who does not deserve to be harmed beyond the temporary hurt of learning necessary lessons. Sometimes, ladies who didnít want to carry overbearing looking daggers carried scissors that were especially designed to serve as defensive weapons. You may wish your boleen to have the extra power of a formidable appearance, though its essentially peaceful function is to gather plant materials or to inscribe mantras onto candles. And, to invest too much or too little in a tool is something mages usually wish to avoid. Too rude a knife could hint that you arenít very serious, and too ostentatious a knife might carry a similar suggestion. Maat is modest and often illustrates to us an opulence that avoids things too pretentious for our grade.