Since early times, crafts have been intimately linked with spirituality. When a woman carefully shaped a water jar from the clay she'd gathered from a river bank, she was performing a spiritual practice. When crafts were used to create objects intended for ritual or that symbolized the Divine, the connection between the crafts person and divinity grew more intense. Today, handcrafts can still be more than a pastime-they can be rites of power and honor; a religious ritual. After all, hands were our first magical tools.