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The Wand is primarily used in invoking the Quarters, for cleansings or purification, and as part of specific rituals.

In some traditions of Wicca and Witchcraft, the Wand is represented by Air and by the direction of East. In other traditions the wand represents the Element of Fire, the direction of South, and the power of the God as consort of the Goddess.

No tools of the craft are needed to practice the craft. When performing rituals, there are several items that are useful in representing the elements. They are also helpful as are other symbolisms used in craft workings and worship. Symbolism is an important part of a Wiccan or Witch’s work.

Before you can use a magick wand, you need to do one of two things – buy one or make one.

Traditionally the Wand is the length of the users arm, from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow. However there is no set rule that says your Wand has to be a certain size. If you are more comfortable with a smaller size, then that is right for you.

Making your own wand is one of the most powerful things you can do. By making your own tools, you charge them with your personal power and therefore they will work better for you. From its conception it is charged with your vibrations, your energy and your thoughts. It reflects a part of you.

The Wand can be made from many different materials. Some people like the feel of a metal Wand, some like glass. Some Wands are made of composite materials or wood purchased from your local hardware store. It doesn’t have to be expensive; however, my preference is to collect directly from Nature.

Take a walk through the woods near your home or visit your favourite forest area. This might be a good time to bring a book to help identify tree types and leaves. Obtaining your wood directly from Nature means you will have a more natural looking Wand – complete with knots, wormholes and pieces of bark.

The size of the branch should ideally be approximately ½” to 1” thick. The thickness will depend on how it feels in your hand. Some people will prefer the weight of a thick Wand, and some prefer the petite feel of a thin Wand.

Traditionally, wood is the favourite material for creating a Wand. Wood provides a durable and practical material. Hardwoods are best suited and are easier to craft than softwood like pine. Fresh cut wood will require a drying and bark removing before starting. You may want to look for a branch that has already broken from the tree.

If you must cut a healthy branch, make your wishes known to the Tree. Meditate on why you need this piece and how you will use it. Ask the Tree’s permission to remove the branch. Consider this; you are cutting a limb off the tree so covering the wound with a sealant so the tree will not become infected is only fair. Remember to thank the tree for the use of its limb; perhaps you could leave an offering for the tree, such as a silver coin. Some people make a small cut on their hand and leave a few drops of their own blood.

The wand may also be made from a variety of other things – you are only limited by your imagination!! Try using a piece of copper, a glass rod, a crystal point and modelling or Fimo clay.

You may add specially chosen stones, leather wrappings, feathers, herbs, talismans, or a pentagram. You can carve symbols into the surface or paint your Wand…whichever you want. The Wand you make will be uniquely you!

If you want, you may purchase your wand or perhaps barter for it. There are many talented people who lovingly craft wands out of many different materials.

Wand makers such as myself put a lot of energy, spirit, time and research into our wands so although you have not crafted it yourself you can be sure that a lot of effort has gone into crafting an uniquely magical creation. Try to steer clear of the mass produced wands which have no real value as a magical tool.

Your Wand can be stored in a protective cloth or linen, or you may choose to leave it on your altar.

A magic circle, drawn by the Wand is used to protect the practitioners during rites and holiday celebrations. It is a boundary to your consciousness. You may have heard the expression ‘draw the line’. The circle draws a line between you and the rest of the world.

Hold the Wand and focus energy through it; visualize the energy emerging as a beam from the tip of the Wand. The wand is considered a tool of persuasion rather than a tool of command. It is with the power of the mind that magick begins. A thought manifests it to reality. You control the intent. The intensity of the focus, combined with the energy of the intent, causes the energetic idea to solidify and become real.

During a ritual, the Wand is most often held high while words of power are spoken to invoke specific Deities to witness the ceremony or ritual. The Wand can also be used to direct energy, outline the ritual circle and draw magick symbols. One or both hands may hold the wand.

When casting a circle, you may want to point the Wand at the ground as you walk the perimeter of your circle. Envision white light coming from the tip of the wand, making a safe and secure ritual place.

When taking down a cast circle, you would point the Wand to the ground as you walk around the perimeter of the circle. Envision the white light coming from the ground back into the Wand, opening the circle to allow exit.

The Wand is also used to ‘cut a doorway’ when someone has to leave the circle. Most often, leaving the circle is an emergency thing. Point the Wand and trace a doorway for the person to exit. After they exit, close the doorway by re-tracing the doorway. When they return, repeat the steps to open and re-close the doorway.

The wand is your ‘tool’. It does not do magick, you do.

The wand dates back to prehistoric times. The Greek god Hermes is represented by a wand entwined with snake and winged top, which is a symbol of power, wisdom and healing. It was the badge of Hermes' office as messenger of the gods and as the guide of the dead. The wand with 2 snakes, now called a Caduceus, was called a kerykeion by the Greeks. Mercury had a sleep-producing wand. Arion, a famous musician who dwelt in the court of Periander, King of Corinth, had a wand of Ivory. Linguistic research suggests that the symbol cel of the word Celts and ger of the word German, both mean wand. Both cultures used the wand as the symbol of the axis of the Solstices. Flails, made from Apple wood, were used to thresh grain and are one of the symbols of the pharaohs of Egypt. In Ireland, three of the Five Magic Trees were Ash. In Scandinavian mythology, the ‘enchanted’ Ash, Ygdrasil, is the cosmic world tree. Its roots and branches extend throughout the Universe. In northern European countries, the Goddess of Spring is seen as the Birch Goddess.

Magical Properties of Trees and Specific Woods

Alder
Masculine Energy. Alder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 18 March to 14 April. Druids associated this tree with the fox. The deity Bran considers this tree to be sacred.
Magical Properties: Alder wands are used for witch craft magick rituals concerning with charisma, journeys, self confidence, bravery, supervision skills, and spiritual growth. Also used in shielding the astral self from unwanted intrusion from other realms.

Apple
Female energy. The apple wand is symbolic of fertility, peace, plenty and joy. A tree that is sacred to Venus and the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon. Apple is a staple food of the elven and fairie realm.
Magical Properties: This is a powerful wood of choice for the witch when working with the fairie magick. Apple is a good wood for aiding in the propagation of skills, often used in love magick. Apple wood promotes peace and harmony, magick of light and the divine, and promotes visions.

Ash
Female and Effeminate Male energy are present in Ash 18 February to 17 March. Ash is closely aligned to the elemental Earth. Ash is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology. Greeks associated this tree with Neptune and Mercury. The Druids associated this tree with the adder. The Nordic peoples held this tree sacred to Woden (Odin), the Nordic World Tree, Yggdrasil, is an Ash tree and is considered to be the father of all trees. The Welsh associated this tree with the God Gwydion.
Magical Properties: The Ash wand is an excellent wood for promoting brain power, aids in communication, intelligence, wisdom, and promotes curiosity. Use this wood to remove mental blockages and aid in the promotion of word use and understanding. It is the wood of the writer, poet, and scholar. Promotes spiritual love and health. Protects against unwanted change. Brings balance to the mind. It is said that warts rubbed on the bark will be absorbed into the tree. Use for protection from drowning, magickal effectiveness, sea power, and healing. Ash is also used for protection, finding special roots, horse magick, enhances skills of arts and crafts, justice, weather magick, and for working with the magick of cave and wells.

Beech:
Male Energy and because it produces nuts it is closely related to the Oak. Associated with the Greek God Apollo and the Elves Sun Lord Obraash. The Celts used the nut of this tree to fodder the sacred swine. Norse tradition says that tablets of Beech were used to make the very first writing tablets for the runes, strong magick for working with the Nordic runes.
Magical Properties: Beech wands are used in the magick of divination. Reduces swellings and skin inflammations. Helps to balance mental health. Aspiration, desire, and victory are all key elements of this wood. Used while working with ancestors, old wisdom, and magickal research. Beech is a sacred wood of the summer solstice.

Birch
Male energy. Birch is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 24 December to 20 January. One of the first trees to naturally establish in cleared forests. It is a tree of new beginnings and establishments. Closely aligned with the element of water. The Druids associated this wood with the white stag.
Magical Properties: The Birch wand is used in many cleansing rituals. Birch is a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and diligence. Some use this wood to aid in the calming of emotions. The bark helps to heal wounds and burns. Many European communities use or have used, birch twigs to expel evil spirits. Some cultures utilize birch rods in rituals designed to drive out spirits of the old year. Controlled by Moon influences to include; birth, Lunar spells, healing, and protection. Birch by tradition has been linked to youth and new beginnings. Use in rituals that signify a new start of any endeavor.

Cedar:
Associated with the Greek Goddess Persephone during her detainment in the Underworld. Also associated with the Celt Goddess Sezh that watches over the realm of fertility, herbs, and trees. Used by King Solomon, one of the greatest mystics of all time, in the building of the temple in Jerusalem.
Magical Properties: Cedar wands cleanses negative atmospheres. Used for the creation of sacred spaces. Related to longevity, protection, and preservation. Often used to summon helpful spirits during rituals and invocations.

Cherry
Both feminine and masculine energies. Artemis, Morrigan, Tyr, Mars, Aries, Herne, and Ambash all consider this wood sacred. Associated with the elemental Earth.
Magical properties: Cherry wands are very centered and has very grounded energy. Earth energy is very well grounded, unwavering, and solid. Cherry is used in ritual to stabilize and focus. Cherry is often used for intuitive and insight and to overcome obstacles. This is an excellent choice for divination or medium work, as well as healing and love magic. Cherry is suited for use in hunting magick, working with animals and familiars, eroticism, unification of covens and groups, spells of detection, and amplifying spell work.

Elder
Masculine energy. Elder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 25 November to 23 December. The Elder is also said to be the tree used in the crucifixion of Christ. Associated with the Celt Goddess Cailleach Beara and the Raven. Some have considered this tree to be unlucky due to its association with the crucifixion, or it may one of those nasty rumors started by the church in order to combat belief systems outside their on scope of a limited belief system.
Magical Properties: Elder wands are most often used in Faerie Magic, banishment, magical arts, protection from evil, imagination, change, and healing.

Elm
Feminine energy. Often referred to as the home of the fairies. It is known to for its ability to ward away lightening. Associated with the Great Goddess in crone stage. Relative to the elements of both Earth and Air.
Magical Properties: Use of the Elm wands is strong in magic used concerning endurance, fertility, horticulture, passage thru death and phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess. Elm adds stability, grounding, and focus to spell working.

Hawthorn
Masculine energy. Hawthorn is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 13 May to 9 June. Considered sacred by the Celtic summer flower maiden Olwen, also associated with the owl. This tree is also sacred to Aquarius and the windlord Vashaan. It was often planted in the parameters of a cottage for protection. It is believed that fairies live in the hedges of Hawthorn especially if near ash or oak. Associated with the element of Air.
Magical Properties: Hawthorn wands open insight, provides psychic protection, encourages creativity, used to make charms, aids in the development of self confidence, purification, develops patience, detects magic since it is deeply magical from outer realms, used in weather working, banishment of evil spirits, concealing magic, chastity, male potency, and fairy magick.

Hazel
Feminine energy. Hazel is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 5 August to 1 September. Associated with the elements of Fire, Air, and Water. Manannan Mac Lir, the Celtic Sea God, considered the wood to be sacred. Druids associated with the fish Salmon. Aligned with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and the Celtic Goddess Danu, known by the elves and Arianrhod.
Magical Properties: Artistic ability, magical knowledge, and optimism are provided by the enchanting use of Hazel. The energy of hazel wands promoted love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence. Hazel is the bringer of change. Hazel also promotes creative expression, eloquence, and art of all types. This was the most common wood used to create wands in the ancient Celtic traditions. Also used in magic spells for wisdom, creativity, intelligence, navigation, inspiration, and wrath.

Holly
Feminine energy. Holly is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 8 July to 4 August. The sacred spear of Odin was made of Holly. The Roman god Mars rules over this mighty wood. Related to the elemental Earth. Associated by Druidic tradition to the grand majesty of the Unicorn. The Smith God Govannon considers this wood to be sacred.
Magical Properties: Purity, strength, logic, power transfer, protection. Holly wands are often used in magic concerning sleep. It is said that a man who carries the leaves and berries of holly is irresistible to women. Since the story of the ruler ship of the Holly King and the Oak King deal with cycles and rebirth, it is often used in magic to ease the loss of loved ones to death. It also carries properties of the sacred, material advance, physical revenge, and beauty.

Ivy
Masculine energy. Persephone considers this wood to be sacred. Druids related this to the Butterfly. Guinevere the fairy bride rules over this wood.
Magical Properties: Determination, strength, optimism, spiritual growth. Ivy is a fine wand for protection, good against wayward spirits and angry elementals, ensures success in business and all new endeavors.

Lilac
A favorite of the forest nymphs and where they are surely Pan is close. Lilac is sacred to the Greek Twins Gemini. Associated with the element of Air.
Magical Properties: Lilac wands are good for magic dealing with romance, love, and passion. Superb when utilizing magics for the realm of intellect, communication, mental concentration. Enhances sexual pleasure. Lilac provides protection during travel. When dealing with illusion magic, this wood is very adequate, as with the divining arts.

Maple
Maple has both Feminine and Masculine energy. Libra and Virgo consider this tree to be sacred. Associated with the elements of Spirit and Water. The great horned owl is the sacred bird of this tree.
Magical Properties: Some cultures primarily use Maple wands for spiritual healing. Maple is a traveler's wood. It enhances intellectual pursuits, acquiring knowledge, and communication. Spells concerning art, beauty, binding, and abundance should consider using this wood. The gypsies believe Maple brings gold and that eating the seeds draws love.

Oak
Strong Masculine energy. Oak is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 10 June to 7 July. The Druids associated the oak with the Wren. Closely aligned with the elements Earth, Water, and Spirit . The Oak is considered to be the most powerful and the most sacred to the Druids. Wizards consider this the most amplified wood to use to in spells that work with time and counter spells. Sacred to the Irish God Dagda.
Magical Properties: Truth, steadfast knowledge, protection. Oak wands bring vitality and long life. To the ancient Celtic people, oak was the protector, provider, benevolent king of the trees. Utilized as a healing wood, and very will grounded considering its strong connection to the earth. This wood helps center the mind, allowing it to focus on the task at hand and ignore distractions. Oak help promote both observation and intuition. Oak magic inspires bravery, presence, leadership skills, prosperity, and strength.

Poplar
Masculine energy. Plato makes a reference to the use of Black popular and Silver Fir as an aid in divination. Aligned with the elements of Spirit, Water, and Fire. Influenced by the power of Venus.
Magical properties: Poplar wands have an incredibly diverse energy, allowing it to be an all-purpose wood for magickal workings. The diversity of the energy in this wood makes it useful for evocation as well as banishment rituals. It is also strong with the elements of hope, rebirth, and divinations.

Vine
Masculine and feminine energies are present in Vinewood. Vine is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 2 September to 29 September. Druids associated this wood with the Swan. Considered sacred by the Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Irish Mythology.
Magical Properties: Vinewood wands encourage spiritual initiation, faerie work, joy spells, excitement, rebirth., sacred knowledge, and authority.

Walnut
Feminine and Masculine energies are present in Walnut. Closely aligned with the elements of Earth and Spirit. Walnut is sacred to the Gods Vashaan, Zues, Jupiter, Thor, and Vishnu.
Magical properties: Black walnut wands are well used in magics of teleportation, astral travel, weather working, averting lightening, powers of the wind and breath, and motivation.

Willow
Feminine energy. Willow is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 15 April to 12 May. Willow is strongly aligned with the element of water and associated with the element of spirit. The Druids associated this tree with the hare. Diana, Hecate, Astarte, Ceridwen, Arianrhod, Rhiannon, and Omulan all consider this to be a very sacred tree.
Magical Properties: Willow wands are strong in the cycles of life dealing with death and rebirth, change, the will. It is a very emotional wood. Willow can add vital energy to the sick and elderly. Some say that burning willow can soothe and guide the souls of the recently deceased. Willow wood is the very essence of magick, not just the mere making a tool into a magical one, willow makes the tool magickal. Willow will align itself to the inner will of the party that shares its energy. The stronger the will, the more effective the wood. Willow is extremely useful in healing. It is also good for love spells and rituals involving emotion. It strengthens the third eye, and is a great tool for divination as well.

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I got an oak wand, although i tend to use my staff when outdoors :oldman:

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Excellent topic and well done! My own personal magickal kit has been pared down to just the chalice and athame.

If anyone is interested, my business has taken a side track. I'm making wands from recycled hardwoods. Pallets, old chairs, etc. all get cut down to a rough blank size and then shaped and carved by hand. The only power I use is for ripping the blanks to size on my table saw. All are sanded down and finished with natural oils and waxes. I do have a few Harry Potter inspired styles and a couple inspired by Buckland's 'big blue book' (priapic wands used in the spring equinox rituals) Mostly, though, the wands represent what feels good in my hand. (and my five year old who takes each wand and runs around the house yelling "Stupefy!!" flourishing the wands will obvious relish!) I will have some pictures up later for you to peruse.

Thanks!!

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I will also do special orders and requests!!

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Great Cthulhu wrote:
I will also do special orders and requests!!


Cool :lol: Between us we have both sides of the pond covered :clap:

I like the fact that you are recycling wood that has been used for mundane purposes and are giving the wood a chance to be something more than just a piece of wood

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Thanks! Wood should be able to live again. It's such a wonderful material, it's just a shame when it's just thrown into a landfill.

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