Happy Witchcraft Wednesday, witches and friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week thus far.
For myself, I am recovering well from surgery (thank you for your well-wishes) and I am excited to get back into the swing of regular blog posts.
As tradition has it, on Wednesday we do Witching. Today, instead of a spell, I wanted to talk about some tools of the trade – more specifically, the magic wand.
What is a Wand?
A wand is a long, thin and pointed object which we use in the Craft in order to direct our energies. It is not, unfortunately, the Harry Potter kind, that you can point at something and open a lock. WE WISH. But that doesn’t mean that wands aren’t powerful.
As Judika Illes writes in The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, “Because magic wands are such an important component in portrayals of fantasy magic, it’s crucial to point out that it is not the wand that works; it is the practitioner. The wand is merely a tool with which to direct the user’s will or intention” (p.97).
So much as we can use the Athame to direct our intentions or cut metaphorical ties, we use the wand to channel our own powers into our spellwork.
What is a wand made of?
As you will know, one of my favourite things about witchcraft is its flexibility. We can use almost any material to channel our energies, especially those that come from nature. For example, you could ask a favourite tree very nicely if it would mind gifting you one of its small branches to carve into a wand. If you have a personal connection with that tree, the wand will be all the more powerful. However, please do make sure that the tree is willing, and always offer some kind of thanks, such as water and fruit, or a splash of liquor or crystals.
Alternatively, you may like to use a Selenite wand. Selenite is known to have an energy of purification and cleansing. As a self-cleansing and charging crystal, it is very powerful, and makes a wonderful wand. I always keep a Selenite wand handy – either on my altar or by my bed so that I can cleanse my energies daily.
You can also get fancy with wands – many clever witches craft wands combining wood, metal, crystals and more. As always, do what feels right for you.
Again, in the Encyclopedia, Judika Illes suggests the following:UseWood TypeDivinationAsh, Rowan, WillowExorcismDate Palm, TamariskHealing MagicHazelLove MagicApple, Ash TreeNecromancyCypressProsperity MagicAshProtectionBlackthorn, Olive, RowanSpirit WorkElder
From The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, p.99
How do I use it?
Keep your wand wrapped in magical fabric, for example, silk, when it is not in use. You want to keep your wand safe and protected.
Use your wand to cast your circle. Visualise your energies leaving the wand and drawing the circle as you call in the Elements. Literally use it to draw the safety line of your space.
When spell-casting, retrieve and cleanse/charge your wand, much as you would your crystals, and focus your energy into it. For example, if you were working a protection spell jar, you would channel your energy into the wand as you recite your incantations, and point it at the jar as you repeat your spell’s words.
I love using my Selenite wand to cleanse spaces and objects of negative energies. I simply walk around a room, directing my wand at objects or areas, and say something along the lines of, “I cleanse this <whatever> of negative energies, and charge it with positivity, safety and protection”.
Now that you have introduced yourself to your wand, yes, you may play Harry Potter. But don’t expect a Patronus to come shooting out of it. Although, if you manage that one, please let me know.
Do you use a wand in your witchcraft?
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