Witchcraft: Magic Wands – The wand has been used for centuries by witches to help them create their magic it is a precious tool and an integral part of a witch’s bag of tricks, the wand was and is used for healing as well as spells and magic, it can be used to charge a plant or herb with special powers of healing, it works especially well with Bach flower remedies. The wand is used by the witch pointing the wand and directing the energy, often using silent word spells to empower the wand.
The wand is a traditional choice for witches, and as witches neither borrow or lend their precious wand, it is charged with the individual witch’s energy as though it is an extension of themselves. All implements used by witches align to a particular element, the wand is aligned to the element of air, any type of wood can be used to make a wand and often it comes down to tradition and culture. Most witches prefer blackthorn for their wand and there is a quiet understanding peculiar to all witches that no witch will touch the wand of another witch as the energy of each witch is charged into the wand. Crystals and talismans are often added to the wand to intensify the power, the wand usually has some engraving on it depending on the belief of each individual witch the wand is energized and enchanted by the witch before use. Birch, Oak, Almond and Hazel are also popular. Energy can be sent over long distances and is often used in healing rituals, the energy in the wand is extremely powerful, and the space where the witch conjures magic is sacrosanct.
How to Energise Your Wand
First wash your hands light incense and light a rose candle, run your left hand over your right hand, then your right hand over your left, keep doing this until you feel the energy building in your hands. Next pick up your wand in the hand you use for writing, close your eyes and imagine a stream of silver white light coming from the universe and entering the top of your head imagine it beaming down and coursing along your arm into your hand out from your fingertips and going into your wand you will literally feel the energy flowing as you charge your wand with power. Make sure when you perform the wand energising ceremony, there is incense and a lit candle your can also use some oil essence to create the appropriate atmosphere.
How to Charge Your Wand
The wand works especially well for healing and enchanting, also for spell casting, the wand will unblock blocked energy and witches use it to heal and align them to help keep them clear they usually do this by touching the tip of the wand to their third eye and imagining silver beaming through their body and clearing any areas where energy is blocked. The wand works on the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
How to Re-charge Your Wand
After several uses the wand requires re-charging, just as sleep recharges all witches, a well used wand needs to be re-charged. I like to re-charge the wand with the Sun, the Moon (when full) a rose quartz and an amethyst crystal, always charge with the Sun first. As soon as you wake up place the wand outside for two hours with the rose quartz next to it and place a piece of paper with the words, “the power of the universe shall imbue this wand”, then in the evening do the same thing only you use the amethyst and leave the wand out all night. When you bring the wand inside use a smudge stick to seal the power in the wand.
Making a Wand
It is always better to make your own wand as when you are touching it during the crafting it is absorbing your energy the wand is a very personal item. Make sure you use wood that is sturdy so that is doesn’t fragment as you are working with it, most wands are approximately twelve to sixteen inches long, you can often find braches already broken off trees and lying on the ground these are quite suitable to be used for your wand, do not be concerned if the branch is bent or crooked it won’t affect the energy in any way. Sandpaper can be used to make your wand smooth feel love and light to help your wand wield its most powerful magic and as you are charging you wand transmit the energy of love beauty and kindness.
Decorating Your Wand
Work on your wand with the premise it is unique to you therefore any choice of wood is acceptable, you can wrap it in cord or ribbon I suggest using the colours red, purple or black, you may use any crystals you desire you will find that if using crystals the crystal always chooses you when you feel the energy of the crystal drawing you, that is the one for you. You might wish to tie talismans to your wand, anything is suitable and each wand is made with feeling and takes on the energy of the individual and unique witch. You might also choose to attach feathers to your wand. One of the most important features of the wand is to carve, or write your name on the wand this seals the power completely and makes the wand utterly yours.
Remember you are the witch and your energy creates the magic, the wand is a tool for you to use and is an extension of your power.
You may also wish to inscribe rune symbols on your wand for extra strength, each rune has its own magical energy. below is a list of the runes and their magical strengths.
FEHU: Good Luck, wealth, money, property
URUZ: happiness, fulfillment, good fortune
THURISAZ: Good news, safe travel, inner strength
ANSUZ: Achieve goals, transformation, life changes
RAIDHO: Clearing mind, journey, seeing through illusions, finding the truth
KENAZ: Inspiration, ambition, life-strength, determination
GEBO: Weddings, love, promotion, extra power
WUNJO: Good life, happiness, comfort, security, property, wealth
HAGALAZ: Harmony, unity, good for couples, love spells
ISA: Stillness, quiet, peace, inner strength
NAUTHIZ: Free from distress, letting go, releasing the past
JERA: Rewards, promotions, increase salary, reaping benefits from hard work
EIHWAZ: Breaking up, ending a dispute, major change, closure,
PERTHRO: Material gain, new beginning, wealth, fortune
ALGIZ: Removing blockages, visible growth, making ground, success
SOWILO: Guidance, renewal, change, advancement, new locations
TIWAZ: Wisdom, victory, success, justice, enlightment
BERKANO: Birth, marriage, creativity, new beginnings,
EHWAZ: Transformation, new home, progress, new goals, new outlook, trust
MANNAZ: Male energy, male influence, new career opportunities.
LAGUZ: Life energy, manifestation, movement, progress, spiritual energy
INGWAZ: Family, children, spouse, relatives, new energy, family benefits
DAGAZ: Awakening, love, attraction, realization, white light
OTHALA: New possessions, inner qualities, new attainment
When choosing a wand, you may wish to find the magical properties of wood, below is a list of woods and their magical strengths
OAK – A favorite of the great Merlin.
Magical Strengths: Protection, Fertility, Strength, endurance, extra power, male energy
ALDER – Alder represents the elements Earth, Water and fire.
Magical Strengths: Weather magic, controlling the elements, protecting the dead
BIRCH – Perfect wood for yin energy.
Magical Strengths: intuition, creativity, love, healing, protection
ROWAN – The Tree of Life
Magical Strengths: Healing, extra power, protection, enhanced psychic powers.
HAZEL – The Tree of Wisdom and Wishes. Hazel has always been a popular choice amongst witches for wand making.
Magical Strengths: Wisdom, Truth, enlightment, wishes
YEW – The Tree of Death. A tree sacred to the druids.
Magical Strengths: Inner strength, see into other worlds, immortality, change
WILLOW – The Tree of the Moon Goddess. The berries on this tree are quite tasty, but the rest of the tree is poisonous.
Magical Strengths: Healing, Protection, summoning spirits
HOLLY– The holy tree. Tree of the Sun God.
Magical Strengths: luck, strength, protection, luck
ALMOND – Hazel & Almond was once thought to be the ideal wood for wands and staffs.
Magical Strengths: Wisdom, Prosperity, Healing and true love magic
MANZANITA– The element of fire.
Magical Strengths: Seduction, enticing, nurturing, force against enemies, guiding light, protection
GARPE VINE– The Morrighan – Celtic Goddess of War and Sovereignty.
Magical Strengths: unlocking the underworld, summoning, assistance from the
SEQUOIA [Redwood] – The king of trees.
Wisdom, strength, protection, creativity, enlightment