All About the Witches Wand
What it is
The wand is a phallic symbol and thus is representative of masculine energy, power, and virility. Depending on your tradition, the wand is generally associated with either fire or air. There are, however, other wands that are made specifically for rituals and magickal workings that have to do with a specific element.
Wands are a highly popular and essential magickal tools for Witches and Pagans. Magickal wands are used to consecrate sacred space, to cast circles, invoke our Gods and Goddesses, invite and control various entities, charge other objects, direct energy, draw symbols on the ground, stir your cauldron with, and in manifestations.
It has been said that there are as many wands as there are people using them. You don't realize how true this is until you start researching all that is available where wands are concerned. You have the ability to select what type of material that you want your wand made of (wood, stone, clay, crystal, metal, etc...), symbols, colors, gems, stones, crystals, shape, size, and purpose. The choices are, indeed, as varied as the people that are using them and the purposes that they are being used for.
While many people believe that a person should make their own wand(s), I think that it's a personal choice. As long as you feel a connection to your wand, I don't think that it matters who made it. Either way, the wand will be cleansed, consecrated, infused with your energy, and dedicated to your magickal workings, God(s), and/or Goddess(es).
When using your wand, remember that it is an extension of you and represents your intentions and will. With this in mind, a wand should only have one owner. This is a personal tool, and should be respected as such. As a magician, it's your responsibility to learn how to direct your energies in a positive and controlled manner. Your wand is intended to bring a greater focus to what you are trying to accomplish and to intensify the power that you are sending out from you.
Whether you are making your wand or purchasing it, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Most importantly, I don't think that this process should be rushed. I feel that you need to find the wand that calls out to you. I feel that people who rush out and buy the first wand they find are losing out on a lot, because I think that by not finding a wand that has a connection to its owner is hindered in its magickal power.
Your wand should be fairly straight, and should be comfortable in your hand. Wands are generally anywhere between 6” to 28” in length. This will depend on your tradition (some traditions require that a wand be a specific length) and preference. It should not be so long as to feel unwieldy. A general rule of thumb is that your wand should not be any longer than the length between your elbow and fingertips.
Buying A Wand
If you are wanting to buy your wand, there are some truly beautiful wands out there. There are definite advantages to buying a wand. There may not be the type of wood available in your area to make the wand of your choice. You might have a specific purpose for your wand in mind, and be unable to make that wand yourself. You might simply not have the time or desire to make your own wand. Whatever the reason, spend some time looking around to find the wand that you desire. It might take a little time and patience, but you will find it.
Making Your Wand
There are obviously advantages to making your own wand(s). As you are making the wand you are adding your intent, purpose, and energies into this special tool. You also have the option to personalize your wand by adding stones, crystals, colors, etc.. to honor your specific tradition and/or God(s) and Goddess(es). It will probably be cheaper too, depending on what material you are using to make your wand out of.
If making your own wand, the options available to you are limitless. First, it's a good idea to know what you are going to be using your wand for. Are you making this wand with a specific purpose in mind such as for divination or moon magick? Is this going to be a general purpose wand? You can then choose what type of material your wand is going to made of (wood or metal), then narrow it down further (ash, willow, oak, brass, or copper). You can then decide what colors, symbols, stones or gems that you want to incorporate into your design.
Making your own wand can be as easy as finding a suitable size of a branch. If taking a branch off of a tree not only should you ask permission first, but you should also leave some sort of a gift. Another good method is going out after a storm and finding a branch that has fallen off of a tree. You can always visit a home improvement store and find a suitable dowel or piece of copper tubing to fit your needs as well. Then you simply decorate it to suit your needs. If your lacking for ideas, scour the pictures of wands that are available on the internet for ideas.
I made my wand by finding a stick at a park close to my home after a storm.
- I let the wood dry out for a month (it was a damp spring).
- I started sanding down all of the nubs on it.
- I cut it to the right length and rounded the ends with sandpaper.
- I used my boline to hollow out the tip of my wand so that I could fit my little crystal into the end.
- I glued the ribbons on and let it dry for a couple of days.
- I used string to attach my charms (which I found for a few dollars at the local hobby store) to the end of my wand.
- I glued in my crystal at the tip and let dry for a couple more days.
- I cleansed and consecrated my wand and then I dedicated it to my Lord and Lady.
It did take a while from start to finish. I think that when it was all said and done that I spend about 3 months on it. With everything else that I do, I didn't have a lot of time to work on it. So I would spend 10 - 15 minutes here and there working on it when I could. I sanded it all down by hand, so that took a little while also.
I am really happy with the results though. I know that it isn't the prettiest wand out there. It is, however, my wand. I love my wand. When I was done with my wand, I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment and pride. When I dedicated to my Lord and Lady, I was overwhelmed with the love that I felt from them.
My New E-Book
I have spent some time lately creating an e-book for my fellow Wiccans, Witch's, and Pagans.
It has all of the common tools that we use along with history, lore, where to buy, how to make (if possible), and correspondences.
I have created this because I know how convenient it is to have all of the information available and easily accessible. I even find myself using this all the time simply for the correspondences.