For all my friends of the Pagan Bent, would you like to have a bit of information on Wands?
Since we spoke of wands a bit ago, I've been looking for a relatively short but well said file on Wand making. Here is one I remembered from some sent to me 17 years ago.
Wed Apr 18 1507 1990--One neat way to make a wand that is very popular is to get a piece of copper tubing and a crystal that fits in the end of it or even one for both ends of it. Then you can decorate the tube in various ways. Some people solder small chips of gemstones on it, while others wrap it in black leather (crazy glue keeps this on the pipe!) and then braid various colors of embroidery thread about this or attach feathers to it or whatever. You can fill the tubes with herbs sacred to your purpose/goal in life too. Some folks have more than one of these wands for various purposes in their lives. You can solder the crystal/s in the end/s or you can fashion prongs out of the end of the tubing & stick it in in much the same way a jeweler sets a diamond in a ring. Use some crazy glue.
Of course a wand doesn't have to be this complicated. Another nice wand is
the ceremonial Magick - type "lotus wand" that some witches have adopted as their own. Take a branch from a tree that is fairly straight and the right
length for a wand. Preferably this should be one you find, but it can also be taken from a living tree if you psychically "ask the tree's permission" - if you get a strong feeling this is wrong and that you shouldn't cut that tree, don't do it. THIS SHOULD BE DONE ON THE WAXING MOON. All ritual tools you make should be made and/or consecrated ONLY on the Waxing moon. The waxing moon is the time from one day after the new moon up to and including the night of the full - moon.
a few small charged crystals can be implanted in the ground for the trees growth. In Santeria it was traditional when taking anything from nature to leave a specific number of copper coins, perhaps with specific foods, depending upon the Deities/Orishas or other entities being invoked according to a very strict tradition of what Beings ruled what places. (for example, 5 is the number of a river or fresh water, 7 is the number for the ocean, 4 or 6 for a mountain, 2 for the forest, etc.)
Then you strip the bark, sand it down, mark it in 7 segments and paint them
each in these colors of the rainbow from top to bottom. Red, Orange, Yellow,
Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
Some celtic traditions put a steel rod through the middle of any wooden wand - a tricky business, but effective to make it a channel of the energy. To do
this you MUST be sure your branch is of a certain thickness or it will split as you try to do this. This channels the energy in a simillar way to the copper tubing in the crystal wand. They also wrap a coil of thick steel wire around it's handle, like a snake, for 4-5 times which makes a grip and is also said to contribute to the energy flow.
Another way to paint a wooden wand is half black and half white or half gold
and half silver, to express the balance of the polarities. If you are into Kabbalah, some folks also use Red and Blue as these are the colors usually associated with Chesed and Geburah in magick which are the central spheres on the masculine and feminine pillars of the tree of life, respectively
And some people leave the wooden rod plain, allowing the natural beauty of the wood to come through.ALSO, some people make their wands out of a wooden dowel rod bought at a local lumber supply house.I do, however, suggest that if at all possible, you still go into nature and make a small offering to mother earth for the materials used. Even a purchased dowel or a crystal bought from a rock shop or a copper tubes are all gifts from Mother Earth and Father Sky and it is important to show our gratitude for what they have given us.
Ultimately, you should make the wand be what you FEEL.
Mhm, yes I know, I work better with bigger, more flamboyant tools, staffs and my personal favorite, stangs!
Well, anyone interested in wands can also email me and I'll sell them one. 😉
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That was really Good Terry!((Like everything that comes from you)) ((My word you would be an interesting man to have a conversation with!!))
I recently made mine out of a tree branch from a brigalow tree, as i have always been drawn to these trees that grow around where i have lived my whole life, the way they glow in the moonlight is really beautiful! I have a crystal inserted into the end of it and i have engraved it with my magickal name and a few other symbols, and bound the end with purple satin cord...
I will keep your question details on file for next time i make one! I do feel it is best to make your own, but for others who just cant, a bought one that they are drawn to is just as good!
Thanks Again Terry!
And Thank you for the Witchcraft History files you sent me, i am still reading through them, but what i have read so far is fascinating!
Bright Blessings to You and Yours!
~*Ariel Brigalow Moondust*~