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TarotGirlJess
01-07-2005, 23:16
Hi all i recently started thinking of getting/making a wand. Could you all please enlighten me on what i need to know about
1) usage
2) do and do not's
3) storage
4) any thing else i need to be aware of
thanks in advance
TarotGirl Jess

WhiteRaven
01-07-2005, 23:21
Hi all i recently started thinking of getting/making a wand. Could you all please enlighten me on what i need to know about
1) usage
2) do and do not's
3) storage
4) any thing else i need to be aware of
thanks in advance
TarotGirl Jess

I'm in the process of basically the same thing so I'm interested to see what others have to say on this too. I do know that wands are used to direct the energies...and a clear Quartz is often used for this. What type of wood you choose also is important and doing some research online can help there. For example....Willow is excellent for a healing wand. As to storage...I can only imagine that if one has an altar it would fit nice and snug upon it. I wouldn't allow anyone else to hold it...keeping your own energies within it. The wand is also used often for casting circles. So far, that's all I know...I'm interested to know how people have actually made theirs tho...

TarotGirlJess
01-07-2005, 23:31
oh additional question...
do you varnish, poly your wands or leave them natural? should the bark be stripped? or left on?
TGJ

Ankou
02-07-2005, 02:44
Wands are definately a very personal kinda thing. Certain woods are considered best for certain uses, but you may work well with a wood thats not on the list...

Birch, oak, holly, willow are all good wand woods, I'm not sure the specific meanings/ uses of each wood.

Some people embed crystal points into the tip of a wooden wand others just use solid crystal wands. Some wrap their wands with copper wire (a conduit).

It is fairly standard to only pick up branches which the tree has naturally shed, and to offer a prayer of thanks to the tree for the piece you take.

You'll want to let the branch dry through before treating it in anyway.
I like to carve patterns between the bark and the "meat" then sand the transitions so its still smooth. Some people paint their wands in which case you'd want to clear coat it to give the image a longer life. I prefer the o natural thing so I scrub the wand with sea salt and clean water then rub natural oils into it. My fave is dragon's blood oil because of the amber color and the strength dragon's blood adds to magik.

Carve patterns or images, words or spells, tie on talismens, feathers, beads, whatever makes you happy. Just try to get a straight piece of wood, energy travels better without the bendies (IMO), and make sure it's comfortable for you to use.

ummm... thats a brief basic overview for you. Google "wand" or "wand making" there are lots of great sites and examples of how different people make and work with wands...

Love and Light,

Ankou

Oh yeah... Storage, mine lives on my alter, it likes the sun :)

Ankou
02-07-2005, 02:52
Two other threads on AT discussing wands...

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=38517

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=43329

Love and Light,

Ankou

TarotGirlJess
04-07-2005, 17:26
Thank you Ankou,
very helpful information about your wand ( i had already searched the site LOL).
I decided on willow. i got it from somewhere that was special to me and has been a part of my life since i was like 4, so in a a way the willow that gave me my wand watched me grow.
I went ahead and just did what feels right and i really like it. i have a crystal tip, i also have 5 other stones on it. I wrapped part of it in embroidry floss. every single part of this means something to me so it feels doubly special. I am proud of it.. i like the way it looks/feels/smells and sounds.
as i was working on it I pointed it at my cat.. my normaly mean cat just reached a paw up and touched my crystal.. ( awwww).
I still have a few things left before it's done done. but it's very close.
I didn't carve anything in it ( as of yet). but i'm not sure it's done. LOL
Once again many thanks!
TarotGirlJess

PlatinumDove
04-07-2005, 22:41
I got my wand about a year ago. I bought it from a shop that I was also taking lessons from the owner. When I was trying to choose mine, he told me, "choose the wood that resonates with you, and choose the wand that makes you feel magickal."

I did that, and I've got a beautiful wand made of apple wood (representative of love and immortality). Its very plain, sorta looks like a Harry Potter wand, except it has this nice curve in it. When I first got it, my mother got a hold of it and started "knighting" our dogs with it, which pissed me off that she couldn't understand how valuable it was to me, she was treating it like a toy and laughing.

TarotGirlJess
04-07-2005, 23:11
i have yet to tell anymone but posters here of it's existance... ;)

FantasyWorld
04-07-2005, 23:20
Enjoy the process!
Let the wood tell you what it wants to become.
Usage and storage are up to up and the wand.
There really aren't any do's and don'ts IMHO as long as it's made and used in the greater good.
I've made a few wands and was so afraid of messing up or doing it "wrong" that it tok away from the process so I got a few pieces of wood and decided they would be practice pieces in case the didn't turn out and they turned out really nice and helped to relax and just let it happen.
Some wands may like a crystal tip at the top and bottom to help the energy flow or no crystals at all, just feel it out and enjoy:)

Love and Light
Alanna

Sulis
04-07-2005, 23:39
I use my wand to direct energies during circle casting and spellwork. I don't always use it, sometimes I use my hand instead.

When I first started using magic I read lots of books on Wicca and Witchcraft and came to the conclusion that any self-respecting witch just has to have an athame, so I went out and bought one.
I used it a few times but soon realised that the whole knife thing just didn't gel with me, it felt very wrong. I feel much, much more comfortable using a wand.

I'd suggest if you want to make one to do a bit of research into the magical qualities of different types of wood and trees.

I have a willow wand that came from windfallen willow but the wand I use most is hazel. The thick bit that you hold is twisted because it had honeysuckle growing around it as it grew. It has an amethyst crystal in the tip that was found on a beach in Cornwall - it really is lovely.

Your wand sounds lovely too. It should be a powerful magical tool for you as you say everything on it has a meaning to you.

Edited to add: Willow corresponds to water and the moon. It's a good for healing and protection. It's also good for using in spells to increase your intuition.

Enjoy :)

love

Sulis xx

Ankou
05-07-2005, 06:01
Tarot Girl Jess, Your wand sounds beautiful! and just right for you :)

I love the fact that you used wood from a tree that watched you grow! I've been thinking of the same thing, but it didn't quite gel thats what I was thinking till you said it! I grew up under a beautiful old TX oak tree and I sometimes like to stand very still in front of it so it can see how much I've grown. (hee hee)

I haven't told anyone about my wands either, I'm don't really use them yet but they add strength to my petitions on the alter so there they live. Every once in a while I like to just hold them...

My most practical tool is my boline, my little sickle knife. I use it for everything. So much so that the handle is falling apart from use.

Anyway, post pics if your comfortable and have a way to, I'd love to see your wand in living pixel!

Love and Light,

Ankou

TarotGirlJess
05-07-2005, 14:56
how do i post pictures?

Sulis
05-07-2005, 21:57
Sadly you can't post pictures unless you are a forum subscriber.

Love

Sulis xx

Ankou
05-07-2005, 23:31
You can post on a photo blog and give us the link...

Most photo blogs are free, just do a net surf, and read the small type, I don't open random accounts that require email addresses cause I've got too much spam already...

Love and Light,

Ankou

Ffortiwn
16-07-2005, 05:07
Don't have a wand, but I started a project to create a staff made out of Zizyphus mauritiana (or jujube) which is a dark yellow hardwood tree that happens to grow in the place of my birth. A staff crafter helped me acquire and work the wood just so, and he thoroughly enjoyed working with that wood. Right now I'm still in the process of selecting symbols and creating the carving design.

Deciding how/where to place the quartz is my current problem. I'd like it to be at the head, but I don't want it to stick out much if at all. I may also imbed it by cutting off the very tip, drilling a hole, reattaching (and maybe drilling small holes in the side to allow the crystal to "see" out). I'm worried about introducing some kind of energetic disturbance by severing a piece, and I also dislike having to use glue.

I am really very new to all of the spiritual practices I have been taking up including this one, and I'm doing this with no specific or conscious purpose in mind other than to respond to a call. So working out how the staff will actually fit into a daily practice, or other stuff, should be interesting.

Ffortiwn
19-07-2005, 04:05
Sorry to double-post, but does anyone here know of a good wand-making resource with detailed information about imbedding objects (such as crystals) in the wood, or removing and replacing sections? I've come across a few wand sites but none on the caliber of these Aeclectic forums, in wand-making terms. I want to approach this as correctly and skillfully as possible. I'm very, very reluctant to dettach/reattach and I'd like for the crystal to be as deeply imbedded as possible.

Also curious if anyone knows of a good resource for some raw peridot.