Probably the best known magic tool is the magic wand. Anyone who has ever seen the Wizard of Oz is familiar with Glenda the Good Witch and her magic wand, not to mention all the other fantasy type shows with characters performing all sorts of miraculous feats with a magic wand. But is there such a thing in real life as a magic wand? Yes, there is.
The Wand is the tool that is used with the element Air. You can buy a Wand online, but we prefer that you make your own and always have our Basic Magic students make their own. This way your wand is personalized to your own energies. It is made even more personalized when it is “keyed’ using the firebowl. A magic wand is the magical tool that is useful for communication and any sort of mental activity. Some of the procedures that this magical tool is useful for are:
- Sending messages
- Increasing communication between people
- Protection and self defense
- Changing and lifting one’s energy
Magical practitioners use the Wand to extend their own energies. Many of the same techniques done with a Wand can be done with bare hands, but the Wand allows the practitioner to have a longer “reach” as it can handle more Air energies than the hands can. The Wand is also a good tool for beginners to start with since it cannot do as much damage as for example the Athame which is the tool for Fire energy. The colors associated with the Air element are clear, white and sky blue. These are the only energies that should be handled with the Wand.
Making Your Own Magic Wand
Making your own magic wand is not a process that should be rushed as your magic tools are a very important part of your magical practice and choosing them is a very personal experience. Take your time selecting just the right wood from just the right source. You want to use wood from a live tree and it should be a type of wood that is oriented to handle Air energies. This means it should be lightweight and light colored. White Pine, Birch, Willow, Apsen or Yucca Stalk are all possibilities. Balsa wood is a light wood, but it is too soft, so consider the strength and hardness of the wood you select also. You may find Wands made of glass online, but these are not a good choice because they have too much Water energy. Crystal is also not a good choice because it is an infinite spectrum material which makes it hard to control. The best choice is wood from a live tree or that has recently fallen from a live tree. When taking a limb from a tree, be sure to communicate first with the tree spirit and ask permission before taking a limb. If the tree does not give permission, it may be that the spirit knows that particular limb is not a good match for you. Do not use dowels or other types of processed wood or “dead” wood. The limb you select for your magic wand should be from ¼ to 3/8 inches in diameter. That would be about as thick as your thumb or as thin as your little finger. The length should be the distance from the bend of your elbow to the base of your middle finger.
Once you have selected the limb and received permission to take it, you need to peel off the bark and sand it just enough to get a smooth, satiny finish. Then using a knife, such as one used for whittling wood, you make a point at the tip and a notch at the base. The growing end of the limb is the tip end and the base is the end that was closer to the trunk of the tree. At the base end, make a large open notch to be sure the Wand can easily draw in Air energies. That’s it, you now have your own personal magic wand. When storing your Wand you will want to protect it by putting in a natural material cloth such as cotton, leather, silk or wool, and place it with the notched base pointing East and tip pointing West.
Directions for making a Wand, keying it with a firebowl, techniques for using it and lots of information about other magical tools and their uses are available in our How To Do Voodoo ebook. This is a great resource for beginners or seasoned practitioners. Magical tools will expand what you can do magically. So start the quest for your Wand and get started learning all the wonderful things you can do with the safer Air energies.