Wand: Another Magickal Tool Used for Directing Energy
In our ongoing discussion about different magickal tools used in ritual, we come next to the wand. Traditionally, this ritual tool is a slender, handheld wooden stick about the length of one’s forearm and can be handcrafted or store bought: whatever feels right to you.
The wand, associated with the God and with either the element of Fire or of Air–depending on tradition–is used to direct energy in a more subtle, gentle way than that of an athame. This ritual tool is especially used in Ceremonial Magick, although it can be used in any everyday ritual.
Of all the magickal tools in Wicca and in other Pagan paths, the wand is certainly the most iconic. Not only does the Wand figure prominently as a Tarot suit, but it also makes an appearance in the Magician card. What would Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother be without her wand? Other popular characters associated with the wand are the titular character–portrayed by Micky Mouse or otherwise– in “The Sorceror’s Apprecntice,” as well as the pupils, especially Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter book and movie series. On a more sinister side, the wand figures prominently in Circe’s character in Homer’s Odyssey and in C. S. Lewis’ antagonist in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Oak, willow, and ash are among the most popular woods for creating the wand.
In recent years, wands have been made of other materials besides wood. Wands made of certain metals, such as copper and silver, and of crystals, have become increasingly popular.
What are your thoughts about the wand? Please feel free to share in the comments section. Blessed Be!