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Author Topic: How does one go about creating a wand?  (Read 15649 times)
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« Reply #7: April 02, 2008, 02:03:21 pm »

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Quote from: Jenett on January 22, 2008, 08:47:22 pm
Standard practice in the group I work with is to leave a small offering that we feel is appropriate: if we're not sure, our standards are copper pennies or a few strands of hair. Several of us keep small stones or biodegradable substances handy for offerings. (I keep undyed spun wool, when I remember.) Some people use tobacco, which has a long tradition in many Native American traditions (and which is therefore quite appropriate if you live in those areas) but finding unpolluted tobacco is not necessarily simple if you don't smoke.

Thanks, I never thought it would be something as simple as pennies and hair.

I have an interest in this myself, as I want to make a staff of Oak this spring - and finding a nice wind blown branch that size, that's not rotted, might not be so easy.

But seriously -  what need does a tree have for money?  or hair?? 
If going so far as to give an offering in return, we should think of what has value to the tree, not ourselves.

Unless the copper in the coin, or the keratin (the protein in the hair) can be used as fertilizer by the tree?
or is it simply a matter of, "It's the thought that counts" ?  Wink

If you can't find a wind blown branch, and must cut,  personally,  I feel it'd be better to water the tree and fertilize it, regularly,  if possible, over a week or two;  also, apply some kind of apropos "salve" to the end of the cut branch, though I don't know yet what would work best other than dark paint.  (I need some research there) ..something though,  to keep bugs out, and moisture in, and make sure you don't endanger the health of the tree.



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