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Author Topic: Making a Wand vs Buying a Wand  (Read 5754 times)
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« Reply #2: August 04, 2009, 04:27:20 pm »

Hi everyone,

Just wondering for those of you out there who have a wand, did you make it yourself of did you buy it?  I have seen some really nice wands out there for sale but when i've picked them up I wasn't really 'feelin it' if you know what I mean, sort of like our energies didn't gel. 

I have been thinking about making my own wand, I am very drawn to Willow, always have been.  Now, to obtain a suitable piece of willow I understand first I must seek the trees permission and always thank the tree for letting me take the wood, but do I have to take a piece from the ground which has already fallen or is it ok for me to take it from one of the trees branches?

Once I have got the wood for my wand do I have to do anything in particular with it to make it a wand or can I use it as it is?

Thanks

SW

I remember when I had all of these questions.  Actually, in the scheme of things it wasn't really all that long ago.  Now, specifics may depend upon your tradition.  Some may require that the wood be obtained from certain trees at a certain time in a certain way, with specific rituals for the asking of permission, for the cutting of a branch, and for the offering of thanks.  Some have particular rituals and processes for the carving of a wand from the wood, and what to do with the wood shavings and scraps.  It's become a cliché to say so, but I have to say that unless your path gives you these guidelines, it really just comes down to what feels right.

I have always made my wands.  I am on my third.  It's a Tamarisk.  My first two were of Beech wood.  My first two were taken from fallen branches, this new one, right off of the tree.  If anything, the sources I've come across suggest cutting from the tree (after asking permission, of course).  Once the branch is cut, though, there's no real energetic difference.  Both a cut branch and a fallen branch were once, but no longer, a part of a tree.  The difference I have noticed is in the ease of carving.  A freshly cut branch is much easier to work with than one that's been hardening and curing for weeks.  

That said, I suppose you COULD use a branch as is, but for me personally it's never felt right.  I have always at the very least stripped off the bark and tapered one end to a point.  It doesn't feel complete otherwise.  It's like it's just a stick.  My Tamarisk wand is not yet finished, but my last wand I burned runes into and annointed with oil.  

The correct answer is really that you need to put as much effort into it as you feel you need to.
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