The wand is just not an optional tool in Witchcraft. It’s but one of the must have tools. The reason for this is the fact that the wand can be used for two significant functions during namely invocation ritual and directing energy.
When casting a circle, the witch uses invocation to call the quarters (North, East, South and West) and to encourage the Goddess and God to be there in the rite. Also, when performing magick, the energy that is increased during the rite is collected in the wand and after that directed to the “thing” to be charged with the spell’s power and intent.
Out of which a wand needs to be fashioned, wood, in most conventions, is the prescribed material. The type of wood that the wand is made is also significant as different kinds of woods bestow powers that are distinct on a wand. Here are a few examples:
Apple – Love, healing and immortality
Ash – Protection, prosperity, wellbeing and also the sea
Birch – Protection, purification and banishing
Cherry – Divination and love
Chestnut – Love, strength, money and healing
Elder – Prosperity, banishing and protection
Elm – Adore
Hawthorn – Fertility and love
Maple – Love, longevity and money
Oak – All purpose (Many “conventional” staffs are produced from Oak or Rowan)
Poplar – Success and private wealth, money
Walnut – Health, wealth and mental powers
Willow – Divination, protection, love and healing
With a big variety of distinct wands over time suited for the various spells that can be cast, witches end up because of this.
Let’s think for a moment on two of those woods – the Hawthorn along with the Elder – how these might be powerful during magickal rituals and to explore their magickal aspects.
The Elder tree is just one of the holy trees of both Druidism and Wicca/Witchcraft. It truly is strongly linked with Litha (Summer Solstice) as well as the White Goddess. In the Wiccan Rede, Witches/ Wiccans are cautioned not to set fire to an Elder: “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be.” Many Witches/Wiccans prefer not cutting a branch off the Elder to make a wand. They look for a fallen branch.
A Wand fashioned from Elder may be used to improve the outcomes of these types of charms:
1. Protection and banishing
Its connection with both Litha, that is the White Goddess, and the Summer Solstice, imbues the Elder with very strong powers that are protective. Because light rules over darkness during Litha, Elder is a fantastic wood for banishing negativity. Use the wand both during circle cast and magick work when protection or banishment is needed for tremendously positive outcomes.
As firmly as the Elder dispels negativity, it brings positive energy. The power of light afforded to Elder makes a wand fashioned from this wood tremendously successful in spells to attract Success, Luck and Love.