Since Spring has finally arrived you might be considering making yourself a new wand or staff. When Spring arrives everyone’s to-do list grows instantly. We figured one of those items on the to-do list might involve making you new Craft tools.
You will see we have provided you with a brief history on wand and staff making. The important information I would take away from the article is about the types of woods and their properties. If you don’t already knows these, take time to print them out or write them down. This list of woods and their correspondences will come in handy for the future
From the Ancient Egyptians to the Druids, Moses to Shamans, wands and staffs have always been a favorite tool of spell casters. Energy (or Magic/ Magick, if you prefer) flows naturally everywhere; a wand or staff simply helps to channel that energy for a desired purpose. Truly, energy can be channeled through anything except insulators such as some crystals and glass, which would, in most cases be used to store energy, not transfer it.
Wands and staffs aren’t really much different, save that one is larger than the other and may be used as a good weapon. They are often both carved from the same kinds of trees (with the consent of the tree of course) and with pretty much the same purpose. They are both largely ceremonious, unless you intend to lob around a huge staff or hide a wand in your robes on a daily basis.
Following is a list of some popular trees used for the carving of wands and staffs:
Hazel Tree (Corylus avellana) Grants wisdom, virtue and inspiration.
Willow Tree (Salix alba, Salix candida, Salix herbacea, Salix planifolia)Powerful intuition, mystery and grace.
Elm (Ulmus americana, Ulmus glabra, Ulmus procera, Ulmus minor) Tree Nobility, memory, secret knowledge and resilience.
Ash (Fraxinus excelsior, Fraxinus americana, Fraxinus nigra, Fraxinus ornus) Power and magnitude, possesses curative properties.
Beech (Fagus orientalis, Fagus japonica, Fagus grandifolia) Beauty, strength, communication.
Birch (Betula aetniensis, Betula pendula, Betula pubescens, Betula occidentalis, Betula lenta) Protects against death and malevolent fires.
Cedar (Cedrus libani, Cedrus brevifolia, Cypressus lucitania) Healing, cleansing and protection against malevolent forces.
Chestnut (Castanea sativa, Castanea crenata, Castanea ashei) Fertility, longevity, abundance and invigoration.
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus, Carpinus orientalis, Carpinus japonica) Straightforwardness, strength, determination and loyalty.
Maple (Acer saccharum, Acer negundo, Acer platanoides) Success, wealth and prosperity.
Oak (Quercus montana, Quercus rubra, Quercus alba, Quercus nigra) Power, endurance, nobility, energy and strength.
Olive (Olea europaea) Peace, victory,purification and fruitfulness.
Poplar (Populus alba, Populus tremula, Populus ilicifolia, Populus nigra) Elegance, courage and wit.
Rowan (Sorbus Americana, Sorbus cashmiriana) Dignity, friendliness, and self-control.