How do I Create Crystal Wands

The Caduceus was Hermes' Magick Wand.

From the shaman's talking stick and ceremonial staffs to a Witch's Wand,
Magickal Wands are part of humankind's spiritual roots. In the Bible (Genesis
30:37), Moses parted the Red Sea with a hazel rod. In Greek stories, Hermes carried a wand in his duties as a messenger. In modern times, various Metaphysical traditions like Wicca continue using Magick Wands to direct energy.

You can make one at home that's personalized to your path and vision.


Things You'll Need:

* Foraged wooden stick
* Sand paper, medium and fine grade
* Wood carving tools
* Crystal
* Glue
* Frankincense powder
* Ribbon or leather lashing
* Jewelry wire (optional)
* Leather or cloth (optional)
* Feathers & beads (optional)

1. Sand any rough edges or bark off the stick. Be sure to work along the grain for the best results. Begin with the medium grade sandpaper, using the fine later for a smooth finish.

2. Carve out a space for the crystal at the tip of your wand. You can use any
type of crystal desired, but one with a point creates a traditional look to the
finished piece. Carve very slowly keeping your motion away from you for safety.

Stop regularly and check to see when the crystal fits securely.

3. Glue the crystal in place using wood glue mixed with a pinch of
Frankincense. Frankincense cleanses and provides grit that helps the crystal
stay in place. If the fit seems loose, you can use thin jewelry wire
crisscrossed around the crystal and down onto the base of the wand.

4. Cut the piece of leather or cloth so that it wraps completely around the
base of the wand as a handhold. Secure the fabric in place using leather
lashing crossing front to back, and back to front three to four times. Tie it
off leaving long ends.

5. Add beads and feathers to the leather lashing ends if desired. Bless the
Wand with a prayer, and then keep it in a safe place for future use in your
Rituals and spells.

Tips & Warnings

* Choose the type of wood for your wand and the crystal to match its final
function in your rituals. For example, an apple wand makes a good choice if you want to guide your magick wisely.

* Avoid working on your crystal wand when ill, out of sorts or angry. This
taints the energy.


* BBC: Ancient Egyptian Magic
* MIT Media Lab Europe: WANDerful Alcove
* Merlin's Realm: How to Make a Magic Wand
* Northwest Wood Carvers Association: Woodcarver's FAQ Page
* Natural Magick Shop: Magick Wands
* "Kitchen Witch's Guide to Magickal Tools"; Patricia Telesco and Don
Waterhawk; 2006  

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