Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Air Magic: How to Make Your Own Wand
Make Your Own Wand
You can certainly buy a wand online from many sources including our own school store, but we recommend that you make your own wand for doing air magic. When you make your own wand, you personalize it to your own energies and in the process build a stronger relationship with it. Whether you buy one or make one, as with all magical tools, you will "key" it which personalizes it to your energies, but when you make your own wand, you take it a step further in this process. You can find out more about how to make your own wand and how to use it in our Wand - Air Tool ebook or How To Do Voodoo ebook. It is pretty simple to make your own wand. Here's how!
Preparing to Make Your Own Wand
A proper air magic wand is made of wood. It should be made from an Air-oriented wood so that it is able to handle Air energies. This would be wood that is light-weight and light-colored. White pine, birch, peeled willow, or aspen are examples of good Air-oriented woods. Balsa wood on the other hand is light in weight, but is too soft to use for a wand. Consider that the wood needs to be hard enough to last and to handle the energies that will flow through it. Absolutely do not use glass, which has too much Water energy, or crystals which are an infinite-spectrum material making them hard to control, on your wand.
You need to take a limb that is about ¼ to 3/8 inch diameter from a live tree or recently fallen from a live tree. Be sure and ask the tree for permission before taking it and do not use dowels or other types of processed wood sticks. You don't need to bring a ruler along on your quest for the perfect limb. Just use the rule of thumb, or in other words, get a limb that is no thicker than your thumb and no smaller than your pinky. It also needs to be long enough to reach from about the bend in your elbow to the base of your middle finger and no longer than to the tip of your middle finger. You also want a fairly straight limb without a lot of bends, curves or notches in it. Searching for the perfect limb can be a magical experience in itself. As you walk through a wooded area of trees take the time to be with nature and listen for a limb that 'calls' to you.
Making Your Own Wand
After you find the perfect limb to make your own wand, you need to give it a smooth surface. Peel off the bark and in most cases you will need to do some light sanding with a fine sandpaper to make it smooth with a satiny finish. Take note before doing this step as to which end is the growing end of the limb and which end was nearest to the tree trunk. This is important because the growing end will be the tip of your wand and the end closest to the tree trunk will be the base of your wand. You will use a knife to carve a notch in the base end of the wand and to whittle a rounded off pointed tip at the tip end. Make sure the notch you carve in the base is open and large enough to allow Air energies to be easily drawn in. The notch will look like a V-shape in the end of the wand. Make the tip come to a point, but rounded off so that it is not very sharp. That's it! By following these simple directions you now know how to make your own wand.
The Wand, as with other magical tools, is basically an extension of the magic practitioner's own energies. It allows us to handle more energies when doing air magic than we can with our hands alone. In other words, it extends or magnifies our "reach". This is one reason you want to make sure you "key" your wand before using it. To make it an extension of ourselves, it needs to be personalized to our own energies. Keying also aligns the molecules in our magical tools so that the energies flow only in certain directions and it clears out any junky or impure energies that may already exist in the materials of the tool.
The wand is the most ideal of magical tools for beginners to start with as Air energies are much safer than, say, Fire energies. Whether you are a beginning student of magic or advanced magical practitioner, the wand is a great tool to have in your magical toolbox. Start your search for your own wand, personalize it to your energies and let the air magic begin!
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