Of course as a Witchy Mama you want to give your witchlings all the tools they need to succeed to develop their own practice. It just so happens that wands are one of the easiest and quickest ways to help put your little ones on the path to learning and experience in the Craft in a way that’s fun and educational! Plus it’s the perfect opportunity learn about the magick and hidden language of trees and the magick they have to share with us.


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Speaking to the Trees

Of course, the first thing you’ll want to think about is where your source your materials. While wands are made from a wide variety of materials such as metal, crystal, glass, or resin — by far and large the most popular is wood. I feel that natural (rather than man-made) materials are far better suited for the task of helping to channel or move energy. Plus, wood for wand-making is so abundant you can get what you need without spending a penny!


However, it is important to collect your wood responsibly. Generally, it is believed that you should never forceably cut to acquire wood for wand-making. While I think there is a wisdom in this thought, I believe it is a sometimes impractical view. As a homeowner, especially, it is commonplace to occasional need to trim back trees or bushes for safety reasons. While that wood is forceably removed, it is my intuitive and personal feeling that taking that wood and using it for wand-making is an excellent way to honor the spirit of the tree from which is was taken so that it doesn’t not just go to waste. (Of course, I think seasoning it and using it as firewood in a needfire is also a nice homage.) -
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However, it is important to collect your wood responsibly. Generally, it is believed that you should never forceably cut to acquire wood for wand-making. While I think there is a wisdom in this thought, I believe it is a sometimes impractical view. As a homeowner, especially, it is commonplace to occasional need to trim back trees or bushes for safety reasons. While that wood is forceably removed, it is my intuitive and personal feeling that taking that wood and using it for wand-making is an excellent way to honor the spirit of the tree from which is was taken so that it doesn’t not just go to waste. (Of course, I think seasoning it and using it as firewood in a needfire is also a nice homage.)

That said, most people acquire their wood for wand-making by picking up fallen wood. If you don’t have a suitable yard that gets fallen wood that you could use, you can always visit a local park or a willing friend who might be willing to help you out. Also, if you happen to be fortunate enough to live near an orchard or fruit farm you can always ask about when their prune their trees late in the season to see if they might be willing to let you have some wood. (For “arts & crafts”!)

If you are lucky and you find yourself with an abundance of options, allow your witchling to choose for themselves which pieces stand out to them the most! It should be a stick that is approximately the width of a finger and approximately as long as the distance from the tip of their elbow to the tip of their fingers! Once your find your stick you’ll no doubt want to know what type of wood your working with, so let’s chat about some common varieties of trees, wood, and their magickal properties!

The Language of Trees

So you’ve found a place to search and you’ve found some trees and/or sticks but you don’t know what type or what the magickal properties are? Here are some common trees and the energies their especially good for working with:


Birch - Definitely the easiest wood to identify is birch. The bark is typically white, or silvery in appearance with horizontal striations which may appear to be peeling. Birch, due to the color of its bark, is associated with feminine, lunar energies. It is associated with purification and fertility as well. Birch wands are excellent for cleansing and healing magick.

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Definitely the easiest wood to identify is birch. The bark is typically white, or silvery in appearance with horizontal striations which may appear to be peeling.

Birch, due to the color of its bark, is associated with feminine, lunar energies. It is associated with purification and fertility as well. Birch wands are excellent for cleansing and healing magick.


Maple - Young maple trees often have smooth gray barker that gets thicker and more deeply furrowed as it ages (liked pictured at right.) They have beautiful foliage that turns shades of orange and red in the autumn.Maple is associated with love, health, and longevity. It is an excellent wood for working spells for love, friendship, and healing!
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Maple

Young maple trees often have smooth gray barker that gets thicker and more deeply furrowed as it ages (liked pictured at right.) They have beautiful foliage that turns shades of orange and red in the autumn.

Maple is associated with love, health, and longevity. It is an excellent wood for working spells for love, friendship, and healing!


Oak - Oak bark is distinguishable by it’s hard, gray scaly appearance with deep furrows. When trying to identify twigs or sticks it can appear very similar to maple. One tip to know which is which is that maple leaves are always opposite each other on a twig. Oak leaves alternate!Oak is associated with healing and protection magick. It is strongly associated also with the Divine Masculine and especially the Norse god of the sky and thunder, Thor.
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Oak

Oak bark is distinguishable by it’s hard, gray scaly appearance with deep furrows. When trying to identify twigs or sticks it can appear very similar to maple. One tip to know which is which is that maple leaves are always opposite each other on a twig. Oak leaves alternate!

Oak is associated with healing and protection magick. It is strongly associated also with the Divine Masculine and especially the Norse god of the sky and thunder, Thor.


Willow - (Weeping) willow is one of my absolutely favorites. The twigs are also great for twisting dreamcatcher frames when they’re green and fresh! Willow bark, in addition to having medicine properties as an analgesic, is distinct for its gray, rough, deeply furrow appearance that has a sort of wavy, criss-crossing formation.Willow is associated with the moon and the Divine Feminine. It is especially for magick working towards divination, psychic ability, and healing.
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Willow

(Weeping) willow is one of my absolutely favorites. The twigs are also great for twisting dreamcatcher frames when they’re green and fresh! Willow bark, in addition to having medicine properties as an analgesic, is distinct for its gray, rough, deeply furrow appearance that has a sort of wavy, criss-crossing formation.

Willow is associated with the moon and the Divine Feminine. It is especially for magick working towards divination, psychic ability, and healing.


Pine - Pine is a soft wood that can be very sticky if not completely dried before working with it further. Pine bark is often reddish-to-brownish gray with younger trees typically being shaded more towards red. Pine wood is associated with longevity, health, abundance, fertility, and good fortune. Pine is excellent for working magick for luck, health, and healing.

Pine

Pine is a soft wood that can be very sticky if not completely dried before working with it further. Pine bark is often reddish-to-brownish gray with younger trees typically being shaded more towards red.

Pine wood is associated with longevity, health, abundance, fertility, and good fortune. Pine is excellent for working magick for luck, health, and healing.

Of course there are many more varieties of trees out there, too, depending on your locale. I just wanted to spotlight a few that are usually easy to come by! Do you already have a magick wand? What wood or materials is it made of? If you don’t already have one which do you find yourself the most drawn to? Let me know by posting a reply in the comments below!

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