What kind of wood makes a magic wand? Or, what tree are you supposed to cut a magic wand from?
If you want to skip my opinion because you came here hoping to find historical advice from traditional texts, etc. etc. click here
I’ve been asked this question a time or two, and I’ve seen it asked online. Some of the answers posted to the Web, even some I’ve overheard while browsing a metaphysical shop, range from silly to appalling.
Allow me, please, to make this easy. First thing: there is no “requirement” that a wand should be wooden at least not from the perspective of the natural laws that allow magic to operate. Stone and metal wands can be quite nice.
I admit, however, I find wands of wood to be the most efficacious (I also admit I’ve been looking for an excuse to use that damn word for days now.). What kind of wood we talkin’ here?
I’m afraid you have only two options:
- wood from a living tree or shrub
- wood from dead tree shrub
This post won’t touch on what you might use dead wood, as in dead when you found it, for your wand. Perhaps later.
That leaves only one category; living trees or shrubs. The question of which tree or shrub can be answered with the question of, “Well, what do you plan to use this wand for?”
Trees, like everything else cataloged by mad wizards and witches over the centuries, can be viewed from the perspective of their correspondences, i.e. the elements, zodiac, planets, spirits, etc they are magically linked to. Most comprehensive tables of correspondence will include a few trees, as will books on fairy magic, natural magic encyclopedias, etc. Take the time to study so you can choose wisely and specifically.
Check this list of trees and their magical properties by Tess Whitehurst, an author whose content on this topic I respect immensely.
Since you took the time to click on over to this post, I’ll throw you a few easy ones as well. The following are good choices for general purpose magical wands, in no special order other than the first one is totally the best in my opinion… but yeah after that no special order at all.
But what do the “ancient” traditions have to say?
Short version: Archaeological evidence indicates the Druid class used Ash, Holly, and Oak. Many of the stand-alone grimoires preserved from the Middle ages point you to Ash or Hazel/Witch Hazel. The “Solomonic”
(Lesser Key of Solomon, et al) books for the most part require nut-bearing trees; I know I’m forgetting another reference from the woerks given Solomon’s namer, I just don’t care enough to look it up right now..
Anyhoo… there are a few for you’re just hooked on the notion of following instructions set out in a completely different time and culture. No doubt, any of htese would be solid choices, but I refused to limit myself long ago (seriouslly, my god I am getting old) when I started this gig and I’m pleased with the results thus gleaned.
FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION AND YOUR MAGICAL INSTINCTS. THESE WILL TAKE YOU TO THE RIGHT TREE FOR YOUR WAND.
Check out my basic magic wand user guide to learn a few simple methods for getting great results with your wand art. I’ve found literature on this point sorely lacking, so I decided to fill in the gap, so to speak.