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Woods for Wands

The wand is said to represent the life force of the witch. For any information or questions regarding wands.

Woods for Wands

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:04 pm

Alder: The wood of stability and so brings magical desires and energies into the here and now. Although it is primarily associated with the element of water, the alder gracefully crosses into the realm of air and fire as well. For example, ancient legend indicates the wood of the young alder is traditionally used for crafting whistles, pan flutes and recorders. This establishes the alder's claim to the air element. Within the realm of fire, the alder's coloring transmutes into a fiery orange after it is cut, indicating to the Celts that the alder secretly harbors sacred flame within its flesh. To prove the point, the alder (although a poor firewood) makes a pristine grade of charcoal, and was perfect for steadily hot conditions utilized to forge fine Celtic weaponry. In this respect the alder reminds us that we have hidden powers within us that if tapped, provide magnificent resources that allow us to live out our highest ideals.

Apple trees symbolise magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island." In Scandinavia, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apple every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard. It is very fertile and will help to spread abundance and creativity; also used traditionally for casting circles and love magic.

Ash trees symbolise sacrifice, sensitivity and higher awareness. The wood is white, strong, and straight-grained. Ash is a large deciduous tree with smooth, gray bark on young trees which becomes fissured with age. The world tree that formed the axis between earth and heaven. It is also a healing tree and the tree of travel and travellers and so is good for portable altars; good for your special wand. Although it is associated with the element of air, the ash is also akin to the fire element for its amazing burning qualities. The wood of the ash burns with intense heat, even when green. This surfaced ideas of resurrection and renewal for the Celts

Birch tree meanings include new beginnings and cleansing of the past. Birch trees are also associated with vision quests. The common name birch is derived from an old Germanic root meaning "white, bright or to shine." The birch is considered the national tree of Russia, where it used to be worshipped as a goddess during the Green Week in early June. While the birch is a brilliant symbol of renewal, it is also symbolic of stability and structure. The druids also held the birch as the keepers of long-honored traditions.

Cedar trees meanings include healing, cleansing and protection. It is widely grown as an ornamental tree, planted in parks and large gardens for its drooping foliage. It is the national tree of Pakistan. The name "deodar" is derived from modern Indian language derivatives of the Sanskrit name 'devdar', meaning "timber of the gods". The tree of truth, integrity and purity and so demands high standards of the user.

Cherry tree symbols mean death and rebirth and new awakenings. Because of their considerable value as both food and ornamental plants, many cherry and other fruit tree species have been introduced to parts of the world to which they are not native.

Elder tree symbols mean birth, death, and the fairy realm. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Both flowers and berries can be made into elderberry wine and an elderberry brandy is produced in Hungary. The flowers may be used to make an herbal tea, which is believed as a remedy for colds and fever. In Europe, the flowers are made into a cough syrup, which is diluted with water before drinking. Associated with faerie and nature spirit magic and is good for any visualisation work. Only suitable if you find a fallen brand - do not cut an Elder tree.

Elm tree meaning includes strength of will and intuition.

Hazel tree symbolism includes hidden wisdom, dousing and divination. The traditional tree of wisdom, knowledge and justice and so ground magic in a secure foundation. It is linked with the magic of the sun. The wand should be cut from a tree that has not yet borne fruit. It is another good choice for a ceremonial wand. The hazel's unusual branch formations make it a delight to ponder, and was often used for inspiration in art, as well as poetry.

Holly tree symbols include protection, overcoming of anger and spiritual warrior. In many western cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, especially in wreaths. The wood is heavy, hard and whitish. One traditional use is for chess pieces, with holly for the white pieces, and ebony for the black. Holly is dense and can be sanded very smooth.

Maple trees meanings includes balance, promise and practicality.

The oak is the mightiest of trees and symbolises strength and courage. The ancient Romans thought oak trees attracted lightning and thereby connected the oak tree to the sky god, Jupiter and his wife, Juno, the goddess of marriage. Thus, the oak is a symbol of conjugal fidelity and fulfillment. The oak tree was regarded by Socrates as an oracle tree. The Druids likewise ate acorns in preparation for prophesying. In addition, the Druids believed the leaves of the oak tree had the power to heal and renew strength. A tree of great strength and wisdom and will help you to develop your inner understanding of the deeper significance behind even simple rituals. It is also ideal for those wishing to progress further in magic and are prepared to accept the extra responsibilities. Some practitioners will only work with fallen branches of oak.

Palm tree symbols include peace and opportunity. In many historical cultures, palms were also symbols for such victory and fertility.

Pine tree symbolism includes creativity, life, longevity and immortality. Brings courage and inspiration to your work; a good wand for mothers and wise women.

The Rowan has long been honoured by the Celts for its balance of beauty and hardiness. The wood of the rowan is traditionally used for divination tools and objects such as runes and wands. Rowan branches are the prime choice for divining rods, and druids also crafted rowan wood into staffs. The druids maintained the rowan as a sacred container for protective energy. It resonates a high, clear vibration that naturally transforms lower (negative) energies. This is why it is revered as a protective symbol. Both magical and protective; ideal if you work mainly in an are where there are security problems or extremes of weather or if you are new to magic.

Willow tree meanings includes magic, healing, inner vision and dreams. The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been mentioned in ancient texts from Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as a remedy for aches and fever. Native Americans across the continent relied on it as a staple of their medical treatments. This is because they contain acetylsalicylic acid, also known as aspirin. The willow was also part of mourning pieces created in the 19th century (and earlier) by women to commemorate the death of a loved one. These pieces always included one or more mourners in dark dresses bent over a burial vault, tombstone or urn with a willow tree - a symbol of death, tears, mourning, and reflection. Perhaps this is the origin of the term "weeping willow". Also known as the moon tree, this is wonder for moon magic, for women and younger witches and will develop your divinatory powers.
May your summers and winters be short, springs be mild and autumn reaping plentiful.

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