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How to Make Your Own Wand

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Born in deepest Cornwall, now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of eclectic witchcraft for years and years.

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A wand is used for directing energy and anything to do with working with the element of fire, although not for lighting candles or sticking into the wood burner. It is a basic tool for a witch, and you can get one for free.

Why Make a Wand?

It’s a good idea to make your own wand because you will be putting your own personal energy into it. Plus you'll know its provenance. In other words, you will be certain it is ethically sourced and hasn’t come from a threatened environment. Also, have you seen the prices for ready-made, off-the-shelf wands? Diagon Alley has a lot of competition these days.

Where to Get Your Stick

You can go out into the woods, or even a park, and look for a suitable stick to make a wand. You might find the perfect weathered wand on a beach as driftwood. Twigs which have fallen off trees aren’t usually very good as they are already in the process of decomposing, and they were obviously quite weak in the first place to be blown off in a storm, so look for a healthy tree and select a young branch carefully. First though, do a little research on what wood is best for your wand.

Commercial wands are beautiful, but you can easily find your own for free.

Commercial wands are beautiful, but you can easily find your own for free.

How to Choose the Right Wood for Your Wand

There is nothing preventing you having a small collection of wands for various types of magickal work. Here are examples of the properties of some common trees.

  • Ash, Fraxinus excelsior, is related to the Rowan, and like the Rowan is related to movement. It is the tree of the shape-shifter. It’s flexible and adaptable. Ash grows fast and its seedlings root everywhere, so it’s tenacious. Use Ash for transformational work and self-improvement.
  • Birch, Betula Pendula, has feminine energy and has healing power. Boiled, mashed birch wood was used to heal bruises and cuts. It calms and soothes, so is good for peaceful, gentle magickal work. Use a birch wand for healing spells, for calming situations, and for requesting a peaceful solution.
  • Crab Apple, Malus Sylvestris, will provide twisted, gnarly wands. Apple, of course, is the tree of knowing and wisdom. Cut an apple crosswise and the seeds form a five-pointed star. Apples, the fruit and the wood, are extremely useful to witchcraft. Use an apple wand whenever you need guidance, want to know the truth, or as a general all-round wand.
  • Ivy, Hedera Helix, is not strictly a tree, but aged and thickened ivy stems carefully removed from a fallen tree make beautiful wands. Ivy holds the energy of exchange, so is useful in any work where you want to sell something, or make any kind of bargain or exchange. Ivy also offers protection to insects and small animals and therefore is useful in protection and binding spells.
  • Rowan or Mountain Ash, Sorbus aucuparia, is native to the British Isles. There is a closely related American species, Sorbus Americana. The Mountain Ash is the ‘coming or going’ tree, so is ideal for any magical work where there is a journey involved. It’s also a ‘portal tree’, therefore when you want to undertake a guided visualization, keep your Mountain Ash wand close by.
  • Oak, Quercus robur, has a strong, masculine energy and is also good for healing and protection. It makes a good wand for intensely focussed work. Oak is long-lasting and durable. It has permanency and therefore it’s a good all-rounder. Oak is so steeped in tradition and surrounded by fascinating facts; I encourage you to research it in detail. If you only choose to use one wand, make it oak
Oak, an excellent choice of wood for a wand.

Oak, an excellent choice of wood for a wand.

Harvesting the Wand

Choose an auspicious time to harvest your wand. During the waxing moon period is best. Before noon is also a good time as the Sun is still rising. Think expansion and growth for maximum energy.

You must never damage a tree, so be circumspect. A little pruning never did any harm, but please be cautious. Never, ever harvest from a protected tree. The best time to cut your stick is during the active growing season when the tree’s energy is being pushed into it. Some will tell you to wait until pruning season, but it makes very little difference to the tree.

The best wands are around 12”—15” long. Not too thin or too thick. Interesting markings and imperfections are desirable, but not necessary. A good guideline is to find a stick that’s about the same diameter as your middle finger or just a little thicker at the base; the part you’ll be holding. It’s fine if it’s not perfectly straight, but obviously you don’t want one that has a right-angled joint in the middle of it. Slightly twisty and gnarly is good.

Spend a little time, before you cut it. Ask the tree for permission. Use a sharp knife or hacksaw, and make a clean cut. Place your hand over the wound and direct healing energy into it. There is no need to dress the wound with anything. Thank the tree.

Make the experience into a small, personal ritual and leave an offering of nuts, or similar, suitable food for the birds, mice, squirrels, etc. at the base of the tree or on a level branch.

How to Make Your Wand

  • If you found the perfect piece of driftwood, there’s not much to do. Sand off any sharp bits. If you like you can wrap wire around a small quartz crystal and attach it to the pointy end. It’s not necessary unless you feel it adds to the power of the wand. Mine is just as I found it.
  • If you are working with green wood, then it will take a little more time. Strip the bark off and place the wand in a warm, dry place to season. This will take as long as it takes, usually around a month. Tell your mother not to throw out the stick languishing in her airing cupboard (UK), hotpress (Ireland), some warm place in the house (US).
  • Some people prefer not to strip the bark at all, and that’s okay. You can remember what variety of tree it came from, and it keeps all its character and energy intact. Be prepared that some kinds of wood will shed bark as it dries and the older it gets.
  • Sand off any sharp bits, including the ends. For me, this is sufficient. I don’t need to do anything more except use the wand.

However, you can do a lot more to your wand to personalize it and make it even more powerful and beautiful.

Wire-wrapped, crystal-tipped wand.

Wire-wrapped, crystal-tipped wand.

Customizing Your Wand

  • Oil it with tung oil to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Attach a crystal by wire-wrapping it with copper or silver wire.
  • Wrap strip leather around the holding end.
  • Carve or burn runes or other symbols into the shaft of the wand.

Consecrating Your Wand

Consecrating simply means blessing your wand in preparation for service. How you do this depends on your tradition. In my simple, lazy witch way, I added wand consecration to the beginning of another ritual. I blessed the wand by lightly sprinkling salt water and asking for the blessings and energy of earth and water. I passed it quickly through a flame and waved it around a bit, asking for the blessings and energy of fire and air. I then held the wand in both hands and, as I felt it get warm and glowing, said something like, “May the energy of this wand be used always for good. As I say it, so must it be.”

Points to Remember

  • The wand is not magical in itself, it is simply and extension of your energy, power and intent. It helps you to direct your intention.
  • It’s your wand, no-one else’s. It’s personal, so while it doesn’t harm it if someone touches it, you don’t want them doing so for too long. Never let anyone use your wand for magickal work.
  • You can have more than one wand for different kinds of spells.
  • When not in use, either wrap your wand in natural silk or cotton, or place it in a wooden box, or, if you have several wands, place them on display in a vase but be aware they will absorb the energies around them, so a quick cleansing by passing them through incense smoke before use is always a good idea.
  • In a magickal emergency, you can quickly bless and use a well-loved wooden spoon.

May your wand provide good service for many years.

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Questions & Answers

Question: What trees would be bad to use for making a wand?

Answer: I would avoid Cypress, which is supposed to help its owner toward a hero's death:

https://britishoriginals.com/pages/wand-wood-guide...

Question: Is any kind of wood okay when making your own wand?

Answer: Yes, any variety of wood will work. However, it is better if you know what it is and what it is best for. It's simple enough to look up. This site is useful:

https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphy...

Question: What about the Jacaranda tree for making a wand? I saw an article that said it would promote beauty, healing, music, scholastic success, and wealth.

Answer: Tess Whitehead's page. Yes, that's right. Perfect for a wand.

Question: Would a peach tree work for making a wand? I have one in the front of my house

Answer: Any straight-ish, sound twig or branch from any tree will work fine.

Question: Does it matter what kind of wood I use to make a wand?

Answer: It doesn't matter, but it is good to know what wood it is, in order to understand its qualities. Then you work with them, rather than against them. However, when using driftwood, or other found sticks, sometimes it's impossible to know.

Question: I have a beautiful Maple tree in my yard, will that work for a wand?

Answer: "Maple is feminine in nature and associated with the moon and Jupiter and the elemental energies of water.

Maple is excellent for wands, staffs and maypoles.

Maple is useful in moon magic and in spells related to travel, learning and decision-making, especially in matters related bringing about or dealing with change. Maple is also useful for spiritual healing."

http://www.witchipedia.com/herb:maple

Question: What about a mesquite tree for a witch's wand?

Answer: All you need to do if you're unsure whether a particular wood is suitable is research its properties. Search for "magical properties of mesquite". Or whatever wood you are thinking of using.

Mesquite is supposed to help with creativity, visions, and the imagination, so it sounds good to me.

Question: I have a wand that smells like anise. What type of wood would that be? Would it work if I put a leather wrapping around the base to hold on to, or will it just interfere with the energy going into the wand?

Answer: I'm not sure what wood that would be. I've done a quick search, but nothing turned up. Of course, it could be from the anise shrub itself. Or, if you purchased it, the wood could have been oiled.

It's fine to wrap the base with leather. The purpose of the wand is to help you focus your intention and raise your energy levels. In itself, it's not magical.

Question: Is it safe to use eucalyptus wood? I am Australian and would love a way to remember my homeland. I am worried about the constant use of eucalyptus and if it may affect my health. This is also my first wand, and I am just starting out as a Wiccan!

Answer: Eucalyptus has healing properties, so I'm sure it would be safe - and even beneficial - to use as a wand (as long as you aren't allergic to it). Using it to reconnect with Australia is a great way of imbuing it with more energy.

Question: Will a tigers eye work for a wands' top stone?

Answer: You can use any stone (or none) that resonates with you. Tigers eye is renowned for enhancing clairvoyance and strengthening the intuition. It's also excellent for helping develop your perception and to deepen your knowledge.

Question: I have wood from where lightning hit a tree. You said the wand conducts energy, and you bless it with the element of fire. Will the lightning woodwork for a wand? I saw the lightning hit the tree and it was magnificent.

Answer: It will be perfect. Do you know what kind of tree it is? It's good to know what the magickal properties it might hold.

If the part of the tree which got hit is very damaged, harvest some more for the future, for friends, and for 'blessing gifts,' i.e., for people who aren't necessarily into witchcraft, but might appreciate 'a magic wand from a lightning tree.'

Question: Would the wood of a Japanese Magnolia tree work nicely? I have one that grows in my backyard, and it's truly beautiful.

Answer: Yes, it would. The magical properties of your tree are: age-old wisdom, moon magic, feminine power, and stress relief.

Question: Do I have to ask permission of the tree if the branch I want hasn’t fallen yet in order to make a wand from it?

Answer: Yes. You should tell the tree what you are about to do. Then thank it afterwards for the sacrifice.

Question: What if I don’t have a crystal?

Answer: Adding a crystal to your wand is completely optional. If you want to add a small stone or rock, you can. Or not. Mine is completely plain.

Question: I felt it important to have a hazel wand but no trees grow around here. I was able to order a hazel stick I can carve by picking out from a picture. Will that still have the personal energy I wanted?

Answer: Yes, absolutely. By customizing it, working on it, polishing it, etc. you will be putting your own energy into it.

Question: How about using pine to make a wand for witches? I'm pretty sure that's what my driftwood piece is, but I'm not sure.

Answer: If you aren't sure what the wood is, it doesn't matter in the least. Polish it up, use it, and make it your own. It will soon take its energy from you.

Question: If I use materials known for healing power like birch and rose quartz, would that make my wand more powerful than a regular healing wand?

Answer: Yes. However, the wand is much less important than your ability to focus your attention and raise the necessary emotional energy. The wand, by itself, is not a healer - the work must be done by the one wielding it. The wand serves to direct your energy and the additions of rose quartz and the choice of wood are mere accessories that help you to focus.

Question: I found the stick in the middle of my path. It wasn't attached to any tree, or near one. Is it okay to take this stick for my wand? Do I have to go back and give the ground I found this stick on a gift? I whispered 'thank you', but I'm not sure if I should give the ground a gift. The branch was all by itself, and I have no idea what type of tree it came from.

Answer: No, you don't have to leave a 'gift'. Your 'thank you' will do. And it doesn't matter if you can't identify the tree, although it might be worth carrying your potential wand around the nearest trees to your property and comparing the bark with them. Just so you have an idea of its origins.

Question: Do you have to make your own wand to be a witch?

Answer: No, you don't. But the point of the article is that a home-made wand is more personal to you.

Question: If I don't know the names of trees from which I want to make wands from, what can I do?

Answer: If you want to practice witchcraft, it's a very good idea if you have at least a basic idea of plants and trees in your area. There are lots of resources around, so why not make it a mini-project to learn the names of trees where you live? Once you can identify them, then you can look up their magical properties.

Question: Can I use an athame as a wand? I feel more connected my athame than my wand.

Answer: Yes, it's about whatever works best for you.

As far as elemental correlation is concerned, some people think that wands = fire, and swords = air. But others feel it's the other way round; swords (knives, athames) being forged in fire.

Question: I have a wand made of birch and with an amethyst and pheasant feather. What spells do you think it would be best with?

Answer: Your wand holds a light, feminine energy. However, that doesn't mean it is any less powerful. It will be excellent for healing, both physical and emotional. Having said that, I expect you can use it for anything you want.

Question: Would lime tree wood be a good wand crafting material?

Answer: Lime is particularly good for divination (seeing the future, getting answers) and healing. It's not a massively powerful wood, but it will work very well as a first wand.

Question: Would it be bad to use a carved wooden spoon as a permanent wand?

Answer: No, it would be a great idea. Especially if it has significance to you and your family. It will have absorbed lots of lovely energy from the person who carved it and from wherever it has been until now.

Question: I was visiting in the Sequoia and asked mother earth if she could give me a wand. After walking with my niece a while, a small twig from a very tall tree fell on my head and it was the perfect size. I thanked the woods, trees and mother earth. My question is, do I need to cleanse it since I know no one has used it?

Answer: No, you don't need to cleanse it, but you will be consecrating it anyway in order to make it your very own. That will be like a cleansing. There are details how to do it in the article.

Question: If I were to use the wood of a Sakura tree what energy would that give my wand?

Answer: The wood of the Sakura (non-fruiting cherry) is excellent for making things work in orchestration, in other words, for simplifying a complex situation and bringing people and energy together. It has a feminine, loving Goddess character, powerful in a gentle way.

Question: Would the wood of a plum tree work to make a wand, and if so what would it’s magical properties be?

Answer: Yes, any wood will work as long as it is not soft or too brittle. The best site for checking the magical properties of most common trees belongs to the author, Tess Whitehurst: https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphy...

Plum: Abundance, Holiday Magic, Boundaries, Getting Stuck Energy Moving, Strength.

Question: Which stone would be best for an all-purpose wand?

Answer: I would say clear quartz. Or if you have a particular favorite that you feel connected to, then use that.

Question: Do you need tung oil to finish the wand?

Answer: No, you can use any suitable oil. Linseed, beeswax, or walnut oil will do the job. You might try mineral oil, such as the kind used for sewing machines. Also, there are others such as neatsfoot oil (used on saddles and shoes), and even decking oil which can be bought at any hardware store. Oiling makes the wood impervious to moisture and thus prevents rotting.

Question: What magical properties would willow have if I made a wand from it? The tree in my front yard is a willow.

Answer: Willow has feminine energy and is connected to the moon. That makes it ideal for moon magic, i.e. working with moon cycles. It's also good for inspiration, creativity, love, and healing.

Question: My wand is from a neem tree that had fallen recently. Is it suitable for making a wand? Also, what kind of energy does a neem tree possess?

Answer: Yes, that is perfect. The tree's energy will continue on within your wand. Neem is healing so you can lay it on an injury for a few minutes and allow its energy to kick-start the healing process. It is also said to ward off evil spirits.

Question: Would Crepe Myrtle be a good choice for a wand or maypole?

Answer: I haven't heard of this tree; I am in the UK, and it doesn't grow here. I found this: https://aminoapps.com/c/pagans-witches/page/blog/c...

Question: What energy will I get with a wild olive tree for a wand?

Answer: The olive is fabled for representing peace. I'm sure you've heard the saying, 'holding out an olive branch of peace'. The bible tells that a dove brought Noah a twig of olive to signify land and safety were close. The ancient Greeks used olive branches to represent victory because the olive is a tough old tree able to withstand hardship and deprivation.

So you will get a calm, sustaining energy from your olive branch. It also helps with healing and promotes beauty.

Question: Is cottonwood a good tree for my wand?

Answer: Yes, it's good for wands. Have a look at this page: https://treespiritwisdom.com/major-arcana/xvii-cot...

Question: Will a cherry blossom work?

Answer: Any wood will work. Cherry wood is great for healing and love spells. Also for bringing friends and family together.

Question: Is it OK to take a limb from a holly tree to use as a wand or are they too sacred?

Answer: Yes, holly wood makes a good wand. It's good for banishing negative energy and a holly branch outside the door is said to keep evil away.

http://www.witchipedia.com/herb:holly

Question: I have these beautiful ebony hair sticks, however they are quite short. Would I be able to piece them together or does a wand need to be one continuous stick?

Answer: Just give it a try. Or use them as short wands as they are. There's no hard and fast rule about how long a wand needs to be. After all, some witches just use their index finger to substitute for a wand.

Question: Can I make a wand as a gift?

Answer: Yes, a hand made wand would make a lovely gift.

Question: Would a bougainvillea stick make a witch’s wand?

Answer: Bougainvillea is an excellent choice. The flower has properties that include passion, cleansing, and beauty. I would think that a wand made of bougainvillea wood would also have these qualities.

Question: Can I take the wood from neem tree or any other tree to make a wand?

Answer: You must make sure that it is legal for you to do so. Perhaps a neighbor can help you out.

Question: What if you didn't leave a peace offering after making your wand?

Answer: It's a thank you, rather than a peace offering. Nothing will happen but you might feel a bit guilty every time you use the wand. All you need to do is to go back to the tree that you harvested the wood from and say thank you, and perhaps leave a cent or a shell or something else very small that won't harm the environment. Alternatively, you could pour a little cold tea or even just fresh water over the base of the tree.

Question: Would wood from a pecan tree suffice for a proper wand?

Answer: Yes, it's fine. Pecan wood has the properties of abundance, immunity, healing, good health, and sustenance.

Question: What magickal properties does pine wood have?

Answer: The pine is extra special, magically speaking. It is the tree of the nativity and represents the lengthening of the days after the winter solstice. Its qualities are healing, purifying, clarifying and the release of unwanted thoughts and feelings. It also has medicinal properties.

Question: Can I add a feather to my wand, if the feather holds meaning for me?

Answer: Of course, you can embellish it any way you choose.

Question: Would walnut wood make a good wand?

Answer: Walnut would definitely make a good wand: https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphy...

Question: Is it alright for me to get a branch to make a witch's wand from a tree in the middle of October? Or should I wait for spring?

Answer: You can harvest your wand at any time. Just remember to warn the tree you are going to do it and say thank you afterward.

Question: Does my wand need to have a crystal at the end of it?

Answer: Crystals are optional. If you feel your wand is fine as it is, then that's okay.

Question: I have bought a wand and it is made with clay infused with herbs. Will it still work like a normal wand?

Answer: You have to try it. My first thought was that it might feel a bit 'dead', but you never know, it might be fine.

Question: Do you have to have a few different wands or can one wand work for all purposes?

Answer: It's a matter of personal preference. You can have an all-rounder, or, if you work a lot of spells, then consider having different ones -- say, one for healing and protection, one for wishes/abundance, one for darker spells, such as banishing. It's up to you.

Question: Would I be able to use a dried rose stem for my wand? My last name is Rose, and I recently got a rainbow rose, so the stem came from that. I stuck a piece of kyanite in it and was wondering if this was a good combination.

Answer: Only if it is strong enough. I would have thought a rose stem would be too flexible and thin. But, thinking about my climber in the garden, some of them are like branches. Do remove the thorns though. I'm not sure about the combination - if it works for you, then that's good.

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Comments

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 14, 2020:

That's what it's about, Marlon :)

We don't have Tabebuia in the UK, but it sounds like a good choice.

MARLON BELTRAN on August 13, 2020:

How amazing it is to me to find this article on wands. I've been sending out messages to Mother Earth and she always gives me what I need...recently a hawk feather for smudging, and a large rock for my collection of crystals. So for wands, I got several lengths of Tabebuia species for wands (aka: trumpet tree). Researched it and found out that it's a durable and light wood, resistant to saltwater. Talk about ask and you shall receive =)

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 05, 2020:

If it's strong enough, Jessica, yes, of course. See if you can find out what magical properties Linden has.

Jessica on July 04, 2020:

can you use a Littleleaf Linden Branch to make a wand

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on June 11, 2020:

Hi Layla, yes it is, as long as it hasn't begun to rot. In fact, some of the nicest wands are found in this way. Like a personal gift from the tree to you.

Layla on June 10, 2020:

Is it possible to get a stick off the ground or does it have to be from a tree? I don't mean to sound rude if I do.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 16, 2020:

Hi George, sycamore is connected to earth magic and things like 'contacting the ancestors'. It's also helpful for promoting a long and abundant life. A good all-rounder.

George Xu from Philippines on April 16, 2020:

May I ask what kind of magic (e.g. healing) is sycamore generally good for? It's my Pottermore wand wood and am thinking it will also be good to use as a wand in real life. Also, what about spruce? ^^; It's the main wood of my guitar and also wondering if that would make a good wand wood as well.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on March 12, 2020:

Hi David, what a lovely gesture. I think that the energy and love that you put into it will make it extra special. So that should answer your last question.

Live (or very recently live) wood is best. The exception is hardened driftwood.

Have a browse through Tess Whitehurst's site to choose the wood most suited to your fiance: https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphy...

David on March 12, 2020:

Hello,

My fiance is getting back into the practice. Im a carpenter and i fully support her. So i want to make her one. What is the best type of wood to use. Live or dead?? Also ive read somethings and it say most people make their own. So can someone make one for you or would have have adverse effects??

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 12, 2020:

Hi Tina, are you talking about buddleia? I'm sure it will be fine.

Tina Brown on January 11, 2020:

Can I use butterfly weed branch as a wand?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 18, 2019:

Hi Kai, there is no wood you can't use, as long as it's legal to harvest it.

Kai Linkin on November 17, 2019:

Hello, I'm Kai! I was wondering if it was okay to use river birch? I live beside a small stream that has quite a few river birches beside it, and I thought about using it. So, is it alright to use?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 01, 2019:

Not really, Katie. It should be made of a material found in nature, so either wood, an elongated stone/crystal, or even your finger would be better than plastic.

katie on November 01, 2019:

can my wand be plastic???

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 22, 2019:

Aw... thanks, Gorgie.

Gorgie on October 22, 2019:

I love these web pages

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 20, 2019:

Hi Dawn, yes, you can use a natural glue. It will be sufficient to hold it while you wind the wire around. Eventually it will simply bio-degrade.

There are lots of recipes on the web. Here's one page I found: https://craftingagreenworld.com/articles/five-reci...

Dawn on September 20, 2019:

I’m having difficulties attaching a crystal to the tip of the wand, do you have a tricks to attach it? I’ve been using copper wire but it keeps slipping off. Is using glue ok? Thank you for your response regarding the symbols, it was very helpful.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 20, 2019:

Hi Dawn. You could use personal symbolism such as a bird to represent freedom or a heart for love? Just decide on the quality (or qualities) that are important to you and find a symbol to represent it.

There are also witch runes that you could use. I can't show them here but Pinterest is a good source of inspiration. Just type 'witch runes' into the search bar.

Dawn on September 19, 2019:

What is a good intention symbol to burn onto a wand? Thank you so much!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on September 13, 2019:

You don't. It's just a sort of energy exchange. It's not about the words, it's the feeling that's important.

Damien on September 12, 2019:

How do you know if the tree has given you permission?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 28, 2019:

Hi Lc.

Yes, they would. I can't help you about the type of stone to use as I don't know your location and I am no expert in types of stone. You will have to do a little research on the magical properties of stones that you have access to.

Lc on August 27, 2019:

Instead of crystals would stones work? Also what type of stones or rocks would be better. Thx

Sara on July 06, 2019:

Hi i I think it's actually a good idea like if no one's actually a witch they should actually try to be one so I really like how this thing makes me inspired

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on April 28, 2019:

Hi Koko, some people have that effect. You don't have to be an empath to feel it. These 'emotional vampires' don't mean to do it, it's just like they are energy black holes.

You can take steps to protect yourself: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Psychic-Pro...

Koko-whyte on April 27, 2019:

Hi, i have a question. Some weird things have been happening. Everytime i was around someone who was upset or angry, i would feel drained of energy. I looled up what it could be and it was saying stuff about empaths. I was hoping you could help me.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 13, 2019:

A servitor is basically a concentration of energy that people who practice chaos magick use to achieve their aims.

Try adapting the spell on this page. It's a basic structure that you can work with to bring your desire.

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/How-Magick-...

I hope you find him soon.

Cameron on February 13, 2019:

I’m not talking about that I don’t even know what a servitor is

I summoned my familiar, the day after, I went to go look for him and I had a feeling he was somewhere a little past the cornfield but instead I went to the forest I didn’t think he was there so I went back and then to the other side of the cornfield and there they were, cat tracks, I followed them for awhile till they went through thick thorn bushes I couldn’t go under like he could, so I went back home, the next day (today) I when I got home I heard meowing so I hurried inside threw my things down and went back outside to where I hear it, more cat tracks, they came from the road and then back to it, like he had somewhere warm he was staying while I went to find him, so I was thinking, maybe you could help me make a spell to help him find me or to help me find him

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 13, 2019:

OK :) If you are talking about servitors, then be very careful, yes?

Cameron on February 13, 2019:

I don’t think we’re on the same page here

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 13, 2019:

Local animal shelter? You might have to be the one doing the finding. You don't need a spell, just set your intention. Write down the qualities you'd like in your pet. Fold it up and put it away. Remain open to whatever comes, but at the same time, you also keep your eyes and ears open. Someone might know someone else who's looking to rehome a special being.

Cameron on February 13, 2019:

I don’t intend on feeding him my blood or forcing him to do things,

But I need a spell that can help him find me

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 13, 2019:

As in strange creatures that would do the witch's bidding. In return she would allow them to feed on her blood. They aren't real :)

https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/What-is-a-W...

Cameron on February 13, 2019:

In the original sense?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 13, 2019:

There are no such things as familiars in the original sense. However, I do have pets: three cats and six dogs :)

Cameron on February 12, 2019:

Do you have a familiar?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 11, 2019:

Hi Cameron, Staghorn sumac is fine.

Cameron on February 10, 2019:

I don’t want to do harm, what I meant was what if what I’m doing isn’t necessarily good,

Also could I make it out of a staghorn sumac branch?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 09, 2019:

Yes, absolutely. Make sure they haven't started to go soft though. Dead branches are usually weak.

Emilie on February 09, 2019:

Would you be able to use branches/sticks that have already came off of the tree?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 06, 2019:

Why would you want to do harm? Don't you understand how it works?

Cameron on February 05, 2019:

You say “May the energy of this wand be used always for good, as I say it so must it be” but what if I’m not always doing something good with my wand

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on January 21, 2019:

Yew is an excellent choice. There's a lot of information about it out there because it is so ancient. If I were you, I'd make it part of my study to examine its properties and then marry them up with an appropriate crystal. Actually yew is so powerful, it doesn't need any enhancements.

Emily H. on January 21, 2019:

I really enjoy this article. I'm planning on using yew to make my wand. What do you think of yew and what crystals would go well with it? Thank you!

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on November 15, 2018:

You can embellish your wand any way you like, Ryan. I would suggest you research the magical qualities of any materials you want to use.

Ryan N-c on November 15, 2018:

So could you also use gold leaf with silver or copper wire?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on October 06, 2018:

Perfect, ,Marc. I have a firethorn guarding our property.

Marc on October 05, 2018:

I found a firethorn ( Species: spinosa) someone killed and threw in a field. I harvested a 15" piece , thanked it and turned it into a wand . I cleaned and carved it to my liking. It has some copper wire around the handle but that's it really.

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 23, 2018:

Whatever works best for the materials you are using, Kate. It has to work for both porous (wood) and non-porous (crystal) so check the specification on the product. I am in the UK so our brands are different to everywhere else.

Kate.D on August 23, 2018:

Hi!

I really loved your article but I have some questions. What kind of glue could be used for gluing the crystal? Like hot glue maybe?...

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 22, 2018:

You should bind it with wire, if you can, Alicia. Have a look for crystal tipped wands on Pinterest. Otherwise, you can hollow out the tip of the wand and use a strong glue to keep the crystal in place.

Alicia on August 22, 2018:

how would I glue my crystal to my wand?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 20, 2018:

You can add whatever you like, though it is better if it has meaning and significance to you.

I prefer to use pebbles and stones that I find, but you can buy crystals from many places both online and offline, including Amazon.

Newtomagic on August 20, 2018:

can i put a feather of some bird to the end of the wand? And also where would i find crystals?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on August 04, 2018:

If they resonate with you, Lacey, then use them. They are of the earth. No negativity attached at all.

Lacey on August 04, 2018:

I have sedimentary stones from the beach that I was named for. I feel a strong connection to these stones but some websites warn against using dull sedimentary stones. If I feel the connection, can I use them?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on July 30, 2018:

Hi Cats, I wouldn't bother putting anything on it. Plastic should be avoided.

Cats_Nightcore on July 29, 2018:

I'm new to magic and not sure about a lot. Can I put an artificial (plastic) gemstone at the base of my wand, or does it drain the wand's energy? Or maybe a glassy marble?

Bev G (author) from Wales, UK on February 10, 2018:

Indeed, RM, and the tool you use intensifies your intention. So for love, you'd focus on the element of water, and the chalice. For, say, exam success, you might choose the element of air and the athame/knife. For more money, health or work, you'd work with earth energy and the pentacle/stone/salt. Of course, you don't neeeed any of it; it just helps you focus. xx

RoadMonkey on February 09, 2018:

Interesting. I never thought of how witches got their wands. In stories, wands seem to have innate power but it must be a lot safer if it is just an extension of you.