i bought a wand from my local new age gifts store, and i would like to know how to charge it, or if it is even possible, I am not new to magic, but i have recently gotten back into it, and i need to relearn a lot of things
Rub the wand with fresh basil, rosemary or oak leaves. At sunrise, lay the wand on the ground with it's point towards the South. Walk clockwise around it three times, scattering bay leaves over it. Take it up and stand facing South holding it upward but with arms lowered, invoke the God to infuse the wand with his power. Point it to the sky, invoking the Goddess to charge the wand with her love and power.
The spices aren't necessary if you can't get them or must do this privately and it can't be done this way. You can meditate on the element of Fire, which is the element of the wand and skip the spices :-) Also, some just invoke the Goddess to their wand and see it as Her symbol and therefore do not invoke the God for this one.
Here is the dedication I used (with some personal modifications not listed here).
Take the wand outdoors at sunset and rub it with fresh lavender, eucalyuptus or mint leaves (my above note on spices applies again - meditation on Fire is just as effective). Raise the wand in the air towards the Moon (if the Moon is not visible, as it will not be where I live tonight - drat!) then point the wand to the East. And invoke the Goddess. Again at sunrise the next day take your wand out of doors and annoint with the spices or meditate on Fire, point it to the East and invoke the God.
Once again, Goddess and God appear in my innvocations as I revere them equally. But it can be modified if you wish your tool charged only by the Goddess.
If you must do the ritual indoors here is a suggestion.
Cast your Circle and secure your sphere. Place the wand on your pentacle or a plate of salt. Touch the wand with the point of your Athame or just with your projective hand.
Send projective energy into the wand.
Sprinkle the wand with salt.
Hold the wand up in your projective hand saying
I charge you by the Old Ones, by the omnipotent Goddess and God: by the virtues of the Sun, Moon and Stars; by the powers of the Earth, Air, Fire and Water, that I shall obtain all I desire through you. Charge this by your power, Old Ones!
I would suggest smudging it (you can use a smudge stick, or just stick incense in sage, sweetgrass, frankincense or myrrh), then burying in salt on the full moon for three days. This will purify it and get any energies off of it that aren't your own.
Then you can dedicate it in any way you are comfortable with (I posted a way to do so here: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/read_post.html?post=202562).
Well the charge is dependent on your belief. The first response is if the wand is for fire. I personally see the wand as air, and the Athame as fire, but it is a personal choice. The simplest way:
Take your wand and hold it either South (fire) or East (air) and say something which invokes the element into it. Do something associated with that element. If fire, hold it over a candle flame, for air, smudge with incense. Work clockwise from there, so if using fire, rotate to the right for the West (water) and bless it with that energy. At West, asperse with holy water, and at North, pour salt on it.
Here is a method to charge your wand by the Moon that I developed. On any night of the Moon shining either, waxing, full or, waning. Of course, the best time would be near full on a clear night, when the Moon seems luminescent, shining brightly;
Go outside with your wand,
look admiringly, at the wondrous sight of the Moon for a moment or so. Many people do this at one time or another (but not with their wand of course). But now, you have a purpose.
Then, point your wand at the Moon. If you have a crystal at the tip of your wand, try to encase or engulf the Moon in the crystal.
Then state the following in an admiring tone;
So beautiful a Moon my eyes do see;
That influences the tides of the sea,
that inspires the hopes and dreams of humanity.
As you light the night enchantingly,
I beseech thee,
energize my wand with your vitality,
to enable my spells to protect me,
grant a healing quality,
and permit my prosperity.
So please, grant me your energy!
Of course, first and foremost, you need to bless it or, consecrate it before any use. There many methods to do this. You can search here just key in "consecrate" in the search engine. You can google by keying in; "consecrate magickal tools" there are many that show up. The one by eosjos post is just as good.
Anyway, hope this works out for you.