Some helpful rules to take into account when creating a wand.
Never kill a young tree for the purpose of your wand.
Always take the smallest branch you can, or the smallest part of the branch that you can.
When carving the wand, always try to collect the shavings and compost them.
Choose a wood that you feel reflects the wand's purpose
Never use a rotting or moldy stick for a wand .
To kill a young tree to serve your pleasures and needs is wrong when you can take an old tree or use a branch that a tree casts off naturally. This wounds the environment and reflects badly, both karmic-ly and morally, on you.
Taking more than you need is wasteful and has the same problems as killing a young tree, albeit on a lesser scale.
This waste is unavoidable but you should still try to integrate it back into the environment to help new plants grow.
This will make sure the wood matches your intentions to offer the best results.
Moldy or rotting sticks will mess up the magic that you channel through the wand not to mention the dangers of infection.
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Depends on your belief, Ballad. I view wands as a way to channel one's own energy, and I don't use crystals at all. My wands work fine. Basically, I'd say it depends in how the person views the importance of crystals and on tools in general to their practice. In most cases, no crystal should be fine.
I made sure to follow these rules. I found a small branch at the base of an oak tree in my back yard and shaved all the bark off. I didn't have to cut it to the right length either it was already 12.9 inches long. Afterwards i gathered the shavings and dumped them at the base of the oak tree were i found the small branch. and even though it is still incomplete every time i touch it it seems to vibrate in a positive manner. I think i did something right or a little to well i don't know. I will have to finish it to find out.
Are you able to purchase a branch or wood? You say to ask the tree permission but I wouldn't be able to do that so will that be a bad idea?? Also does it matter if it's small like 12 inches or large like a walking stick?
Any length is acceptable as long as you're comfortable with it. Generally anything longer than two feet can be considered a staff but the purpose of both a staff and a wand is the same. You can buy a wand or wood, but the idea behind finding one makes it more personal. Just tell the tree you're using it and thank it.
I would add the branch needs to be the length from your elbow to your fingertip [so when you're done making it, it'll be the right length] but I agree you shouldn't take a giant branch or kill the tree. I typically take sticks that have already fallen, but if you wish to take one from a tree, I would ask the tree/spirits for permission and leave an offering to thank them.
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