Types of Wands (Wood Edition)

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Different types of wands that are made of wood.

Alder - Alder wands are used for witchcraft magick rituals concerning with charisma, journeys, self confidence, bravery, supervision skills, and spiritual growth. Also used in shielding the astral self from unwanted intrusion from other realms.


Apple - This is a powerful wood of choice for the witch when working with the faerie magick. Apple is a good wood for aiding in the propagation of skills, often used in love magick. Apple wood promotes peace and harmony, magick of light and the divine, and promotes visions.


Ash - The Ash wand is an excellent wood for promoting brain power, aids in communication, intelligence, wisdom, and promotes curiosity. Use this wood to remove mental blockages and aid in the promotion of word use and understanding. It is the wood of the writer, poet, and scholar. Promotes spiritual love and health. Protects against unwanted change. Brings balance to the mind. It is said that warts rubbed on the bark will be absorbed into the tree. Use for protection from drowning, magickal effectiveness, sea power, and healing. Ash is also used for protection, finding special roots, horse magick, enhances skills of arts and crafts, justice, weather magick, and for working with the magick of cave and wells.


Basswood - Basswood wands are used for creative endeavors, star magick, enlightenment, love, attraction, healing, and enchantments.


Beech - Beech wands are used in the magick of divination. Reduces swellings and skin inflammations. Helps to balance mental health. Aspiration, desire, and victory are all key elements of this wood. Used while working with ancestors, old wisdom, and magickal research. Beech is a sacred wood of the summer solstice.


Birch - The Birch wand is used in many cleansing rituals. Birch is a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and diligence. Some use this wood to aid in the calming of emotions. The bark helps to heal wounds and burns. Many European communities use or have used, birch twigs to expel evil spirits. Some cultures utilize birch rods in rituals designed to drive out spirits of the old year. Controlled by Moon influences to include; birth, Lunar spells, healing, and protection. Birch by tradition has been linked to youth and new beginnings. Use in rituals that signify a new start of any endeavor.


Cedar - Cedar wands cleanses negative atmospheres. Used for the creation of sacred spaces. Related to longevity, protection, and preservation. Often used to summon helpful spirits during rituals and invocations.


Cherry - Cherry wands are very centered and has very grounded energy. Earth energy is very well grounded, unwavering, and solid. Cherry is used in ritual to stabilize and focus. Cherry is often used for intuitive and insight and to overcome obstacles. This is an excellent choice for divination or medium work, as well as healing and love magic. Cherry is suited for use in hunting magick, working with animals and familiars, eroticism, unification of covens and groups, spells of detection, and amplifying spell work.


Elder - Elder wands are most often used in Faerie Magic, banishment, magical arts, protection from evil, imagination, change, and healing.


Elm - Use of the Elm wands is strong in magic used concerning endurance, fertility, horticulture, passage thru death and phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess.


Hawthorn - Hawthorn wands open insight, provides psychic protection, encourages creativity, used to make charms, aids in the development of self confidence, purification, develops patience, detects magic since it is deeply magical from outer realms, used in weather working, banishment of evil spirits, concealing magic, chastity, male potency, and fairy magick.


Hazel - Artistic ability, magical knowledge, and optimism are provided by the enchanting use of Hazel. The energy of hazel wands promoted love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence. Hazel is the bringer of change. Hazel also promotes creative expression, eloquence, and art of all types. This was the most common wood used to create wands in the ancient Celtic traditions. Also used in magic spells for wisdom, creativity, intelligence, navigation, inspiration, and wrath.


Hickory - Use this wand in magic that seeks direction, abundance, wholeness, and general acquisitions. It can be a source for developing leadership skill and creating an influence of presence.


Honey Locust - A mighty wand of protection and bindings. Use while working with the fairy realm. Some use this wood with spells that deal with beauty and physical appearances.


Holly - Purity, strength, logic, power transfer, protection. Holly wands are often used in magic concerning sleep. It is said that a man who carries the leaves and berries of holly is irresistible to women. Since the story of the ruler ship of the Holly King and the Oak King deal with cycles and rebirth, it is often used in magic to ease the loss of loved ones to death. It also carries properties of the sacred, material advance, physical revenge, and beauty.


Ivy - Determination, strength, optimism, spiritual growth. Ivy is a fine wand for protection, good against wayward spirits and angry elementals, ensures success in business and all new endeavors.


Lilac - Lilac wands are good for magic dealing with romance, love, and passion. Superb when utilizing magic for the realm of intellect, communication, mental concentration. Enhances sexual pleasure. Lilac provides protection during travel. When dealing with illusion magic, this wood is very adequate, as with the divining arts.


Maple - Some cultures primarily use Maple wands for spiritual healing. Maple is a traveler's wood. It enhances intellectual pursuits, acquiring knowledge, and communication. Spells concerning art, beauty, binding, and abundance should consider using this wood. The gypsies believe Maple brings gold and that eating the seeds draws love.


Oak - Truth, steadfast knowledge, protection. Oak wands bring vitality and long life. To the ancient Celtic people, oak was the protector, provider, benevolent king of the trees. Utilized as a healing wood, and very will grounded considering its strong connection to the earth. This wood helps center the mind, allowing it to focus on the task at hand and ignore distractions. Oak help promote both observation and intuition. Oak magic inspires bravery, presence, leadership skills, prosperity, and strength.


Osage Orange - This wood is famous for its ability to repel household pests and resist rot. Recommended to use this wand in magicks dealing with astral healing, spirit guides, and animal guides. This wood aides in the pursuit of goals and passions.


Poplar - Poplar wands have an incredibly diverse energy, allowing it to be an all-purpose wood for magickal workings. The diversity of the energy in this wood makes it useful for evocation as well as banishment rituals. It is also strong with the elements of hope, rebirth, and divinations.


Rowan - Rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower." Rowan is a fast-growing pioneer tree in the Caledonian Forest, characterized by its brilliant red berries at the end of summer. The word "Rowan" is derived from the Old Norse name for the tree, raun or rogn, and might be related to the word "rune" which means "magic, secret." Some say the Runes (a type of alphabet used by Germanic tribes for over a thousand years) were traditionally carved from sticks from the Rowan tree, with each letter of the alphabet being named for a different tree. An early name for the Rowan tree was "Luis," which is the second letter of the Rune alphabet. Celtic people that the Rowan tree could offer protection from evil spirits. The berries contain a high concentration of Vitamin C, a good preventative and treatment for scurvy. They also contain organic acids, tannins, sugars. The berries have been used to make general tonics for the body since the ripe berries are mildly purgative and diuretic. Rowan is helpful with clearing the mind and opening our inspiration. The Essence of Rowan is used in vibrational medicine to assist in attuning us to nature, broadening perspectives, and making room for a deeper understanding of our place here in the universe. It also has a significant role in protection. Rowan wood was traditionally used to make spindles and spinning wheels, tool handles, stakes and pegs, dowsing and divining rods. A rowan wand or walking stick will protect you from being harmed on a journey and bring spiritual enlightenment along your path. To the Celts the Rowan was a symbol of the hidden mysteries of nature and the quickening of the life force. Scottish tradition did not allow for the use of Rowan wood for any other purpose than ritual.


Sassafras - Early settlers also believed that beds made from sassafras would drive away evil spirits and give people restful sleep. Eases problems with the digestive system. Burying money near the roots of a Sassafras tree brings prosperity.


Vine - Vine wood wands encourage spiritual initiation, faerie work, joy spells, excitement, rebirth., sacred knowledge, and authority.


Black Walnut - Black walnut wands are well used in magic of teleportation, astral travel, weather working, averting lightening, powers of the wind and breath, and motivation.


Willow - Willow wands are strong in the cycles of life dealing with death and rebirth, change, the will. It is a very emotional wood. Willow can add vital energy to the sick and elderly. Some say that burning willow can soothe and guide the souls of the recently deceased. Willow wood is the very essence of magick, not just the mere making a tool into a magical one, willow makes the tool magickal. Willow will align itself to the inner will of the party that shares its energy. The stronger the will, the more effective the wood. Willow is extremely useful in healing. It is also good for love spells and rituals involving emotion. It strengthens the third eye, and is a great tool for divination as well.


The following trees are sacred to the Pagan Deities:

Nymphs and Heroes listed after them.

Alder: Bran Almond: Artemis, Attis, Chandra, Hecate, Jupiter, Phyllis,and Zeus.

Apple Tree: Aphrodite, Flora, Hercules, the Hesperides, Frey,Idhunn, Pomona, and all Love Goddesses.

Apricot Tree: Venus Ash: Akka, Mars, Odin, Poseidon, and Rauni Aspen: Gaia (Mother Earth), the Maruts, Nunu, and Zeus

Avocado: Flora and Pomona

Banana Tree: Kanaloa

Banyan: Hina, Shu, Siva, Vishnu, and Zeus Bay

Laurel: Apollo, Adonis, Buddha, Ra, Artemis, Gaia(Mother Earth), Mars, Helios, Aesculapius, and Daphne Beech: Bacchus, Diana, Dionysus, and Hercules

Birch: Thor, Kupala, and the Lady of the Woods

Bo Tree: Buddha

Breadfruit Tree: Pukuha Kana and Opimea

Cedar: Artemis, Ea, and Wotan

Cherry Tree: Flora, Pomona, and Maya, the Virgin Mother of Buddha

Coconut Tree: Ganymede and Tamaa

Cypress: Ahura Mazda, Apollo, Artemis, Astarte, Beroth, Cupid,Dis, the Fates, the Furies, Hades, Hercules, Jove, melcarth, Mithra, Ohrmazed, Pluto, Saturn, and Zoroaster

Dogwood: Apollo, Consus, and Mars Elder: the Dryads, Elle Woman, Freya, Holda, Hylde-Moer,Venus, and all Mother Goddess figures Elm: the Devas, Embla, Ut, and Vertumnus

Ficus: Romulus and Remus

Fig: Bacchus, Brahma, Dionysus, Flora, Jesus Christ, Junocaprotina, Mars, Mohammed, Pluto, Pomona, Zeus, and the Endo-Iranian Great Mother.

Fir: Bacchus, Dionysus, Tapio, Byblos, Athene, Pan, Cybele, Artemis, Diana, and other Lunar Goddesses Hawthorn: Cardea and Hymen Hazel: Thor and Chandra

Ilex: Faunus

Mango Tree: Pattini

Maple: Nanabozho

Mulberry: Flora, Minerva, Pomona, and San Ku Fu Jen

Myrrh: Adonis, Aphrodite, Cybele, Demeter, Hecate, Juno,Mara, Myrrha, Ra, Rhea, and Saturn

Myrtle: Alcina, Aphrodite, Artemis, Astarte, Dionysus,Hathor, Myrsine, Myrtelus, and Venus

Oak: Allah, Ares, Balder, Blodeuwedd, Brahma, Ceres, Dagda,Demeter, Diana, Dianus, the Dryads, Hades, Har Hou, Hera, Hercules, Horus,Janicot, Jehova, Jumala, Jupiter, Kashiwa-No-Kami, Mars, Odin, Perkunas, Perun,Pluto, Taara, Thor, Zeus, and all Thunder Gods

Olive Tree: Amen-Ra, Apollo, Aristaeus, Athena, Brahma,Flora, Ganymede, Indra, Jupiter, Minerva, Pomona, Poseidon, Wotan, Zeus, and all Sun Gods

Orange Tree: Hera and Zeus Palm: Aphrodite, Apollo, Astarte, Baal-Peor, Chango,Hanuman, Hermes, Mercury, and Sarasvati

Peach Tree: Flora, Pomona, Shou-Hsing, and Wang Mu

Pine: Attis, Cybele, Dionysus, Pan, Poseidon, Rhea,Shou-Hsing, and Silvanus

Plane Tree: Helen Plum Tree: Flora and Pomona Pomegranate: Du'uzu, Hera, Kubaba, Mercury, Persephone, Saturn, and Uranus.

Poplar: Brahma, Dis, the Heliades, Hercules, Persephone, Phaeton, Pluto, and Zeus Quince: Aphrodite and Venus

Rowan: All Moon Goddessess Storax: Loki, Mercury, and Thoth

Sycamore: All Egyptian Gods and Goddessess

Tamarisk: Apollo Walnut: Dionysus

Willow: Artemis, Beli, Brigid, Circe, Hecate, Helice, Hera,Hermes, Orpheus, Osiris, Persephone, and all death aspects of the Triple MoonGoddess Yew: Hecate and Saturn 


Sources: http://www.dragonoak.com/magical-wood-properties.html, Daniel, Marilyn F. (2002) Kitchen Witchery: A Compendium of Oils, Unguents, Incense, Tinctures, and Comestibles. Bostone: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC. p235-236

Added to on Feb 20, 2013
Last edited on Jul 01, 2019
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Mar 23, 2019
But i have a fir wand! I got it by our blue fir i think it is a edel fir! What does that mean?

Sep 01, 2019
what if you use rose wood?

Nov 08, 2019
What about weeping birch?

Nov 14, 2019
can you use a royal empress tree for a wand?

Nov 16, 2019
attention: you can use any wood for your wand. if you feel connected to a specific type, use it. you might wish to research the magickal uses for said wood, but what matters is your connection. it won't not work if you use elm instead of oak, or lilac instead of pine, you need to feel connected to your magickal tools. that's it, nobodies going to take your wand away because you used the wrong type of wood. there are wands made out of metal or are clay with crystals inside. i know someone who uses a plastic toy wand, and i've even heald a wand with human bones inside the metal handle. wands direct energy, if you can do so with your wand, it works for you.

Aug 27, 2020
Very good read . .

Sep 28, 2020
What about and ebony or yew wood wand?

Mar 27, 2023
Would a cork woak struck by lightning work? I have a deep relationship with that tree and when I was little I saw her being struck by lightning.lts been in front of my long before me.

Mar 27, 2023
Nekoshema answered your question above you, but in short: yes. Your connection with the wood is arguably more important than it's type.

Mar 27, 2023
Yes. It would hold more significance to you. It would also have some elemental alignment with the lightning [think of deities associated with lightning, you could dedicate it to them should you choose to work with them] I don't know much about the strength of the wood, but I've seen wands made out of this material, so it should be fine.

Mar 31, 2023
I have a birch wand and a hazel wand. I, after rereading this, still can't find what pine is for (So I can fully figure out what to use my pine staff for in future rituals). I know protection is one thing.

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