Contrary to popular opinion, witches don't tap people with magick wands to turn them into toads or make them invisible. Witches use wands to direct energy. You can either attract or send energy with your wand. Aim it at the heavens to draw down cosmic power. Point it toward a person, place, or thing to project energy toward your goal. Some magicians define sacred space by tracing a protective circle around a designated area with a wand.

In the first of the Harry Potter tales, young Harry goes shopping for a magick wand and, in an amusing scene, the wand chooses him. In the real world of magick, that's not how it happens. The witch or wizard selects the wand, not the other way around.

Traditionally, wands were made from wood (the Druids preferred hazel or yew), but a wand can be fabricated from any material. Because the wand is a fire tool, you might prefer one that's made of brass, iron, bronze, or gold — metals that correspond to the fire signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. A gold, orange, or red-colored glass rod will work, too. A wand should be at least 6 inches long, but only as long and thick as you find comfortable to handle.

You might like to decorate your wand with gemstones and/or crystals (refer to the lists in Chapter 10). Some magicians also engrave magick symbols or words of power on their wands. Paint it fiery colors, adorn it with red or gold ribbons, anoint it with cinnamon, sandalwood, clove, musk, or almond essential oils — whatever appeals to you and imprints the wand with your energy.

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