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Term: Wand

DEFINITIONS

Wand: The wand is much like those used by early ceremonial magicians. It is often fashioned of wood and may be engraved with symbols or studded with stones. Some are made of silver. The wand is an instrument of invocation, of inviting the deities’ presence during ritual.
source: Truth About Witchcraft (1970), Scott Cunningham

Wand: The quintessential magical tool in the minds of most people is the wand. This is made by the Magus to project the power of will. In fact, it becomes the physical representation of his or her magical will. It should be made of wood, about as thick as the thumb and as long as the space between the fingertips and the elbow. Some woods are favored for the wand—hazel is traditional. Oak is also good, being the wood of Zeus and therefore the traditional attractor of lightning. Ideally, the wand should be cut and fashioned by the Magus, as it becomes the most intensely personal tool of the Art and is used for virtually everything. Over time, it will gather a magical charge through use that is clearly perceptible when it is held.
source: Truth about Ritual Magic, Donald Tyson


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The Magick Wand
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Review of the Michelangelo Tarot Deck
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Review of the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn
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Review of the Tarot of the Magical Forest
Summary: The Tarot of the Magical Forest is a quirky and slightly bizarre version of a Rider-Waite-Smith deck. As such, it can be used easily by anyone familiar with that tradition. For beginners who learned on a more traditional RWS deck and are ...
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What Is Rune Meditation?
Before the runes can be effective for works of magic or divination, they must be understood on the intuitive level and made to come alive in the unconscious. This will occur over time simply by using them, but the process can be encouraged through ...
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The Sacred Circle Tarot
Summary: The Sacred Circle Tarot features brilliant, realistic art and a totally Celtic Pagan orientation. Perfect for art collectors, Pagans, and people who already have experience with Tarot, its uniqueness is its high point and its challenge, as ...
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Summary: A brilliant attempt to present the Tarot, Wicca, and the Wiccan aspects of sexuality that doesn’t quite succeed due to limitations of format and skill. Still, at times this deck soars above the limitations and is filled with brilliance and ...
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