by Alferian Gwydion MacLir
The wand is one of the witch's most versatile tools,
adding great power to any magic. Why are wands so powerful? How can we
make them more powerful? Professional wandmaker and author of The Witch's Wand and Wandlore, Alferian Gwydion MacLir, explains.
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1. You new book is titled, The Witch's Wand;
it explores the creation of wands, and also includes tidbits of wand
lore and personal stories from Witches in the community. Why are wands
important to spellcraft and ritual?
Wands are important because they are the
instrument of the magical will, and the projection and shaping of the
Cosmos with one's will is the very root of magic. One may use other
tools for specific ritual purposes, but the wand is basic to all magic.
It is for pointing, directing the spirit of the mage, and for
transformation, the power of fire. You can see from the little pieces
in the book called "Wanderings" that each individual finds their own
special relationship to their wands.
previous book, The Witch's Wand,
also focused on the art of making wands, and you are also a master
wandmaker. How do you get started with wandmaking? From where do you
draw inspiration for your woodwork?
I started by really being called by the
trees. In my druid order—the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids—one
works through lessons in three grades. The Ovate grade is the middle
one and deals with all those aspects of magery that are often put
together under the name of witchcraft. Divination, and work with
Ancestors, animals, the Otherworlds, and trees are all parts of Ovate
work. So, when I began studying trees and tree energy, along with the
Bardic oghams, trees began to speak to me. I began to find branches and
sticks dropped in my path and collected them. My first wand was made
for myself and it is still the wand I used to enchant most of the wands
I make. of all belief systems, from die-hard baptized
or initiated folks, to curious seekers.
As for inspiration, I derive ideas and
motifs from all over but the inspiration comes from the trees
themselves. When I work on a branch to make it a wand of magic, the
dryad spirit of that branch directs me; it is entirely intuitive and
mostly non-rational. Clients often tell me what specifics they want in
a bespoke wand, but otherwise, I ask the branch where it wants to be
cut, how it wants to be shaped, and what stones or crystals it may
book includes information on both crafting our own wands as well as
buying them. You obviously prefer the art of crafting one's own wand,
but is there anything wrong with buying one?
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Double Sagittarius Union: Jim Morrison & Pam
by Brad Kronen
Brad Kronen's new book, Love in the Stars, profiles the romantic
dynamics created between each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac
whenever dating one another. The book illustrates that every
combination of sign can work together, but that some combos take more
work than others just to achieve a state of equilibrium. This is
especially true when you consider the astrological rule of thumb that
same-signed unions are generally frowned upon, due to each sign having
its own unique issues to confront whenever dating itself. Since we're
currently in the sign of Sagittarius, he discusses the issues that can
arise with same-sign unions through the lens of the double Sagittarius
couple Jim Morrison & Pam Courson.
5 Steps to Achieve Any Goal
by Nathalie W. Hermann
We really, truly, can achieve any goal in life. It may
be finances, or time, or a shift in attitude or behavior. However, the
process might not be easy, nor at first enjoyable. In order to make it
a reality, we have to set it up. Here Nathalie Herrman, author of The Art of Good Habits, present a five-step
process for achieving our goals.
How to Use Tapping to Ease Stress, Pain, and Grief
by Kathilyn Solomon
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), or tapping, is a
simple technique to release your stress and overwhelm, emotional pain
and bad memories, limiting beliefs and unhelpful ways of thinking, and
challenging behaviors. It is also regularly used to address physical
and emotional issues as well as performance challenges. It is energy
psychology and not talk therapy. It encompasses the body and the mind,
as well as the body's energy system. It's quick, it's easy, it's free,
and anyone can use it. So how do we begin to use EFT to address our
issues? Kathilyn Solomon, author of Tapping Into Wellness, explains.