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by Alferian Gwydion MacLir - December 2015

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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Back to Top - Author Interview - December 2015

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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?

Alferian Gwydion MacLir 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.

2. Your 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 want.

3. The 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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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - December 2015

Double Sagittarius Union: Jim Morrison & Pam Courson
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.

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5 Steps to Achieve Any Goal
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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.

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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.

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