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The Magic of Holly

photo by I. Macy
photo by I. Macy

The Holly and the Ivy
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly wears the crown.
~ traditional carol

In his book The White Goddess, the author Robert Graves proposed that the mythological figure of the Holly King represents one half of the year, while the other is personified by his counterpart and adversary the Oak King: the two battle endlessly as the seasons turn. At Midsummer the Oak King is at the height of his strength, whilst the Holly King is at his weakest. The Holly King begins to regain his power, and at the Autumn Equinox, the tables finally turn in the Holly King’s favour; his strength peaks at Midwinter. They are both vegetation Gods/Deities, connected to fertility and the seasons. They battle each other year after year to reign supreme.

Holly is the tree of the 8th month of Celtic Tree calendar, July 8th – August 4th and the 8th consonant of the Ogham alphabet, Tinne or Tiene. Deities are Lugh, Tannus, and Thor. Ruling planets are Mars and Saturn and its element is Fire. The powers of Holly include protection, anti-lightning, luck, and dream magick.

“Holly reminds us of the need to calm our emotions, if we are to reach wise decisions about our situation. The often painful consequences of our actions are brought to the surface for examination, and calm acceptance of our responsibility is required. We are reminded of the need to view ourselves, as well as others, in the light of compassion and unconditional love. Like the Hanged Man of the Tarot, holly represents personal sacrifice in order to gain something of greater value.” – The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

“Holly wood was used by the ancients in the construction of spear shafts, and as the spiny leaves show, it is well prepared for battle. A symbol of firmness and masculine energy, the holly endows those born under its sign with an equally well-prepared nature. You have a strong connection to the earth, amazing physical strength, and the ability to direct your energy in a balanced even flow. This stability gives you a generosity of spirit ad a very matter-of-fact solidness that others will respect, admire, and rely on. Before you engage in any battle, look inside for understanding and respect for your opponents.” – Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000

The Holly wand is 37cm (14-1/2 in) long and completely hand-carved by me. There are no wood lathes or power tools of any kind used, nor even so much as a pair of callipers, only a Stanley knife and sandpaper. Of course, the Holly ogham, tiene, is inscribed with a pyrography tool, apart from that, as with all of our wands, no electrical tools were used.

Afterwards, I polish the wand with our own Speaking of Witch Wands English Beeswax Wand Polish, also made by me. You will receive a 10ml pot of this polish along with your wand (as seen here:https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/197822860/speaking-of-witch-wands-beeswax-wand?ref=listing-1) at no additional charge. It may not sound like a large amount but you really only need a tiny amount to keep your wand looking beautiful.

The wood for this wand was not cut by me from the tree, however, I happened upon the remains of a tree pruning and naturally brought all I could home. It would have been rude to Mother Nature not to!

If you would like to purchase this wand, please click this link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/245178880/holly-wand-magic-wand-wiccan-wand?ref=shop_home_active_4
Thank you for looking and many blessings!

Our Samhain Oil ~ Cypress Wood and Its Use in Magick

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The Cypress Tree has already been written about further down in our blog, however, many do not think about how magickal Cypress wood is when it comes to making poppets, potions, and other spellwork.

Cypress wood may be used to consecrate ritual tools in its smoke.  It can also be powdered and used as an incense for those who work with the magick of the legendary King Stag of the forest.  Of course, many already know that it may be carried in a pocket to help aid in longevity of the bearer.  And, it is said to give a happy hereafter to a loved one whom has died if you throw a handful of Cypress in upon the coffin.

All parts of a Cypress tree may be used in magick.  Cypress oil is a very sought-after oil for protection and longevity.  However, we may not always have every oil that we wish for so here is a recipe for an oil that is rich in magickal properties for longevity, protection, and comfort.  It may be used as candle dressing, annointing, and any spellwork that involves longevity, protection, and comfort for grief.

**Speaking of Witch Samhain

Longevity and Protection Oil

You will need:

Cypress wood, cut fine or powdered (small chunks are fine) about 1/8 tsp

Maple wood, cut fine or powered, about 1/8 tsp

Lavender, dried  about 1/8 tsp

1/8 cup Olive Oil

3 drops Rosemary Oil (for protection)

3 drops Lavender Oil (for longevity, protection)

3 drops Lemon Oil (for longevity)

1 tiny Amethyst chip (for healing, protection)

1 tiny Citrine chip (for protection & charging of oil)

1 tiny rose quartz chip (for receptivity, harmony)

Firstly, enchant your Cypress, Maple and Lavender. ( we sell convenient Enchantment Beads© to help you keep up with the number of enchantments you speak on our Etsy shop! see link below) Mix all ingredients into a bottle that will accept all items, cork or cap bottle, and shake 3 to 9 times, putting your intent into what you are doing.  Use for all magickal workings to do with protection, healing, and longevity.  May be used for annointing.

**This is our own recipe and is not to be made for sale by anyone but Speaking of Witch Wands and Magickal Things, all rights reserved.  Please feel free to make and use it for your personal workings only.

Don’t forget that you can purchase Cypress Wood and Maple Wood on our Etsy page at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands and soon you can purchase the Speaking of Witch Samhain Oil on Etsy as well.   Please also visit our main site at http://speakingofwitchwandsandmagickalthings.com for all of our items.  And, don’t forget to give us a like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingofWitchWands!  Thank you and Blessed be! )O(

The Ash Spiral Goddess Wand

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The Ash Spiral Goddess Wand

healing, weather magick, enhances skills of art, protection, the poet’s tree, water magick

I could not help but call this wand the Spiral Goddess wand as it called to me to carve it as I did, and I could feel the female energies emerge.  As you may know, the “spiral” symbol found on many Goddess statues was originally found carved on the stones of Newgrange, a neo-lithic tomb passage in Ireland.  The Ash tree is a sacred tree of the ancient Celtic people.  It just made sense.

As you may have read in an earlier blog regarding the Ash Tree, you would know that the tree is of Masculine gender.  However, what Scott Cunningham did not write in his wonderfully specific Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magickal Herbs, 1985-97, Llewellyn is that the Ash is actually closer to gender-neutral than most.  It actually has Female and/or “effeminate” male energy, making it the perfect wand for either Male or Female Witches!  And let us be honest…no matter what tree your wand comes from, it is the individual who puts their energy into their wand, whether they make their own wand or someone makes it for them.

Once we have a wand that we have a connection with, we put ourselves into it.  Almost any Witch I’ve ever known will cleanse, consecrate, and empower their tools before use.  That act alone puts much of the Witch’s intention into his or her wand.  When we make a bespoke wand for a Witch, we often send the crystal (if one is ordered) and the instructions for enchanting the herbs that will go into the tip of the wand and how to attach the crystal to the tip.  This act really makes the wand more personal to the Witch.

Many times, wands will have no crystal mounted in the tip, it may just be plain and pointed.  There are other ways in which to make your pre-made wand your own.  If you have certain Runes that are sacred to you, we can burn those symbols into your wand for you, or you can do it yourself.  Other sigils that are sacred to you may be used.  All you would do when ordering is to let us know which sigils you would like and if it is one that you have made up yourself, you can send us a picture of it.

We can also attach gemstones that resonate with you to your wand.  There are so many different ways in which to “decorate” your wand, that as long as it is your wish, it will no doubt be your personal wand, even if we do make the wand for you.  It will have your energy instilled in it!

If interested in “the Spiral Goddess” please visit us at http://speakingofwitchwandsandmagickalthings.com and send us your requirements for your bespoke wand.  Thank you so much for reading our blog and many blessings )O(

 

The Magickal Ash Tree

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Photo by Damien Gayle, www.dailymail.co.uk

The Magick of Ash

Gender:  Masculine; Planet: Sun; Element: Fire

Sacred to Uranus, Poseidon, Thor, Woden, Neptune, Mars, Gwydion

Magickal Powers:  Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health

The ancient Teutons regarded the Ash as “The World Tree“, which was their conception of the Universe, and therefore revered as such.

Ash has been used in many magickal ways over the centuries.  Sailors of old carved an equal-armed cross from Ash to carry whilst at sea to protect against drowning.  Ash is used in many sea rituals as it represents the power which resides in water.

The leaves of the Ash can be used to encourage prophetic dreams by placing them under one’s pillow or in a sachet.  The leaves may also be scattered to the four directions to protect a house and/or property.

The Ash tree, as are many trees, is considered to be very protective.  A staff (such as a Shaman’s staff) carved from Ash, placed over a doorway, wards off malign influences.  Ash is also said to ward off snakes, as they will not crawl over its wood.  However, Ash attracts lightening, so please don’t stand beneath one during a thunderstorm!

Ash wands (which we do make!) are often made for healing.  Ash wood is burned at Yule to receive prosperity in the coming year.  Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can burn Ash chips (35g resealable packets are sold on our Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands) in an incense to achieve the same result.  Ash is also used in poppets for all the various powers it brings (as listed above).

*Some information is from Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magickal Herbs, by Scott Cunningham 1985-97, Llewellyn

The Magickal Oak Tree

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Photo by  Glennie Kindred, www.whitedragon.org.uk

The Magick of Oak…

Gender:  Masculine; Planet:  Sun; Element:  Fire

Sacred to Dagna, Dianus, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus, Herne, Janus, Rhea, Cybele, Hecate, Pan, and Erato

Oak was a source of food for early settlers in Britain and revered by the Druids.  The Druids (traditionally) would not meet for rituals unless an Oak tree was present.  Religious articles were often fashioned from the tree and Witches danced beneath it.  A tree as long-lived as the Oak naturally offers magickal protection and if you have two twigs of Oak, bound by a red thread in an equal-armed cross, it would be well for you to hang it in your home.

Acorns, of course, have always been used for nature’s help – guarding against lightning strikes, drawing to the bearer wealth, among other things.  But, have you ever considered the magickal power of the Oak bark and chips?

Logs of Oak were often burned in fireplaces to draw off illness.  Nowadays, not everyone has a fireplace, however, Oak still has a healing property in the bark and chips!  They can be ground fine and used in incense, with the same effect.  Also, in incense to draw money and wealth, protection, luck, fertility, and potency.

Carrying a small pouch of Oak bark and chips in a wallet or handbag draws wealth and adds protection to the bearer.  It can also be used in poppets to effect the properties that you desire for yourself or another.

We sell 50g resealable packets of Oak bark and wood chips on our Etsy Shop (which you may also access on our Facebook page). at http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands along with other magickal things.   If you choose to shop our Etsy shop from Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SpeakingOfWitchWands you will automatically receive 20% off your purchase of any items in our shop!   Please stop by and have a look – and don’t be dismayed by the small number of items as we are adding new bits and bobs daily.  Thank you for your support and many blessings!

*Some information is from Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magickal Herbs, by Scott Cunningham 1985-97, Llewellyn

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