loona wynd wrote:Now that would be a powerful piece of wood. That land probably vibrates incredibly high with energy.
Well, yes, I would have to agree here. The wood itself, before I crafted it, had an almost tingling sensation when I picked it up.
Laurie Cabot's shop used to have a high vibrational energy to it, and there are less rituals worked there than on the land of their house. The more rituals you work in an area the more it absorbs the magical energy and the more powerful the spot can become for work. This is one of the reasons why churches have a significantly different energetic feel than say a classroom for the priesthood. One has regular rituals and worship in it and the other less frequent practices and power raised.
You are lucky to have that wood. I am a dedicant in the Temple tradition of witchcraft. The founder's first teacher and so part of the core of the Temple tradition is based off of the Cabot tradition. Penczak is initiated to the third degree in the Cabot tradition and many of those teachings made it into the Temple tradition (as often happens when traditions spin off from the original base). So for me connections to the Cabots are important.
I've never actually met Laurie Cabot. Though I did catch a glimpse of her once when she was in her shop giving readings before it closed down. I would like to meet her some day and I may still have a chance. I can say that I felt wisdom and a sense of power yet peace coming from her when I caught the glimpse.
So any way. To get back on track. I believe that you were meant to have that piece of wood. I believe strongly that things come into our lives for a reason, even if we don't know what that reason is right away. That wood may have resonated with you and felt something in you that it wanted to be with you. The fact that you felt and sensed its power are part of this key thought process.
Yes, some of the wands I make, I fuse together, through many different means. Sometimes with copper wiring, other times using tension between pieces to hold it together, but more often than not, simple hot glue holds them just fine. Not very majickal at all, but it gets the job done. I take alot of care to make sure it doesn't look like a school craft fair project though, and they usually turn out beautiful
Thats cool. I mean I know that there were often multiple woods involved in different crafted objects historically. I had just never heard of a wand being made out of more than one peice or wood or branch. The exception to that was occasionally a few of the Harry Potter style wands that some witches have bought because they like the look and the feel.
Typically I find its a branch that a person has decorated or blessed for different things. Mine isn't decorated. It was simply blessed and consecrated with oil. I thought about toping it with a crystal at one point but I don't have the wire to do that and it didn't seem to fit right. This wand seems to be fine just being the wood and oil blessed. I may have taken off some of the bark as part of the process..I've had it so long now I dont quite remember except for how it came into my life. Would you like to hear?
This is one of the wands like that. This one also made from Oak and Apple, though different trees than the one mine are made from. This one's a simple blue thread decoration (signifying water association), Oak base, Apple shaft, and clear quartz emitter. http://phoenixwands.com/?product=oak-and-apple-wand
Its beautiful. You seem to have a knack for making wands. I really like it. Its simple and yet elegant at the same time. Good luck selling your wands and developing your business. I know you have sold some in big places already. Still I wish you continued good luck.
PhoenixFlight wrote:Eh, tough question, and an even tougher answer.
I'm good at those.
PhoenixFlight wrote: I'm basically of the eclectic flavour, but I'm more of a "grey witch" than most people I know, and as you might remember from other posts in my pasts, I have a darker side too. I keep it all in balance though, and it's worked for me so far in life. I would probably call myself "a grey witch, that follows many wiccan tenants, but follows her own unique path between light and dark, teaching all, and learning from everyone."
To me all witchcraft is really gray. There is no real black or white. Even a blessing could be a curse to some one. One persons blessing is another persons curse. Something that heals for one person could cause more harm than good to another person. Nothing is ever the same in magic and witchcraft.
I wondered if you were apart of the Cabot tradition or if you had taken some study with them because of your specific mention of the Cabot family. As I said before in this post and elsewhere on the site I am a student of Penczak and the Temple tradition which via proxy sort of makes me a student of the Cabots. I basically believe that if a tradition is spun off of or developed from a base in another specific tradition, students of the spin off tradition should study and explore the parent tradition to understand the current tradition more. Plus Penczak basically requires his students to read Laurie Cabot's work. Its so strongly suggested that it may as well be required...
I have found that all witches, even if they follow a foundation of a specified tradition are in the end eclectic. Witchcraft itself is an eclectic practice. There are so many different ways to practice and explore and experience witchcraft that its impossible for it not to be inherently eclectic. That and most witches I know that follow a specific tradition have other influences they include in personal practice that may not be a part of coven practice.
PhoenixFlight wrote:Yes, and that's usually how it works for me as well. We as humans do not control what is masculine or feminine, and as such, I allow the pieces I work on to tell me themselves what they want to be. You can't judge a book by the cover. I mean look at me; born as a male, becoming a female. Defining something as majickal as a tool, without considering what it has to say itself, is like telling a colorblind person about colors.....
I agree. Like I have said here and elsewhere. I believe the tools speak to us and call to us. I believe that they are the ones that will direct us in their use. That is in part why I developed the elemental invocation tools I did. I didn't like the feel of using my wand or athame for all of the elements. It seemed forced and unnatural. When I used a tool of that elemental force and realm it flowed much more naturally.
The only ritual I use the wand or the athame for all of the elements is the LBRP and that depends on which one I feel like using at the time. I may actually start using my ritual sword for that. At least I may bring it out and have it gather vibrations from that ritual. The sword is one I am blessing and filling with the power of the arch angel Michel. So it makes sense to have it gather vibrations from the LBRP.
In general I have found that most of the tools do energetically fit within traditional male or female or masculine and feminine concepts. The athame for me is masculine. The chalice feminine. The two work together to create a symbolic great rite and thus together have the power of creation. The pentacle as a tool isn't something I've ever really understood or used. Candles and incense to me can be either depending on color and the element associated.
PhoenixFlight wrote:For me, I assume nothing about a tool, but this ties into my little comment right above this..
The comment was more directed at traditional associations as you mentioned in your OP to this thread. I feel that In general
wands are an earth tool. However that does not mean it applies to them all. Yours for example I would feel would be more fire inclined as it was forged partially in fire (lightning strike). Others could be water based. Like a driftwood based wand would probably be water tied for me. Again though the idea is in general that they are for me earth based when coming directly off a tree.
That being said I also believe that each element contains all the other elements. So wands can be tied to each individual elements through the earth aspects of that element. Again this is all personal theory based on experience and just feelings on the situation. There is no real right or wrong about it. We must as witches found out what works for us. No two witches will ever feel the exact same way about things, even if they have the same teacher and come from the same tradition!