The wand is believed to be a magickal rod used by sorcerers and witches when performing magick and witch craft. Witches and sorcerers used these magical wands by pointing them where they wanted to direct their magic. The use of wands in witch craft dates back to the fifteenth century. In the past, witches could use their wands and witch craft to perform many types of magick. For example, some witches were able to point their wand at an animal, and with the powers of witch craft they could take away the animals power of movement so that they could capture it. Wands were also used for healing, for this reason doctors would carry walking sticks as a symbol of their profession.
Wands used to perform witch craft were of different sizes and shapes, and were made by different materials depending on what they were used for. For example, some wands were made of cypress wood, which is connected to death. One reason why a witch would use a wand of cypress would be to wake the spirit of someone’s who committed suicide. To do this the witch would touch the corpse nine times, and then the ghost would manifest itself and would be required to answer any questions which are demanded. Wands could also be made of hazel and willow for other uses. Sometimes very strict rules would also be in place for the types of wands to be used in certain rituals. For example, some rituals had to be performed over a new wand that included the saying of prayers and reciting the names of power in order to ensure its power was awakened.
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