Last time we looked at some different ways to construct your own wand, but today we’re going to look at some tips for purchasing a wand. There are times when the creation of a wand is impractical, or when a wand made by another’s hand is instantly entrancing. The most important thing to remember is how well you like a wand. The most expensive and beautifully crafted materials are nothing is not lovingly held.

Consider these things as you look at purchasing a wand:

Quality. Whether wood or stones, the quality of the used materials is important to consider. This doesn’t mean that you need to buy the most expensive wand; most of us are sensible in our approach to magick, and that mentality should extend to our tools. Consider too materials that are universal; a clear quartz crystal for instance can be charged and used in place of most other stones. Such wands can save you money in the long run, though there’s nothing to say that you shouldn’t have a wand for specific types of spells if you perform a lot of them.

Potential uses. A wand for different types of spells is another aspect to consider. If you’re looking at a wand with a peridot stone, know that that wand will naturally lend itself to healing and one with tiger’s eye will be good for grounding and gaining perspective. While you don’t necessarily need multiple wands that will serve the same purpose, you should never turn away a wand you’re drawn to if you’re able. You never know when you might merely be the messenger to convey it to needing hands.

Rarity. Consider how many copies there are of your wand in existence. This isn’t a problem for individual, hand crafted wands, but ones that are even regionally mass produced means that your wand is one of hundreds. How you charge your wand and your own intent and abilities are still going to primarily be responsible for any spell’s effectiveness, though there are some who believe that wands cut from the same materials are all linked together, and any lesser magicks (or not real magick at all) worked with one will lessen any real effort made with another.

Character. Yes, character. I don’t know about you, but I appreciate things with good stories or at the very least a flaw. I’m not a one dimensional witch, which means that my needs are not best served by perfect items. If you’re looking at buying a wand directly from a crafter, ask about it’s history, about its crafting process. You’ll be all the fonder for it.

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An example of an inferior wand.

Most likely, you’ll know when a wand isn’t a good fit right away. There will be something obvious, like inferior materials or you simply not liking the look of it. Case in point, this wand that I bought off Amazon years ago when I was just starting out. Sure, it flows well enough and there’s a pentacle carved into the base, but as soon as I took it out of the packaging I was instantly disappointed. It’s light but much too big around and the green is a horrible shade. The worst part though? It’s a dowel stick.

Have you ever purchased a wand that turned out to be a wasted investment? What about one that was perfect?

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