A Witch’s Wand: Some of the Different Ways to Make Your Own Wand

Last time we looked at some methods for choosing the right wand for the spell you’re next planning to cast, and today we’re going to look at something a little more involved: a few standard methods for making your own wand. 😀

If you’re crafty like me, the idea of making something yourself is enticing, and a wand isn’t terribly difficult to make. But, if making things isn’t your forte, don’t fret. The next chapter about what to look for when purchasing a wand will be much more up your alley.

So let’s take a look at some basic wands!


The Driftwood Wand. This classic wand is both simple and elegant, though unless you live near or get to visit a beach, might be difficult to obtain. Driftwood wands are one of the quickest and easiest to make because they don’t necessarily require any carving. At their simplest form, they are just a piece of driftwood. This type of wand takes well to gentle carving and light wood burning though, so you can add designs or symbols for additional power. Sometimes you might also find a piece that has naturally worn holes in it that will fit small crystals. An added bonus of the driftwood wand is where you found it: by the water. This means that it’s been charged with flowing water and likely warmed by the sun. The downside of these wands, other than their somewhat limited location, is that they are often fragile, and so should be handled with great care.


A simple sterling silver wand with an amethyst. 

The Crystal Tipped Wand. Another popular favorite is a wand with a primary focus crystal at the tip, and sometimes at the bottom end too. The focal point for these wands is almost always the crystal, and when you’re crafting the wand, you should use a crystal that has special meaning to you, and not one that you chose at random. The handle for this type of wand is typically either wood, silver or some other semi-precious metal, with the crystal or crystals wire-wrapped into place. If you can help it, avoid using glue. Glue by its very nature is… well, goo. It doesn’t have any properties to add, and can actually block the flow of energy through your wand. Check out this link and this one too for some ideas on how to prettily wire-wrap your crystal into place.

The Crystal “Sword”. Unless you’re both comfortable with cutting crystals and in possession of the necessary tools, this is more of a find than a create. These types of wands are literally a single crystal that’s been cut or broken into an elongated shape. Usually polished, and ranging in size from about four or five inches to a foot, these types of wands are sleek, elegant and perfect for the crystal and natural stone fanatic. An alternate to a single stone wand is to attach smaller stones along the length of the main crystal; though this often gives the wand a clunky look, the additional stones add their energy to the main crystal’s for a more powerful tool. Most often when stones are added in his fashion, they’re done so in chakra colors.

Simple Wooden Wand. This is the kind of wand that I prefer. While crystals can be powerful with the correct utilization, a simple wood wand is both elegant and powerful when harvested, adorned and treated with care. Start by finding a healthy tree – the kind will be personal preference (I’ve always been partial to oak for some reason). Harvest the branch you wish to use with a thank you and well-being blessing on the tree. Removing the bark and sanding it down to shape will take both some time and skill, so if you’re looking at doing this for the first time I strongly recommend practicing on another piece of wood first. Go slowly through the process, and don’t fret over the little nubs that would have become additional branches; they are part of your wand’s character. Once the bark is off, you can stain the wood, and/or carve or gently burn symbols into it, depending on the wand’s purpose, the wood you chose and the aesthetics of it.

A couple of final pieces of information for today. (1) Keep in mind that a good wand should be no longer than the length from the inside crook of your elbow to the tip of your middle finger. It’s fine for it to be much shorter, but a wand that is too long for you will be unbalanced in use. (2) You should also take careful consideration for the quality of the materials that you use – functional, personal and economical are good themes to keep in mind when crafting.

What kinds of wands have you used in your practice? Have you ever tried to make your own?

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Natural Beauty for the Natural Witch: A Guide to Making Homemade Beauty Magical

A clever look at tying in some magickal purpose with homemade beauty products. Source: Natural Beauty for the Natural Witch: A Guide to Making Homemade Beauty Magical

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A Witch’s Wand: How to Choose the Correct Wand for Your Spell

20151111_152300In the same way that a spell is only as effective as the energy and focus you as the witch put into it, so too are your tools only as effective as the care that goes into their creation, selection and use. Any novice to magick or the dozens of spiritual beliefs that fall under Pagan can find a list of magickal tools, but it takes some practice to understand all of the smaller details that go into the creation of the perfect tool for a spell.

“A Witch’s Wand” will be a mini series here on Ayslyn’s Corner, in which we will explore four main topics:

  1. Choosing the correct wand for your spell
  2. Different ways to make your own wands
  3. What to look for when purchasing a wand
  4. How to charge a wand and other piece of wand use and care

Today we’re going to start with figuring out how to choose the correct wand for any spell you might wish to cast.

It is generally held among practitioners that technically, you already have everything you need to perform a spell: yourself. Your intent is your altar, your focus the lighting of candles and incense, and your finger your wand. When performing simple spells or “spot magick” you might not need more than what’s already within you, but preparation and planning is a must for anything more complicated or more powerful – this means you need to plan out the steps of your spell, anything you might wish to chat, and items that have properties that will aid you and have been appropriately charged.

So how do you know what kind of wand you need? There are two things you need to look at to answer this question: what is the ultimate goal of your spell and what objects/energies are going to be best for achieving that?

Especially when writing your own spell, nailing down what exactly you want might be the most difficult part. Oftentimes, we write and cast spells because we don’t know what we want and are searching for direction. In this case, it can be helpful to determine your spell’s best outcome (even if it’s as vague as “I will know what I need to do moving forward.”). You need to know in one or two sentences what you’re aiming for, and from there it’s like bubble graphing or diagraming sentences; you just break down the pieces so you know what to gather.

Though all wands serve a similar purpose, none are the same. The most common kind of wand used in legitimate magickal practice is one made of carved wood, but there are also wands with embedded crystals, with a crystal tip, ones made from different kinds of metals and wands that are just crystals.

The needs of your spell will largely determine what kind of wand is used, and it’s important to not use a wooden wand with properties that don’t align with your current spell. Tree magick is a subtle art, but powerful – just consider the Rede’s instructions regarding different kinds of wood:


Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.

Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s

insight.   Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.

Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.

White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.

Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.


In the same way that you want to choose a complementary type of wood, you also want to consider any crystals or metals that your wand might be made of. For instance, amber, being a stone of spirit and intellect, is a terrible choice for providing physical strength, and a wand made of copper would not be helpful in a spell designed to stop someone from influencing you.

Now, unless you have a bottomless pit of money somewhere (and if you do, me and you need to talk, seriously) buying or crafting a wand for every occasion really isn’t an option. So the next best option is to utilize multi-purpose wands. Have you ever heard that for a spell, lavender is an excellent all around substitution for any other herb? That’s because, in addition to having its own properties, it’s also a receptive plant, so can take on additional roles, and that’s what you want out of a wand.

You should always be guided by your own intuition when choosing or crafting a general use wand, but here are a few rules of thumb:


Polished wood is not always better – Wood that has been polished and decoratively carved has had its energy tapered and focused, but untreated wood (i.e. wood you have just harvested from a tree or beach) is full of raw potential.


The age of the wood is not necessarily important – There’s an old adage that wood harvested from a sapling less than a year old makes the most effective wand, but unless you have some personal need for such a wand, I’d prefer to harvest from a tree that won’t die as a direct result.


Copper and silver are good starting points – Both metals are excellent choices for the transference of energy, and silver is one of the Goddess’ colors, so any properties that are inherent to her will be present in your wand.


Quartz when in doubt – Like lavender for herbs, clear quartz is the perfect stone for when you don’t know exactly what you’ll be working with in the future.

After you’ve been practicing for a while, you’re likely to obtain multiples of some items. It’s awesome to have a go-to, but don’t neglect the other magickal items in your care, even if all you do is clean and charge them every once in a while until they’re needed for actual spellwork.

That’s all for today, but I want to know what kinds of wands you’re using! Tell us about your favorite wand and how you found or made it.


And as always, peace.



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Kitchen Witch Tips and Tricks

Since discovering and embracing my own kitchen witchiness, I’ve begun to realize just how much magick it’s possible to utilize on a daily basis without even realizing it. The direction in which you sweep the floor, the way you put together a meal, your morning routine before rushing off to work – all of these things have power inherent in them. But it never hurts to add a little bit of intentional magick either.

Here’s a short list of tips and tricks for the everyday kitchen witch:

  • Keep eggshells to use in house/space protection spells – Set eggshells out to dry (on the counter or in the 20150908_100245fridge, either one will work) for about a week and a half, then crush them up into a fine powder and store in an air-tight container. Use anytime you require a magickal powder, or to add an element of fertility or life energy.
  • Rosemary can be substituted for any other herb in a spell – This can be fresh or dried, though fresh is typically the way to go if you have the option. The reason rosemary can be substituted for other herbs is because it’s excellent for absorbing energy and already serves a vast number of magickal purposes.
  • Add barley to food when healing is needed – Because barley has so many medicinal healing properties, it’s become representative of good health in spellcrafting. Incorporating even a little barley consistently in meals will help to promote overall health.
  • Tuck a bowl of salt into each room – Salt is a potent substance for drawing in and eliminating negative energy, and also serves a general protective function. By placing some dedicated salt in each room, you’re strengthening your home’s boundaries and self-sufficiency.
  • Toss spilled salt over your left shoulder – With the understanding that salt is a protective ingredient, the spilling of it would denote a newly created vulnerability. Though there are a lot of different superstitious reasons for this practice, Wiccans do it to activate the salt so it’s not wasted. (Please keep in mind that if you have pets, you should clean the salt up before they get to it. You can put it outside in the garden, spread out thinly among the plants.)
  • Honor the fairies – Loving tiny objects lately? Little cups and mini polymer clay pieces of food? That’s not just you 20150821_140548having a moment, it’s the fairies pulling your strings! Be sure to leave milk and honey out for them.
  • Mint offers travel protection – Give a sprig of mint to a loved one about to go on a journey. They can hang it on a pretty string from the rearview mirror, or place it under the driver seat. It doesn’t hurt to have a sprig for each person in the car either.
  • Burn thyme for purification – The same way you can burn a sage smudge stick for cleansing in your home, thyme works in a similar manner.
  • Use sacred or moon water in recipes – You know how in spells, the type of water you use can have a big impact on the spell’s effectiveness? The same is true for cooking. If you’re like me though, you don’t have gallons of moon water stashed somewhere, so I will sometimes go with a 1:5 ratio.
  • Never blow out a magickal use candle – Blowing out a candle that’s been anointed not only blows away your wishes, but also angers the fire elemental by making the air elemental more powerful. Instead, use a snuffer or carefully pinch the wick between wet fingers.
  • Bay leaves are magickal – When you have a wish, a desire, something you need to pass into the hands of the spirits and beings around you for help with, write it on a bayleaf, and then burn the leaf in a candle flame or fireplace. Just be careful because it’s likely to light very quickly.
  • An undamaged feather is a gift – They say that when you find a feather it’s a gift from the spirit world. There are a 20150908_101509number of different ways the feather can be interpreted, based on what bird it came from, if there’s mud on it, if it’s bent or broken, but the gist of its finding means that you’ll be blessed the whole day through.

What are some of your witchy habits?

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What is a Witch’s Bottle?

A positive-energy witch's bottle

A positive-energy witch’s bottle

Despite their relatively simple use and purpose, witch’s bottles (or spell bottles) have a long and fascinating history. Essentially a counter-magick device used for protection from evil spirits and malintent, these little powerhouses are believed to have been utilized for centuries and in many different manners. Some were made to be buried with loved ones to guard against vicious spirits on the walk through the afterlife, others were created to be walled into a new home as a ward against unwelcome guests, and others still were one-time use bottles designed to combat a specific person or entity and then be disposed of.

As best we can tell, witch’s bottles have an English origin, with many of the oldest archaeological finds being dated back to the 1600’s. We’ve even found one completely intact in 2009. Typically made of either ceramics or glass, witch’s bottles contained things from the perceived victim such as hair, fingernail clippings and even urine, along with nails, pin and needles. Sometimes the nails and pins were bent, and sometimes they were stabbed through pieces of heart shaped fabric or leather. The intent with these bottles was obvious – dispel harm or malintent, to literally hold it away at the tip of something sharp.

A playful interpretation of  witch's bottles.

A playful interpretation of witch’s bottles.

Though these kinds of bottles aren’t really the norm anymore, the concept of a witch’s bottle is still practiced. Modern spell bottles can still be used to protect against negativity, or to find love, money, lost objects or practically anything else you could write or cast a non-bottle spell for. Glass is the recommended medium, with items of magickal potency dictated by your goal placed within.

There are also a couple of different schools of thought on what to do with your completed bottle. Some believe it’s better to place the bottle somewhere nearby, where it can draw in the energy it has been designed to catch. Others believe it should be taken as far away as possible and buried, to draw said energies completely away. Obviously the bottle’s intent will dictate its location to a point, but you should place any bottles you make where you feel they will do the most good. Either way, witch’s bottles are intended to be placed and not disturbed, so chose your spot carefully. Especially when their intent is draw negative energy, unearthing a witch’s bottle can be a serious thing.

Here are a few examples of modern witch’s bottles:

Witch’s Bottle to Protect Your Home

This bottle is not malicious at all; it is designed to attract all things positive, to store up that energy until it overflows continually into your space. This bottle should be placed somewhere within your home or just outside.


  • Salt
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Amethyst or clear quartz
  • Wine or moon water
  • White or gold candle

Place all items except the candle in the jar, filling it ¾ to the top with wine or moon water. Seal the jar, then coat the seal with white candle wax. Place where it will not be disturbed.


Witch’s Bottle to Attract Love

Beautifully sealed witch's bottles.

Beautifully sealed witch’s bottles.

This bottle functions much like a potion, though with more long-term effects, and can be designed to attract a specific kind of love or a general, all-encompassing kind. This bottle should also be placed in or near your living space.


  • A handful of rose petals
  • Rosemary (fresh works better)
  • Lavender (fresh works better)
  • Oil or rosewater
  • Pink or red candle

Place all items except the candle in the jar, filling it ¾ to the top with oil or rose water. Seal the jar, then coat the seal with pink candle wax. Place where it will not be disturbed.


Samhain Witch’s Bottle

The object of this bottle is not only protection, but to send back any negative energy to whomever was originally sending it your way. Traditionally these are made for All Hallow’s Eve to protect against wandering spirits; as such some witches will create a new Samhain bottle every year.


  • Sharp, rusty items like nails, razor blades, bent pins
  • Sea salt
  • Red string or ribbon
  • A black candle

Place all items except the black candle inside the jar, and fill about ¾ to the top with wine or moon water. Seal tightly and drip candle wax along the seal. Bury the jar outside near one of your home’s doors (or in a flower pot if living without a yard).


Have you ever made a witch’s bottle? What was your intent for making it, and how well did it work?


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Ayslyn’s Prosperity Spell

I’ve got something to confess… I did a spell for money.

20150701_142420*gasp, shock and surprise* I know, I know. A spell to attract money is something a teenager just beginning to explore witchcraft does because she doesn’t have a concept of working selfless magic. It’s right up there with love spells and make-him-fall-in-love-with-me potions crafted and offered by people who don’t under how magick works. It’s the kind of spell that’s in every commercially available book because it’s expected to be there, but most serious practitioners either don’t mess with it or heavily modify it before use.

So that’s kind of what I did. We hit a snag financially and after the initial period of discouragement, I pulled out my spellbooks, perusing for spells or spell components I could throw together and made some impromptu magick happen. As a result, this is not a carefully researched spell like most of my others; but sometimes that’s what you need to get things going. I used the spell to attract some financial assistance, but it can be used for any kind of wealth – spiritual, familial, mental, etc.


Ayslyn’s Prosperity Spell

Duration: about 20 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Moon Phase: any

You will need:

  • Glass jar or bowl
  • Green or yellow candle that can be burned down in one lighting
  • Sand or salt
  • 5 pine nuts
  • 5 grains of rice
  • 5 pennies
  • 5 quarters
  • Cinnamon
  • Green and yellow stones
  • Bay leaf
  • Pen (any color)
  • Incense of choice

Optional items:

  • Gold glitter
  • Pyrite
  • Green candle shavings

In case you hadn’t guessed, the magic number for this spell is 5 and the color theme is green and yellow. Once I had an idea of what I wanted to do, I literally went around the house and gathered up anything and everything that matched one or both of the themes.

Begin casting a circle. I don’t always cast circles before working magick but this time it’s important because you’re deliberately trying to pack energy and will into these items. Once your circle is cast, then add your sand/salt to the jar or bowl, enough that your candle is able to stand upright on its own. Place the candle aside for a moment, and in any order you wish, take several moments to bury the components of prosperity you’ve gathered, saying as often as you wish:

Copper glow and silver shine

Amongst all others, make wealth mine.

An it harm none, mote shall it be.

I added each like items together, repeating the chant almost continually throughout. Once all of the pieces are inside, place the candle. I then added a piece of pyrite on the side and a stick of incense as well. Focusing more on the words, repeat five more times, then light the candle and the incense. Now write your desire on the bayleaf; I know they’re small and kind of fragile, but the more specific you can be the better. When you’re ready, hold the leaf to the flame (CAREFULLY; it will catch quickly). Hold the leaf as long as you can, then drop it into the jar.

Release your circle and place the jar somewhere safe where the candle can burn down and the magick can work for the duration of the needed period. You may remove the components after either your spell has come to fruition, or about a week has passed.

Untitled*A word of caution: you might want to try and shove all of the items you intend to take back out (like the pennies and quarters) to the edge. Otherwise you might end up with this waxy, sandy glob. Tehe…

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Anyone who has checked out in Ayslyn’s Corner recently will quickly discover that I am a baby loss mother. We passed what would have been my daughter’s first birthday recently, and like anyone grieving can tell you, it’s hard. You’re living in this constant duality: the you who functions (albeit differently than before) and the you that’s always screaming inside your head. Baby loss parents master this internal conflict very quickly because we have to cut down on the casualties of grieving. It’s soul-shattering, bone-weary exhausting, and there are days when you wish you could just die from a broken heart.

But every once in a while, you encounter something heart-warmingly bittersweet that convinces you to keep moving forward. Yesterday morning I went outside to water the garden and found something that brought me to tears: daisies. Being the flower of April, it’s a flower we’ve associated with our Eevee since the day we laid her to rest; I’m growing my own right now, and when we sent out memorial cards on her day we included daisy seeds so that our friends and family could watch their flowers grow and be reminded of how beautiful life is.

The thing is though…there have never been daisies in this spot, they weren’t there the day before and I didn’t plant them. I know logically speaking they were probably carried into the yard by the wind or an animal, but it’s more comforting to think it’s her saying hi from her plane of existence. And if a little illusion offers a grieving woman some small measure of comfort, who can find fault in that?

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