- Series: The Witch's Tools Series (Book 2)
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (December 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738741957
- ISBN-13: 978-0738741956
- Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Witch's Wand: The Craft, Lore, and Magick of Wands & Staffs (The Witch's Tools Series) Paperback – December 8, 2015
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About the Author
Alferian Gwydion MacLir is a Druid Companion of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, a traditional British Druid order. He is Chief Druid of Geal-Darach Grove (O.B.O.D.) in Minneapolis, and a 32nd degree Freemason. In 1998, he created Bardwood, Ltd, which rapidly became one of the leading shops for handmade wands. He resides in Minneapolis, MN. Visit him online at http://www.bardwood.com.
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If you are looking to create your own wand this is the book you are looking for. MacLir does an excellent job here and his insights into the various woods that can be used to make a wand is thorough and interesting. His information on things beyond wood (crystals, metals etc.) is also great. If you want to make a wand MacLir has you covered.
I also really enjoyed a lot of his rituals related to wands, especially the ones involving consecration and dedication. There's some truly excellent stuff in there and I might incorporate some of his ideas into my own practices. His section on wand folklore could have used a bit more detail, but all in all was pretty good. I learned some things there.
My biggest problem with the book is his association of the wand with the element of fire. This is not an uncommon association and he makes a decent argument for that association. However, that association is an idea he comes back to time and time again, and if you happen to disagree with it, it makes for some hard reading. It would have been one thing to make the argument once and move on, but he doubles back on it a few times and I couldn't help but be bothered by it. Some folks might think this is a minor quibble, but how we look at our tools matters.
For a book entitled "The Witch's Wand" I felt the book had a very strong Druid perspective to it (not surprising since MacLir is a Druid), and as a Witch I found myself surprised by some of the things MacLir suggests doing with a wand. There were lots of operations in the book that I felt would be better served by the athame and not the wand.
One of the book's biggest omissions was a lack of material about the stang. Since MacLir talks about the staff in his work, the stang seemed like a natural fit to me. If Llewellyn publishes "The Witch's Stang" in this series I'll forgive the omission.
As with all of the books in the Witch's Tool Series by Llewellyn this little volume is gorgeous. The layout is fantastic, and the artwork inside by Mickie Mueller is amazing. This book would make a great gift for a Harry Potter fan interested in magical things.
All in all a pretty solid little solid book.