magic cane

Through the centuries magic wands, a long pointed shaft made of gold, silver, or wood was used to focus the power of magic to be used in spell casting, or used as a weapon to harm or protect one’s self from a foe. The first mention of a magic wand in western literature was in the Greek poem, The Odyssey written nearly three thousand years ago in the 8th century BC! The hero Odysseus comes to a clearing in a deep woods and there is a mansion, the abode of   Circe a powerful and dangerous witch.  She is famous for her use and knowledge of magical herbs and uses her magic wand to turn men into hideous creatures.

It is interesting to note Circe used magical herbs from the deadly Nightshade family to paralyze and transform men into strange looking beasts.  Odysseus had been warned of Circe’s knowledge of magical herbs and of the power of her magic wand.  Odysseus carried the herb, Moly to counteract the magic of the witch Circe.  Historians feel Moly was derived from the early spring bulb, the Snow Drop. Scientist now know the chemicals in Snow Drops counteract the dangerous chemicals in Nightshade plants.

Odysseus ends up spending a year getting very cozy with the powerful witch, but that’s a different story!

I think most of us think of wooden wands in the hands of witches going about casting spells.  In world of Harry Potter the wand selects its owner.  But in folklore and historically, wands are tools and different types of wood are used to perform specific duties. Different trees have specific magical attributes. That’s not to say there are some wands from the wood of trees that make good overall general use wands.


Ash is often associated with water. While ash wood has several magical qualities wands made from this tree are usually used in healing spells and rituals.


Wands made of Cedar are good to focus on removing negativity from a room and are often used for calling forth positive spirits in rituals and invocations.


Wands made from fruit trees are often used in love spells and Fairy magic.


The wood from this evergreen tree is used in healing magic.  Sources say to pass the wand over the illness or wound and immediately burn the tip of the wand in a hot fire to cleanse it.


This wood has numerous magical qualities and has been used for centuries as a wand to protect against evil spirits and dangerous sorcerers. Elder bushes are often associated with fairies and ancient folklore says to never burn or use Elderwood as fire wood.


The branches of the Hazel tree are often used as a good all-purpose magic wand. It is a good wand for protection for you and your plants.  Hazel wands are used to find water beneath the earth or to find hidden objects.


This tree is another wood for a good general purpose wand.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘traveler’s wand’ because it is said it is good for learning and opening up communication between people.


This wood is used as a very strong and powerful wand against evil.


Throughout history beginning in ancient times the mighty Oak was considered powerful, long- lived, and sacred. An Oak magic wand is considered one of the most powerful wands.  The strongest and most powerful witches carry an Oak wand.


Wands made of the Willow tree are a favorite of many.  Willows are associated with the power and the influence of the moon.

In my three novels of the 415 Raspberry Trilogy the willow wand, especially the wood of the Contorted Willow, known as the Dragon’s Claw tree, is the favorite wand used by the character’s in the books. Young Darach is given a Dragon Claw Willow wand for his 9th birthday.  In the first book, ‘The Seven Sacred Seeds’ the Queen of all the Fairies gives Uncle Rubus, known as the Wizard of the Green, a magical Dragon Claw Willow cane.  It is used at the last moment to save the lives of loved ones.

While writing ‘The Seven Sacred Seeds’ that was originally published in 2005, my father took a large dragon Claw Willow branch from my tree and fashioned a cane from the wood.   It is one of my prized possessions!

There are many other kinds of trees not mentioned here.  For more information go to Scott Cuninghams, ‘Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.’ My copy has been used so much it is worn, tattered, and torn!

Also there are numerous websites that discuss trees, wood and magic wands.  Three sites I referred to here are:;

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