Our Wiccan Altar: The Wand
Inner Circle Sanctuary
To practice your magical art, you need a magical space. Many Wiccans set up an altar for their craft working, and this can be anything from a small end table to a 9-foot marble behemoth.
Inner Circle Sanctuary is somewhere in between. We enjoy our craft and all the tools associated with our religion; therefore, we have a nice 6-foot table we like to use to hold all of our ritual accoutrement.
If you’ve ever been to our sabbats, you’ve no doubt noticed our big and beautifully decorated altar as the centerpiece to all of our rituals. It’s full of deity statues, seasonal decorations, and tools.
Lots of magical tools.
The magical wand has many of the same uses as the athame, but it is a gentler tool. The wand works by inviting and encouraging energies rather than commanding them like the fiery athame does.
A wand is ideally made from wood to act as a living conduit between you and the energy you are projecting. Sometimes, you’ll see a wand wrapped with copper wire to enhance that flow of energy. Like the scourge, the wand is unique to everyone and can be customized to fit your personality.
In our tradition, we attribute the wand to the element of air rather than fire. To us, it came from a tree which blows in the wind and moves with the air. Also, as stated above, air is the less severe of the activating elements, so it’s energy is a bit more flexible. When used with the scourge, the wand represents mercy while the scourge represents severity.
Use your wand to draw pentagrams into the air.
Draw your ritual circle with it.
It’s another extension of yourself used to focus and project your energy, so use it however you would your index finger.
Your tools should be a part of your magical working whenever possible. Repeated use will help consecrate them as well as foster a bond.
by Lady Anwyn
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Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.