This wand is made from a length of telephone cable rescued from the gutting of Popejoy Hall in UNM’s Fine Art Center during its remodel in 1996. I enhanced the black outer sheath with acrylic medium and metallic powders. I then made small slits in a spiral pattern along most of the wand’s length. Small loops of the internal copper wires, insulated with brightly colored plastic, were teased out, forming two parallel spirals along most of the shaft’s length. Copper, of course, is extremely conductive, which is the primary function of a magic wand – to conduct the intent of the user. The handle was wrapped with glittery gold plastic lacing, and then coated with several layers of clear acrylic medium. At the base of the wand I cut the internal wires almost an eighth of an inch shorter than the outer plastic casing. The resulting depression was filled with clear acrylic medium touched with a bit of metallic powder. It almost looks like an opal. At the tip I included a spiral of lilac interference pigment swirling up through the the acrylic, and you can get fishy glimpses of the cut ends of the inner wires, glinting bright copper with bits of the carnival colors of insulation.
This wand will, of its own accord, mold itself to your hand with use. It will warm nicely as you hold it.
Dimensions: 14 1\/8” x 5\/8” (at widest point)
Shipping: Your wand will be cushioned in bubble wrap, packed in a mailing tube and shipped first class. It should arrive within three days.
Note: The Wand Pillow is listed elsewhere in my shop. It is shown with this wand for display only, and must be purchased separately.
A History of Magic Wands
Magic wands have had a presence in the history and legends of human cultures for thousands of years. They are simple objects that respond to human gesture, speech, emotion, and thought. Thanks to books and movies, they are widely understood from an early age as symbols of great empowerment.
The use of a wand or staff of office as a symbol of power in modern times by government or religious officials dates as back far as ancient Egyptian priests, or even further back to the Stone Age, as evinced by cave paintings showing figures holding sticks which may have been symbolic representations of their power.
Wand, baton, scepter, rod, staff, all are essentially the same thing. They have been used to aid in healing rituals, blessings of everything from births to buildings, animals to marriages to fields, conducting symphonies and crowds, lending an aura of power to officials, despots and dictators, protecting the precious and cursing the enemy, bringing forth water from a rock in the desert. Dowsing or divining rods have been used for thousands of years to find everything from water to metals, and more recently, serial killers and missing persons. Stage magicians use wands to distract and misdirect their audiences’ attentions from reality. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
What is a magic wand? A magic wand is an amplifier of intention, a timeless symbol of authority, a metaphysical tool of transformation, a tool for focusing attention. A wand is a channel and focal point of energy. Wands are flow. A pencil, pen, or paintbrush, is a magic wand, channeling and actualizing the energy, intent, and vision of the poet, writer or artist onto paper or canvas.
It is best to keep your wand wrapped in cloth, to keep the wand isolated from the energies of the outside world and to keep its energy pure to you, with no contaminants. The mailing tube it comes in would make a nice safe place for your wand to live.
If you’d like a real wand, for meditative or ceremonial use, as a stage prop, or a unique decoration with a lengthy historical pedigree, then this one just might fit the bill.