English Hazel, gathered by Pat and I from the woodlands of Kent from our trip back to the UK in May 2019!! Hazel is one of the most sought after magickal woods. The famous grimoire, The Key Of Solomon, calls for wands to be made by cutting a virgin (un-cut) Hazel tree at sunrise on midsummer morning. In the old days Hazel was hard to find as it grows in straight “wythies” that are perfect for making baskets, canes and fences… It was therefore super hard to find a “virgin” tree. Hazel grows in the USA, but it is a different species, more of a small bush. The English Hazel is a large nut bearing tree 30 feet high. Hazel, like Rowan, is very sacred to Mercury, Hermes, Thoth – Lord of Magick!
Hooks are a traditional witchcraft tool similar to a wand… Wands are used to point and manifest… Hooks are used to collect the power raised in a circle and bring it back inwards into self or someone who requires healing or blessing.
I carve and shape my wands to preserve the beauty of the bark and fine grain of the wood, the wand manifests its final shape, typically phallic in nature. My wands are sanded using 8 grades of sandpaper – down to super fine 400 grit which is used in furniture production – so my wands appear shiny as though varnished. The wand was finished by being consecrated in an oil suitable for Mercury, Hermes, Thoth.
The wand is approx 12 inches.