I’ve had a lot of interest lately on the Spell Wands that are in my store. If you haven’t seen them, check them out. They are very simple which is exactly what kind of wand you would expect a witch to use.
Whether for Halloween decorations or other practical uses, it is always fun to have a little bit of a back story to go along with your wand. It helps so much in your story telling and sharing with your friends.
These wands are made from the dead branches of an Ash tree. According to old legends and superstitions, the Ash Wand is a very particular wand. It doesn’t like to be passed on to different users. Once it has its owner, it only wants to work for that owner.
The Ash Wand is classified as being a stubborn wand, not easily swayed from its purpose, just like the witch that uses it.
There is an old rhyme that talks about the different woods used for wands. “Rowan gossips, Chestnut drones, Ash is stubborn, Hazel moans.” I have no idea how true any of that is, but the rhyme seems to hold true for these Ash wands. The tree that they come from should have died a thousand times over, but it is too stubborn to die. It has survived horrendous winters and wind storms. It has been hit with lightning and mercilessly attacked by boring beetles, yet it lives on. Its battle scars along with its odd twists and turns are a testament to the challenges it has faced over the years.
It is absolutely my favorite tree. We call it our Halloween tree because in the fall when it loses its leaves it becomes the creepiest, scariest, coolest looking tree I’ve ever seen.
Each year when I cut out its dead branches, I use what I can in making these wands. I think it kind of symbolizes that even though this branch may be dead, like the wonderful tree that it came from it lives on to bring some happiness and fun in peoples lives. Hope you enjoy them.