Alder

Masculine Energy. Alder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 18 March to 14 April. Druids associated this tree with the fox. The deity Bran considers this tree to be sacred.

Magical Properties: Alder wands are used for witchcraft magick rituals concerning with charisma, journeys, self confidence, bravery, supervision skills, and spiritual growth. Also used in shielding the astral self from unwanted intrusion from other realms.


Apple

Female energy. The apple wand is symbolic of fertility, peace, plenty and joy. A tree that is sacred to Venus and the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon. Apple is a staple food of the elven and fairie realm.

Magical Properties: This is a powerful wood of choice for the witch when working with the fairie magick. Apple is a good wood for aiding in the propagation of skills, often used in love magick. Apple wood promotes peace and harmony, magick of light and the divine, and promotes visions.


Ash

Female and Effeminate Male energy are present in Ash 18 February to 17 March. Ash is closely aligned to the elemental Earth. Ash is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology. Greeks associated this tree with Neptune and Mercury. The Druids associated this tree with the adder. The Nordic peoples held this tree sacred to Woden (Odin), the Nordic World Tree, Yggdrasil, is an Ash tree and is considered to be the father of all trees. The Welsh associated this tree with the God Gwydion.

Magical Properties: The Ash wand is an excellent wood for promoting brain power, aids in communication, intelligence, wisdom, and promotes curiosity. Use this wood to remove mental blockages and aid in the promotion of word use and understanding. It is the wood of the writer, poet, and scholar. Promotes spiritual love and health. Protects against unwanted change. Brings balance to the mind. It is said that warts rubbed on the bark will be absorbed into the tree. Use for protection from drowning, magickal effectiveness, sea power, and healing. Ash is also used for protection, finding special roots, horse magick, enhances skills of arts and crafts, justice, weather magick, and for working with the magick of cave and wells.


Beech:

Male Energy and because it produces nuts it is closely related to the Oak. Associated with the Greek God Apollo and the Elves Sun Lord Obraash. The Celts used the nut of this tree to fodder the sacred swine. Norse tradition says that tablets of Beech were used to make the very first writing tablets for the runes, strong magick for working with the Nordic runes.

Magical Properties: Beech wands are used in the magick of divination. Reduces swellings and skin inflammations. Helps to balance mental health. Aspiration, desire, and victory are all key elements of this wood. Used while working with ancestors, old wisdom, and magickal research. Beech is a sacred wood of the summer solstice.


Birch

Male energy. Birch is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 24 December to 20 January. One of the first trees to naturally establish in cleared forests. It is a tree of new beginnings and establishments. Closely aligned with the element of water. The Druids associated this wood with the white stag.

Magical Properties: The Birch wand is used in many cleansing rituals. Birch is a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and diligence. Some use this wood to aid in the calming of emotions. The bark helps to heal wounds and burns. Many European communities use or have used, birch twigs to expel evil spirits. Some cultures utilize birch rods in rituals designed to drive out spirits of the old year. Controlled by Moon influences to include; birth, Lunar spells, healing, and protection. Birch by tradition has been linked to youth and new beginnings. Use in rituals that signify a new start of any endeavor.


Cedar:

Associated with the Greek Goddess Persephone during her detainment in the Underworld. Also associated with the Celt Goddess Sezh that watches over the realm of fertility, herbs, and trees. Used by King Solomon, one of the greatest mystics of all time, in the building of the temple in Jerusalem.

Magical Properties: Cedar wands cleanses negative atmospheres. Used for the creation of sacred spaces. Related to longevity, protection, and preservation. Often used to summon helpful spirits during rituals and invocations.


Cherry

Both feminine and masculine energies. Artemis, Morrigan, Tyr, Mars, Aries, Herne, and Ambash all consider this wood sacred. Associated with the elemental Earth.

Magical properties: Cherry wands are very centered and has very grounded energy. Earth energy is very well grounded, unwavering, and solid. Cherry is used in ritual to stabilize and focus. Cherry is often used for intuitive and insight and to overcome obstacles. This is an excellent choice for divination or medium work, as well as healing and love magic. Cherry is suited for use in hunting magick, working with animals and familiars, eroticism, unification of covens and groups, spells of detection, and amplifying spell work.


Elder

Masculine energy. Elder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 25 November to 23 December. The Elder is also said to be the tree used in the crucifixion of Christ. Associated with the Celt Goddess Cailleach Beara and the Raven. Some have considered this tree to be unlucky due to its association with the crucifixion, or it may one of those nasty rumors started by the church in order to combat belief systems outside their on scope of a limited belief system.

Magical Properties: Elder wands are most often used in Faerie Magic, banishment, magical arts, protection from evil, imagination, change, and healing.


Elm

Feminine energy. Often referred to as the home of the fairies. It is known for its ability to ward away lightening. Associated with the Great Goddess in crone stage. Relative to the elements of both Earth and Air.

Magical Properties: Use of the Elm wands is strong in magic used concerning endurance, fertility, horticulture, passage thru death and phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess. Elm adds stability, grounding, and focus to spell working.


Hawthorn

Masculine energy. Hawthorn is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 13 May to 9 June. Considered sacred by the Celtic summer flower maiden Olwen, also associated with the owl. This tree is also sacred to Aquarius and the windlord Vashaan. It was often planted in the parameters of a cottage for protection. It is believed that fairies live in the hedges of Hawthorn especially if near ash or oak. Associated with the element of Air.

Magical Properties: Hawthorn wands open insight, provides psychic protection, encourages creativity, used to make charms, aids in the development of self confidence, purification, develops patience, detects magic since it is deeply magical from outer realms, used in weather working, banishment of evil spirits, concealing magic, chastity, male potency, and fairy magick.


Hazel

Feminine energy. Hazel is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 5 August to 1 September. Associated with the elements of Fire, Air, and Water. Manannan Mac Lir, the Celtic Sea God, considered the wood to be sacred. Druids associated with the fish Salmon. Aligned with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and the Celtic Goddess Danu, known by the elves and Arianrhod.

Magical Properties: Artistic ability, magical knowledge, and optimism are provided by the enchanting use of Hazel. The energy of hazel wands promoted love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence. Hazel is the bringer of change. Hazel also promotes creative expression, eloquence, and art of all types. This was the most common wood used to create wands in the ancient Celtic traditions. Also used in magic spells for wisdom, creativity, intelligence, navigation, inspiration, and wrath.


Holly

Feminine energy. Holly is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 8 July to 4 August. The sacred spear of Odin was made of Holly. The Roman god Mars rules over this mighty wood. Related to the elemental Earth. Associated by Druidic tradition to the grand majesty of the Unicorn. The Smith God Govannon considers this wood to be sacred.

Magical Properties: Purity, strength, logic, power transfer, protection. Holly wands are often used in magic concerning sleep. It is said that a man who carries the leaves and berries of holly is irresistible to women. Since the story of the ruler ship of the Holly King and the Oak King deal with cycles and rebirth, it is often used in magic to ease the loss of loved ones to death. It also carries properties of the sacred, material advance, physical revenge, and beauty.


Ivy

Masculine energy. Persephone considers this wood to be sacred. Druids related this to the Butterfly. Guinevere the fairy bride rules over this wood.

Magical Properties: Determination, strength, optimism, spiritual growth. Ivy is a fine wand for protection, good against wayward spirits and angry elementals, ensures success in business and all new endeavors.


Lilac

A favorite of the forest nymphs and where they are surely Pan is close. Lilac is sacred to the Greek Twins Gemini. Associated with the element of Air.

Magical Properties: Lilac wands are good for magic dealing with romance, love, and passion. Superb when utilizing magics for the realm of intellect, communication, mental concentration. Enhances sexual pleasure. Lilac provides protection during travel. When dealing with illusion magic, this wood is very adequate, as with the divining arts.


Maple

Maple has both Feminine and Masculine energy. Libra and Virgo consider this tree to be sacred. Associated with the elements of Spirit and Water. The great horned owl is the sacred bird of this tree.

Magical Properties: Some cultures primarily use Maple wands for spiritual healing. Maple is a traveler's wood. It enhances intellectual pursuits, acquiring knowledge, and communication. Spells concerning art, beauty, binding, and abundance should consider using this wood. The gypsies believe Maple brings gold and that eating the seeds draws love.


Oak

Strong Masculine energy. Oak is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 10 June to 7 July. The Druids associated the oak with the Wren. Closely aligned with the elements Earth, Water, and Spirit . The Oak is considered to be the most powerful and the most sacred to the Druids. Wizards consider this the most amplified wood to use to in spells that work with time and counterspells. Sacred to the Irish God Dagda.

Magical Properties: Truth, steadfast knowledge, protection. Oak wands bring vitality and long life. To the ancient Celtic people, oak was the protector, provider, benevolent king of the trees. Utilized as a healing wood, and very will grounded considering its strong connection to the earth. This wood helps center the mind, allowing it to focus on the task at hand and ignore distractions. Oak help promote both observation and intuition. Oak magic inspires bravery, presence, leadership skills, prosperity, and strength.


Poplar

Masculine energy. Plato makes a reference to the use of Black popular and Silver Fir as an aid in divination. Aligned with the elements of Spirit, Water, and Fire. Influenced by the power of Venus.

Magical properties: Poplar wands have an incredibly diverse energy, allowing it to be an all-purpose wood for magickal workings. The diversity of the energy in this wood makes it useful for evocation as well as banishment rituals. It is also strong with the elements of hope, rebirth, and divinations.


Vine

Masculine and feminine energies are present in Vinewood. Vine is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 2 September to 29 September. Druids associated this wood with the Swan. Considered sacred by the Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Irish Mythology.

Magical Properties: Vinewood wands encourage spiritual initiation, faerie work, joy spells, excitement, rebirth., sacred knowledge, and authority.


Walnut

Feminine and Masculine energies are present in Walnut. Closely aligned with the elements of Earth and Spirit. Walnut is sacred to the Gods Vashaan, Zeus, Jupiter, Thor, and Vishnu.

Magical properties: Black walnut wands are well used in magics of teleportation, astral travel, weather working, averting lightning, powers of the wind and breath, and motivation.


Willow

Feminine energy. Willow is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 15 April to 12 May. Willow is strongly aligned with the element of water and associated with the element of spirit. The Druids associated this tree with the hare. Diana, Hecate, Astarte, Ceridwen, Arianrhod, Rhiannon, and Omulan all consider this to be a very sacred tree.

Magical Properties: Willow wands are strong in the cycles of life dealing with death and rebirth, change, the will. It is a very emotional wood. Willow can add vital energy to the sick and elderly. Some say that burning willow can soothe and guide the souls of the recently deceased. Willow wood is the very essence of magick, not just the mere making a tool into a magical one, willow makes the tool magickal. Willow will align itself to the inner will of the party that shares its energy. The stronger the will, the more effective the wood. Willow is extremely useful in healing. It is also good for love spells and rituals involving emotion. It strengthens the third eye, and is a great tool for divination as well.


African Blackwood


Wood Origin: Africa, Parts of Asia

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Saturn

Elemental Association: Water, Air, Spirit

Other magical properties:

This wood is often mistaken for ebony, since it is such a uniform black colour. However, African Blackwood is not part of the ebony family. Rather, it is a part of the rosewood family, and the black colour is actually an extremely deep purple. Despite this, it is unlike the other members of the rosewood family in nearly every aspect. This wood is strongly aligned with the energy of Saturn. Saturn is known to block other energies, represents the end of cycles, and the energy of the underworld. This would be an excellent wood for blocking the energy of other magick, and communication with the dead. Any magick related to death would be highly effective with this wood. It acts as a conduit between the physical and spiritual realms. African Blackwood is also useful for exacting creative and intellectual changes in life, and removing communication barriers.


Apricot


Wood Origin: Many, a commonly grown fruit wood

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Moon and Mars to a minor degree

Elemental Association: Spirit

Other magical properties:

A very powerful spiritual wood, apricot's energy follows closely that of the moon. Its energy is cyclical in nature. This wood strengthens feminine intuition and strength. It would be a perfect tool for divination. It strengthens spiritual energy and the psychic mind. This wood is also good for strengthening psychic love and non-romantic relationships, especially those within blood relatives. The wood carries with it a very strong, positive spiritual energy.


Black Palm


Wood Origin: Southeast Asia

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Jupiter, Sun

Elemental Association: Water

Other magical properties:

The most remarkable thing about this wood is that its primary property is that of magic. The wood is naturally aligned with magic, and enhances magical energy. Obviously this is a good choice as a material for sacred objects.

This wood is strongly aligned to water energy. It rejects all fire-related energies, and it would also not be useful for healing. It brings about positive changes, creates opportunities, and opens spiritual pathways. Good words to associate with this wood are: feeling, changing, growing, love, and art. This wood is excellent for gaining power and knowledge from nature (which is what magic is).


Black Walnut


Wood Origin: North America and Europe

Gender Association: Feminine and Masculine

Planetary Association: Moon, Saturn

Elemental Association: Earth, Spirit

Other magical properties:

The best word to describe the energy of this wood is "introspective." It is not for those with flights of fancy, but rather for those who seek to explore their own personal energy and the "here and now." It is good for blocking out emotional energy so that one may focus upon the task at hand. This wood couples reason with intuition to help a person grow spiritually and to heal themselves from within. A quiet, unassuming wood, black walnut can help us to get in touch with ourselves and the Earth.


Bloodwood


Wood Origin: Bolivia (South America)

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association: Mars and Venus

Elemental Association: All 4 physical elements, fire, earth, air, and water

Other magical properties:

Bloodwood is a remarkable wood mainly for its ability to utilize elemental energies. The wood itself can channel and enhance the affect of all elemental energies, but the degree to which it can do so seems to depend upon the person utilizing the wood. This can be determined by your astrological sign.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Bloodwood would enhance your ability to utilize water energy if you are a Pisces far more greatly than if you were an Aries, for instance. Likewise, a Pisces may find bloodwood nearly useless when working with the element of fire, because that element is the opposite of the primary element of the Pisces.


Bocote


Wood Origin: Mexico

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Sun, Jupiter, Mars

Elemental Association: All but air

Other magical properties:

Bocote represents the end of an old cycle and the beginning of a new one. The extremely peaceful and positive energy of this wood can be utilized in a number of ways. It is excellent when used as tool to diagnose illness, chakras, or other health-related issues. It has a very powerful spiritual energy, which may bring with it either peace or inner turmoil. However, if it does bring turmoil, it is only to bring about the correct way of thinking or balance of energy in the end. Bocote has strong fire energy, related mostly to passionate love. It is also an inspiration for the artistic and creative mind, focusing on beauty and the Earth.


Bubinga


Wood Origin: Equatorial Africa

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: (In order of importance) Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter

Elemental Association: Earth, Fire

Other magical properties:

Love is the most prevalent energy within this wood. This means that it would be best used for love magick or any matters related to emotional energy. It is a very spiritual wood, emotionally healing. It has very strong feminine aspects, emphasizing intuition, creativity, and nurturing. This is a wood with not one single negative attribute, which is extremely rare. It would be useful for any type of magick. But, the energies within the wood would be especially powerful if utilized for love magick, divination, and emotional healing. The power of this wood will be strongest at the full moon, weakest at the new moon.


Butternut


Wood Origin: North America

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association: Jupiter, Venus

Elemental Association: Earth, Fire

Other magical properties:

This wood brings wisdom and creativity to any situation. It will aid in finding the truths that others miss, often resulting in good fortune and wealth. An excellent gambler's wood, or a tool for promoting luck and affluence. Butternut will help make one's home and self image perfect, matching one's drive and passion. It will allow a person to shape their life as an artist shapes clay.


Canarywood


Wood Origin: Africa

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mars, Jupiter, and Venus

Elemental Association: Spirit and Air

Other magical properties:

Canarywood is a wonderful wood for healing the body and the soul. It offers strength, both spiritual and physical. Vigor, health, rejuvenation of the mind and body. It is a wood of spiritual inspiration, and would be excellent for spurring creativity and artistic expression. Being a spiritual wood, canarywood is an excellent tool for exploring the non-physical world. It would aid in astral projection and scrying. It also strengthens emotional bonds within the home.


Cedar, Aromatic Red


Wood Origin: North America, mostly Virginia, USA

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Venus, Mercury

Elemental Association: Earth, Spirit

Other magical properties:

Named Aromatic Red Cedar due to its intoxicating scent, this wood is often used for its pest controlling properties. The scent of the wood acts in much the same manner as mothballs, repelling insects. This wood can be found used in everything from bird houses to decorative mulch for this reason. Once finished, however, the scent is no longer detectable and the pest repellent properties likewise vanish. The energetic properties of this wood are mostly focused upon communication and information. It is an excellent wood for use in any divination, and will help a person obtain information from afar (either spiritual or physical in nature). It grants the ability to see what is happening, to know the truth behind any given situation. For knowledge-gaining endeavours, such as schooling of the start of a new enterprise, Aromatic Red Cedar in an invaluable tool. It will bring luck in any pursuit that requires the acquisition of new knowledge. In addition, this wood will aid a person in feeling at home with their spirituality, to love oneself. Often people struggle with feelings of inadequacy or guilt over their spiritual choices, and this wood can help a person to work those feelings out and know which decisions are right for their life. It can help us bring about an overall balance to our lives, a harmony between our spiritual beliefs and our outward expressions. Finally, this wood will help a person with healthy communication in all forms.


Chechen


Wood Origin: Central America, Mexico

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mars, Mercury

Elemental Association: Spirit

Other magical properties:

Spiritual matters can often be conflicted or unclear. Chechen brings one the ability to gain spiritual strength, to overcome spiritual conflict. It will allow a person to question their own beliefs honestly, and come to needed and truthful conclusions. This wood is all about bringing beauty into life. It can help create a better outlook, improving both physical and mental health in the process. It is an amazing tool for those who have a difficult time breaking free from outmoded beliefs or ways of thinking, or who dwell upon negativity too much.


Cocobolo


Wood Origin: South America

Gender Association: Very strongly Masculine

Planetary Association: Mercury, Jupiter

Elemental Association: Fire

Other magical properties:

Cocobolo is the wood of passion. Within it courses the energy of the flame, burning hot with desire, sexuality, ambition, adventure, even rage. A purely masculine energy radiates from the wood. This wood's energy would be a good tool for goal-oriented people. It will encourage ambition and achievement, and a thirst for knowledge and understanding in whatever the matter is at hand. Cocobolo boosts intuitive luck, but can lead to rash or hasty decisions. It's energy is adventurous, and may lead a person into danger or travel far from their level of usual comfort. This is not always a bad thing.


Desert Ironwood


Wood Origin: North America

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Venus, Mercury, Moon

Elemental Association: Spirit, Water, Some Earth

Other magical properties:

Desert Ironwood is not the hardest wood in the world, but it is the hardest wood that does not contain a large amount of gum or resin content, meaning that it is bone dry. And as the name implies, it is extremely hard and heavy, maybe the third hardest wood on the planet. This makes it the most stable wood in the world, never cracking or warping and very resistant to climate change. The energy of this wood is simply amazing. The image that comes to mind is that of an elderly tribal wise woman. She is never afraid, because she knows that life is a cycle ending in death. The mysteries and wonders of life are at her fingertips, because she is experienced enough to know a great deal, and wise enough to accept that which cannot be known.

This wood has a very dark, feminine energy. It brings a feeling of protection, steadfast knowledge that the darkness is no more threatening than the light. It brings the ability to explore the mysteries of life unafraid and to gain the knowledge there-in. Only then can one truly know all of the beauty of life.

This wood will enhance artistic expression, bringing a fresh look to life. It will change one's mode of thinking, and allow one to accept life changes gracefully and with a calm wisdom.


Ebony (Gabon)


Wood Origin: Africa, the Gabon region

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine, equality

Planetary Association: Venus

Elemental Association: All 5 (fire, water, earth, air, spirit)

Other magical properties:

Positive luck, balance of energy, Ebony is well-known as the most powerful magical wood. Scott Cunningham, trusted writer of over 30 books about magic and the occult, writes about ebony, "Ebony wood is protective and so is used in making amulets. Ebony wands give the magician pure, unadulterated power." The power of ebony is non-discriminating. It is useful for any magical practice and with any element. It is especially useful in spells dealing with the home, love, and Venus.



Ebony (Macassar)


Wood Origin: Celebes Islands, Maluku and Borneo (Asia)

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine, equality

Planetary Association: Venus, Jupiter

Elemental Association: All 5 (fire, water, earth, air, spirit), emphasis on Water

Other magical properties:

Power to change, positive luck, balance of energy, breaks down social barriers. Ebony is well-known as the most powerful magical wood. Scott Cunningham, trusted writer of over 30 books about magic and the occult, writes about ebony, "Ebony wood is protective and so is used in making amulets. Ebony wands give the magician pure, unadulterated power." The power of ebony is non-discriminating. It is useful for any magical practice and with any element. Macassar ebony differs slightly from the energy of Gaboon ebony, in that it is more cantered around emotions and intuition. This wood would be especially useful in the seeking of spiritual knowledge and exploring intuition and emotion. It would not be especially useful for healing. Historically, this wood was used in the handles of Samurai swords.


Eucalyptus


Wood Origin: Australia, Various

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Mars

Elemental Association: Earth

Other magical properties:

One of the strongest healing woods known, eucalyptus trees have been used for medicines for centuries as well as for ritual items pertaining to healing. The energy of this wood is good and pure, clean like the earth from which it is born. This wood is highly recommended for any purpose combating illness or promoting good health. Eucalyptus is also primarily associated with positive luck, especially if related to knowledge. For instance, using eucalyptus in a ritual seeking a positive result to pending news (tests, interviews) would prove beneficial. Worn as a charm, this wood would promote positive luck for the wearer. It is also an excellent tool in divination.


Katalox


Wood Origin: Central America

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Saturn, Jupiter

Elemental Association: Earth, Water

Other magical properties:

Katalox is primarily a wood of balance, especially the balance between light and darkness. It helps one achieve self-knowledge, the ability to see one's own life as others might, and to decide which aspects may be out of balance or in need of correction. It allows one to feel "at home" in their own skin, complete by acknowledgement of the whole self and seeing the whole of reality, not just the parts people often wish to see. Useful both for those who dwell too much in the light, having a difficulty coping with death, sorrow, or mysterious subject-matter, or those who constantly dwell in darkness, refusing to let the light in. Balance is the key. This wood brings about acceptance on many levels. For those who have anger issues, Katalox is an excellent tool for overcoming them. The wood is introspective and grounding, slowing anger and allowing one to think clearly and see situations in a more logical and understanding manner. This wood is a wonderful tool for change. Those who have a difficult time coping with change will find that they are able to accept and learn from change better. Those who have a difficult time bringing about change in their life will find it easier to do so. This is also an excellent tool for exploring divination, mysteries, and other forms of "dark" spirituality.


Kingwood


Wood Origin: Brazil

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association: Saturn, Moon, Jupiter

Elemental Association: Spirit, Water

Other magical properties:

The primary energies of this wood are strength and protection. It is associated with the very assertive masculine and the warrior-feminine. It will block out unwanted energy, forming an impenetrable protective barrier. This wood brings with it the ability to exert one's will upon the world, creating needed or desired change. The power of this wood blasts away all ambiguity. It will allow one to discover their true spiritual path, locking in only the most sincere beliefs, allowing the rest to fall away. It clarifies confusion. This wood is an excellent healing wood, closely tied with willpower. It would also be excellent for luck magic or divination. Also excellent for curses or other offensive magic, this is not a wood for novices or the untrustworthy.


Koa


Wood Origin: The Hawaiian Islands

Gender Association: Split between masculine and feminine, different associations for each

Planetary Association: Masculine: Jupiter, Saturn, Sun and Mercury

Feminine: Moon, Venus, Sun, Mercury

Elemental Association: Masculine: Water Feminine: Fire

Other magical properties:

Koa is one of the most curious of woods we can have the pleasure of working with. It has both a masculine and a feminine side, almost completely separate. Masculine properties: The energy associated with the masculine aspects of this wood are duality and balance, like the tides. This energy is deeply connected with the ocean, which is alternately giving and destructive. To truly utilize the masculine properties of this wood, one must be able to recognize and become comfortable with the ebb and flow of its energy. Deity: Kanaloa, Hawaiian God of the Sea Feminine properties: Centered around the element of fire, Koa in its feminine aspect brings creativity, beauty, and wisdom, and strength. It also brings a fiery energy, capable of destructive power or the power to overcome strife. Deity: Pele, Hawaiian Fire Goddess


Leopardwood (Lacewood)


Wood Origin: Australia

Gender Association: Both masculine and feminine

Planetary Association: Mars and Venus

Elemental Association: Water

Other magical properties:

Leopardwood is very useful in divination, especially obtaining news from afar. It is also associated with positive luck, a gambler's wood. The energy of this wood is overall very positive, and it would be an excellent wood for use in almost any ritual or spell, but especially those dealing with luck or divination.


Lignum Vitae


Wood Origin: South America and parts of Europe

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association: Sun, Jupiter, Venus

Elemental Association: Earth, Water

Other magical properties:

The hardest, densest wood in the word, Lignum Vitae means "long life" in Latin. This tree is also called the "Tree of Life" as well as "Iron Wood." The wood is so dense and heavy that it will not even float in water. It comes with a long history and legend. This naturally green wood has been used for time untold in construction due to the fact that it is so hard and dense. Because it has a large amount of resin within it as well as its density, it is naturally lubricated and was thus used as ball bearings on ships. The greatest legend about this wood is that Merlin the Wizard carried a staff and/or wand made from Lignum Vitae. This legend appears in both literature and ancient writings about the legend of Camelot. If true, it is hardly surprising. The energy within the wood is perfectly suited to a great man such as Merlin. This wood has a profoundly positive energy. The overall energy of the wood can be summed up as "the power and strength of goodness." Its strong connections with the sun, Jupiter, and luck energy make the wood an ideal tool for any worker of positive magick. The energy about the wood is very healing, in both physical and spiritual matters. The energies within the wood would also be excellent for divining information from far away as well as close to home. This wood represents the end of strife and the beginning of a new, positive, cycle.


Mahogany (Genuine)


Wood Origin: Honduras

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon

Elemental Association: Primary: Earth - Secondary: Fire

Other magical properties:

Mahogany is an interesting wood mainly because, while most woods have a variety of differing uses, this one is very specialized. This wood is very focused on fertility, growing. It has a very powerful bond with the Earth, and will channel Earth energy better than any other. Secondary to fertility, this wood has other uses as well. Enhancing intuition, strengthening bonds with blood relatives (especially the mother/son relationship), and exploring and clarifying goals are all possible uses for Mahogany. This wood would not be good for divination.


Mahogany (African)


Wood Origin: Africa

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Moon

Elemental Association: Primary: Spirit - Secondary: Fire

Other magical properties:

This is one of the most spiritually focused of all woods, and would be best used in magic dealing with anything non-physical. Divination and spiritual growth and guidance are its primary properties. It is also an excellent wood for healing spells, though mostly for emotional and spiritual healing.


Maple


Wood Origin: Various

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Moon, Jupiter

Elemental Association: Spirit, Water

Other magical properties:

Maple is a fascinating a beautiful wood due largely to the great deal of variation in its appearance. Some maple wood is without any interesting grain, while some has an amazing wavy (called "curly") appearance with remarkable translucence. And some maple is known as "Bird's Eye" maple because it has tiny little spots in the grain, like miniature knotholes, throughout the wood. And still other maple is "spalted," or crossed with very dark lines within the grain. It is sometimes hard to tell that all of these woods come from the same type of tree. Maple is one of the most spiritual woods in existence. Because of this, the primary use of the wood is that of spiritual healing. It is also amazing when working with moon magick. Maple is a traveller’s wood. Those who are always on the move and changing will feel right at home with this type of energy. It allows a person to focus in on the choices in any situation, eliminating luck and chance. It enhances intellectual pursuits and learning.


Marblewood


Wood Origin: South America

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mars

Elemental Association: Earth

Other magical properties:

This wood has an extremely grounded energy, while at the same time being very intense. It will react strongly to the passion of the individual using it, helping to achieve goals and remove conflict through strong and decisive action. It is a VERY strong healing tool, drawing energy up from the Earth itself for this purpose. It would be useful for all types of healing, from animals to plants, physical healing to emotional healing. It encourages empathy and compassion, enhancing feelings of love and affection.

Marblewood enhances positive luck, helping to bring situations that are out of the control of the individual to a positive end. A wood that will aid a person in all areas of learning and artistry, it removes blockages that prevent forward movement in life. This will enhance creativity for artistic pursuits as well as removing the obstacles that might interfere with academic achievement.


Mopane


Wood Origin: Zimbabwe

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mars, Saturn

Elemental Association: Air

Other magical properties:

Communication and awareness are the two main energies present in this wood. It has the ability to add or remove blockages from communication. This makes it excellent for treating communication disorders, such as speech impediments or autism. It is also a good tool for blocking out unwanted communication, both physical and spiritual in nature. This wood helps one let go of past pains and move forward in life. It brings a general positive energy, making past hurts seem not as important. It will aid in planning out and attaining future goals.


Myrtlewood


Wood Origin: North America

Gender Association: Balanced masculinity and femininity

Planetary Association: Venus, Jupiter, Mars

Elemental Association: Primary: Earth - Secondary: Fire

Other magical properties:

This wood is all about balanced energy. Oftentimes, people will focus only on one or two details of their lives, neglecting the rest. This wood's energy helps us to step back and see the big picture, not getting overwhelmed by the details. It helps to balance the energies within us or a situation. Myrtlewood will aid in decision making, but not luck. This wood is very versatile. It is good for healing, creating abundance, and for nurturing passionate love. However, it has a very honest energy and will not tolerate deception or "creative truth" in any of your workings with it.


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