Olivewood, Bethlehem


Wood Origin: Israel

Gender Association: Masculine Primarily, Feminine Secondary

Planetary Association: Sun Primary, Moon Secondary

Elemental Association: Air, Spirit, Water (In order of strength)

Other magical properties:

Bethlehem Olive Wood is obtained from tree trimmings in the holy olive orchards in and around the holy city of Bethlehem in Israel. This wood obviously has a very strong symbolism for Christians, as it is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible. Like all woods, this beautiful wood also has many unique energetic properties. This wood is foremost an amazing aid in communication of any type. It opens the mind to intuitive and empathetic energy, allowing you to truly gain insight into other's thoughts and actions. This wood is also remarkable in its ability to aid in communication with spirits and the dead.

With powerful spiritual energy, having this wood in your possession will help bring about the situations that create spiritual growth. It attracts such situations into your life. It will create a "holy" atmosphere in the home, helping in all aspects of spiritual life. This wood will aid in learning and finding the true path of knowledge. It will do this by creating positive change in life, keeping a person from falling into stagnant patterns of thought and action. For this reason, it is an excellent tool for those who are trying to find their path in life, or those who find their learning halted by habit. Finally, this wood is an amazing tool for healing. However, it relies almost entirely upon the will and passion of the healer themselves. A person who is truly committed to healing would find this wood will boost their abilities wonderfully.


Olivewood, Italian


Wood Origin: Italy

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Saturn, Sun

Elemental Association: Earth, Spirit

Other magical properties:

Balance between the spiritual and physical aspects of life is often difficult to attain. The central energy within this wood brings about this balance. It will allow a person to travel between the spiritual and physical words at ease, and thus is an excellent tool for astral projection or communication with spirits or the dead. This energy is somewhat chaotic due to its extremely powerful connection with the spiritual realm, and may bring unwanted communication as well. The spiritual journeys brought on by this wood can bring about self-love and a balance of energies, as well as a greater understanding of life and death and rebirth.



Osage Orange


Wood Origin: USA, Great Plains

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Sun, Jupiter

Elemental Association: Spirit, Earth, Fire

Other magical properties:

Named after the Osage tribe of the Great Plains region, this wood was used by those people to make bows and other items. An extremely strong and straight-grained wood, it is still the preferred wood to use for a recurve hunting bow or crossbow. This wood is famous for its ability to repel household pests and resist rot. This wood is extremely spiritual in nature, especially related to matters that also coincide with earth energy. It would be ideal for communicating with spirit animals or guides. It is perfect for spiritual healing, such as astral healing. This wood aids in the pursuit of goals and passions.


Padauk


Wood Origin: Africa, Gabon region

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mars

Elemental Association: Fire

Other magical properties:

A powerful yet chaotic wood, Padauk is not at all recommended for those new to The Craft. The energy of this wood is constantly changing, randomly fluctuating. It would, however, be an amazing wood for healing magic if one could learn to harness the chaotic energy within. In the hands of the inexperienced, it would likely do more harm than good.


Pear


Wood Origin: Various, a commonly grown fruit wood

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mercury, Sun

Elemental Association: Earth, Fire

Other magical properties:

Extremely earth-centric energy, very grounded. This type of wood is best used for healing, and will appeal mostly to those who have a passion to heal. This wood would not be useful for spiritual exploration, such as astral projection, divination, etc, but is extremely useful in earth-centric matters. It brings a creative, inspiring energy to the home. This wood is excellent for use with money and prosperity spells.


Pink Ivory


Wood Origin: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Sun, Mars

Elemental Association: Spirit, Water

Other magical properties:

Pink Ivory was the royal wood of the Zulu people of Africa. Legend states that the Zulu king would carry a staff crafted from this wood, as well as ornamental jewellery, and any others caught possessing the wood of the Pink Ivory tree were to be punished by beheading. This included foreigners in their own country and abroad. Many have said that this legend was simply invented by the Africans to drive up the price of the wood as an export item, but that is unclear. It is a protected tree in South Africa, and only cut down by limited permit, making it one of the most rare and expensive crafting woods in the world. The tree itself is a fruit-bearing tree, and the fruit is traded in marketplaces across southern Africa. Energetically, this wood is strongly associated with the sun, spiritual healing, and strength. "Change" and "growth" are the key words for this wood. It gives the power to bring about needed change in one's own life, to learn and grow toward healthy goals. It grants the ability to leave the past behind, and look to the future, a brighter future not marred by the baggage of our past. This is especially true in home situations, where home life is a burden. It allows one to see and feel their home anew, leaving behind past hurts, or to seek a new home if that is desired. Spiritually, this wood is not a good tool for communication with otherworldly spirits, but an excellent tool for healing one's own spirit or the spirits of other living people or animals. It will aid in magic that seeks to heal emotional hurts, or cure inhibitions that cripple social behaviour. It will aid in opening channels of communication between people (or between people and animals). This wood is also an excellent tool for love magic, or magic having to do with luck or wealth.


Poplar


Wood Origin: Europe and North America

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Venus

Elemental Association: Spirit, Water, Fire

Other magical properties:

This wood has incredibly diverse energy, allowing it to be an all-purpose wood for magickal workings. While containing almost entirely masculine energy, it is also influenced by the power of Venus, bringing a softer, intuitive, feminine energy as well. Spiritual energy is strongest within this wood, followed by the power of water. Water and spirit combined make this wood excellent for any working dealing with change, acts of will, or evocation (this is the wood we use to create our athames). This is also an excellent healing wood. The diversity of the energy in this wood makes it useful for evocation as well as banishment rituals.


Purpleheart


Wood Origin: Central and South America

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Venus and Mercury

Elemental Association: Spirit, Air

Other magical properties:

A spiritual wood, purpleheart is excellent for use in divination magic. It also enhances energy dealing with creativity and knowledge. One of the best woods when dealing with spiritual healing and health issues, purpleheart would be especially useful in eradicating the negative energies that create strife in the home.


Redheart


Wood Origin: South America, various

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Jupiter, Sun, Moon

Elemental Association: Earth, Water

Other magical properties:

Containing an overall bright and carefree energy, redheart is an excellent wood for those seeking to be able to focus more on the "here and now" rather than dwelling on past or possible future events. It allows one to follow their whims, set aside their fears, and move their life in an overall positive direction. It does not distract one from real threats, but rather removes the fear and doubt that can cloud your judgment and make us imagine things worse than they may actually be. This wood will aid a person in finding their personal truth, free of self-deception. Self-esteem is not to be underrated. Most of us live under certain assumptions about how people view us or our beliefs that may not be entirely accurate. The power of this wood will help a person set aside those assumptions, to feel free to speak their mind and express their views without fear of what others may think. It is a freeing energy, without self consciousness or darkness and doubt. It allows us to see this life for what it is, not what we imagine it to be, and to love it.


Rosewood (Bolivian)


Wood Origin: Bolivia

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Mars, Moon, Venus

Elemental Association: Spirit, Fire

Other magical properties:

This wood's energy is primarily feminine, and focused on spiritual, intuitive health and beauty. Bolivian Rosewood is motherly, spiritual, and nourishing. It lends a boost to intuitive thought and feeling, and is thus excellent in divination and scrying. A healing wood, rosewood can be used in all healing rituals but is especially effective in spiritual healing. In matters dealing with beauty, rosewood can be very effective. Carried or worn as a charm, this wood will enhance female beauty and feminine grace. It would be good for love spells as well, but only those conducted with maturity and wisdom. Frivolous energies will not be enhanced by this wood.


Rosewood (East Indian)


Wood Origin: India

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Moon, Venus, Saturn

Elemental Association: Fire, Earth, Some Water

Other magical properties:

East Indian Rosewood has a very magical energy, but that of dark magic, mystery. Darkness is not a negative thing, but it is that which is not usually focused upon, the hidden things in life that escape the notice of most people. This wood will help a person work with these energies. For this reason, this wood is highly recommended for all magic involving divination, communication with the dead, and internal truth. In addition, this wood is excellent for magic involving health and beauty, physical things that you can see and touch. Physical healing or the clearing up of cosmetic flaws would be good uses for this wood. A very grounded wood, it can also help bring about positive change, even if that change does include some conflict. It can help bring about a feeling of being at home.


Rosewood (Honduran)

Wood Origin: Honduras

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Venus, Saturn, Moon

Elemental Association: Spirit, Water, Fire, Air (in order of strength)

Other magical properties:

Being a member of the rosewood family, this wood shares many properties with other rosewoods while also having a distinctly different energy all its own. Unlike some other rosewoods, Honduran Rosewood is not purely feminine, allowing a small amount of masculine energy to also come through. The most powerful energy within the wood is spiritually focused. It would best be used for creative therapy and healing. This is a life-changing, positive, feminine energy. Like most rosewoods, this wood is excellent for love magick and bringing passion into life. Also like most rosewoods, it is good for bringing about change and for boosting intuitive or psychic abilities. But unlike other rosewoods, the energy of Saturn allows this wood to also block out unwanted energies in magickal workings. This can be excellent for isolating only the desired aspect of the wood.


Sagebrush


Wood Origin: Western United States

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Sun

Elemental Association: Fire, Spirit

Other magical properties:

Though considered an unsightly desert weed by most people, the Native American people held the sagebrush plant in particular reverence. It was the only wood they used to burn in their sweat lodges, creating a greasy dark smoke that helped them achieve a higher state of consciousness. In their culture, this wood could not be collected until the collector was spiritually purified.

Not surprisingly, the primary energy of this wood is cleansing and purifying itself. It helps to clear away negativity and doubt, helping a person to focus on their true passions and to gain valuable insights. It reveals needed goals, and creates drive. It can help a person remove the obstacles they have found placed between themselves and the things they seek in life, by removing blockages within oneself. This would also be an excellent tool for divination, but not with dark energy. It would not help with scrying, but would be an aid in meditative divination or spiritual journeys.


Tulipwood


Wood Origin: Brazil

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: The Moon and Venus

Elemental Association: Water

Other magical properties:

Tulipwood is part of the rosewood family. It carries with it many of the traits of other rosewoods, with a few unique traits as well. A very powerful feminine energy radiates from this wood. It would be extraordinary if used in moon magic, and anything having to do with creativity, intuitions, and beauty, and natural cycles. This would be an excellent wood for divination. The primary element of this wood is water. Water usually brings with it a calm and peaceful effect. However, the energy of this wood contains the full spectrum of water energy, both peaceful and destructive. It is as though the very energy of the Goddess rests within the wood; beautiful and serene, yet powerful and proud. The wood carries an overall positive energy, and also may be used to bring about affluence and wealth. One of the most powerful woods we have ever encountered, with a very diverse and potent energy.


Wenge


Wood Origin: Tropical West Africa

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Saturn, Venus

Elemental Association: Fire, Air, Spirit

Other magical properties:

Wenge is not only a beautiful wood to look at, but also a wonderful magical tool. It possesses a very relaxed energy, encouraging slow, even thought. It is the perfect tool for meditation, especially for those who have trouble slowing their thoughts. It is also a healing wood, useful for a variety of physical as well and emotional healing applications. Worn as a charm, this wood would create a more even mood and cantered thought. It would also calm the temper and encourage learning. This wood is not for the impatient, if they hope to utilize it for quick power.


Whitewood


Wood Origin: Romania

Gender Association: Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association: Saturn, Moon, Sun

Elemental Association: Air

Other magical properties:

Anyone who has purchased cheap lumber at a hardware store that is not specifically labelled pine has probably purchased whitewood, usually imported from Romania. It is a very fast growing tree related to the pine tree, but without the aroma or prevalence of sap.

This wood contains a very dark energy. Darkness is that which is mysterious and often frightening to people. It is extremely useful for many types of magic, including divination, communication with the spirit world, death, and exploring the mysteries of life. This wood is protective, allowing one to explore their dark side without getting lost within it. Overall, this wood helps one understand things that most people choose to ignore or may not even know exist. It can bring healing through communication, and a general comfort through knowledge. It is a very grounded wood, despite the prevalence of air energy.


Yellowheart (also known as Satinwood)


Wood Origin: Various, from Florida USA to Brazil

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mars, Saturn, Moon

Elemental Association: Water is strongest, but exhibits energy in all elements but fire

Other magical properties:

This wood contains a very powerful, and often strange, energy. Though it is overall positive, it is a wood highly influenced by luck and the energies which surround it. The results may be unpredictable, though usually not dangerous. The wood is highly in tune with the planet Mars. Mars brings both strife and war, or the energy to overcome these things. In this case, the energy is very tied up with life energy as well, possibly indicating that the wood could be used to influence health issues, both spiritual and physical. Water energy is the strongest elemental force within this wood, and with it the cyclical energy of the moon. Water brings a peaceful energy, a stillness. This energy will be strongest on the full moon, and nearly nonexistent during a new moon. The most interesting aspect of this wood is the prevalence of the planet Saturn. Saturn blocks Venus and the element of Fire in this wood's energy, keeping creative thought, desires, and ambitions at a minimum. This would be highly useful for meditation, though may be a hindrance in other endeavours.


Yew, Pacific


Wood Origin: North America, Pacific Northwest

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Mercury, Jupiter, Moon

Elemental Association: Earth, Spirit

Other magical properties:

Though not European Yew, the Pacific Yew is nearly identical to the species of tree that was used to create the infamous English Longbow. This species of Yew was instead used by the native people of North America to make spears and bows of great power and sacred history. The main property of the Pacific Yew is focus. It grants the ability to block out the things that do not matter and concentrate on the matters at hand. It is an amazing aid in the pursuit of knowledge and goals. It brings a balance of the physical and spiritual worlds, the ability to concentrate on either with equal clarity. Not a recommended wood for divination or luck, but highly recommended for use with the pursuit of goals, including love.


Zebrawood


Wood Origin: Africa, Gabon region

Gender Association: Feminine

Planetary Association: Moon

Elemental Association: Air

Other magical properties:

The primary associations of this wood are the moon, love, luck, wisdom, creativity, and beauty. It is the only wood we have encountered that has absolutely no masculine energy. Though there is a very positive energy about this wood, it is not recommended for healing magic. It would, however, be an excellent tool in dealing with love magic, and anything relating to feminine energy or the moon. It would also be a good tool for divination.


Ziricote


Wood Origin: Central and South America

Gender Association: Masculine

Planetary Association: Sun, Saturn, Moon

Elemental Association: Fire

Other magical properties:

A somewhat peculiar wood in that, despite its very strong masculine energy, it is primarily a nurturing energy. Often we associate masculinity with aggressive behaviour or violence, but this is not always the case. When describing the energy of this wood, the best analogy is that of the protective and nurturing father. This wood is extremely protective in nature, and would be an excellent tool for those doing shielding spells or who are in need of added defensive energy. It will bring about a peaceful feeling in the home, free of danger. Ziricote is an excellent tool for bringing love into one's life. It does this by helping a person to love themselves, encouraging a positive self image. For those with self esteem issues that keep others at bay, this would be an invaluable resource. An assertive wood, it will help a person take strong and decisive action. Not a boost in luck energy, this wood relies instead on making choices, cause and effect. It would be a great aid to those who find that they are unable to make up their minds about things, or who are easily distracted. Finally, this wood is an excellent healing tool. Like the flame cleanses, this wood can burn away illness and negativity. It also encourages clear communication between people.



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