Magical Properties of Wood
When using any magickal tool, and for whatever purpose, remember that the wood itself has properties of its own that can aid you! If you find Book of Shadows or Wand but would like it in another wood than what is currently available, please just call 51-BLESSED B and I will be happy to recreate the product using your wood of choice! Although, any wood will help charge and focus your energy, I am happy to help in any way that I can.
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Acacia Koa: 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. Feminine properties: Centered on 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. Yellow- Gold- Red- Pink- Brown
African Blackwood: Draws off the element of earth, water, and sprit. Strongly aligned with Saturn and is known to block other energies. It represents the end of cycles and the energy of the underworld. This would be an excellent wood for blocking the energy of other magic, and communication with the dead. Magic related to death would be highly effective with this wood. It acts as a conduit between the physical and spiritual realms.
African Blackwood is an exotic wood native to Eastern Africa, and is also known as Mozambique Ebony or Senegal Ebony. It features are dark brown, even purplish heartwood with dark streaks. It is an extremely hard wood, strong and stiff, very stable, with a fine texture. African Blackwood is considered one of the world's finest woods for turning. It polishes very well to a smooth, lustrous finish.
Ailanthus, Copal Tree, Stinking Sumac, Swingle, Tree-of-Heaven: Can be used for both healing and posioning spells. The pale yellow, close-grained and satiny wood of ailanthus has been used in cabinet work. Not easy to work with (it tends to warp quickly).
Alder: Known as the wood of witches or Battle Witch wood. It draws off the element of fire, but also water and earth. Alder is a fast growing tree with a short life cycle. This fiery property lends courageousness and passion in your work. Alder is best used to summon and control the four winds, banishing and controlling elements. Excellent for resurrection spells.
Alligator Juniper: Draws off the element of fire. This wood seeks a gifted healer, as it is a medicinal wood used to cure such illnesses as the black plague. More uses include binding spells, white magic, and protection. Excellent for Healing Magic.
Apple: A feminine wood. Draws off the element of earth and water. This wood seeks a companion of passion and good nature. One seeking to cause harm to others should not choose this wood. It is used for healing, love spells and remedial magic, as the wood itself is used in many medicinal practices. This wood also seeks a wielder of divine conquests and fortune-telling. Excellent for Divination.
Ash: Known as the father of trees. Ash draws off the element of water. Requires focus and strength of purpose. Seeks a healing companion. Used for protection. Excellent for absorbing illness and healing spells, aiding in communication and the absorption of knowledge.
Australian Blackwood: Draws off the elements of earth, water, and wind. Represents strength and determination. This is a neutral wood, indifferent to White or Black Magic. It possesses both healing and destructive powers. Good for potion-making. Excellent for repelling or conjuring curses.
Avodire: Born from the element of water and thrives on the energy of the sun. A powerful male wood who seeks a creative companion with a vivid imagination. Used for defense and protection. Excellent for Conjuration spells. Blond with heavy figure
Basswood: Light, Straight-grained and of fine texture. Easy to work. Excellent for carving, molding and toys.
Beech: A wood of femininity. Used in healing rituals but also love, friendship, peace, and romance spells. This wood is best for spiritual awakening and spiritual practices. Excellent for Binding Magic. Beech links us with past wisdom to provide answers in the present. The answers are already within, Beech can help you discover them. Typically has a pale cream color, sometimes with a pink or brown hue.
Birch: A sacred wood best used for cleansing rituals and expelling evil spirits. Those interested in the practice of white magic will find this wood is a wonderful companion, exemplary in healing. Excellent for protection spells. The Celtic wood of the new year and new beginnings, Brooms were traditionally made of Birch twigs. Birch can help you sweep away negative energy, organize and calm the emotions.
Black Laurel: A powerful wood which draws off the element of fire and Saturn's energy. Known for its courage, passion, and strength. Use this wood for the absorption and destruction of negative energy. Excels in the reversal of negative spells. Excellent for repelling Dark Magic.
Black Limba: Draws off the element of earth. A strong woods used for defending and repelling dark magic or casting powerful hexes. A neutral wood indifferent to the will of its owner. Excellent for defensive spells, charms and hexes. Pale yellow to light brown with black streaks. The wood is relatively soft and easy to work. Medium coarse texture. Open pores require filling for a smooth surface. White limbais the same lightweight, extraordinarily decorative, and nice to work wood. Instead of sporadic black lines throughout, white limba is a uniform color devoid of black.
Black Poisonwood: Draws from the element of earth. A powerful combination of strength and versatility. Seeks a companion of strength and determination, however indifferent to its owner's will. Excellent for defensive spells, curses, or protective magic.
Blood Wood: It is a fierce companion for those of a passionate nature. Draws off the element of fire. Bloodwood is prized for its ability to harness any elemental energy. Recommended for one with experience and discipline. This is a wood of strength and energy. Will produce potent magic out of love or anger. Excellent for increasing magnetism in rituals. Beautiful Red Color
Bocote: Draws off the element of earth and sun. Seeks a creative companion, one of intelligence and imagination. Used in the power of persuasion, inspiration, concentration, and the power of the mind. This is a neutral wood, indifferent to the use of white or dark magic. Exemplary for Legilimency or Occlumency. Excellent for summoning magic, herb magic, and potions. Peaceful and positive, Bocote has a powerful spiritual energy valuable for identifying physical or psychic imbalances.
Bubinga: A wood best used for enhancement and influence. Seeks a companion with passion and courage, and also one with spiritual power. Excellent for Legilimency. Strongly feminine, Bubinga is spiritual and nurturing. Wonderful for use when working with positive emotional energy.
Buckeye: Draws off the element of earth. A wood of medicine, healing, and meditation. Also used for luck. Seeks a companion healer/witch doctor. Excellent for Banishing spells. Buckeye has traditionally been carried as a charm to bring luck or create success by naturally gathering together the right energies that can create positive circumstances.
Butternut: A male wood. Draws off the element of sun. Companion to the cosmic mind. Used for wealth, luck, and attraction. This wood is best for summoning and strength. Excellent for Divination.
Camatillo: Also known as Mexican Kingwood, has purpleish heartwood and creamy white sapwood. It is very hard and dense and takes a high natural polish.
Canary Wood: Seeks a strong companion with the will to achieve, hope, and succeed. Used to encourage and motivate. This is a neutral wood, preferring neither white or dark magic. Also can be used as a source of control. Excellent for Charm work. Canary wood is spiritually inspiring and an excellent tool for exploring the non-physical worlds.
Catawba or Catalpa: used by native Americans in the American South as a poultice and purgative from leaves and bark. The wood's unique properties make it excellent for carving and boatbuilding.
Cedar: Draws off the element of sun and fire. Used for influence and purification. Strengthens psychic power and is often a tool for healing. Seeks a white magic companion. Excellent for protection. Cedar is naturally resistant to pestilence and decay. Aromatic Cedar is associated with wisdom and strength and these qualities aid the user in lifting the veil imposed upon our perception of reality.
Cedar (Alaskan Yellow) - Pacific Northwest: Alaskan Yellow Cedar has always had medicinal uses for Native Americans and is often burned in rituals of purification.
Cedar (Lebanese) – Israel: Used to build the Temple of Solomon, the sacred Cedar of Lebanon is a purifier and protector.
Cedar (Spanish) – Brazil: Spanish Cedar is actually a very hearty Mahogany and shares that wood’s earthy traits, but is also spiced with an energy that dares exploration into the unknown.
Cedar (Western Red) - Pacific Northwest: Western Red Cedar is a life giver to the local Native Americans.It was used to provide shelter, create baskets for fishing and food gathering, medicinal purposes, and was even as clothing.
Chakte Coc/Redheart: Draws off the element of earth and water. 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 our 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. Redheart is a resilient wood that is good at both conducting and holding energy.
Chechen: enhances your spiritual strength to overcome internal conflicts. It allows you to see what you mask from yourself.
Cherry: A wood of femininity. Draws off the element of earth. Used for healing, romance, and Binding spells. Seeks a harmonic companion. Excellent for Divination. Well grounded, cherry keeps us in the here and now and promotes rationally intuition action rather than emotionally related decisions.
Chestnut: Herbalists use Chestnut to help rid the body of toxins.A wand made of Chestnut can aid one to banish negativity and cleanse the home.
Cocobolo: Draws off the element of fire. Excels in the application of Moon magic. Seeks a companion of strength and stamina. Used for stimulation and protection. Excellent for defensive magic.
Coyote: Draws off the element of earth. A neutral wood that can be used for healing, summoning, and Herb Magic. Excellent for Potions.
Curupay: A very strong, dense, and hard wood that surprisingly decent to work with and looks incredible with a clear finish. The wood often displays dark, or nearly black, lines and irregular stripes which makes it nice for fine woodwork pieces.
Cypress: Positive and soothing, Cypress is useful during times of grief or difficult transitions.
Dogwood: The wood's name "dogwood" also carries associations with the Irish hero Cuchullain, whose name meant "the dog of Chullain" referring to his loyalty. This gives the wood magical links to the warrior heroism and superhuman physical prowess of the hero, and links to domesticated dogs, their healing and protection and their loyalty and affection too. Magical operations especially applicable to Osier include: magick of flowering; evocation of one's Ancestors; renewal of cycles of fertility; consecration of ritual or hearth fires; giving of comfort or healing, and spells of banishment and protection. Wishes, secrets, loyalty and protection. The fire of passion, desire and will. It is associated with fertility and sexual attraction, happiness and comfort.
Ebony/Gaboon Ebony: This wood draws from the deeper levels of the mind. A powerful wood used for the defense, reversal, and dispelling of dark magic. Combined with the force of all the elements earth, fire, wind and water, this is a truly diverse tool. Excellent for defensive magic. Ebony is considered to be the most powerful of the magical woods. Gabon Ebony is considered to be the most powerful of the magical woods. It is protective and non-discriminating towards the user.
Elder: A masculine wood. Draws off the elements of earth and water. Elder is a sacred wood, and should only be used for white magic. Seeks a companion for healing and protection. This is a powerful wood for defensive magic. Excellent for Banishment spells.
Elm: A wood of femininity. It draws off the element of earthand is a strong, neutral wood that can be used for protection or hexes. It seeks a companion of strength and is excellent for destructive spells, protection, and defensive magic. Elm is associated with death and rebirth
Eucalyptus: Draws off the element of water. A feminine wood commonly used for healing, health and protection. One of the strongest healing woods known; the energy of this wood is good and pure, clean like the earth from which it is born. Excellent for Moon Magic.
Fir: An immortal evergreen, Fir is protective of those who use it wisely. Fir is one of the nine sacred woods burned on the sabbat fire.
Goncalo Alves: Full of positive, but not healing energy, Goncalo Alves seems best suited for divination.
Hackberry: A tree with many practical mundane uses, Hackberry can guide us wisely through times of transition and inspire creativity.
Hawthorn: A masculine wood. Draws off the element of air. Seeks a companion in search of power and strength. Use this wood for protection and defensive work. Harness the power of lightning and use it to spark creativity and self development. Excellent for charms and concealment magic.
Hazel: Hazel was the most common wood used in Celtic traditions for wands and divining rods.It has excellent healing and protective qualities, a bringer of positive change.
Hickory: In touch with nature, this wood draws from the elements of earth and wind. Creates balance and nourishment. seeks a companion with good intentions. Excellent for spirituality. Hickory is full of fire energy and useful in finding direction and acquisition.
Holly: A symbol of masculine energy, it draws off the element of fire. It is a powerful wood used for healing and protection. Seeks a partner of strength and goodwill. Excellent for defensive magic, animal work, and protection magic.
American Holly: The whitest wood known, with white sapwood and ivory-white heartwood. Uniform texture and close grained. Dyed in is a substitute for Ebony.
Ipe: Draws from the elements earth and water. Used for healing, protection, growth and luck rituals. Achieve success with this wood as your companion. Excellent for renewal spells.
Iroko: Iroko is widely revered in African culture connecting the sky and the earth. It is also used in ship-building and strongly related to Neptune and the energies of the sea.
Katalox: Grounding yet insightful, Katalox can aid in balancing strong emotions to clear your path to understanding.
Kingwood: 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.
Kou: Draws off the elements of fire and wind. This is a neutral wood, preferring neither White nor Dark Magic. Used for defensive spells or casting hexes. Excellent for repelling destructive spells or conjuring curses. Koa represents the full circle of birth, destruction and rebirth.
Lacewood: Lacewood is full of positive energy, lucky, and useful in divination..
Leopard Wood: Draws heavily from the element of earth. Seeks a partner of strength and creativity. Used for protection and creation. Excellent for opportunity spells.
Lignum Vitae: 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 magic. 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.
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.
The hardest, densest wood in the world, 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. Lignum vitae is reddish brown when freshly cut, with pale yellow sapwood. As it oxidizes, the color turns to a deep green, often with black details. The grain is highly interlocked, making it difficult to work with edge tools, but it machines well and takes a high polish. It is a remarkably good wood for turning.
Locust (Black): Protection, binding, physical enchantments, prosperity and strength. The wood is extremely hard, resistant to rot, and very long lasting.
Locust (Honey, Pink): Protective and strong, Honey Locust can be challenging to work with. It is strongest during the dark of the moon.
Madrone: Madrone was used for medicinal purposes by the Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest.In the forest it is more resistant to fire than surrounding trees and thrives once the flames wane.
Mahogany: This wood is in touch with the elements of fire and earth. Well balanced, this wood seeks a partner with strength and energy. Excellent for protection spells. Mahogany (Honduran): Focused on fertility and growth, Honduran Mahogany has a strong bond with Earth Energy. Santos Mahogany is earthy, yet enhances our intuitive abilities and ability to explore our potential.
Makore: A powerful wood which feeds off the elements of fire and earth. Requires a companion of strength. Can be used to improve life or destroy it. Excellent for white or dark magic.
Maple: A peaceful wood used for purity and healing. Seeks a strong, devoted companion who cares for others. Excellent for cleansing spells. Maple reveals the options - even those that are hidden in plain sight - which lay before you. It enables you to make sound choices rather than rely on blind luck.
Mesquite: Draws from the element of water and earth. A feminine wood used for nurturing and providing. Excellent for protection spells.
Monterillo: This is a rare wood, not often dared by wandmakers because of it's density and strength. Draws from the elements of earth and fire. Represents strength, courage, and determination. Although it is used for defensive magic, there is a dangerous power to this wood that can unleash deadly curses if wielded to do so. Excellent for repelling hexes or conjuring Dark Magic.
Mulberry: In ancient Chinese tradition the hermaphroditic Mulberry tree represents the beginning of time, before the separation of male/female – yin/yang energies.Mulberry can aid in re-establishing this connection.
Myrtle: Myrtle helps by balancing the energy in ourselves or our situation.It has an honest energy that requires forthright intentions in your work.
Narra (Beeswing): Related to Padauk, Beeswing Narra is powerful like Ebony, yet a little more difficult to control because its energy constantly shifts. Narra is more feminine than its cousin and can be a potent healer in the right hands.
Oak: Known as Wizard Wood, this wood is perhaps the strongest. Draws off the element of fire, as well as lightning. Seeks a powerful companion, a guardian and liberator. Excellent for protection, defensive, prosperity, sacrifice and power house spells. Robust and true, Oak is strongly rooted in the earth and easily channels natural life energies. Slow and steady growing, Oak helps one intuitively focus on the task at hand.
Olive - Italy: Sacred to Athena, used to anoint kings, and a symbol of peace in Christian philosophy, Olive lends great wisdom and healing energy to your craft.
Olive (Holy Land) - Israel: Olive lends great wisdom and healing energy to your craft. Crafted from wood imported from the Holyland, this Olive wand springs from the cradle of today's western religions.
Osage Orange : Most in tune with the mind. Seeks a companion of intelligence and creativity. Used commonly with Occlumency and Legilimency. Excellent for repelling and protection spells. Named Bois d'Arc by French settlers and Osage Orange by English after the Great Plains Tribe and the tree's large fruit, this wood is extremely spiritual in nature, especially in matters dealing with earth energy.
Paduak: Draws from the element of fire. Symbolizes power and strength. A dangerous wood in the wrong hands. Used for vitality and control. Excellent for Summoning and Bonding Magic. Powerful like Ebony, yet a little more difficult to control because of its constantly shifting energy, Padauk can be a potent healer in the right hands.
Pear: Pear wood is extremely earth-centric energy, very grounded. Pear wood is also inspiring and creative. 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.
Pine: A diverse wood which draws from all the elements earth, wind, fire and water. Seeks a companion with good intentions, a healer and protector. Excellent for healing, protection, purification and dispel work.
Pink Ivory: Myth tells only true Royalty may wield it. Assisting powerful visions & ideas into reality, it also relieves tensions. It is highly valued for its strength as a spiritual healer. Sacred to the Zulu as their Royal wood.
Poculi: A feminine wood. Creates romance and harmony. Good for healing. Excellent for Binding Magic.
Poplar: A neutral wood of many different shades of magic. Practical in all uses and intentions. Excellent for Divination.
Purple Heart: Seeks a wise and practiced companion of higher psychic ability. Used for protection, spirituality, success, and defense. Positive and creative, Purple heart is valuable in eliminating negative energy. Excellent for Divination.
Redwood: Draws from the element of fire. It is used for healing and remedial work. Seeks a companion with a spiritual purpose. Excellent for medicinal spells. One of the largest trees in the world, Redwood connects heaven and earth. It is a symbol of endurance and strength for those seeking to connect the physical and etheric realms.
Rhododendron: Anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective, affords protection and shelter for wildlife. Rhododendron is said to help with the process of focusing on knowledge and enhances one's awareness of enemies. The wood is very hard and is occasionally used for specialty wood products.
Rosewood: A feminine wood which draws off the element of fire. It is used for healing, spiritual rituals and love spells. Excellent for Divination and Scrying. Primarily feminine and highly spiritual, Bolivian Rosewood boosts intuition and is an excellent healer for non-physical ailments.
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.
Rowan: Rowan is an ancient magic that opens up the mind of the user to new possibilities and understandings by enhancing you innate psychic abilities.
Sandalwood: Sandalwood raises your energetic vibrations to a higher and more intense level of spirituality.
Sapele: Good mahogany substitute.
Sassafras: Sassafras is a Triple Goddess Tree, symbolized by the three different leaves it produces.Sassafras is useful in bringing about positive change.
Shedua: Draws from the element of earth. This is a neutral wood that works well with the mind. Excellent for healing and Charms. Chocolate with dark gray strips.
Sipo/Utile: Good mahogany substitute.
Snakewood: Named for its mottled, snakeskin appearance, Snakewood was also used as a remedy for fever and snakebite by native South America peoples. It has a unique healing energy.
Sycamore: Slow growing, but able to thrive in harsh climates, Sycamore evokes patience and an ability to overcome adversity.
Teak: Draws off the element of water. A feminine wood used for defensive work. It seeks a creative companion and one in touch with nature. Teak evokes the cleansing energy of the sea. Excellent for protection spells.
Tulipwood: Part of the Rosewood family, Tulipwood carries many of those woods traits. Powerful, positive and feminine, it is excellent for divination or work associated with the moon.
Tiger Wood: Draws from the element of earth. Seeks a companion of authority, yet kind and loyal. Excellent for charms, defensive spells and sealing magic.
Vermelha: Seeks a strong companion. Draws off the elements of fire and earth. Creates energy and balance. Excellent for protection spells.
Walnut: A feminine wood. In touch with the element of earth. Used for cleansing and protection. Excellent for Dispelling work. Used for teleportation, astral travel, weather working, averting lightening.
Wenge: Draws from the elements of earth and water. It seeks a companion of strength and versatility. Wenge is most compatible with an owner who is in touch with nature. Used for defense and protection. Excellent for dispelling dark magic. Wenge is a powerful tool for meditation, helping one create a more balanced mood and centering thought.
Willow: Comes from the tree of enchantment. Willow has a strong feminine energy, this wood harnesses the power of moon and water. It seeks a companion with psychic energy. Excellent for Moon Magic. Willow (Black): Willow reacts to the will of the one who is utilizing it, enhancing the energy accordingly. Extremely useful for healing,
Yellow Heart: Yellowheart is another powerful, yet somewhat unpredictable wood. Positive overall it is a beneficial physical and spiritual healer. Yellowheart seeks a creative companion. Used for repelling and protection. Excellent for Occlumency and Legilimency.
Yew: Known as 'the witches wood' and the wood of death, it draws off the element of water. It’s powerful symbol of death and reincarnation. Often yew is associated with sorcery and dark magic. Excellent for rituals and divination. Yew trees were planted in graveyards to protect the spirits of the dead. Working with Yew can reveal the past, bringing wisdom and renewed spiritual strength.
Zebrawood: A neutral wood which draws from the element of earth. Can be used for healing and repelling spells. Seeks an intelligent companion. Excellent for cleansing magic, good for divination and moon related magic.
Ziricote: A masculine wood. A powerful wood that delves into the deeper levels of the mind. An essential companion for a protector. Can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Used for reversal spells and dispelling dark magic. Excellent for protection work.