Symbols - What does heaven look like
The Wand takes its symbolism from lightning, [see thunder and lightning].
Anyone capable of having frequent spiritual experiences carries a ‘thunderbolt’ in his hand. All zig zag or wavy lines in pictures or rock art or cave painting the symbolises spiritual experience.
A Wand is thus the badge of office of a spiritually powerful person.
From this symbolism comes the symbolism of the witch’s ‘magic wand’, which if authentic is not straight but attempts to mirror the shape of lightning. The following example has a crystal tip a symbolic flame head and curved rod……
By extension this same symbol can also be used as an indicator that the ability to have spiritual experiences was obtained via kundalini energy.
In other words a witch does not ‘make spells’ using the wand, the wand is simply a symbol of lightning which itself is a sort of spiritual sign of authority.
Rods and wands are used symbolically in ceremonies which today have lost all the symbolism they once carried. Priests carried rods on which oaths were taken in Celtic times and we have maintained the symbolism to this present day in the form of the Black rod, the messenger of the House of Lords who knocks at the door of the Commons for leave to enter.
The staff or rod was a mark of the priest or shaman’s authority a symbol of supernatural power. Examples where a rod equivalent in this case of a wand, shows supernatural associations are:
- Layard Nimroud statue where the statue has a wand
- In the Dawn of Civilisation a Babylonian account of the flood both figures carry wands with a kind of knob and loop at their top
- The Long man on Sussex down carried two wands
- Tutenkhamun’s guards both black slaves guard the tomb using wands/rods
- The pilgrim carries a staff or rod as a symbolic indication of his status
- The mace – a rod with a knob or sphere on the top - was at one time a symbol of spiritual authority
W B Yeats
And ten by ten under a quicken tree
The druids chaunted, swaying in their hands
Tall wands of alder and white quicken wands
A Stele from Nimrud
The Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex, UK