The Magic Wand
By Franz Bardon (Extracted from “The
Practice of Magical Evocation”)
The most important aid in ritual magic is, and always will be, the
magic wand. Since the days of yore magicians and sorcerers have
been pictured with a magic wand. Charlatans and stage illusionists
are still making use of it today, trying to throw dust into the
eyes of their audience by all sorts of tricks. The person who
thinks it suffices to hold a magic wand in his hand in order to
fulfil wonders is led astray.
I will give here an explanation of the symbolic meaning and the
description of the syntheses of the magic wand, seen from the
magical point of view theoretically as well as for practical
Above all, the magic wand is the symbol of the will, the power and
the strength by which the magician maintains his influence on the
sphere for which he has made and charged it. A magician will not
have just one wand for his practice, but he will make several
wands depending on what he intends to do or attain.
The actual purpose of a magic wand is to help the magician project
his will into any sphere or plane. He may have a wand:
1. to influence any being, no matter if human or animal,
2. to cure people from diseases and to do away with bad,
3. to evoke high intelligences and to invoke demons and spirits.
To say that the magic wand symbolizes the absolute power of the
magician is truly justified. The person having fully comprehended
the mystery of the magic wand in its magnitude will never do his
operations of ritual magic without this implement. It would lead
too far, if I tried to state here all the possibilities of the
magic wand. For the intelligent student these hints will suffice
and will serve as guiding principles. His knowledge will be
enlarged by ample meditation.
The magic wand is a condenser, no matter what material it is made
of or in which way it is manufactured. Charged with the will of
the magician, it expresses a certain power. It may be a simple one
(the usual type of wand) or a complicated one.
All the wands carved out of wood are regarded as simple wands. But
only a special kind of wood, suiting the purpose, may be used.
Thus, hazelnut or willow are to be used for a wishing-wand.
The wishing-wand is a modification of the magic wand. Though a
wand made of ash-wood may be used as a magic wand for all magical
operations the magician, when carrying out operations of ritual
magic, will only charge it for the purpose of curing people.
The wand made of elder-wood, proves, on account of its analogy to
Saturn, especially efficient when calling up or evoking elemental
spirits and demons. In making magic wands willow twigs may also be
used for any type, for the willow is a very good fluid condenser.
The attentive reader will remember that willows are often struck
by lightning because of their high content of water, and their
capability of absorbing. He may also remember the old saying
referring to thunderstorms: "From the willow flee, look for a
The wood of an oak or an acacia, too, is an excellent material for
making a magic wand. It is, indeed, very easy to make a magic wand
of any of the kinds of wood mentioned.
Cut a twig, approximately 3/8 to 3/4 ins. in diameter and about
12-20 ins. in length, remove its skin and smooth it.
Often the cutting of a magic wand has been restricted to special
astrological periods, and the magician acquainted with astrology
is free to make use of his knowledge when making a wand. But such
a procedure is by no means necessary, since the magician knows
very well that the stars may have a certain influence, but that
they cannot force the wise to do anything, as he actually rules
them. Thus anybody may, if he likes, make by himself a magic wand
out of one of the materials mentioned above.
If the magic wand is to serve ritual purposes, you are recommended
to use a new knife when cutting the twig. The knife may later be
used for other ritual purposes or other magical operations. It
should, in that case, never be employed for any common purpose.
If the magician does not expect to use the knife again after
having cut and smoothed the twig for the magic wand, he should
bury it in order to prevent it from ever coming into the hands of
Another kind of magic wand is the steel magnet which has to be
equipped with an insulated grip. Take a round steel rod (the best
steel to use is electro-steel, (i. e. magnet steel) approximately
12-20 ins. long with a diameter of 3/8 ins., polish it and have it
nickel-plated to prevent it from rusting. After having
nickelplated the rod, the magician may magnetize it by means of an
electric coil, similar to the magnetization of a horse-shoe or the
magnet of an electrical motor. The greater the power of attraction
of the magnet, the better it works. This is the way to get a very
strong steel magnet which will not only do its work as such, but
which will also serve as an excellent magic wand for many magical
and magnetic experiments.
First of all one must locate the north and the south pole on the
magic electro magnetic rod and mark both poles: the south-pole
with a minus and the north-pole with a plus. For the insulation of
the rod the middle must be then wound with a silk ribbon as wide
as the palm, i. e. about 3-4 ins. A rubber hose of the same length
or a wooden handle that has been pierced for this purpose may also
Such a wand will enable the magician to cause many magnetic and
magical phenomena, of which only a few will be treated here. If
the magician is working with the electromagnetic fluid of the
universe, intending to intensify it strongly in the physical
world, then he must take hold of the wand in such a manner that
his right hand will touch the plus-pole and his left hand the
minuspole, with the ends of the rod touching the middle of his
palms. After this the electrical fluid from the universe has to be
led via the right side of the rod into the magician's body by
means of the imagination. The plus-radiation of the rod (odpole-radiation)
will thus be strongly intensified as it has the same oscillation
and will make it easier for the magician to store the electrical
fluid in his body.
The same procedure has to be applied to the magnetic fluid of the
south-pole. Vice versa the magician now intensifies the electrical
fluid again, which he has previously stored up in his body, this
time concentrating it into the plus-end of the rod so strongly
that he can make his influence work directly on the physical
The same goes for the magnetic fluid which he will be able to
store up in his left, that is the negative pole radiation. The
middle of the rod, covered with the insulating material, will
remain neutral. If the magician, by force of imagination, now
concentrates his intention into the condensed electromagnetic
fluid of the steel magnet the wand indeed becomes a magic wand. By
means of the electromagnetic fluid, which radiates as a brilliant
light from the rod, any realization on the physical world will be
possible. Initiates usually apply this wand for influencing sick
people and for all magnetic phenomena.
This magic electromagnetic wand is, by the Law of the Universe, an
excellent condenser with the same kind of oscillation as the
universe, but in a most subtle way. The person meditating on this
will be able to find other methods easily due to the universal
laws. The magician will, for instance, be able to either pull the
fluid out of the universe like an antenna and store it in his
body, or to transfer it by force of imagination to other people,
near him or far away. The wand will soon be an indispensible
implement for the magician, for the positive and negative powers
concentrated in it will help him to create the necessary
oscillation in his electromagnetic fluid.
Besides this, there are magic wands charged either with solid
liquid, or combined condensers. Much could be said about how to
make such rods and which methods are to be used, but I will only
mention the most appropriate to serve the magician in his work.
Take the twig of an elder-bush, 12-20 ins. long and 3/8 to 3/4
ins. in diameter, peel off its skin and smooth it with sand-paper.
Then remove its pith so that you get an elder-pipe. Put a cork on
the one end of the pipe and seal it with sealing-wax, insert a
condenser (a liquid condenser, if you like) from the other side,
then also seal this end of the pipe airproof. The rod is now ready
You may, if you wish, use a different kind of wood, for instance,
the twig of an ash, willow or oak tree, or of a hazelnut bush. The
twig, which has no pith must, however, be pierced through
carefully with a fine drill, making a pipe of it. Instead of the
liquid condenser a solid condenser may be used, the same kind of
condenser described in "Initiation into Hermetics".
It is also possible to use a piece of blotting paper soaked with a
liquid condenser instead of a solid condenser, which, after it has
dried well, is charged, and then, after having been rolled
together, is inserted into the hollow space of the rod.
The disadvantage of wood is that it will, as time goes by, moulder
or be affected by the fluid condenser, which will cause it to
become perforated. It might therefore as well be replaced by a
metal-pipe. Those kinds of metals which are good conductors of
heat and electricity are best. The best of all, of course, is a
copper pipe with a diameter of 3/8 to 1/2 inch.
In order to avoid any oxidization on the surface of the metal, the
pipe can be nickel, chrome, or tin-plated before it is filled with
the condenser. One opening must be soldered together at once, the
other immediately after having filled up the pipe; thus you get a
first class magic wand, applicable for all purposes.
Magicians working with the magnetic and the electric fluid in turn
will do well to procure for themselves a rod made out of a thin
iron or steel pipe, as recommended above, for operations with the
magnetic fluid, and a copper-pipe for operations with the electric
fluid. A universal wand is manufactured in the same manner, with
the exception that a nickel-plated brass pipe must be used,
instead of a pipe of copper or iron.
The magician wealthy enough for financial considerations not to
matter can use, instead of the fluid condenser, a condenser made
of semi-precious stones. He will use for his electric fluid, a
copper-rod the inside of which is filled with pulverized amber, an
unsurpassed condenser for this kind of fluid.
For his operations with the magnetic fluid he will, in this case,
have to fill up the steel-pipe with pulverized rock-crystal
instead of using a solid condenser. Rock-crystal, again, is a very
good fluid condenser for the magnetic fluid. But it is also
possible to solder two separate small pipes, thus making a single
rod out of them; one half of the tube is, in this case, filled up
with pulverized amber, the other with pulverized rock-crystal.
Having done this, a single rod, separated in the middle, will
contain both kinds of fluid condensers. In a case like this,
however, the two halves must be connected by a thin piece of
copper - or iron - wire going through the centre of both pipes.
The outside of such a rod may be nickel- 45 plated. This ideal
wand then has a unique fluid capacity and will serve any magical
There is still another possibility: a wooden rod may by ornamented
with seven rings made of the planetary metals. The rings should be
fixed to the rod in quabbalistic order. That is, a golden ring
(for the Sun) is placed in the middle of the rod and three metal
rings on each side.
The following metals may be used for the rings in question:
corresponding to Saturn
corresponding to Jupiter
corresponding to Mars
corresponding to the Sun
corresponding to Venus
corresponding to Mercury
corresponding to the Moon
from this, the rings may have engravings portraying the
intelligences of the above-mentioned planets. The use of a wand
like this will, in general, be restricted to the conjuration of
intelligences of the seven planets. When used for other purposes,
it will not prove superior to the other types of wands. This is
all the magician needs to know: from the examples above he will,
by himself, be able to proceed to other variations.
The shape and the size of the wand plays a minor part. The most
important thing about a magic wand is its charging for practical
use, a description of which is given below.
The charge of a magic wand is done in much the same way as the
charge of a magic mirror provided with a fluid condenser for
special purposes. There are many ways of charge for a wand. They
all depend on what the magician intends or wants to use it for.
Above all, the magician must always be aware of the fact that the
magic wand is a symbol of his will, his strength and his power,
and that it is representing a container like a fluid condenser of
that power, quality etc. in which he is not only able to transfer,
but also to store up that power, according to his wish, to an
exeedingly high density.
It matters little if such a rod is nothing but a simple twig, cut
and adapted accordingly, or if it is a complicated wand, saturated
or filled up with a fluid condenser.
A magic wand may be charged with:
1. the magician's will-power
2. special qualities, faculties, etc.
3. magnetism, biomagnetism, etc.
4. the elements
6. the help of a light-fluid
Here are some examples for practical use:
With regards to Point 1, charge with will-power:
Take into your hand the wand which you have prepared and
concentrate your will on, or rather into, the wand; that is,
transfer your whole consciousness into the wand so that you feel
you are the wand itself.
Your concentration must then be filled with the idea that all your
will-power, your strength, is embodied in the wand. This kind of
concentration must last for at least five minutes without any
interruption. Already at the moment of embodying your will into
the wand you have to think that whenever you take the wand into
your hand your will-power will be put into action and that
everything you want to have happening will happen.
When you have transferred your whole will by utmost tension and
strongest imagination into the wand, you end the charge of it by
wrapping it into a piece of pure silk and putting it in the same
place as your other magic implements.
After some time load the wand again in the same manner, and every
time you repeat the cerem.ony you must increase the intensity of
your imagination. Never forget that your whole spiritual will is
embodied in the wand. It is important that you limit the time and
if possible, also the space of the power concentrated in the wand;
that is, concentrate your willpower into the wand with the idea
that as long as it will exist it will represent all your will, all
your power, and remain effective.
A wand charged in this way will remain effective till you die, or
should it be your special wish, even beyond your physical death,
that is, it will remain a magic wand. It may even last for
centuries, and its influence may even increase with time,
providing you have charged it with the wish that its power should
grow from one day to the next.
The effectiveness of the wand will first work on the mental
sphere, then, after some time and repeated charging, on the astral
sphere, and finally even on the physical world.
The time required until a wand, first effective on the mental
world, becomes effective in the physical world depends on the
magician's maturity, training and power of imagination, and also
on what he is striving for.
The magician who is well acquainted with quabbalah will know that
to bring about a realization from the mental sphere into the
physical world, usually about 462 repetitions are necessary; by
then the influence from the mental sphere takes shape, that is
becomes condensed in the physical world. This, however, does not
mean that the magician may not be able to bring about the same
kind of success earlier than this.
As already pointed out, the magic wand's power of realisation
depends on the intention and purpose for which it has been made
and charged. One could query whether the rod needs to be charged
at all, since the magician's will should suffice.
The magician, however, will not always be in a position to expand
his mental exertion in the manner necessary for the transfer of
one's will. There will be situations which will exhaust even the
best magician, who then would be incapable of concentrating to his
fullest power of expansion. However, a skillfully charged magic
wand will also have its effect at moments when the magician is not
using his will-power, but is just concentrating his thoughts on
the realization of his wish, using his magic wand for this
There is, of course, in this case a slight danger that a
blasphemous person may get hold of the magic wand in order to
realize his own desires, which, if it happened, would go on the
cost of the magician and his rodvoltage. Therefore a magician will
always do well not to tell any person, not even his best friend,
for which purpose, in which respect, and in which manner he has
charged his magic wand. This way of charging a magic wand with
one's will-power will generally serve to influence beings,
spirits, human beings and animals which are to act according to
the magician's absolute will and which are to obey the magician's
magical power, no matter whether in this physical world or on the
mental or astral planes.
The influence of the magician is not at all restricted to living
entities; it will also work on dead matter if this has been taken
into consideration at the time of its being charged.
Regarding Point 2: charge with qualities,
faculties and the like:
Under charging the wand with certain universal qualities is
understood qualities such as omnipotence or other specific ones
which the magician needs for his realizations in the mental,
astral or physical planes and which are concentrated into the rod
in the same manner as described above.
It is possible (similar to the charge with the magician's will)
when charging the wand with a certain quality, to impel the
quality into the wand not only by embodying one's consciousness
into it and by condensing the power, but also by pulling the
quality down from the universe by means of one's imagination and
concentration of will-power, thereby condensing the quality in the
wand, thus charging it.
Constant condensing of a certain quality will make the relevant
spiritual power if concentrated in the wand a direct physical
power. This means that with the wand the magician is in possession
of an accumulator equivalent to a battery powerfully charged with
electricity. That then one and the same power may be used for good
as well as for bad purposes is true, but a magician, having
proceeded as far as this in his individual training, will never
think of any evil motives or try to put them into action, since
he, at all times, is anxious to be regarded as a true and faithful
servant by Divine Providence.
Regarding Point 3: charge of the wand with
Magnetism, Biomagnetism or Prana:
The same procedure is to be followed as described in the preceding
It is recommended, however, to achieve the storing of power in the
wand without transferring one's consciousness into it.
This can be effected by mere imagination, by means of the
magician's body or directly from the universe. In this case, too,
the magician must not forget to set limits to the power
transformed into the wand. He must also, by force of imagination,
concentrate on the purpose he wishes the wand to serve.
Repeated charge of the wand will make it not only effective in the
mental and astral planes, but also in the physical world. The
experienced magician need not be told again that the power then
dwelling in the wand will radiate to the furthest distances.
If he introduces the Akasha-principle between himself and his
object, he will be able to bridge time and space, and the power in
question will immediately, by using the wand, work on the person
concerned with the same kind of influence, intensity and success
as it would be if the person were standing right in front of him.
Charged with life-force or magnetism, with the right idea of
setting limits or conditions (that is, in this case, with the idea
that the life-force or magnetism in the wand will be automatically
intensified from one day to the other) the wand will easily enable
the magician to call into existence any phenomena that can be
effected by life-force.
With a rod charged in this way, even an unexperienced person could
work miracles, providing he knew how to use it. Therefore it is in
the magician's own interest to keep well the secret of his magic
wand. He may also charge his wand in a manner that it will
automatically, without any effort on part of the will-power of the
magician, bring to him a piece of life-force from the universe,
which will then radiate from the wand.
This kind of charging the wand with magnetism - biomagnetism - is
preferred for curative operations. A magician working in the
medical field may like to make use of this method and heal people
far away from him by force of his wand charged in the above
mentioned manner. In the hands of a magician, a wand charged in
this manner, which can heal people miraculously over the widest
distances, is, no doubt, a blessing for the suffering man.
The charge of a magic wand with an electric, magnetic, or
electromagnetic fluid is always the same, with the only exception
that the transfer of the magician's consciousness may be omitted.
If only one wand is to be charged, the procedure is a little more
complicated. For the wand to be charged with one fluid only, be it
electric or magnetic, that fluid has to be drawn from the universe
with the help of the imagination und must be impelled into the
rod, to which end the magician has to concentrate on the wish that
whenever he desires something, the fluid inside the rod will
realize at once what he wishes, even though it be directed to the
furthest possible sphere or the Akasha-principle. If you terminate
the accumulation so that the fluid accumulated in the rod will
intensify itself automatically from the universe, that it will, in
other words, work by itself bioelectrically and biomagnetically,
the rod will grow into an enormously strong battery.
The magician is recommended to accumulate in his own body, prior
to every use, the revelant fluid in order to be strong enough for
the work with the accumulated fluid of the wand. If he is not
willing to do this, he should at least insulate himself before he
starts work by putting on a pair of pure silk-gloves, preferably
manufactured by himself.
Not before he has thus insulated himself should he take the wand
into his hands. Since the magician usually works with both fluids,
he should take the wand charged with the electrical fluid into his
right hand, and the wand charged with the magnetic fluid into his
left. It is always better to charge two rods; one with the
electric the other with the magnetic fluid, especially if simple
twigs or wooden wands, which are not impregnated with a fluid
condenser, are used. This is not absolutely necessary, but it will
make work easier.
The magician who has a wand filled with a fluid condenser, without
the wand being parted in the middle, will find it more
advantagious to have the wand filled with only one fluid, as this
also will make the work easier for him. If the rod is to be
charged electromagnetically, that is if both fluids should be
prevalent in the wand, the magician must use a rod which has no
hole in its middle. Either end of the rod has to be pierced
instead, and each half of it has to be provided with a fluid
condenser. The magician must, however, put a mark on either end to
remind him where the electrical and where the magnetic fluid is.
To give the magician a better view, the half provided for the
electrical fluid is usually painted red, the half provided for the
magnetic fluid is usually painted blue. The rod must then be
charged in such a manner that the largest intensity of the fluids
rest at the ends of the rod and that the middle, insulated with
silk, remains neutral.
Charging of either half has to be carried out separately, that
means that you may draw from the universe first the electric
fluid, accumulating it in the one end of the rod until that end is
sufficiently loaded, and immediately after that the magnetic
fluid, or vice versa.
The magician should never try to accumulate the electric fluid
several times and then the magnetic fluid several times; for the
equilibrium of the fluids inside the wand must be maintained.
The magician must therefore accumulate the electrical fluid on one
day and the magnetic fluid the next day. When charging the wand
again, he has to go about in the other way.
The magician will charge a rod with the electrical or the
magnetic, or both fluids, if he wants to make his influence work
by the help of these fluids on objects nearby or far away,
regardless of their being subject to the Akasha or existent in
either the mental, astral or physical world. Special variations of
operations, for instance such as volting or treating sick people,
or bearing of certain imaginations, will not be dealt with here,
for the person having carefully studied up to this point will now
be able to work out for himself his individual working methods.
Regarding Point 4: the charge with elements:
This kind of charge can be effected in two different ways:
1. The magician, by help of imagination charges his rod - no
matter, whether it be simple or provided with a fluid condenser -
with desire that when using it, the elements will have to obey
him, regardless of which sphere they may belong to. If the wand
has been sufficiently charged with the magician's power over the
elements, then the results wanted will be brought about by the
beings of the elements.
The magician will do well to expand his power to all elements,
fire, air, water and earth, so that he will not be forced to
restrict his operations to a single element. When evoking, the
magician should call to his magic circle the heads of the
elements, one after the other, and have them swear to the magic
wand that they will give him their absolute obedience at all
times. After that the magician may, if he likes, engrave on his
wand the relevant symbols or seals of each individual head of the
This, however, is by no means absolutely necessary, for the wand
in the hands of the magician represents the magician's absolute
will and his power over each being of the elements. The shape of
the seals of each head of the elements will become visible to the
magician in his magic mirror or by direct transfer with the mental
body in the realm of the elements.
On top of that, the magician might well, on account of his
personal experience and development, construct a symbol of the
relevant element and have the head of any element swear to it that
he will always be the obedient servant not only of the symbol
which the magician has engraved in the wand, but of the whole
2. The other way to charge the wand with elements is as follows:
The magician draws the element which he wants to use for his work
directly from the universe, that is, its particular Iphere, by
force of the imagination, and dynamically accumulates it in the
wand. When working with this kind of loaded wand, the results
wanted are not caused by the beings of the elements, but directly
by the magician himself.
The advantage of this way of charging a wand is that it will give
the magician a strong feeling of satisfaction, because he is the
immediate cause of the magical effect. It is necessary, however,
that a separate rod be manufactured for each of the elements and
the wands must be stored apart from each other.
To prevent the magician from mixing them up, he must be sure that
he can easily differentiate between them by their outside
appearance. Each wand may, for this purpose, have the colour of
the relevant element.
At the beginning the results will only occur on the mental plane,
but prolonged use and repeated charging will make it work also on
the astral plane, and eventually also on the physical world.
This kind of wand will enable its owner to influence all manners
of spirits, men, animals, even inanimate nature, by the element,
similar to the influence of the electromagnetic fluid. Good
magicians are able to cause, by the force of such a wand,
marvelous natural phenomena, for instance, change of weather,
acceleration of the growth of plants, and many other things of
Regarding Point 5: Charge with the Akasha-principle:
When applying this principle, the charge of the magic wand is
possible, but not any kind of accumulation, since the Akasha
principle cannot be intensified. But repeated meditation on the
qualities of the Akasha-principle with all its aspects in the
magic wand will finally enable the magician to create causes in
the Akasha-principle, which will itself realize in the mental and
astral planes, and also in the physical plane.
Using a rod charged in the manner described, the magician will be
able to impel, by force of imagination, a power or quality via the
wand into the Akasha, which then, like a volt created by an
electromagnetic fluid, will have direct influence on the
three-dimensional world from above. Such a wand will be regarded
with awe by positive intelligences and will have a frightening
effect on negative beings.
A wand charged in this fashion is usually preferred by magicians
working with negative beings, so-called demons, in order to make
them pliant. For further details on this subject see the chapter
dealing with necromancy.
Regarding Point 6: Charge with Light-Fluid:
The universal light, from which everything has been created, is to
be accumulated in the wand by help of imagination and
consideration of the qualities of the light, so that it will shine
like a sun (concentrated universal light).
A wand charged in this way is usually employed for theurgical
purposes, that is for the evocation of higher beings of the light
and intelligences, for it is an excellent magnet which will make
the relevant light beings pay attention to the magician's will and
desire. Besides this, all other measures must be taken, like, for
instance, the insulation of the rod with white silk, its secure
keeping and so on.
Not only will the magician be able to work, with the help of the
wand, in the physical world; he will also be in position to
transfer, with his mental or astral hand, or with both, the mental
and astral shape of the wand into the relevant plane and will have
his influence work in these planes without having to hold the wand
in his physical hand.
In case of the exteriorization of his whole mental body, he can
take with him not only the mental shape of his magic wand with all
its qualities into the mental plane but also the mental shape of
all magic implements and aids, and there he is able to operate as
if he were present with his whole physical body to carry out the
Never should the magician forget that the wand represents his true
will in its completeness, absoluteness and power, which may well
be compared with a magical oath, and therefore many magicians have
their magic wand symbolize not only their will-power, but also the
magical oath, which, from the hermetic point of view, may never
and can never be broken.
Many magicians carve into their wand the symbols appropriate to
their will-power and the charge of the wand. Universal symbols,
signs, seals of intelligences, divine names, and the like, may
serve this purpose as far as they represent the true will-power of
the magician. The details of this particular matter are left
entirely to the magician's individuality.
The magician will know from these instructions how he has to go
about reaching his aim, and it is up to him to provide, if he
likes, his wand with a secret name standing for his will-power. It
will also be clear to the practicing magician that such a name
must be kept a secret and must never, under any circumstance, be
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