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This wand is approximately 12 inches in length.
Sacred to Venus, in fact ALL fruiting trees are sacred to Venus. Therefore cherry is a wand for rituals and spell craft of love, desire, sex, fertility, lust, regeneration, nurturing and healing!
The pretty spring cherry tree flowers may lift the spirits but they belie less attractive characteristics of the trees. The greyish-brown bark of Prunus padus emits an acrid smell, sufficiently unpleasant to persuade our ancestors to believe that by putting it at the door of a house it would ward off the plague. Despite this, in the past cherry tree bark was used to make fabric dyes, ranging in colour from cream to tan, and a reddish-purple coloured dye was obtained from cherry tree roots. The bark, leaves and seeds of cherry trees contain chemicals called cyanogenic glycosides. If fresh leaves are chewed the chemicals can release hydrogen cyanide, a poison which can be lethal for children and animals. Even small doses can cause headaches, tightness in the throat and chest and muscle weakness. Despite this potentially fatal characteristic Native Americans use cherry leaves to make teas for the treatment of colds and coughs.
Cherry trees have played a part in medical lore for centuries. The resin which leaks from the bark was used by children as chewing gum. It was used as a treatment for coughs and dissolved in wine to treat gall and kidney stones. The perceived anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial characteristics of sour cherries have been part of the remedy stock-in-trade of herbalists for centuries. Henry VIII was said to believe that the fruit relieved inflammation of the joints caused by gout. More recently several studies have discovered that tart cherries contain the natural sleep hormone melatonin, claimed to be useful as a remedy for insomnia and jet lag. Researchers now claim that the ruby-red fruit also contains antioxidants which may significantly reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer.
For some obscure reason cherry tree folklore is associated with the cuckoo. The bird is said to have to eat three good meals of cherries before it can stop cuckooing, and in Buckinghamshire there is a traditional children’s rhyme which says:
‘Cuckoo, cherry tree, Good bird tell me, How many years before I die?’
The answer was said to be the next number of cuckoo calls that the listener heard.
Paul and Pat’s Covenstead in Michigan is home to many gorgeous fruiting trees. And our whole area is famous for its peach, cherry and apple orchards! Paul tries to preserve as much of the under bark as he can, the fruit trees have gorgeous underbark colors and strong grains!
Each of Paul's wands are unique. There is no plan beforehand, the wand is allowed to manifest as it wills, Paul just helps it along.
Wood is of course a natural product. Paul works with the branch, interesting boles, cracks, are incorporated and left by design. Paul also never removes all the bark, as like skin it comes in many layers and some of the lower layers have their own gorgeous color and details!
Oiled with one of our award winning Luna Ignis brand range of anointing oils to protect the wood and make the grain pop!
Long before Paul was ever a blacksmith he carved and was a wandsmith. Before even Artes And Craft opened as a witchcraft store, Paul was making wands and selling them at pagan festivals and gifting them to friends. Being English, Paul would often cut wood when visiting England and return to the USA with some of the most famous classical Celtic magick woods of Ogham lore. In fact, this was one of the founding principles of Artes And Craft, was to bring beautiful ritual tools and goodies from the old world to pagans in the new world. Paul loves crafting heirloom quality unique ritual tools for pagans, druids, ceremonial magicians, Traditional witchcraft and wicca.