This article is a little different as it does not directly study a symbol as much as it looks at the symbolism of an object. This object is the wand. Not any particular wand, as there are many to choose from, but just the reasons why one would want to own a wand. To understand the wand we must start at the beginning and study where the wand first appeared. To the best of my knowledge it seems the "healing" wand first appeared in the hands of Greek gods. There are two wands that show up in Greek tradition, at about the same period of time. One is the wand of Hermes, that is seen today on many pharmaceutical companies windows, etc. as well as in some medical establishments in North America. Another name for the wand of Hermes is the Caduceus (pronounced kaw-do-shus). The Caduceus is a staff with two snakes entwined up to the top, and there are also wings on each side of the staff. The other wand, that was the original healer's wand, is the Rod of Asclepius. This rod is a simple staff with one snake curled up to the top of the staff. No wings are present on the Rod of Asclepius. This wand is now seen much more on the coats and doors of physicians.
Asclepius was the son of Apollo and he was a practitioner of medicine. Hermes was the messenger of the gods, guide of the dead, and protector of merchants, gamblers, liars, and thieves. The first one makes sense. The second one, well?
The wand became a symbol of power, wisdom, and healing. The staff was always a symbol of power and snakes shed their skin in a type of renewal or transformation which is the ultimate healing. That symbolism makes the wand or rod of Asclepius, the original, most powerful wand. (sorry, but it was not Harry Potter's)
That is all fine, you say, but why would YOU want a wand? What would YOU use one for? Well, the wand is not just about yesterday. The wand is still used extensively in healing practices around the world. The wand is a way to direct energy. It is also used as a tool in the invocation of spirits that can help with healing. In many traditions the wand is a symbol of fire, wind, water, earth, and spirit. It is the tool that draws both the healing, light energy through the healer to the patient, or it has been the life-force or extension of the person doing the healing. The latter is rarely recommended, as trying to heal with one's own energy can be exhausting and can be unhealthy for the healer. It is always best to bring the healing energy through the healer to the wand from an outside source, a higher power. The answer to why everyone should own a wand is that they heal. Plain and simple, they are powerful aids in any healing process.
Many wands are made with some type of crystals attached at one end or another. When Marcel Vogel (a scientist that discovered the laser) said this next quote, he was referring to a clear quartz crystal wand. What we now know is that all stones and crystals emit energy and help aid in the healing process. I believe his quote is appropriate, as a definition of the healing wands containing crystals and stones that we see today, not just crystal wands. "the crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a state of perfection and balance. When it is made in the proper form and when the human mind enters into relationship with its structural perfection, the crystal emits a vibration which extends and amplifies the power of the user's mind. Like a laser, it radiates energy in a coherent, highly concentrated form, and this energy may be transmitted into objects or people at will", thereby creating healing.
It is no wonder that even children's tales are loaded with wise women and men who walk with a staff. It isn't just because they need assistance with walking. Not all older people in children's tales, or adult tales for that matter, are portrayed with a staff or large walking stick, but the wise ones always are. The energy line of the healing wand is alive and well. For those looking for Harry Potter's wand? Well, keep looking. That doesn't mean there isn't magic in the wands we have in the shop. To create perfect balance with a crystal, copper, leather, and love is very powerful and will serve one much better than the fairy tale wands. The creator of the wands in our shop did just that, created perfect balance. For those who just like the looks of them. Well, you are not alone. They are a piece of art, each and every one of them. Sometimes it is enough to hang one on the wall and feel the power that way. Holding them during meditation is a great way to create inner peace and strengthen one's own power. And many use them as a tool for the beginning and ending of ceremony, or use them to bestow blessings on a loved one or a couple getting married. In the magic of healing and alchemy, the wand is certainly mightier than the sword. There are many uses for the wands. If a wand is the right tool for you, you will feel it.
So, there we have the story of the wand. There are probably other stories out there. This is the one I know. You say you are not a healer? Everyone is a healer. The wise ones are just the ones who figured out they are. And they. carry a wand.