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-=-=Wood Properties=-=-
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Various Locations Worldwide

Masc/Fem- Water

Very balanced, but in a different way compared to Ebony, which is more of a mixture of elements. Acacia has a very fine line between its sides, specifically masculine and feminine traits. Very similar to Teak with its personality traits. Overall, very flowing with its intentions. A resilient energy that can work well with a variety of workings. Structurally, Acacia will vary in hardness due to the varieties under the umbrella of Acacia. Therefore, careful inspection of the blank is necessary to determine what type of design that particular piece can sustain. 

African Blackwood

West, Central and South Africa

Masculine- Spirit

Blackwood's energy, in short, does not live in the realm of the living. Highly associated with the afterlife, communication with the afterlife and endings/changes in cycles. Any work involving summoning or Spirits is recommended. Blackwood also is known to block energies at times. Occasionally, Blackwood will learn what energies its companion would like to block, making it useful in protection. It is one of a few woods that are considered true conduit woods- woods that would allow one to have direct connections to the spiritual realm. As such, Blackwood requires a regular cleansing. On my graph of elemental associations, Blackwood should not even be listed. As it lives in the Spirit Realm, it's energy will latch on to an element, either of its holder or what force its strongest in proximity. Oddly, perhaps its own way of anchoring itself here. Blackwood will work with a smaller amount of people than most. Depending greatly on a practitioners own background and energy. Some will form incredible bonds with the wood. Some will be immediately put off by an uneasy feeling when attempting to use Blackwood. A very popular wood for its dark black exterior, those that are typically drawn to its visual, from my experience, do not work well with African Blackwood.  A truly unique wood that will bond in mysterious ways, it is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and misunderstood in Wandmaking. 

Amboyna Burl 

Southeast Asia

Masculine- Fire, Air

Powerful and energetic. One must be able to control energies well with Amboyna. Due to strength of the wood, designs are normally quite simple and shorter wands are produced. Which works well due to the potent energy signature to begin with.



Feminine- Earth, Spirit, Water

A grounded but bountiful and abundant energy. Some feel a strong spiritual connection with Apple. Apple woods have primarily feminine attributes to them and possess a long standing history in folklore and mythology that associates Apples in general to Goddesses. Apple wood is a fantastic choice for anyone seeking a wood for healing rituals, spiritual or physical. Apple wood will bond with its user and help to form stronger relationships, therefore working well with any bonding magic. A nice wood overall to work with both magically and in the workshop, I hesitate at times using it for longer wands due to its softer characteristic. 


North America, Europe, parts of Asia

Feminine- Air, Spirit

A highly intuitive and protective wood overall. Ash tends to be more outwardly protective, to its holder or those it associates itself with. However Ash has difficulty protecting itself from time to time and will need regular cleansing. Ash will work well with individuals seeking guidance as it does help to clarify paths. Ash is very good for most types of healing work. A very good wood for any use with Fertility rituals or rituals pertaining to renewal. Overall, a very deep and strong energy wood that is suitable to most people. 


North America and Europe

 Feminine- Water, Spirit, Air

Very good for protection and cleansing. Aspen has been known to be quite pure with its energy. As such, it shares some truth seeking behaviours with other woods of purity. Can be a very "moving forward" wood. 


 Feminine- Air, Fire 

Useful for binding work, friendship. A good wood for physical healing rituals. Also a nice choice for beginners who seek a wood with a slightly deeper energy. It has been known to associate itself with older energy and if it chooses so, Beech can be a wise and knowledge finding wood. 


Masculine- Fire, Spirit

 A very purifying and cleansing energy. This wood can match Padauk's ability to carry out these tasks if required and Birch will be happy to do so. Overall a positive wood, Birch will also excel at anything in regards to renewal or new beginnings and was considered (and still is) to be a preferred wood by many in festivals/rituals/sabbats. Very useful for healing rituals, especially of physical ailments. Birch will also carry a very deep spiritual side and help promote connectiveness in one's life, introspection and unblocking of energies. 

Chechen/Black Poisonwood

Masculine- Spirit, Fire

Promotes introspection and knowledge. Allows one to see through much internal stimuli for a clearer path. Highly spiritual.


Tropical South America

 Masculine/Feminine- All physical elements 

Aligned with the physical elements (Earth Air Water Fire) and is known to amplify its holders elemental traits (Zodiac, etc). Well balanced in masculine and feminine traits. Useful for a wide variety of work. 

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Black Limba

Western regions of Africa

 Masculine- Earth, Fire, Spirit

Few woods are able to journey back and forth in magic from positive light energy to a more darker nature. Normally positive if wanted, it can defend against negative, dark energy if needed to. However, powerful in its own right. It can also help its holder to become finely in tune with their darker side. Known for powerful Hex work. Highly intuitive. Good for scrying. 


Mexico, into central and south America

Masculine- Fire, Spirit--

Fiery, passionate and highly spiritual. Bocote can help to substitute African Blackwood with most of Blackwoods traits, including its energy living solely in the Spiritual Realm. It also provides its holder a high sense of clarity at times that helps with decisions, visions and and energy work. Its a very focused wood that has almost limitless potential to take energy and finely focus it into a forward motion. Therefore, Bocote can be a powerful ally when motivation and a passionate path is needed. Bocote is both a defensive and offensive wood and will move naturally against something that negatively effects its true owner. Very loyal. With African Blackwood becoming more scarce, Bocote is one of the woods that can easily step into Blackwoods shoes. One of the original upper tier woods, Bocote's overall energy signature is extremely high. Not a wood for beginners although its beauty will undoubtedly lure one in.



Feminine- Earth, Fire

Highly intuitive. Very positive and very useful during full moons. Its intuitive and instinctive nature can be well trusted as majority of its energy is clear and not hidden and reveals itself to its true owner well. 


Masculine/Feminine Earth, Fire

 Brings good fortune, truths. Works well for a wide variety of energy work. 


Cedar -Aromatic- Feminine- Earth, Spirit-- (pictured)- Excellent for divination.              

           -Alaskan Yellow Cedar- Feminine- Fire, Earth--Excellent for purification.            

           -Spanish Cedar- Masculine- Fire, Earth--Very similar to mahogany. 

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Central America

Masculine- Fire

Energetic, good for defensive work, fiery... but interestingly works very well with lunar work too. Has a tendency to have energy spikes during full moons. Very protective, sometimes fiercely so. A loyal wood. 

California Redwood

Western North America

Masculine/Feminine- Spirit, Fire

Well known for physical healing energies. It also lends endurance traits to its holder, providing well balanced, grounded energy. Cannot tolerate longer, thinner designs. 


Masc/Fem- Spirit, Air

A strong willed wood that possesses an extroverted and confident energy. Canarywood has also been known to provide it's holder a more positive energy, which can help those who might struggle in these areas, uplifting mood, etc.  Canarywood has one of the stronger and deeper spiritual energy of most woods. Along with Iroko, Canarywood been know to exhibit similar properties to that of African Blackwood in terms of scrying ability, and corss realm communication. Although its more famous attribute is for its ability to enhance creativity, inspiration and artistry. Canarywood has been held in high regard therefore amongst witches who are naturally gifted in the fine arts.


Masc/Fem- Earth

Well balanced. Promoting clarity and decision making. Its energy can also be very present and abundant. Cherry enjoys being in the here and now. One of a handful of woods that I personally recommend for beginners and experienced users alike. Older Cherry woods will function very much like Oak, however possess an almost playful like energy. 


Feminine- Earth, Water, Spirit

Helps to eradicate unwanted energies from your surroundings, like home, etc. Chestnut also does well with physical healing, but more cleansing


Feminine-Water, Spirit

Generally a soothing energy. Calming and positive. 


Masculine- Fire, Spirit

Ebiara has been sold under a number of different names, which include Red Zebrawood. Please see below for more on Zebrawood as Ebiara is closely related in qualities. In contrast, Ebiara has a more masculine energy, as well as a more fiery nature. Ebiara is well suited for protection work of most kinds. It's energy runs deep and as typical Zebrawood has a side to it which would be inviting to beginners, Ebiara tends to lean more to experienced users. Good for work involving cycles, Ebiara will be more balanced if involving Lunar and Solar work... as opposed to Zebrawoods focus on Lunar energy. It will also have a more focused feel about it once a relationship is formed. 

Ebony (all types)

Masc/Fem- all five elements

 Ebony is a fine choice for anyone for a variety of reasons- mainly due to the fact that it is only one of a handful of woods in the world that are finely balanced between what people would consider Feminine / Masculine traits. As well, it is uniquely balanced between all five elements, calling to any of them with ease and also forming a bond with its holder regardless of energy they present. Due to this, it has been historically considered one of the most prized and finest woods for Wand making, even though it might not be the absolute strongest energies on the list. It also does not matter the species of Ebony as they all would exhibit this signature. In addition, I know of many who might not prefer Ebony because of the balanced nature of it as one might want a pull in a certain direction. Well suited for a variety of different workings. 


Masc/Fem- Fire, Earth

 Like Black Limba, Elm has a positive protective side or a darker, destructive side. It is also highly associated with cycles, beginnings and endings. 

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Masculine- Water, Earth

A curious wood at times, Elder can both protect from negative energies or make its holder find themselves having a conversation with those negative energies. Mainly though, the repelling of negative wins the day. Elder also promotes intelligence and understanding current situation. Works well with Raven cores

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Goncalo Alves

Parts of Mexico and Brazil

Masculine- Air, Spirit, Fire

 Goncalo Alves, also known as Tigerwood, is a hard wood from the Mexico region moving into South America. A hardier, dense wood, it excels at Wandsmithing due to its strength. Goncalo is well used for divination purposes, and has a free flowing, positive energy.  It does carry some protective qualities as well as purifying, however overall, Goncalo Alves is not a harsh wood to use. It's secondary name used from time to time, Tigerwood, occasionally hints at some of its nature.... being a wood that is not overly extroverted or rushed. Goncalo will be happy being patient and focused however once sprung into action, its energy is surprisingly unrestrained quality about it. Ideal for Master Class wands, unexpectedly useful in an Apprentice Class role... 

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North America

 Maculine- Fire, Earth, Spirit

Very similar to Oak, however, more fiery and confident. Hickory will have more of an outgoing or extroverted energy which will provide more of a confident flow outwards to those who might feel they are more introverted.


More common from North America. Some varieties and species from Europe, Africa and Asia

Masculine/Feminine- Earth

A great wood for animal work, connections with animals. Also, protection and healing. A very pure wood as well, it works well for cleansing work.


Central and South America

Masculine- Earth, Air (secondary), Water (secondary

A wood that goes by a variety of names, Macacauba, Orange Agate, amongst others. Hormigo is not a wood that frequents the workshop, however prized when it does appear. Primarily a grounding wood, it does let go at times and becomes very much not grounded... becoming a care-free energy. A wood that will promote healing of most types and generally a soothing quality. It is known in some smithing circles as a cross-quarter wood, in that it is first a foremost an Earth element association but has the rare secondary with Air... something that is not normally seen. Most often pieces are used for other purposes in the workshop due to sizes received. 

A new version of #Nagini out of Ipe wood

central and south America

Masculine- Earth, Water

A wood of renewal. Useful for any ritual work involving personal growth or moving forward


tropical Africa

Air- Balanced Masc/Fem 

A tree that has numerous folk tales that are both ancient and new. Iroko originates from tropical African regions and occasionally goes by the name African Teak. It is a harder and durable wood that can live into the area of 500 years old. 
A common theme in many of the tales of this wood is just how supernatural its energy can be. Some contacts have placed it easily into the realm of African Blackwood, which is definitely saying something. Iroko is mainly associated with the element of Air but has a very strong secondary association with Water. 
The wood has a very strong, fierce, protective nature about it. It shares many of the attributes that African Blackwood carries (such as its strong connection to spirit realm energy and communication) BUT its energy is very deeply rooted in the realm of here and now, which is one of its oddest features because once you form a bond with this wood, the feeling of Iroko is timeless, time-shifting and ancient


Central into South America. Can be found in the West Indies as well.

 Masculine- Air/Water

A hard wood in overall strength, Jatoba enjoys many different shapes.  It has a surprisingly high energy level as well, occasionally flying under the radar due to it not being a very sought after wood. Good Wandsmiths know well its overall value. Not a grounded wood. Jatoba can be relatively unrestrained when needed or desired.  Good for many types of healing. It's main asset is that it has not only a purifying quality, but will excel at defensive work. Jatoba will be able to block, deflect and absorb negative or darker energies around it. Frequent cleansing is recommended. 

Katalox (Mexican Royal Ebony)

Southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America

 Feminine/Masculine balanced- Spirit, Earth, Water, Fire

Katalox, occasionally known as Mexican Royal Ebony is truly one of the finest woods available for Wandsmithing. Not a true Ebony, it can be popular with woodworkers who are looking for a darker wood. Katalox has a very deep, core like energy that places it on the upper tier of woods. It absolutely shines in its overall ability to pair with all elements, with the exception of Air like qualities. Katalox is best suited for a wide variety work- divination, occlumency, legilimency, cleansing, protection, absorbing qualities around it like Yellowheart, various types of healing and grounding. Most importantly, it has the ability to channel the widest spectrums of the above mentioned elemental associations as well as being one of a handful of woods able to dive into specialty qualities that only African Blackwood excels in such as cross realm work.  Katalox will create incredibly strong bonds with its true owner. Not a wood for novice or inexperienced users, Katalox will shine amongst others in a collection of wands. Besides Blackwood, Katalox is the only other wood that I will personally use. 


Mexico through Brazil

Masculine/Feminine- Spirit-

A highly protective wood, Kingwood excels in blocking energies with a very potent energy. It is also highly Spiritual and intuitive. Like Padauk, it best suites an experienced user and like Amboyna Burl, a smaller Wand will do nicely. 


genuine- south america. often confused with other species such as Leopard wood and species from Australia

 Masc/Fem- Water--

A nicely flowing energy. Lacewood is full of positive and luck. Lacewood is a moving wood with doesn't typically like to sit still. A wood that is very superstitious on its own, Lacewood works well with a "what if" personality. Enhances communication and will form a strong bond with its holder over time and experience.  

Lignum Vitae

central and regions of south America

Masculine- Earth, Water

 A very, natural magical wood. Incredibly strong. Very positive. Works very well with Solar cycles and energies although it is more associated with the Earth element



Masc/Fem- Fire, Spirit

A fine wood to work with. However, read the description above for Black Limba. Makore has the same properties and is known as the next level up in comparison to energies. More potent than Black Limba, Makore will immediately leave an impression on its holder- either they will be able to work with the wood, learning from what it can reveal, or be completely repelled by its unique signature. 


various locations worldwide

 Feminine/Masculine balanced- Spirit

Surprisingly spiritual in nature, there are many types of Maple and all share similar qualities. Its energy can at times be erratic but never strays too far from centre, still making it useful for beginners.  Highly protective, Maple will also help to promote understanding, making it a fantastic wood for any journey in which finding yourself is the desired outcome. Maple will help disperse negative energies and help to centre oneself after traumatizing events. As mentioned though, Maple can be erratic at times, like a compass being pulled in different directions. This is not to be feared however as Maple is normally trying to show you another path. A confident wood in its own way, Maple is not the most extroverted wood and does not display a "peacock attitude". 


Northeastern, East South America

Masculine- Earth, Spirit, Water

A very well-grounded wood and renowned for its healing properties. A goal-oriented wood as well when using it with a direction in mind.   

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various locations worldwide

Masculine- Earth, Fire

Well suited for majority of work, Mahogany does excel above most for fertility and new beginning rituals. Although Santos Mahogany is better at it, all types of Mahogany are useful for fertility rituals and energy work. Also beneficial in creating stronger bonds.  Mahogany, like Hickory, will carry many of the same attributes as Oak. Mahogany will possess a greater sense of Fire and drive forward in general- one reason why new beginnings and growth is a key component of Mahogany. However, combined with what a classic Oak profile contains, Mahogany can become a powerful ally when life feels like its at a fulcrum. It will also contain a very fine energy, deep, not as wide as some other woods. Mahogany will always meet you where you are at, and help drive you further ahead. 


Oregon into California

 Masc/Fem- Earth, Spirit, Fire

 A very balanced wood. It allows its holder to step back and it promotes deeper thought and analysis of a situation that may actually appear very unclear. It will work well for a wide variety of uses.

Nogal/Peruvian Walnut

Mexico into South America

 Masc/Fem- Water/ Earth/ Spirit

Nogal or Peruvian Walnut is a fine example of a branch away from the standard Walnut family tree. Unlike the majority of Walnuts, which have a fine equal balance of Earth and Water type energy, Nogal is more on the flowing Water side. A more energetic member of the Walnut family, Nogal notably has a higher third association with the element of Spirit. A great wood for divination, it is a highly intuitive wood that will carry a higher energy rating overall compared to a Black or English Walnut that I would most often use. It is also a more protective wood used many times for defensive work. Nogal will fit in with many tasks- Protection, divination, healing. Nogal can be considered a fantastic choice for an "all around" wood. Due to its energy profile, many who might be more experienced with energy work will feel most comfortable with the flowing energy of Nogal, however... it is a forgiving and gentle wood at times, willing to grow into a role. Therefore, Nogal can also be a great companion of those just starting out. 


Southeast Asia

Feminine- Fire

A Feminine version of Padauk wood- powerful, shifting energy, chaotic at times. One needs to be grounded or able to work parallel with woods like these.  

Osage Orange

South, Central USA

 Masculine- Spirit, Fire

Like Shedua, it is useful for occlumency and legilimency. It has a talent for repelling energies that are unwanted. It can create a bond with the mind which can be both a curse and a blessing. It has a primary connection with the element of Spirit and a very deep one at that. Osage's secondary- Fire- is more a kin to the energy of Bocote/Padauk and can be very focused, unyielding in its intensity  however much easier to navigate. Like the woods mentioned in this profile, Osage is not a wood for someone beginning with energy work/wand use, however once known and understood, can create a powerful ally 

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Masculine- Earth, Spirit

A very grounded and spiritual wood. Highly protective and resourceful. Even though it leans towards more masculine traits, the main varieties of Oak are well balanced. Able to focus and balance an individual well and is known as a safe wood for beginners.

Oak, for all intents and purposes has been a universal favourite in Wandmaking. Regardless of the species. I enjoy using Oak for the Apprentice Class Wands and the occasional Master Class thrown into the workshop schedule. Although I don’t focus on the fact much, Oak can excel at a variety of tasks.
In past conversations with colleagues in my circles, Oak can group well into what we in the profession call “Seer” woods. Oak is very much stealth when speaking of this grouping as generally it’s known for its stability, calm, grounding nature. And for the vast majority of the time that’s exactly how I advertise and explain it as it is Oaks primary personality. However, for those that know Oak well, it possesses another side to it.
Oak has a hidden talent for divination and scrying in wandmaking. You might not notice this energy immediately as Oak is comfortable with taking its time and being patient itself. It’s talent for this catches almost everyone off guard. However, you don’t need to travel far to hear very spiritual tales about this great tree. Stories and beliefs associated with Oak can be found everywhere from Christianity, Norse culture, Celtic and Greek mythologies .... numerous locations and backgrounds that I could never fit into one post.
So take into consideration Oaks hidden talents as we travel closer to the years end, meeting up with another Realm.
I carry a special stock of double century old Oak and recently had received what I believe to be Holm Oak (might also be Turkish Oak). Reclaimed Oak for Wands, unlike its milled and “freshly made” counterparts, possess an amazing refined and wise nature about them. They have lived and seen in different ways compared to newly cut Oak. Their ability to unlock and work with Oaks more unknown energies is more common and impressive.


Europe and regions of Africa

 Masc/Fem- Air

 Overall, a well balanced wood. Strong willed, but peaceful.  Olivewood will move throughout its day with an energy not burdened with what is around it. Not a grounded wood, however quite flowing in nature. Olivewood is considered to promote a sense of calm and peace around it, useful for those suffering from a naturally hectic energy or needing stability. 




Padauk is known for its dynamic, ever changing energy. It can be chaotic at times; therefore, it is not normally recommended for those starting in the Craft. However, if one was able to pair well with Padauk, its energy is extremely powerful....and in some circles, is considered the strongest energy wood to use for Wandmaking.  Can be useful for healing, energy, ambition, success, divination. 


North America

Feminine- Earth, Secondary Water
Like many fruit bearing trees, nut bearing trees often times share energies generally speaking. Pecan is a variant of Hickory and does have some of the more outgoing nature that Hickory overall possess. Pecan will be useful for any work or ritual concerning abundance, like Cherry, Apple, Pear, and Walnut at times. Pecan will have a slightly stronger protective nature about it, in comparison to the above mentioned. Not the most intuitive wood. However, it will be useful in binding rituals, including binding well with its owner/holder. 


North America

Masculine- Water, Spirit

A very flowing, fluid and diverse energy. Useful for a wide variety of uses. It also brings out the softer masculine qualities as well.  


Central and South America

 Feminine- Spirit, Air

Very good for dream work, especially if directed towards any nightmare or restless sleep. Good for divination, or work with those of higher psychic abilities. Purpleheart will disperse negative energies and over time, learn to block these energies. Some with re-occurring nightmares will find relief by having Purpleheart nearby.  The energy with Purpleheart works more on the subconscious level and as a result, excels at Occlumency and Legilimency.  Shedua also excels in this area, see profile below.  Sometimes the energy with Purpleheart can feel as though it is shifting, not like Padauk, but instead a feeling of deeper intermittent, intuitive or psychic feedback..... which is a trait found in Blackwood. Younger Purpleheart or Sapwood will possess a sharper feel to it, while older Purpleheart will have an extremely refined and confident energy. Purpleheart can have a darker side, more in tune with the Spiritual Realm. As such, any specimens that carry this energy should be cleansed regularly, especially if new to the wand itself. Again, over time Purpleheart will learn what its holder wants to block, disperse or let in. 

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 - East Indian- Feminine- Fire-- Fiery but grounded at the same time. Divination, communication with the afterlife and change are best suited works for this type of Rosewood.                    


-Bolivian- Feminine/Masculine -Spirit, Fire-- A protective wood, highly intuitive and one that promotes a very high and refined energy. Bolivian Rosewood with create an unbreakable bond with its owner and prove itself time and again as a very trustworthy and faithful companion.  Bolivian and East Indian will carry many attributes of Blackwood but not as deep in that profile, due to Blackwood being in the Rosewood family (primarily ability to work cross-realm). Scrying is useful with this wood.  Bolivian tends to be an older energy compared to others in the Rosewood family. As with all Rosewoods, Bolivian is becoming harder to find but one of the more common family members still out there. Bolivian would rank as the higher energy wood in this particular three wood profile (Brazilian, East Indian and Bolivian). It will undoubtedly also suggest a certain nature of status amongst other woods. 

-Brazilian-Masc/Fem- Spirit--(pictured) A deep spiritual energy, divination, summoning, cleansing. Due to its highly protected nature on the CITES list, I do not carry this type of Rosewood. Although, i have had pieces in the past. 

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Red Palm

tropical regions, various locations worldwide

Masc/Fem- Water, Air

Conducts energies around it, like Satinwood. Highly intuitive. 



Masc/Fem-Earth, Fire

Very similar to Oak with a touch of Bocote- growth, divination, intuitive, protective, grounding, focused. However, after these similarities, Sapele has its own profile. Its properties fluctuate more from grounded to fiery and back again. This can make the wood unpredictable to less experienced holders. It will bond, but over a longer period of time. But even with this time delay, when decided on being protective, it can be fiercely so. And once Sapele forms a relationship with an individual, it can be quite deep. One must be mindful of their mood before working with Sapele. 


Western regions of Africa

 Masc/Fem- Earth, Water

Shedua has a balance of Feminine and Masculine traits. Intuitive, flowing, protective and stabilizing, extroverted as well as introverted. Aligned mostly with the element of Earth, it does have a strong Water association as a secondary which further adds to a sense of Shedua being a “jack of all trades”. That is where Shedua’s relationship with other Wand woods ends.

Shedua is famous for its Occulumency and Legilimency work ( Legilimency is the art of exploring thoughts and the minds of others, although self exploration can also be a form. Occlumency would be the shielding effect when one can block negative intrusions or energies.) Shedua is a popular choice among health care workers, those that deal with individuals with traumatic energies, “energy vampires”, darkened environments, etc.

​Can also be a good choice for scrying or charm work, making Shedua a nice go to for pendulums. Due to its nature, Shedua is a wood that frequent cleansing is recommended.


North, Eastern regions of South America

 Masc/Fem- Earth, Water

Very physically healing. Snakewood also has a unique, deep energy signature that is sometimes hard to pinpoint. 

Sycamore (as well as London Plain)

Eastern USA

 Masc/Fem- Spirit, Air

In tune with spiritual energies. Strong and hardy. 


Regions of Africa, Southern Asia

Feminine- Water

Many visualizations come to mind for a wood that is prized in wood working. In wandmaking, Teak hovers under the radar at times. A surprisingly strong willed, and magical wood. Both genuine, old growth teak as well as its plantation counterpart (most often used around here for growth/harvest management) offer an energy that often out performs others. Teak is highly feminine in nature. Teak is highly protective, resistant to unwanted energies and excels at both spiritual and physical healing. Experienced Wandsmiths know it’s true value, and also its ancient roots in many Asian cultures which attempt, rightfully so, to protect Teaks’ sacredness. 

Has a unique protective quality about it. Teak can be used for purifying. Flowing, but a GENERALLY calm signature to it. Teak is well liked for many types of work.  It can have a dual personality at times though. Like a body of water, peaceful and calming or chaotic and forceful. Overall, a prized wood for Wandmaking- purifying, both spiritually and physically healing. 



Feminine- Water, Spirit, Air

Tulipwood carried majority of the Rosewood traits. Loyal, resilient, protective, stabilizing and fiery. 

Walnut (all types)

various locations worldwide

 Masc/Fem- Earth, Water

Well balanced. Magical. Underrated companion. Walnut presents itself typically as a wood that looks great from face value, but some move to flashier colours. We often do so without knowing what’s inside. Walnut is what I like to call a Companion wood. It will go anywhere you go and bond with you, very much like Bloodwood will.  A wood that is an Omnivert... extroverted as well as introverted. It shares the best of both worlds from the Earth element profile and the Water properties- being one wood that is perfectly split between the two. Grounding, stabilizing, calming, protective, flowing, highly energetic. Reserved and abundant at the same time. Walnut will excel at dispersing darker energies but can also dive into exploration of those energies if needed. Walnut will also create a very large field around it, that with practice, can be used for a variety of tasks. A well rounded wood, person and experience level. It's equal "sister wood" is Wenge. If you seek something more out of balance, but sharing the vast majority of Walnuts overall profile, then search for Nogal wood above.  


Central African regions

Masculine- Fire, Air

Wenge has long been a sought after wood in wandsmithing due to its amazing qualities. A unique combination of and perfectly split between Fire and Air elemental associations, it can excel at providing a free, non-grounded power as well as a fiery focused energy.  Wenge's sister wood is considered Walnut as the two together will compliment each other, as well as share nearly all characteristics. A specialized attribute given the above, Wenge also excels at mood stabilization- Which catches most people off-guard at first if not aware of it's full character. Calming one’s mind, Wenge can produce a very high quality experience with its deep energetic experience, that has been described by some as "soul touching".  It promotes balanced thought when one might feel overwhelmed. Or in turn, produce a fierce drive forward if desire or focus is the key.  Works well for any meditation work for centering. Wenge is one of a few woods that will not only create a large energy field around it for most types of work, but can simultaneously or solely "turn off everything" and center its holder.  Good for dispersing dark energies as well. Wenge is one that will create a very strong bond with its user and will be an incredibly loyal companion... so much so that it's energy ripples can remain with whom it desires when separated. 


various locations worldwide

Feminine- Earth, Spirit, Water

Well known as an enchanting wood. Useful for charm work. Can work with most holders well. Lunar and Tide activity will affect Willow. 

Yellowheart (and Satinwood)


Masculine- Water

Influenced by surrounding energies, Yellowheart is highly associated with and works well with all lunar phases. Also sensitive to tide forces. It can emit a calming energy naturally on its own. However, Yellowheart’s true personality is amplifying energies and taking on energies of nearly any variety around it. In some conversations, Yellowheart has been called the “Great Mimic” ... like a chameleon. It has been known to be used in work ranging from calming to helping to do its best with Blackwood work. 


various locations worldwide

Masculine- Spirit

A wood highly associated with death and reincarnation. It can also align itself with darker magic. Works well for divination, scrying and cross realm communication like African Blackwood. It can also help protect, both the living and those in the afterlife.  


West, Central Africa

Feminine- Air

Highly feminine in nature and energies. Excellent for any Lunar or work involving cycles (seasons, Lunar patterns, etc). It's energy will also be highly influenced by Lunar cycles. Works well for divination purposes. Promotes good fortune. At times, some specimens have a very nice soothing quality about them and will feel more open in energy, not as focused as its cousin Ebiara (see above).  Zebrawood would be suitable for beginners looking for an exotic wood, as it does have some protective qualities about it, but not excelling at this. Beginners will appreciated its ability to patiently form a relationship with its holder and will possess a more forgiving feel about it. 


Central America

 Masculine- Fire, Air, Spirit

A deep, complex fiery and spiritual energy. Can be used for many types of work but excels in holding off dark energy and magic. Has been known though to be unpredictable. Caution to be used.  

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