What is a Wand?

A witch’s wand is used to invoke the element of air or fire (depending upon the tradition), as an extension of the arm used to project energy and also to designate a sacred space for magical work.

While the function of the wand is similar to that of the athame, the wand is used more for magical work concerning communication, and material action and projects, in the physical world. Use a wand to communicate an intention to the universe as the culmination of a spell.

Opal Owl wands are made using branches and other found wand like materials, including glass objects and vintage fire pokers etc.. They are embellished with crystals, feathers, cord, leather and other symbolic materials and colors to create specific energetic patterns and aesthetics to suit each wands owner. The wands are cleared and consecrated before they are sold.

Wands resonate with the fire element and the wands or staffs found within tarot. more images

Getting Ready: Meditation Retreat

The week before I left for my week-long meditation retreat I pulled something in my back! It was one of those oppsss I just turned the wrong way/ouch! I did a little too much at the gym kinda moments! Needless to say I was panicked thinking I would be in agony all week meditating. I tried to be OK with that, thinking, well, if my experience is physical pain then so be it, I would just sink into that, just be with the pain... But I wasn't ready to accept that as my experience quite yet. 

With two days before I was even leaving I was already planning my painful demise. I was certainly not in the present moment. So then I sat, and remembered I had an appointment with my chiropractor the very next day. It would a least help a bit right? Well it more than helped, Dr. Leo really, really helped me, I mean REALLY! 

I went in and I told  him about the trip and my concerns and he encouraged me to do a double session if I had time. A double is where you do one session and then wait about 15 minutes, let your body integrate the session, and then go back in again. I had never done one before but wow, it totally did the trick! The next day I felt a bit tender but no pain. My flight, sleeping in a different bed, meditating for 7 days and then the flight home. Nothing, still no pain. I was totally fine! I really couldn't believe it. Anyone who know's me well know's how much I love Network Spinal Analysis... but this was remarkable. Clearly I have been doing this kind of chiropractic work on and off for well over 10 years for a reason! Mostly I go for reason's outside of pain or pain management, but that's another post I'll write about some another time.

I'll be posting more on my retreat soon, but wanted to share this part as it really was the perfect beginning to a more mindful and gentle approach to life!