Hello and welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" I'm your hostess, Anne. I have a magic wand. Two, actually: one for ritual, one for everyday. In a post below I explained how to make a magic wand for everyday use. You don't need some polished, expensive craftsman-made item! In fact, that item probably has its maker's mark on it too deeply. A self-made wand. That's what you want.
But why do you need a wand? Why are you reading this? Did you Google "use a magic wand" and find me? If so, howdy!
If you're a regular tourist on this site, you too might want to consider making a working wand. I've been writing "The Gods Are Bored" since 2005, and I've been alive a lot longer than that, and I have never known a time when I was more in need of a magic wand.
Maybe you've noticed, things are scary out there.
Maybe you've noticed that people are carrying guns.
Maybe you hear people talk harshly about other people who look like you, or feel like you do.
Maybe you have to keep deep secrets about yourself ... things you wish you could talk about with your friends and family.
Maybe you wonder why God is male, and why He tortures people for eternity if they don't follow His narrow path.
Maybe you feel a profound disconnect between what you see and hear from the president (or about him) and the respect he gets from your parents, your church, your community.
Maybe someone you love is sick or dying. Maybe someone you love has just died.
Maybe you have a child, or children, and you want something different for them. Something better.
Maybe you are struggling with drugs. Alcohol. Body image. Identity. Gender. You are struggling all alone, so far as you know.
Well, a wand is a helper, not a cure-all. But would you rather have help, or nothing? Halfway there is better than never getting started.
Your magic wand has two purposes: protection and comfort. You cannot damage another person with your wand. (Better said: just don't do it ... Do you want to be worse than the worst person you know?) But you can preserve and protect yourself.
Remember that wands help turn your intentions (sort of like deep wishes) into actions.
Magic wands give protective power to people who feel powerless. They stem from a time when the forces in power -- the king, his lords, the Church, the law -- could prey upon ordinary folks with no consequences. But a wand. A wand. In the right hands, whether known or secret, a wand could stem the damage. It is the work of the Old Ones to heal and protect. The Old Ones, lingering in the shadows but never overshadowed, have seen all of this before. They give you the idea to create a wand. They give your wand the magic, so you can ride through these storms.
Grasp your wand lightly by the Earth end and say, "This wand brings me peace. This wand brings me power. This wand stands between me and the mayhem."
Start there. It works.