Crafting a Shaman Crystal Healing Wand
BlossomHillBooks@aol.comThe shaman in ages past often used medicine sticks, crystals and healing wands to cureillnesses and drive out evil spirits. These hand-crafted instruments are enjoying aresurgence due to the popularity of New Age ceremonies and the renewed interest in nativecultures. Here we look at a simple method of creating a ceremonial healing wand fromrosemary wood, quartz crystals, and semi-precious gemstones.
Wood from the rosemary plant
Art forms are all around us, but I never expected to find materials in the dead shrubs of agarden. An old rosemary plant had to be dug up, and there I noticed unique and fascinatingshapes in the wood, the skeleton of the rosemary herb. With a little snipping and cleaning,the wood became the basis for several bejeweled art projects. Here's a look at some of theways to combine the wood with semi-precious gemstones and quartz crystal.Rosemary wood is rich in nooks, channels, and twists that enable unique combinations withother media, such as gems, wire, and beads. The creative artist can implant other objects ina way that takes advantage of the natural contours of the wood, making it appear the vineactually grew around, or gave birth to the cradled object. I've used bare copper wire,colored wire, jewelry stones, crystals, and polished rock.My personal interest has been quartz crystals and gemstones. The rosemary wood worksnicely as a support for long, unfinished crystals, while crevices and indentations providenatural sockets for the gemstones (Figure 1). Depending how you cut it, you can use thewood for simple handles, wands, frames, or even miniature trees with many branches.Figure 1. Select stones to fit the natural contours of the rosemary wood.