Written By Liz Oakes
Crystal wands are powerful tools, so if you are a crystal healer you will probably already have one, and would be using it when you do crystal healing with your clients.
You do not have to be a crystal healer to make use of one of them. They are powerful tools for anyone and everyone to use to aid healing, and may be made from various types of stone or crystal.
Wands are traditional healing tools used in various places throughout the world for hundreds even thousands of years. Naturally occurring long straight pieces of crystal have traditionally been used as wands for healing various ailments.
Over time they became recognized for their powerful healing properties, as they are powerful healing crystals for you to use to help yourself and others.
This article is primarily aimed at helping you to learn about the benefits of using a wand for healing and to help you to decide what type of wand you might choose to begin with.
Later on you might purchase another, and regardless of which one you start with, you could end up with a number of wands, and they may be made from a variety of crystal types.
The dictionary meaning of the word wand is said to be "a long thin stick or rod". Putting this meaning together with the word crystal, you can see that a crystal wand may be said to be a piece of crystal that is long and thin and shaped like a rod or stick.
While many crystal wands are indeed long and thin, others may be shorter, and those in fact are excellent as they easily tuck into the palm of the hand when you are using them.
There are many types of wands, meaning that they are all wands but their shape may vary a little or a lot, according to the reason or primary purpose that they may be use for.
While healing wands are usually made of quartz crystal, it is now common to see wand shaped stone pieces that are primarily made for massage.
These may be made from a variety of stone types, and are often made from harder stone that is more robust and stands up to massage, such a the lovely Poppy Jasper wand shown here.
They are not really the type of stone wands that are used for crystal healing, but you may benefit from using them for massage.
The stone properties of individual types of crystal will help you of course. If you are using them for massage, the type of wand you might use is not usually pointed but has a smooth rounded end.
There are also many creative people who are making wands with artistic inclusions, such as colored crystal pieces attached.
But for healing this isn't necessary, but they are interesting and many are quite lovely wands that might be used for other purposes.
Whatever wand you choose, make sure that you cleanse it both before and after using it, as all types of wands will absorb negativity that may be released during healing.
There are various ways that crystal wands can help you, as they are powerful tools for crystal healing, and there are a number of wand types and different reasons for choosing each sort.
The reason for using a crystal wand basically relates to the way it channels energy to the location you wish it to go to. This is important as it can aid the healing of a specific health problem.
All varieties or types of stone wands are chosen for the specific benefits that relate to the stone or crystal that they are made from, combined with their shape as this does make a difference.
Natural stone wands have a number of powerful benefits, but man-made wands can also be powerful healing tools, especially the wonderful vogels.
Vogel wands are created by craftsman in a special way, and are polished and faceted precisely into a specific shape, in order to make them focus energy, as directed by the healer.
They have an amazingly strong vibration that is powerful to aid healing.
Vogels are potent healing aids, and embody an amazing and powerful energy that can be used to channel energy into the body, so are often part of the tools that crystal healers use.
There are a number of reasons why you might choose a specific type of wand, and this may depend on whether you are a professional healer who wants to use it in your healing practice.
If you would simply like a wand to use to heal your family, friends or yourself, or if you feel you'd benefit from having a wand to use to activate crystal grids you create, then there are lots of choices.
Any natural crystals that has a natural point on one end can be used as a wand, and double terminated quartz of any type have natural attributes to use as wands.
Pieces of double terminated quartz like the Tibetan Black Quartz and the Brandberg Quartz pictured here could be used as wands as all types of quartz will run energy along them, its really all about your intention.
There are basically a couple of criteria to consider when you are thinking about obtaining a crystal wand, and some of this is related to the various types of wands, see more below.
You do need to think about what you are going to use it for, and if you are a healer you can have more than one that can be used for various types of healing.
If you are not a healer but simply want a want to use to heal yourself or your family, the major criteria is what feels comfortable to you. Use your intuition to help you with your decision.
Many professional healing wands, like the beautiful vogel wands are made from quartz, and many of these are made from beautiful clear quartz crystal.
Clear quartz has a high vibration and is known as the master healer, so it is an excellent choice for healing.
Healing wands can be made from a variety of different types of crystal and while some are naturally occurring it is very common to find wands that have been fashioned by craftsmen into this shape.
So lets start by looking at the various shapes that these healing tools may be found in.
Spiral shaped: You will see many man-made wands selling, including spiral shaped wands. Personally I have never used them but as they are created I would guess that they are being used by some people.
The power of intention is an integral part of using crystal wands. The power of intention is a force of energy that can and should be harnessed and combined with the use of your wand.
Regardless of whether you are a qualified crystal healer or not, if you use intention to focus your thoughts and combine this with the power of the crystal you are using, you will create an excellent healing result.
While your intention regarding its use need to be taken into consideration at the time you make your choice of crystal wands, any type can be used for healing if that is what you want.
You can have more than one wand, and use them for different purposes and perhaps have different intentions too.
Using the power of intention, the user can ensure that the powerful healing energy embodied in the wand can be harnessed for healing.
Part of the way wands work relates to their shape as well as the type of crystal they are made from. Most of the wands discussed below will have a straight undeviating shape that allows the energy to run straight along the length of the wand to the place requiring healing.
This occurs whether the wand is shaped like a cylinder or if it is tapered, meaning it may be wider at one end than the other end yet still basically straight.
Many crystal wands that are made from natural quartz crystal will be completely straight from end to end, but some will be tapered, perhaps a lot or just a little.
All varieties of quartz have the ability to amplify energy, and they will also amplify the natural attributes of any minerals that the crystal may contain.
Wands are commonly made from clear quartz but it is not imperative that they are totally clear. its is beneficial to also program your wand to aid your healing.
Programming your wand is easy, but remember to make the program simple and don't try to manipulate the energy.
I like to program my wands to work for the highest good of the person being healed.
Checkout my in-depth article about how to program your crystals, as there is a simple and easy method described there, which will help you if you are not totally sure about how it's done.
Quartz wands that naturally occur in the shape of a wand are available. One of the things to consider is the shape of the wand you wish to obtain, and the type of crystal it is made from.
Natural quartz crystal wands are commonly made of clear quartz, but they may also have inclusions of other minerals in them.
Double terminated (DT) wands: Wands that have a point, known as a termination, on each end are very popular, as they make it easy for the energy to run along the length of the crystal.
They can be fairly straight or may be tapered with one end being wider than the other end. DT tapered wands have a number of benefits which I will discuss later.
DT wands will both receive energy and transmit it from both ends of the crystal, making them highly beneficial tools for healing.
Natural DT crystals are commonly what is known as floaters. This means that they formed without being attached to a mother rock, so their terminations formed naturally.
Single terminated wands: Some natural wands may not have a naturally occurring termination on both ends and this is likely if they were originally growing attached to a rock.
Many of these were broken away when they were being harvested, so they do not have a natural termination on both ends.
If the area where they broke away is jagged or rough, in these cases this end may be smoothed into a rounded end, to make them more comfortable to use.
Some have a natural point on one end with the other end not being a point but having a flat end. The pointed end will easily focus the energy, which will still run smoothly through these wands.
Rounded end or ends: Most wands with rounded ends are deliberately made into this shape, and the smooth rounded end may be used to do soft tissue massage.
Wands with a rounded end will still run the energy effortlessly. The energy will still run along the length of the crystal, it does not need a point.
Many wands have one end pointed with the other smooth, which makes them more comfortable to hold in your hand. Comfort is important when using a wand so keep this in mind when you are looking for one.
Wondering how to work with crystal wands?
There are a number of ways that you can use a crystal or stone wand, and the various ways that you can make use of them is commonly covered in most courses on crystal healing.
For those of you who simply wish to use them for self healing there are some basics to remember. The use of wands relates to the way they channel universal energy into the body.
It is important to bring energy into the wand from the Universe or Spirit, then into the person (including yourself if doing self healing).
You do need to be aware that you must not use your own energy as this may deplete you, and make you become exhausted, weak and even quite sick very quickly.
How To Use A Wand Explained Simply:
When you first activate your wand, you give it a direction regarding the way you wish it to channel the energy, to flow through the wand to aid healing.
You may direct your crystal wand to bring the universal life force energy down into the body from the soul star chakra. It will enter the body via the the crown chakra then travel down to your arm.
The energy moves down the arm and makes its ways through the wand to the area where it is needed. This all happens very quickly and is directed using the power of intention.
Wands with a point have a more focused action to place energy into a specific place. Wands with a rounded end rather than a point will also bring energy down into the body if directed through intention, and this can be helpful for those who you feel need a more gentle approach.
How do you hold your wand?
While the way you hold your wand does relate to personal preference, one of the best ways to hold your wand is between the thumb and forefinger.
You may be intuitively guides as to the exact place where you grip the wand or your choice may be guided by the shape of the wand.
If it's a natural wand, it may have tiny notches, indentations, hollows or tiny protrusions on the surface, and these can be useful to use to aid healing.
Lemurian seed crystals (see image above) naturally have ridges on the surface and these can be used for healing. Check this page on using Lemurian crystals for self healing.
If you have not used a wand before, to start with there are two basic methods that you can use use your wand and both start the same way.
Begin by holding your wand, then using intention and making a request to Spirit for the energy to begin to flow into the wand.
The energy flows down into the wand: entering at the base or end furthest away from the person being healed, then moves along the shaft of the wand and out through the tip.
Note: Before using this on anyone else, practice using it on yourself and concentrate on asking Spirit to bring the energy through. Do this in a meditative state, when it is easier to make contact with universal energy and never point it at anyone else just for fun.
Ways to use quartz crystal wands for healing:
A common way is to hold your wand a few inches above a specific chakra and move the wand in a spiral motion. Spiraling energy into individual chakras can be effective to rejuvenate any area that is lacking energy.
While the chakras naturally spiral in a particular direction, either clockwise or anti-clockwise, spiraling energy will still work to aid the person if you are in connection with Spirit, who will ensure that it enters the chakra the right way.
If you are not sure what chakra is related to the specific problem, please check out my page on chakra meanings and read individual pages on the various chakras to give you guidance.
Working on areas that are painful or that you intuitively feel need help:
To help individual areas that are painful and that you feel need help, simply hold the wand a few inches above the area then ask for the energy to run.
Double terminated crystal wands are beneficial to aid pain, as they assist the movement of stagnant energy, as they bring healing energy in and transmit energy from each end of the wand.
Even if the actual physical problem is not related to the exact area where you feel the pain, the energy will naturally move to the right place to help the individual needing healing.
For this type of healing, using an amber wand or a selenite wand can be very effective. These stone types are best used in a different way see more about that in the section below.
Selenite is a high vibration crystal that is a powerful stone to use for healing. The type of selenite known as satin spar is commonly fashioned into wand shapes, which are known as light wands.
See the image below of my beautiful Selenite light wand which is a powerful aid for healing. Natural Selenite is also available and it is possible to get pieces that occur in a wand shape like the other piece below. Amber is also sometimes made into wands and these can be used in the same way.
Selenite or Amber wands respond to being held and then gently squeezed to activate them to begin the healing process. The power of intention is also used, keeping in mind your intention while you gently squeeze the stone.
You then move it across the body until you feel the energy change. Once you feel a change in the energy you continue to use it at that point until the energy begins to be less intense.
Whether the stone has been shaped into a wand or if it is a piece that is naturally in that shape, all of these powerful crystals are excellent tools for healing.
My page on Selenite has details about using these wands for healing so if using Selenite for healing interests you, you can read more about it on that page.
Crystal wands are excellent aids to use to assist with healing, and are part of the tools that might be used by healers, especially those who specialize in quartz crystal healing.
Many of you will have pieces of double terminated quartz amongst the crystals you own so it may benefit you to start using them for crystal healing.
My final thoughts, remember to cleanse your crystals! A simple reminder: remember to cleanse and recharge your wands. When I was doing healing using my wands I always cleansed them and the room after each healing.
I usually used sage smoke, but when and where that was not possible I simply used white light and the power of intention, asking Spirit to cleanse the crystals of any negative energy.
Check out my page on cleansing crystals for more information about the various ways you can cleanse your crystals.