Ah, Hello, and welcome.
My name is Jaun D'makre, and I have invited you here today to explore the power of the Reed Tree with me.
As I write this, it is the end of November, and the 12 lunar month comes to a close. We have just passed by the time of Ngetal, the Reed, ruler of the 12th moon.
The Reed is a common inhabitant of lake shores, river shallows, dykes, lochs, and ditches across the world. It is slight of build, and bendy, easily bowing beneath the wind. To you and I, it may not appear to be a tree at all, but a wetland plant.
It's stem is thin, green and pithy in summer rather than woody. Indeed, it never forms a true wood, although it can be dried into a stiff brown stalk, and each year it rises from the water in the spring, grows, blooms, seeds, and slips back into it's roots when the winter comes like many a weed and herb.
But it is because of those very roots that the Druids of old considered it a tree. Doots that dig deep, deep beneath the water and the muddy soil below. Reaching for the heart of the Great Mother, and there it finds it's strength.
Reed in the Ogham Cycle.
The Reed rules the 12th month of the lunar cycle, and is represented by the number Ng, or "Ngetal" in the Ogham Tree Calender.
Ngetal, the 12th.
Powers of The Reed.
If you were born in the 12th lunar month, between Oct. 28th, and Nov. 24th, than this is your birth tree, and a Reed Wood wand would be most fitting to you.
To the 'Old Ones', the Druids and the Celts, all things in the natural world represented the connection with life, the gods and the earth. Both reed and wheat were highly revered for their everyday usefulness rather than their magic.
But there is magic in all things which have drank the waters of the earth and bathed in the light of sun and moon.
The Reed for Wand Wood.
The reed represents fertility, protection, healing, and wisdom. It is also a source of music, for it's hollow stems can be used to create pan pipes and small flutes.
It has a wide range of strengths, and is suitable to the Healer, the Scholar, and even the Warrior. To understand it's powers we must understand it's uses in distant history, and thereby understand the connections the ancient Celts and Druids had with it.
A Guardian of Home
Some of the common uses of reeds in ancient times included thatching roofs, insulating walls, and weaving mats. Mats were especially popular as bedding and carpets, because it releases a sweet, deodorizing scent when crushed. The scent was believed to banish Evil spirits and demons.
In these ways does the Reed project a feeling of homliness. Home is a place of security, and protection, and thus does Reed win it's title as a guardian from Evil.
A Scholar's Friend
Whether you are alchemist, or librarian, a Reed wand may prove to be a loyal companion on your search for the sorcerer's stone.
Reeds were used to make paper, such as papyrus. Stalks were crushed together into a mat, and dried into flat mats, which could then be layered together to create thicker papers, and cut into strips to make the classic papyrus scroll were are all familiar with.
The hollow stalks could also be dried and cut to a point to make writing quills.
Such practices imbibe the Reed with the traits of a Scholar, to be knowledgeable and wise. Making it a fine companion for the alchemist or Druid.
A Touch of Shadow.
We are all familiar with the old adage, "Without dark, there can be no light" and so it is with the Reed as well. For all it's powers of homely security and wisdom, the Reed, delicate and inocent as it is, does have a dark side, and it is intertwined with it's light. It's power to heal.
The reed was a favorite remedy of skilled healers for mending arrow wounds. Yet, most intreguing, those very same Reeds can be used to create a deadly swift arrow. The very device which caused the wound has the power to heal it, and so does the Reed show it's propensity as a killer, as much as a healer.
As a Wand Maker, I am always on the lookout for such tells. Little secrets the wood will whisper to you, telling you what core it should have, and what it should not. Balance is always the key. Niether good, nor evil, neither light nor dark, but capable of all, and perfectly atuned to it's master. Perfectly balanced upon a knife's edge, where a single miss-step could send it tumbling to one side, or the other.
Walking this delicate edge is the task of the wand maker.
For Those Who Seek the Reed Wand
Reed is a thin and delicate species, prone to damage if it is agressively handled. To any who seek a reed wand, I suggest using a composite wand design. By adding a birch or alder frame to the wand, you can imbibe your wand with the powers of the Reed, and align it with your personality, while protecting the precious and keeping it insured against accidents. As I am sure we have all sat on our fair number of charished wands.
For the Core of a Reed Wand
I would most strongly suggest Pheonix, or Unicorn tail as campatible matches with the Reed wand. These are temperate and flexible cores that will favor most any witch or wizard, and will not overpower the Reed shaft and cause it to "warp" as I call it. To become instable, and missaligned within itself, which can cause sporadic bursts of magic and dangerous accidents while performing spells.
For the more advanced wizard, you may attempt to use Dragon Heartstring, or Black Unicorn tail, even Thestral Tail if you are up to the challenge.
These cores are far less stable that the pheonix, or white unicorn. They are more agressive, independant, and will react quickly and violently to any hot-headedness or bursts of anger that the wielder may feel while using them.
For general use, and those who seek to bring security, comfort and joy to your home, use a pheonix core in your wand. It will bring healing, and wisdom, and protection when needed.
For the scholar, you may also use the Pheonix core, but greater mysteries of life and death may be discovered with a threstral core, if you are up to the challenge.
The Healer may seek the Phoenix, or the Unicorn, but know that the fighting spirit of the Phoenix is greater.
For the Auror, and the warrior, core your wand in Pheonix, or Dragon Heartstring, and dress your wand in Oak and leather.
To the practitioner of the Dark Arts... you know best what you need.
If you have any questions about the powers and properties of Reed, or whether or not it is suited to you, feel free to send me an owl through my contact page.
I am always here to help you find the wand of your dreams.
By Merlin's Staff, I bid you ado.
Fine wands Since 1620