The spiritual origin of the “magic wand”

Most of us are familiar with the old=fashioned magical show where a magician waves a wand and “presto”—pulls a rabbit out of the hat!

The wand and its magical powers had its cultural origins in an ancient symbolic language, which was also used in the narratives of Holy Scripture. For instance, when Moses frequently stretched out his “rod,” miraculous things always followed. A wand or rod symbolizes power. Moses’ and Aaron’s rod symbolized power from God or Divine power.

According to theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, in the original language used by ancient shepherds, a rod referred to a traveler’s staff.  A traveler’s staff (as well as the modern walking cane) represents the power of supporting the body just as the power of truth supports and serves the soul. This is the reason why shorter “rods” or “staffs” were used by kings to represent the power of truth (from God) residing within their royal proclamations and edicts. These rods or short staffs used by the royalty were called scepters.

A shepherd’s staff symbolized the power they exercised over their flocks. The Romans even used sticks tied together in bundles to symbolize the power of laws that served and promoted the common good of society.

It is because of this symbolism that Egyptian magi made use of rods to perform their miracles. Finally, this symbolism was further modified to become a magician’s wand.

What is the reason a length of wood can communicate this power?

In the ancient and universal language of symbolism, tree branches (or sticks) represented the power of natural good. Trees are good for the health of nature’s ecosystem and therefore tree boughs symbolized the power of that goodness,

Therefore, in a person’s hand, a staff, rod or wand becomes an extension of, and represents the power not merely of a tree, but the moral power of that person’s heart and mind to do good (or evil) for society. It is the outward power of the principles and worldviews we apply to our lives.


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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6 Responses to The spiritual origin of the “magic wand”

  1. Sue says:

    Very nice topic for today (Palm Sunday). The people in the crowd on the way waved palm branches. Do you think maybe that was a milder “truth” than a hard stick would have been? A truth that was more humble and paltry in the real world, but stronger and more flexible in the spiritual world of Jesus?

  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Sue,

    They also put their coats down as well on the Lord’s path into Jerusalem. This means that they were willing to submit their hearts and minds to the power of the Lord’s teachings through humility. A palm branch is more bending.

    But by the end of the week all that changed.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. Ray says:

    The wand and its descendent, the scepter, were originally tools of magic.
    It was a stick with a reflective or refractive object – such as a polished stone or jewel – attached to its far end.
    It was used in the same way as a hypnotist might use a swinging watch.

    Years ago it was discovered that simply assuming the facial expressions of emotions could help to bring on those emotions themselves – even in the absence of any appropriate external stimuli.
    Forcing oneself to smile or grimace leads to a modicum of pleasure or discomfort even without any other stimulus.

    It has been suggested that simply making the eyes of a willing person go back and forth at about the same pace as the eye movements which are observed during R.E.M. sleep induce a right brain hemisphere dominant state.
    Such states are likely to occur after about 90 minutes of regular brain activity or left brain hemisphere dominance.
    While these periods usually lead to nothing more than day dreaming, they do indicate a receptiveness to becoming disconnected from normal external stimuli and to becoming involved in out of the ordinary patterns of thought.`

    The waving of the wand in an arc at about 2 Hz in front of the face of a willing subject, together with a droning tone of voice, is a method of inducing a hypnotic trance which goes back to prehistoric times.
    The scepter is an indication that the authority of kingship did not originate in strength and courage on the battlefield, but in success in magic.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Ray,

      Thank you for contributing to this conversation. However, the topic goes beyond a mere secular approach. The “wand” represents power and all power originates from God!

      Spiritually yours,

  4. Kountry says:

    Thankyou for sharing this wisdom from the greatest height .I am needing to speak to someone about this very subject.I have had great experiences spiritual happenings before my eyes.I am seeking the highest wisdom from above to get the understanding I need .Of knowing more of who I am and questions I’ve had that I need answered.Gods power and light are in me .We are all born with gifts and talents.I want to know the meaning with those I’ve been given.I know I’ve seen so many supernatural blessings its Amazing!!! I Give God all THe Glory!!! And Jesus is My risen Savior!!
    Kountry Taylor

  5. thegodguy says:

    Dear Kountry,

    Please read my books. They will give you more insights concerning spiritual realities. I am currently working on another book which will explain the obstacles people have with genuine spiritual growth.

    Spiritually yours,

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