Spiritual Properties of Wood

Ebony (Macassar)
Wood Origin:
Celebes Islands, Maluku and Borneo (Asia)

Gender Association:
Masculine and Feminine, equality

Planetary Association:
Venus, Jupiter

Elemental Association:
All 5 (fire, water, earth, air, spirit), emphasis on Water

Other magical properties:
Power to change, positive luck, balance of energy, breaks down social barriers.

Ebony is well-known as the most powerful magical wood. Scott Cunningham, trusted writer of over 30 books about magic and the occult, writes about ebony, “Ebony wood is protective and so is used in making amulets. Ebony wands give the magician pure, unadulterated power.”

The power of ebony is non-discriminating. It is useful for any magical practice and with any element. Macassar ebony differs slightly from the energy of Gaboon ebony, in that it is more centered around emotions and intuition. This wood would be especially useful in the seeking of spiritual knowledge and exploring intuition and emotion. It would not be especially useful for healing.

Historically, this wood was used in the handles of Samurai swords.

Eucalyptus
Wood Origin:
Australia, Various

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Mars

Elemental Association:
Earth

Other magical properties:
One of the strongest healing woods known, eucalyptus trees have been used for medicines for centuries as well as for ritual items pertaining to healing. The energy of this wood is good and pure, clean like the earth from which it is born. This wood is highly recommended for any purpose combating illness or promoting good health.

Eucalyptus is also primarily associated with positive luck, especially if related to knowledge. For instance, using eucalyptus in a ritual seeking a positive result to pending news (tests, interviews) would prove beneficial. Worn as a charm, this wood would promote positive luck for the wearer. It is also an excellent tool in divination.

Katalox
Wood Origin:
Central America

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Saturn, Jupiter

Elemental Association:
Earth, Water

Other magical properties:
Katalox is primarily a wood of balance, especially the balance between light and darkness. It helps one achieve self-knowledge, the ability to see one’s own life as others might, and to decide which aspects may be out of balance or in need of correction. It allows one to feel “at home” in their own skin, complete by acknowledgement of the whole self and seeing the whole of reality, not just the parts people often wish to see. Useful both for those who dwell too much in the light, having a difficulty coping with death, sorrow, or mysterious subject-matter, or those who constantly dwell in darkness, refusing to let the light in. Balance is the key. This wood brings about acceptance on many levels.
For those who have anger issues, Katalox is an excellent tool for overcoming them. The wood is introspective and grounding, slowing anger and allowing one to think clearly and see situations in a more logical and understanding manner.

This wood is a wonderful tool for change. Those who have a difficult time coping with change will find that they are able to accept and learn from change better. Those who have a difficult time bringing about change in their life will find it easier to do so.

This is also an excellent tool for exploring divination, mysteries, and other forms of “dark” spirituality.

Kingwood
Wood Origin:
Brazil

Gender Association:
Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association:
Saturn, Moon, Jupiter

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Water

Other magical properties:
The primary energies of this wood are strength and protection. It is associated with the very assertive masculine and the warrior-feminine. It will block out unwanted energy, forming an impenetrable protective barrier. This wood brings with it the ability to exert one’s will upon the world, creating needed or desired change.
The power of this wood blasts away all ambiguity. It will allow one to discover their true spiritual path, locking in only the most sincere beliefs, allowing the rest to fall away. It clarifies confusion.

This wood is an excellent healing wood, closely tied with willpower. It would also be excellent for luck magic or divination. Also excellent for curses or other offensive magic, this is not a wood for novices or the untrustworthy.

Koa
Wood Origin:
The Hawaiian Islands

Gender Association:
Split between masculine and feminine, different associations for each

Planetary Association:
Masculine: Jupiter, Saturn, Sun, Mercury

Feminine: Moon, Venus, Sun, Mercury

Elemental Association:
Masculine: Water

Feminine: Fire

Other magical properties:
Koa is one of the most curious of woods we have had the pleasure of working with. It has both a masculine and a feminine side, almost completely separate.

Masculine properties: The energy associated with the masculine aspects of this wood are duality and balance, like the tides. This energy is deeply connected with the ocean, which is alternately giving and destructive. To truly utilize the masculine properties of this wood, one must be able to recognize and become comfortable with the ebb and flow of its energy. Deity: Kanaloa, Hawaiian God of the Sea

Feminine properties: Centered around the element of fire, Koa in its feminine aspect brings creativity, beauty, and wisdom, and strength. It also brings a fiery energy, capable of destructive power or the power to overcome strife. Deity: Pele, Hawaiian Fire Goddess

Leopardwood (Lacewood)
Wood Origin:
Australia

Gender Association:
Both masculine and feminine

Planetary Association:
Mars and Venus

Elemental Association:
Water

Other magical properties:
Leopardwood is very useful in divination, especially obtaining news from afar. It is also associated with positive luck, a gambler’s wood. The energy of this wood is overall very positive, and it would be an excellent wood for use in almost any ritual or spell, but especially those dealing with luck or divination.

Lignum Vitae
Wood Origin:
South America and parts of Europe

Gender Association:
Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association:
Sun, Jupiter, Venus

Elemental Association:
Earth, Water

Other magical properties:
The hardest, densest wood in the word, Lignum Vitae means “long life” in Latin. This tree is also called the “Tree of Life” as well as “Iron Wood.” The wood is so dense and heavy that it will not even float in water. It comes with a long history and legend. This naturally green wood has been used for time untold in construction due to the fact that it is so hard and dense. Because it has a large amount of resin within it as well as its density, it is naturally lubricated and was thus used as ball bearings on ships.

The greatest legend about this wood is that Merlin the Wizard carried a staff and/or wand made from Lignum Vitae. This legend appears in both literature and ancient writings about the legend of Camelot. If true, it is hardly surprising. The energy within the wood is perfectly suited to a great man such as Merlin.

This wood has a profoundly positive energy. The overall energy of the wood can be summed up as “the power and strength of goodness.” Its strong connections with the sun, Jupiter, and luck energy make the wood an ideal tool for any worker of positive magick. The energy about the wood is very healing, in both physical and spiritual matters. The energies within the wood would also be excellent for divining information from far away as well as close to home.

This wood represents the end of strife and the beginning of a new, positive, cycle.

Mahogany (Genuine)
Wood Origin:
Honduras

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon

Elemental Association:
Primary: Earth, Secondary: Fire

Other magical properties:
Mahogany is an interesting wood mainly because, while most woods have a variety of differing uses, this one is very specialized. This wood is very focused on fertility, growing. It has a very powerful bond with the Earth, and will channel Earth energy better than any other.

Secondary to fertility, this wood has other uses as well. Enhancing intuition, strengthening bonds with blood relatives (especially the mother/son relationship), and exploring and clarifying goals are all possible uses for Mahogany. This wood would not be good for divination.

Mahogany (African)
Wood Origin:
Africa

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Moon

Elemental Association:
Primary: Spirit, Secondary: Fire

Other magical properties:
This is one of the most spiritually focused of all woods, and would be best used in magic dealing with anything non-physical. Divination and spiritual growth and guidance are its primary properties. It is also an excellent wood for healing spells, though mostly for emotional and spiritual healing.

Maple
Wood Origin:
Various

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Moon, Jupiter

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Water

Other magical properties:
Maple is a fascinating a beautiful wood due largely to the great deal of variation in its appearance. Some maple wood is without any interesting grain, while some has an amazing wavy (called “curly”) appearance with remarkable translucence. And some maple is known as “Bird’s Eye” maple because it has tiny little spots in the grain, like miniature knotholes, throughout the wood. And still other maple is “spalted,” or crossed with very dark lines within the grain. It is sometimes hard to tell that all of these woods come from the same type of tree.
Maple is one of the most spiritual woods in existence. Because of this, the primary use of the wood is that of spiritual healing. It is also amazing when working with moon magick.

Maple is a traveler’s wood. Those who are always on the move and changing will feel right at home with this type of energy. It allows a person to focus in on the choices in any situation, eliminating luck and chance. It enhances intellectual pursuits and learning.

Mopane
Wood Origin:
Zimbabwe

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Mars, Saturn

Elemental Association:
Air

Other magical properties:
Communication and awareness are the two main energies present in this wood. It has the ability to add or remove blockages from communication. This makes it excellent for treating communication disorders, such as speech impediments or autism. It is also a good tool for blocking out unwanted communication, both physical and spiritual in nature.
This wood helps one let go of past pains and move forward in life. It brings a general positive energy, making past hurts seem not as important. It will aid in planning out and attaining future goals.

Myrtlewood
Wood Origin:
North America

Gender Association:
Balanced masculinity and femininity

Planetary Association:
Venus, Jupiter, Mars

Elemental Association:
Primary: Earth, Secondary: Fire

Other magical properties:
This wood is all about balanced energy. Oftentimes, people will focus only on one or two details of their lives, neglecting the rest. This wood’s energy helps us to step back and see the big picture, not getting overwhelmed by the details. It helps to balance the energies within us or a situation. Myrtlewood will aid in decision making, but not luck.

This wood is very versatile. It is good for healing, creating abundance, and for nurturing passionate love. However, it has a very honest energy and will not tolerate deception or “creative truth” in any of your workings with it.

Olivewood, Italian
Wood Origin:
Italy

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Saturn, Sun

Elemental Association:
Earth, Spirit

Other magical properties:
Balance between the spiritual and physical aspects of life is often difficult to attain. The central energy within this wood bring about this balance. It will allow a person to travel between the spiritual and physical words at ease, and thus is an excellent tool for astral projection or communication with spirits or the dead. This energy is somewhat chaotic due to its extremely powerful connection with the spiritual realm, and may bring unwanted communication as well.
The spiritual journeys brought on by this wood can bring about self-love and a balance of energies, as well as a greater understanding of life and death.

Rebirth.

Osage Orange
Wood Origin:
USA, Great Plains

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Sun, Jupiter

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Earth, Fire

Other magical properties:
Named after the Osage tribe of the Great Plains region, this wood was used by those people to make bows and other items. An extremely strong and straight-grained wood, it is still the preferred wood to use for a recurve hunting bow or crossbow. This wood is famous for its ability to repel household pests and resist rot.

This wood is extremely spiritual in nature, especially related to matters that also coincide with earth energy. It would be ideal for communicating with spirit animals or guides. It is perfect for spiritual healing, such as astral healing. This wood aides in the pursuit of goals and passions.

Padauk
Wood Origin:
Africa, Gabon region

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Mars

Elemental Association:
Fire

Other magical properties:
A powerful yet chaotic wood, Padauk is not at all recommended for those new to The Craft. The energy of this wood is constantly changing, randomly fluctuating. It would, however, be an amazing wood for healing magic if one could learn to harness the chaotic energy within. In the hands of the inexperienced, it would likely do more harm than good.

Pear
Wood Origin:
Various, fruit wood

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Mercury, Sun

Elemental Association:
Earth, Fire

Other magical properties:
Extremely earth-centric energy, very grounded. This type of wood is best used for healing, and will appeal mostly to those who have a passion to heal. This wood would not be useful for spiritual exploration, such as astral projection, divination, etc, but is extremely useful in earth-centric matters. It brings a creative, inspiring energy to the home. This wood is excellent for use with money and prosperity spells.

Pink Ivory
Wood Origin:
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Sun, Mars

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Water

Other magical properties:
Pink Ivory was the royal wood of the Zulu people of Africa. Legend states that the Zulu king would carry a staff crafted from this wood, as well as ornamental jewelry, and any others caught possessing the wood of the Pink Ivory tree were to be punished by beheading. This included foreigners in their own country and abroad. Many have said that this legend was simply invented by the Africans to drive up the price of the wood as an export item, but that is unclear. It is a protected tree in South Africa, and only cut down by limited permit, making it one of the most rare and expensive crafting woods in the world. The tree itself is a fruit-bearing tree, and the fruit is traded in marketplaces across southern Africa.

Energetically, this wood is strongly associated with the sun, spiritual healing, and strength. “Change” and “growth” are the key words for this wood. It gives the power to bring about needed change in one’s own life, to learn and grow toward healthy goals. It grants the ability to leave the past behind, and look to the future, a brighter future not marred by the baggage of our past. This is especially true in home situations, where home life is a burden. It allows one to see and feel their home anew, leaving behind past hurts, or to seek a new home if that is desired.

Spiritually, this wood is not a good tool for communication with otherworldly spirits, but an excellent tool for healing one’s own spirit or the spirits of other living people or animals. It will aid in magic that seeks to heal emotional hurts, or cure inhibitions that cripple social behavior. It will aid in opening channels of communication between people (or between people and animals).

This wood is also an excellent tool for love magic, or magic having to do with luck or wealth.

Poplar
Wood Origin:
Europe and North America

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Venus

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Water, Fire

Other magical properties:
This wood has incredibly diverse energy, allowing it to be an all-purpose wood for magickal workings. While containing almost entirely masculine energy, it is also influenced by the power of Venus, bringing a softer, intuitive, feminine energy as well.

Spiritual energy is strongest within this wood, followed by the power of water. Water and spirit combined make this wood excellent for any working dealing with change, acts of will, or evocation (this is the wood we use to create our athames). This is also an excellent healing wood.

The diversity of the energy in this wood makes it useful for evocation as well as banishment rituals.

Purpleheart
Wood Origin:
Central and South America

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Venus and Mercury

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Air

Other magical properties:

A spiritual wood, purpleheart is excellent for use in divination magic. It also enhances energy dealing with creativity and knowledge. One of the best woods when dealing with spiritual healing and health issues, purpleheart would be especially useful in eradicating the negative energies that create strife in the home.

Redheart
Wood Origin:
South America, various

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Jupiter, Sun, Moon

Elemental Association:
Earth, Water

Other magical properties:
Containing an overall bright and carefree energy, redheart is an excellent wood for those seeking to be able to focus more on the “here and now” rather than dwelling on past or possible future events. It allows one to follow their whims, set aside their fears, and move their life in an overall positive direction. It does not distract one from real threats, but rather removes the fear and doubt that can cloud our judgment and make us imagine things worse than they may actually be. This wood will aid a person in finding their personal truth, free of self-deception.

Self-esteem is not to be underrated. Most of us live under certain assumptions about how people view us or our beliefs that may not be entirely accurate. The power of this wood will help a person set aside those assumptions, to feel free to speak their mind and express their views without fear of what others may think. It is a freeing energy, without self consciousness or darkness and doubt. It allows us to see this life for what it is, not what we imagine it to be, and to love it.

Rosewood (Bolivian)
Wood Origin:
Bolivia

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Mars, Moon, Venus

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Fire

Other magical properties:
This wood’s energy is primarily feminine, and focused on spiritual, intuitive health and beauty. Bolivian Rosewood is motherly, spiritual, and nourishing. It lends a boost to intuitive thought and feeling, and is thus excellent in divination and scrying. A healing wood, rosewood can be used in all healing rituals but is especially effective in spiritual healing. In matters dealing with beauty, rosewood can be very effective. Carried or worn as a charm, this wood will enhance female beauty and feminine grace. It would be good for love spells as well, but only those conducted with maturity and wisdom. Frivolous energies will not be enhanced by this wood.

Rosewood (East Indian)
Wood Origin:
India

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Moon, Venus, Saturn

Elemental Association:
Fire, Earth, Some Water

Other magical properties:
East Indian Rosewood has a very magical energy, but that of dark magic, mystery. Darkness is not a negative thing, but it is that which is not usually focused upon, the hidden things in life that escape the notice of most people. This wood will help a person work with these energies. For this reason, this wood is highly recommended for all magic involving divination, communication with the dead, and internal truth.

In addition, this wood is excellent for magic involving health and beauty, physical things that you can see and touch. Physical healing or the clearing up of cosmetic flaws would be good uses for this wood.

A very grounded wood, it can also help bring about positive change, even if that change does include some conflict. It can help bring about a feeling of being at home.

Rosewood (Honduran)
Wood Origin:
Honduras

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Venus, Saturn, Moon

Elemental Association:
Spirit, Water, Fire, Air (in order of strength)

Other magical properties:
Being a member of the rosewood family, this wood shares many properties with other rosewoods while also having a distinctly different energy all its own.

Unlike some other rosewoods, Honduran Rosewood is not purely feminine, allowing a small amount of masculine energy to also come through. The most powerful energy within the wood is spiritually focused. It would best be used for creative therapy and healing. This is a life-changing, positive, feminine energy.

Like most rosewoods, this wood is excellent for love magick and bringing passion into life. Also like most rosewoods, it is good for bringing about change and for boosting intuitive or psychic abilities. But unlike other rosewoods, the energy of Saturn allows this wood to also block out unwanted energies in magickal workings. This can be excellent for isolating only the desired aspect of the wood.

Sagebrush
Wood Origin:
Western United States

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Sun

Elemental Association:
Fire, Spirit

Other magical properties:
Though considered an unsightly desert weed by most people, the Native American people held the sagebrush plant in particular reverence. It was the only wood they used to burn in their sweat lodges, creating a greasy dark smoke that helped them achieve a higher state of consciousness. In their culture, this wood could not be collected until the collector was spiritually purified.
Not surprisingly, the primary energy of this wood is cleansing and purifying itself. It helps to clear away negativity and doubt, helping a person to focus on their true passions and to gain valuable insights. It reveals needed goals, and creates drive. It can help a person remove the obstacles they have found placed between themselves and the things they seek in life, by removing blockages within oneself.

This would also be an excellent tool for divination, but not with dark energy. It would not help with scrying, but would be an aid in meditative divination or spiritual journeys.

Tulipwood
Wood Origin:
Brazil

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
The Moon and Venus

Elemental Association:
Water

Other magical properties:
Tulipwood is part of the rosewood family. It carries with it many of the traits of other rosewoods, with a few unique traits as well. A very powerful feminine energy radiates from this wood. It would be extraordinary if used in moon magic, and anything having to do with creativity, intuitions, and beauty, and natural cycles. This would be an excellent wood for divination.

The primary element of this wood is water. Water usually brings with it a calm and peaceful effect. However, the energy of this wood contains the full spectrum of water energy, both peaceful and destructive. It is as though the very energy of the Goddess rests within the wood; beautiful and serene, yet powerful and proud.

The wood carries an overall positive energy, and also may be used to bring about affluence and wealth. One of the most powerful woods we have ever encountered, with a very diverse and potent energy.

Wenge
Wood Origin:
Tropical West Africa

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Saturn, Venus

Elemental Association:
Fire, Air, Spirit

Other magical properties:
Wenge is not only a beautiful wood to look at, but also a wonderful magical tool. It possesses a very relaxed energy, encouraging slow, even thought. It is the perfect tool for meditation, especially for those who have trouble slowing their thoughts. It is also a healing wood, useful for a variety of physical as well and emotional healing applications. Worn as a charm, this wood would create a more even mood and centered thought. It would also calm the temper and encourage learning. This wood is not for the impatient, if they hope to utilize it for quick power.

Whitewood
Wood Origin:
Romania

Gender Association:
Masculine and Feminine

Planetary Association:
Saturn, Moon, Sun

Elemental Association:
Air

Other magical properties:
Anyone who has purchased cheap lumber at a hardware store that is not specifically labeled pine has probably purchased whitewood, usually imported from Romania. It is a very fast growing tree related to the pine tree, but without the aroma or prevalence of sap.
This wood contains a very dark energy. Darkness is that which is mysterious and often frightening to people. It is extremely useful for many types of magic, including divination, communication with the spirit world, death, and exploring the mysteries of life. This wood is protective, allowing one to explore their dark side without getting lost within it. Overall, this wood helps one understand things that most people choose to ignore or may not even know exist.

It can bring healing through communication, and a general comfort through knowledge. It is a very grounded wood, despite the prevalence of air energy.

Yellowheart (also known as Satinwood)
Wood Origin:
Various, from Florida USA to Brazil

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Mars, Saturn, Moon

Elemental Association:
Water is strongest, but exhibits energy in all elements but fire

Other magical properties:
This wood contains a very powerful, and often strange, energy. Though it is overall positive, it is a wood highly influenced by luck and the energies which surround it. The results may be unpredictable, though usually not dangerous (unlike African Padauk).

The wood is highly in tune with the planet Mars. Mars brings both strife and war, or the energy to overcome these things. In this case, the energy is very tied up with life energy as well, possibly indicating that the wood could be used to influence health issues, both spiritual and physical.

Water energy is the strongest elemental force within this wood, and with it the cyclical energy of the moon. Water brings a peaceful energy, a stillness. This energy will be strongest on the full moon, and nearly nonexistent during a new moon.

The most interesting aspect of this wood is the prevalence of the planet Saturn. Saturn blocks Venus and the element of Fire in this wood’s energy, keeping creative thought, desires, and ambitions at a minimum. This would be highly useful for meditation, though may be a hindrance in other endeavors.

Yew, Pacific
Wood Origin:
North America, Pacific Northwest

Gender Association:
Masculine

Planetary Association:
Mercury, Jupiter, Moon

Elemental Association:
Earth, Spirit

Other magical properties:
Though not European Yew, the Pacific Yew is nearly identical to the species of tree that was used to create the infamous English Longbow. This species of Yew was instead used by the native people of North America to make spears and bows of great power and sacred history.

The main property of the Pacific Yew is focus. It grants the ability to block out the things that do not matter and concentrate on the matters at hand. It is an amazing aid in the pursuit of knowledge and goals. It brings a balance of the physical and spiritual worlds, the ability to concentrate on either with equal clarity.

Not a recommended wood for divination or luck, but highly recommended for use with the pursuit of goals, including love.

Zebrawood
Wood Origin:
Africa, Gabon region

Gender Association:
Feminine

Planetary Association:
Moon

Elemental Association:
Air

Other magical properties:
The primary associations of this wood are the moon, love, luck, wisdom, creativity, and beauty. It is the only wood we have encountered that has absolutely no masculine energy.

Though there is a very positive energy about this wood, it is not recommended for healing magic. It would, however, be an excellent tool in dealing with love magic, and anything relating to feminine energy or the moon. It would also be a good tool for divination.

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