In general, a wand is a tool used to direct energy. A priapic wand does the same thing, except it has a more specific purpose for the energy it is directing. This energy is directed into the Earth. She has been asleep all winter, the Sun has been renewed and her sleeping days are now over. We want her to wake up and see the new Sun. This wand is designed for exactly that purpose and that is why it’s a great tool at Imbolc.
Throughout the month, I will do some posts on the meaning of Imbolc and also of the Gods associated with the sabbat more in depth. However, to understand this wand you need to understand its symbology to the divine father. Throughout mythology, every pantheon has its fertility gods. To name a few there is Herne, Pan, Cernunnos, and yet in some traditions it is a generic Horned God. The priapic wand got its name from another Greek fertility god Priapism. What all these gods have in common is that they are the representative of the divine father. They are normally depicted with a beasts head (goat, bull, deer, etc.) and horns or antlers. This depiction symbolizes the union of man and animal. Another common theme in the fertility God depiction is an erect penis. Among other things, this is to symbolize their fertility. Throughout mythology the phallus is a powerful symbol of masculine power and also of protection.
The priapic wand is designed to resemble the phallus in shape. The strings attached to the wand can symbolize other things depending on personal preference. Some choose greens and browns to resemble the rebirth of the plant life. Other people may prefer reds and colors that represent love and passion. The priapic wand is used during Imbolc celebrations or rituals by adults and children as a way of waking up Mother Earth. It is taken around and shaken, hence the need for noisy bells, at the ground to awaken Mother Earth from her slumber.
As the sun has returned and is beginning to slowly warm the ground, life slowly reemerges. It is during this time that seeds are planted, hence the symbology of the phallus. These seeds are planted in the Earth and in the animals and we will see the birth of this beautiful life at Ostara.
Much of the focus at Imbolc is on the Goddess, rather than the God. Obviously, she is a center point of the sabbat. However, I like to balance the energy in my practice and give appropriate recognition where it is due. So, in our future blog on Imbolc we will take a closer look at the feminine aspect of Imbolc where today we will focus on our Gods role. And while many practitioners will set up a Brigid bed or symbol, there are many who will also set a priapic wand right next to it drawing on the energy of the God and Goddess for blessing for the year to come.
Many people chose to make their own priapic wand for Imbolc. However, if you find yourself wanting to include this tradition in your celebration but don’t feel artistic enough or are short on time…..Cynnamon Charmed has some beautiful wands in stock now in our Imbolc/Valentine’s Day section in the shop. Click HERE to visit the store.