Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Enigmundia: Wands, Rods, and Staves revisited

In an earlier post on mage culture, I talked about wands, rods, and staves.

That philosophy tends to be the case for the male mages in particular. Many female mages follow a different tradition. Wands tend to be wielded for purposes of creation, Rods tend to be wielded for purposes of detection, measurement, management, or control. Staves tend to be used for destruction.

This is because these women look to the Parcae -- the Fates -- for their inspiration and resonant sources of power.

The wands tend to evoke the look of a stylized spindle, reminiscent of Nona, who spins the thread of life. As per her name, there tend to be nine of something in the patterns of the wands.

The rods tend to evoke the look of a measuring rod, reminiscent of Decima, who measures the length of each thread of life. As per her name, there tend to be ten of something in the pattern of the rods.

The staves are the most distinctive, because they are stylized to look like long, closed sets of scissors sheathed in a scabbard of sorts. This is reminiscent of Morta, who cuts the threads of life. Patterns of skulls tend to adorn these staves.

Their light weight tends to suggest a lighter material transformed into wood or metal.

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