After the conversion of the Irish kings to Christianity, pioneered by St. Patrick, many of the old spiritual leaders (druids) privately continued to practise their old rituals. These holy men held positions of power and influence and resisted the idea of being on an equal status with mere priests or monks. Many used their influence to garner elevation to the status of Saint.
Fiach seems to have been a term used for a holy man and many took this title as their sainted name, rather than using their given name or a Christianised one, so the name came to be recorded as St. Fiach. St. Fiach of Clonmore (near Shillelagh) was the last great shaman (spiritual leader) of the Siol Ealaigh people. His Christian seat was at Clonmore monastery but he continued his traditional practices from his hermitage (retreat) in Killabeg(Littlewood) a short distance from both Clonmore and Shillelagh villages, at a place now know as 'St. Fiach's Well'. The well is a place of pilgrimage to this day and believers still frequent to ask for cures for their ailments.
Made from blackthorn, our 'Druid' wands have been treated with the waters from St. Fiach's Well, continuing the ancient tradition and connecting with the spirituality of nature.
Price $30. (Available with - No Markings / Inscription / Lightening Flash / Alchemy Symbols
From the earliest times, blackthorn thickets provided sanctuary, its wood was an excellent fuel source and Blackthorn made the most formidable weapons, and the timing of its flowering indicated the ideal time for planting crops. It came to be revered as a 'holy bush'.
With the introduction of Christianity, the old pagan traditions came to be seen as anti-christian and even reviled as witchcraft. This was alluded to by J.K. Rowling when Harry's wand was destroyed in The Deathly Hallows and was replaced with a blackthorn wand, mentioning that blackthorn wands are suited to warriors and practitioners of the Dark Arts.
Our 'Wizard' wands reflect the connection to ancient Irish peoples, their association with alchemy and the link with the Harry Potter story, and are finished in plain black or adorned with basic alchemic symbols and/or the signature 'lightning flash'. Name includeded, if desired Price $25
The primary function of Bards in Irish tradition was as storytellers. Within their memorized tales was the oral history of former heroes and Kings, and they thus memorialized the lineage of families and supported the rights of their patrons to ownership and control of lands and Kingdoms. They were highly regarded within communities and often included some religious elements to their ceremonies, and for these they used a simpler version of the druid wand with straighter lines and less embelishment so as not to be seen to outdo the status of the higher ranking Holy man.
Price $25. (Available with - No Markings / Inscription / Lightening Flash / Alchemy Symbols
The Shaman was the highest ranking Holy man in ancient Ireland. Usually the spiritual advisor to the King or Chieftan, they were also responsible for the training and indoctrination of all the druids / priests in their kingdom. Thus, they were a powerful influence on the running of the realm as they had the ear of the King and also, through their network of subordinates, the ear of the people. One of their most visible status symbols was the more ornate, carved blackthorn wand.
With the coming of Christianity, many Kings who embraced the new religion kept the services of their faithful Shamans and, not wishing them to have the status of mere priests or even bishops, often pressurised the Church to have them elevated to the status of Saint. The proliferation of such saints led to Ireland being referred to as the Isle of Saints and Scholars.
These wands are also treated with water from St. Fiach's Well. Price $50
The ideal way to store and display your blackthorn wand.
A stablised base, weighted with lead where necessary, which accepts your wand neatly and presents it proudly on your table, shelf or mantlepiece.
Larger units made and priced to order.
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Individual wand costs $17.50 to ship by registered post outside Ireland.
Additional wands ship for free.
Inscriptions such as names, meaningful messages and features/symbols can be personalised. Just ask!
We will do our best to personalise your wand to your liking.
Large amount of stock available in all types online and in-store.
St. Fiach's Well
Below are images of St. Fiach's Well.
St. Patrick's Well
Below are images of St. Patrick's Well at Toberpatrick(literally 'Patrick's well') about 8 miles from Shillelagh village. It was here that St. Patrick is reputed to have met with Crimthan, King of the Ui Cinseallaigh (from whom the Siol Ealaigh people later descended) and converted him to Christianity.