Aaron’s Rod
A magic wand deriving from the biblical narrative of the
rods of Moses and Aaron that were used in the miracles of dividing
the waters of the Red Sea and in causing water to gush
from a rock in the desert. When Aaron cast his rod before pharaoh
and his magicians (Exodus 7), the rod transformed into
a serpent, hence the occult use of Aaron’s Rod with a motif of
a serpent. An old Jewish legend states that Aaron’s rod was created
on the sixth day of Creation and was retained by Adam
after leaving the Garden of Eden, subsequently passing into the
hands of a succession of patriarchs. An apocryphal Christian
legend states that the rod was cut from the Tree of Knowledge,
eventually came into the possession of Judas, and was the beam
of the cross on which Christ was crucified.
The hazel wand used by water diviners in dowsing echoes
the water finding by Aaron’s rod in the desert. Some form of
wand has always been a symbol of authority. The wand also survives
as the magical staff of modern conjuring magicians.

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