The Pagan Basics series is for those looking to find out more about the basic concepts, symbols and values of paganism. A series of short articles which give explanations to some of paganism’s most fundamental concepts, images and shared understandings.
A staff is used by some pagans as a tool during ritual use. They are not a mandatory tool for all pagans, and can come in a variety of different shape and sizes. Like a wand, a staff can be used for directing energy and intent during ritual.
They are commonly around as tall as their owner. Some heathen, or those who follow the northern pagan paths, may use a staff as part of their outdoor meditation practices, called ‘sitting out’.
Like wands, staffs may be made of different woods, or occasionally bamboo, the qualities associated with the wood being present within the final staff. They may be carved, have crystals, antler, bone, braids or feathers tied to the tops, or plain depending on personal requirements. An individual may hold their staff as sacred, it is respectful to ask before touching unless it is for sale.