Yesterday I reviewed a conversation about why wands were a symbol for air. Today I’m at work and suddenly a picture pops into my head:
Followed immediately by the question: Why doesn’t the Scarlet Witch use a wand?
The answer is pretty easy if you think about it: perspective. The Marvel universe doesn’t really feature “magic”; she herself doesn’t seem to see what she does as “magic”. Now I’m not a huge Marvel Universe aficionado – I’ve seen the movies, that’s about it. But I have friends who are, and I confirmed with them that what she focuses and gives shape to is the energy of herself and the world around her. She’s a mutant, and her ability is not some metaphysical something beyond herself. It’s inborn, part of herself. She uses her own body to give it shape, and her hands are the material component which grounds her will into reality, not an external component like the wand.
In another post a few days I was torn between adopting tools or not. I think my brain threw this question at me in response to that quandary — urging me to consider how do I view what I do. Is the energy that I work with external or internal? I view it as internal, and extension of me. I call it forth and give it form through intention and action, but it’s still me, my energy, my connection to the world around me, my will. What would the Scarlet Witch do with a wand??
So I think the question of whether or not to use tools is actually a question of “what are you doing?” or, more specifically, “where is the power coming from?” Knowing that then allows me to answer the question of whether or not to use tools.
Another thing of note: the Scarlet Witch doesn’t create something out of nothing. Wizards/Witches with their wands/staves … do. Both affect the world, both use unseen forces to do their will, but wand users tend to think anything is possible if they know the right combinations.