Ebony is well-known as the most powerful magical
wood. Scott Cunningham, trusted writer of over 30
books about magic and the occult, writes about
ebony, "Ebony wood is protective and so is used in
making amulets. Ebony wands give the magician
pure, unadulterated power."
The power of ebony is non-discriminating. It is
useful for any magical practice and with any
element. It is especially useful in spells dealing with
the home, love, and Venus.
Ebony is a dense black wood, most commonly yielded by several species in the genus Diospyros, but may also refer to other heavy, black (or dark colored) woods from unrelated species. Ebony is dense enough to sink in water. It is finely-textured and has a very smooth finish when polished, making it valuable as an ornamental wood. The word "ebony" derives from the Ancient Egyptian hbny.