The Salt-headed Wand is the scepter of the Third Adept in the Portal Hall (The Second Degree). The Third Adept in this particular ceremony represents the feminine qualities of moisture and receptivity. Of the Three Alchemic essentials, salt is the physical vehicle of manifestation for the other two. Sulfur characterizes each thing in a particular way—mercury gives animation—but salt provides the matrix. Salt is the receptive body, the material substance. The symbol of salt on the Tree of Life embraces all the Sephiroth except Malkuth, and is as it were, the Reconciler between sulfur and mercury. The horizontal dividing line in the symbol implies the precept of Hermes, “as above so below.”
When ordering the Salt Wand as one in a set of Three Alchemical Wands, you have three color options: 1) unpainted, 2) blue, and 3) yellow.
Option 1 (unpainted) will allow you to paint the wand any way you like.
Option 2 (blue) stresses the Salt Wand as having an affinity with Water. This option is a natural choice for the Salt Wand as part of the trio of Wands used in a Golden Dawn Portal Ceremony.
Option 3 (yellow) stresses alchemical Salt as having an affinity with Air. As part of a trio of Alchemical Wands, the blue Mercury Wand would be accompanied by the red Sulphur Wand and the yellow Salt Wand. (In Alchemy, Mercury and Sulphur represent Spirit and Soul or Water and Fire, with Salt representing the reconciling Body that contains Mercury and Sulphur. In this scenario, Salt has an affinity with the reconciling element of Air.)