The Sulfur-headed wand is the scepter of the Second Adept in the Portal Hall (The Second Degree). The Second Adept represents the qualities of heat and the active male principle. As one of the Three Alchemical Principles, sulfur is both tangible and intangible. Within its tangible aspect it is an oil and it is to be found in all substances. Its intangible aspect is that of consciousness which is found in all substances in varying degrees. Sulfur is symbolic of the desire for positive action, and of vital heat. In the complicated symbolism of alchemy, sulfur represents one of the stages of the evolution of matter and of the human psyche.