I think the Bible references to rod and staff are to do with Earth Energy. Most of us no longer understand these things, having become dependent on the national grid for electric energy, and on taps for our processed water.
A rod is used for divining water. A divining rod. And all Bible references to “rod” are to do with divining for water or earth energy. The word divine is used to mean water or earth energy too, because water and earth energy are divine.
“Spare the rod and spoil the child” is possibly the most horribly misused phrase in the Bible, as it has been used to justify child abuse, and still is. I think a better interpretation is that the rod is used in some way to gain water and earth energy for the child, possibly to create an incredible energetic environment for childbirth. This might explain why King Arthur’s birth was apparently at a place where there is a strong earth energy (Tintagel), and that this made him special. I guess Jesus’ birth was similarly special. I am sure the wise men and the shepherds had the skills of rod and staff.
Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’ uncle, put his staff into the ground on Wearyall Hill, near Glastonbury. He probably had Jesus with him at the time. The staff grew into a bush of Holy Thorn, which existed until it was vandalised in 2010. A cutting is sent each year to the Queen by the Diocese of Bath and Wells, which shows its importance. The Thorn is exactly on a node point of earth energy. So Joseph must have divined the earth energy node, then used his staff to mark it or fix it or harness the energy or water he had found.
Shepherds and pilgrims carry staffs. (A shepherds crook is also known as a staff). They need to survive out in the wild on their own. A pilgrim’s staff is often shaped as a cross at the top, which reminds me of the town crosses and cross shaped churches which mark Earth Energy points. A wand is also known as a staff, which implies magical properties. The staff is often a symbol of high rank, such as a Bishop, or King, or landowner. 18th century portraits of men nearly always have a staff. I suspect it is more than just a symbol, especially as they were often topped with gold or silver, both highly conductive of electricity.
“As I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, thy rod and staff comfort me” is a phrase from the Bible. I take this to mean that even in the worst of conditions, if you have a divining rod to find water and energy, and you have a staff to harness that water and energy, you will be ok. You don’t need much else. Survival tools.
(see earlier posts: X Marks the Spot, Power Points)