Altars & Sacred Tools

Altars & Sacred Tools

 It may be  important to remember that tools, herbs, candles, crystals and so on are not actually necessary to work magic. Your own energy and the power of your mind, as well as the blessings of the deities and spirits, are the important things. However, these extra ingredients do make it easier to...

Iron

Iron

Iron In folklore, one of the best charms against witches, sorcerers, demons and other evil spirits. In Europe, folklore holds that witches cannot pass over cold iron, and burying an iron knife under the doorstep of one’s house will ensure that no witch will ever enter. In some rural locales, iron has been used...

 Hair and nails

 Hair and nails

Hair and nails possess magical attributes that contain the essence of a person, and thus are important ingredients in many magic spells. Hair is associated with strength and virility, and with psychic protection. Abundant hair was considered an asset for many monarchs. The ancient Egyptians believed that a potion made of hair, nail clippings...

Gris – Gris

Gris – Gris

 In Vodun, charms or talismans kept for good luck or to ward off evil. The original gris-gris were probably dolls or images of the gods, but most gris-gris today are small cloth bags filled with herbs, oils, stones, small bones, hair and nail clippings, pieces of clothing soiled with perspiration and/or other personal items,...

Grimoires

Grimoires

Handbooks of magic, some reputedly dating back to ancient sources, popular from the 17th to early 19th centuries. Grimoires still are consulted by students of ceremonial magic in modern times, though newer books have replaced them. In modern Witchcraft, some rituals may draw on ceremonial magic texts, but the Witch’s personal handbook of Craft...

Garters

Garters

Ornaments with magical properties, and in contemporary Witchcraft, sometimes worn in various rituals and as badges of rank. Garters may have been used in rituals in Paleolithic times: an ancient cave painting in northeastern Spain portrays nine women, wearing pointed headdresses, dancing in a circle around a naked man, who wears a cord or...

Elf Arrows

Elf Arrows

Arrowhead-shaped flints from the Stone Age found in many parts of the British Isles, Europe and northern Africa, which witches supposedly used as weapons against animals and people. Elf-arrow superstitions predominate in Ireland, Scotland and parts of En­gland, where fairy lore is strong (see fairies). According to lore, many witches learn their craft from...

Corn Dolly

Corn Dolly

A ritual doll, or variation of a poppet, used in traditional seasonal rites for fertility of the land. The corn dolly is a harvest figure made of either the last or first sheaves of grain. It is placed in the fields or used as a charm in fertility rites or as a centerpiece in...

Cone of Power

Cone of Power

 The raising and directing of a spiral of psychic energy in ritual and spellcraft. Gerald B. Gardner described the cone of power as one of the “old ways” of witches; most likely, he borrowed the concept from the various magical sources he used in constructing his rituals and book of shadows. The raising of...

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