A poppet is a doll fashioned from
cloth or clay to represent a person or
persons at whom a spell is directed.
The cloth doll is usually stuffed with
Spanish moss, to give it form, and
herbs that correspond with the primary intention of the spell. When clay is used, small amounts
of the primary herbs are crushed and then mixed in with
the soft clay. Photographs, hair, nail clippings, and clothing
belonging to the person are then added to the doll. The
intention is to make the doll resemble the person, so that
what is done to the doll will in turn actually happen to the
In most cases, poppets are used for love-drawing spells,
healing rites, and in some cases to protect an individual from
harm. The entire process is based on the first principle of
magick, the Law of Similarity (also referred to as homeopathic or imitative magick), which basically states that like
produces like, or that an effect may resemble its cause.
Simply put, whatever you do to the symbolic representation
of a person, place or thing will directly affect that same person, place, or thing.