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Poppet Pattern

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Print and cut out this pattern to make your own magickal poppets. [Enlarge the pattern to whatever size you want the finished poppet to be. Remember to make it about a half-inch larger all the way around to allow for the seams when sewing it together.]

Materials:

1 12-inch by 12-inch square of felt or other material to match skin color or magickal intent
sewing thread
sewing and embroidery needles
cotton batting or fiberfill for stuffing (optional)
herbs, incense, stones, and candles appropriate for purpose
a bit of fingernail, lock of hair or other momento of person for which poppet is intended
embroidery floss or fabric paint to match eye and lip color
yarn to match hair color
small scrap of fabric in the appropriate color for heart (green or blue for healing, pink or red for love, etc)

Instructions:

1. Print and cut out the poppet pattern.

2. Fold material, right sides together.

3.. Pin the pattern on the material, then cut out.

4. Proceed with poppet magick.

From http://www.earthwitchery.com/pattern.html

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Poppet Magick

Before we get into the process, let’s take some time to look at the magickal theory behind poppet magick, a form of sympathetic magick.

TYPES OF POPPETSThere’s a lot of room for creativity in poppet magick, as you’ll soon see. If you don’t have sewing supplies on hand, use wax or even potatoes. Some have been known to stuff gloves. The possibilities are endless. For some creative examples of poppets, go here.

Wax PoppetsThis is an intriguing poppet. If you saw the movie “Witches of Eastwick”, you saw Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle whats-her-name make one of these.

Take 7 white candles (new candles, not used) and melt down in a double boiler on low heat. You don’t want to melt them down to liquid, just soften them so they can be worked with. (If indeed you do liquidize them, just let them cool until they can be handled.) Remove wicks.

Rub lavender oil on your palms and fingers before working the wax. When the
wax can be easily shaped (don’t burn your hands!), begin to shape your poppet. Oils, herbs, and personal effects (hair, nails) should be kneaded into the wax. Try to incorporate some of the features of the person. Are they thin? Stocky? Any distinguishing features will help.

When the figure is shaped, place a representation of the heart in the chest area. This can be a piece of copal resin, a small piece of tourmaline, or any other stone or item that represents the heart. Take a pin or other pointed object and draw your magickal representations on the figure.

A variation on this process would be to rub an oil that corresponds to your magickal intent on your hands as you shape the poppet. Rose if it’s a love poppet. Patchouli for a prosperity poppet. Any oil that you would incorporate into the spell would be appropriate.

Cloth poppetsMy favorite method. Cut two identical gingerbread shapes from fabric. (See
pattern). Felt, cotton, or muslin is suitable, but so is fabric from the subject’s old shirt or any piece of clothing. Embroider, draw, or paint magickal symbols, words, anything meaningful to the spell on the right side of one piece of your pattern. Green eyes? Dark hair? This is where you add those details. Right sides together, sew the shapes together, leaving a good sized hole to stuff it with.

Prepare your herbal mixture. For those of you into numerology, one method is
to choose a number that corresponds with your magickal intent and add that number of herbs. I use multiples of three in my poppet blends. Using multiples of three, a prosperity blend might include patchouli, honeysuckle, and basil. If I’m adding honeysuckle flowers, I might add 6 or 9. I mix my personal effects with these herbs (hair, fingernails, a cut up picture, whatever I have.) For a money spell, I might shred a dollar or add three silver coins. For a healing spell, I might add a stone that represents the ailing body part and use herbs that would medicinally treat the sickness. This is where you can get entirely creative. I like to place representations of the heart inside cloth poppets. Again, a piece of copal resin or tourmaline would do nicely if stuffing inside. Some sew hearts on the outside in a color corresponding to the purpose of the spell.

You don’t have to stuff the poppet entirely with herbs. You can include a small herbal mixture with other kinds of stuffing — batting, shredded paper, whatever you have on hand. I just love the smell and feel of poppets stuffed entirely with herbs. Once you’re satisfied with the stuffing, sew the poppet up and consecrate.

Paper PoppetsThe easiest of all. Cut a gingerbread figure from a piece of clean paper. Write the name of the person for whom you’re making your poppet on the paper. Draw your sigils and any other distinguishing signs. This is a very quick, yet surprisingly effective alternative to putting hours into poppet design. Anoint the paper with herbal oils corresponding to your spellwork. For the emergencies or impromptu spells.

Root or Wood PoppetsSeveral herbal roots and wood are very well suited for poppet magick. Of course, there is the mystical mandrake. This wo/man-shaped root has been used for centuries in sympathetic magick, especially love magick. To activate a dried mandrake, place it on the altar undisturbed for three days. Then place it in warm water overnight. The root will then be activated and ready for any magickal purpose. A human shaped mandrake root is going to be very expensive. Substitute ash roots, apples, root of the briony, or the American may apple if the cost is prohibitive. Ginseng root has a human shape, and is especially good for protection, love, and healing spells. Ginseng is expensive too, though!

Poppet shapes can be carved from wood. Apple wood is a great choice. This can be labor intensive unless you are a wood carver or just happen to find a nicely shaped branch or stick.

Clay PoppetsBuy clay or gather from the riverside. When your figure is formed, hollow out a hole in the heart area to place hair, nail clippings, herbs, or other magickal ingredients. Cover the hole with clay and proceed with spell. Clay poppets may crack if dried too quickly. If cracking occurs, wet fingers and smooth clay over cracks. Repeat daily, if needed, until poppet is dry.

Mr. Potato HeadPotatoes can be carved into poppets. Apples too. A carrot would make a good fertility poppet. Are you getting the idea that just about anything will work as a poppet? Focus and magickal intent are the keys.

CONSECRATING THE POPPETAs with all magick, it’s best to perform it when the moon and other astrological signs are favorable. (For a list of moon phases, signs, etc and their magickal correspondences, go here.)

Gather your materials. Cast a circle. Construct a chant to use while making
your poppet. This can be as elaborate as a sigil or as simple as repeating
the name of the poppet’s intended or a rhyme stating your magickal purpose.
Visualize your magickal intent as you work.

When the poppet is finished, lay it on the altar and repeat this or
something like it:

Though separate you were,
Now you are one.
The link of unison has begun.
Continue with your spell, visualizing what you intend to accomplish. Close the circle.

CARE OF YOUR POPPETSAfter performing your magick, wrap the poppet in a white cloth and store in a safe place. You should keep the poppet safe until the magick has manifested. I’ve worked magick on the same poppet more than once. I’m one of those witches who sees no harm in repeating spells (as long as you don’t obsess over your magick). Some witches are strongly opposed to this.

DISPOSING OF YOUR POPPETSTake it apart and bury it after the magick has manifested. Be sure to sever the magickal connection between the poppet and the person it represented with this or a similar chant.

By the Moon and Stars
and Goddess above.
I now sever this link
with thanks and love.

ETHICS OF POPPET MAGICKNever manipulate another person through poppet magick.
Never manipulate another person through poppet magick.
Never manipulate another person through poppet magick.

Poppet magick is a very powerful form of magick. For this reason, it’s
important to use it with care. Never make a poppet to represent another person without their permission. This is the psychic equivalent of rape. Never construct a poppet for malicious purposes, that is, to torment or harm another person.

Ever mind the Rule of Three
Three times what thou givest returns to thee
From http://www.earthwitchery.com/poppet-magick.html

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Poppet Doll

The Healing Poppet is a Wiccan title assigned to what has traditionally been known as the Voodoo Doll; however, the two cultures differ greatly in their uses of the magical dolls. The Wiccan cultures do not use these type of dolls for cursing, or for any negative purposes whatsoever. On the other hand, cursing, and hexing are the primary uses for such dolls in the Voodoo culture. The dolls are usually made from socks, shirts, pants, or any pieces of clothing or a cloth, as long as it belongs to the person you are directing the magic toward. Ideally the closer the association between the person and the material all the better. The first thing you will need to do to make your Healing Poppet is to lay out the material you have from the person you wish to heal, and draw a pattern of the doll you want to create using a pattern similar to the one illustrated in the next picture. Keep in mind, you will be hand sewing the doll together, so you may want to keep the size of the doll fairly small. After you’ve drawn the front and back of the pattern, cut them out, and place them together so they match up. Now, you can begin to sew the sides together with your needle and thread. I do not recommend the use of a sewing machine to complete the doll, as this will detract from the potency of your magical intentions. The easiest way to sew the doll up, with respect to filling it up later with herbs, would be to begin on the shoulder area, and work your way down the body, and back up to the other shoulder. To make the body of your doll more aesthetically pleasing, you can turn the doll inside out after you sew the body together; although, you will not be able to do this with the head, and the stitches will still be seen. You are now ready to fill the doll up with your herbs, which will vary depending on the work you are performing. Use a pencil, or small stick to poke the herbs through the head to the legs and arms. When you have the entire body filled up, except for the head, you proceed to fill up the head area, as best you can, then sew it up to finish the doll. If you so desire, you can add finishing touches such as yarn for hair, and small stitches for the eyes and mouth. You can also highlight particular areas of ailment and illness by stitching marks where the illnesses lie. For the doll to be effective, the key is to concentrate on healing the sick person while creating the doll itself. Once the doll is completed, place it in a safe place, where it will not be seen, such as under the bed, or in a closet. You do not have to place the doll close to the ill person for this to be effective, nor do they have to know that the doll has ever been made.

Flowers, Dawn (2012-03-24). The Spell Book of Wiccan Shadows (Kindle Locations 553-556). Under the Moon. Kindle Edition.

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One Way to Make a Measure of You Cord

The length and how it is made varies widely according to who you read or talk to. Cleanse the cord before you start making your measure of you

Cleanse the cord before you start making your measure of you cord. This cord is made during your dedication to The Craft and/or a Goddess and/or God ceremony. I teach the cord should start about 7-9 feet long depending on how tall you are. It should be made of a natural material, so not nylon, such as silk or cotton (if you are on a budget like me you can use a piece of a regular clothesline). You hold it up so one end is touching the floor and put a knot there for your feet to help ground you. You tie one knot for 6 of the 7 main Charkas. Going from bottom to top one knot at each point – even with your groin, even with your belly button, even with your diaphragm, even with your heart, even with your throat. The last knot is tied even with the top of your head or crown Charka to connect you with the Universe.

On mine, I took small pieces of ribbon the color that corresponds to the Chakra it was tied for. So again starting bottom to top at groin would be a red ribbon, Orange next, then yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple at the crown Chakra.

Some people also measure their arm and leg lengths.

However, you choose to make yours cut off about an inch away from the top knot whatever cord is left over and discard. This cord is then tied around your waist during any gatherings, rituals or ceremonies you may attend. When not being worn should be kept in a small bag made to hold it. This is the most personal of all your magickal tools no one else should ever handle it.

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Simple Altar Set-Up

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One example of a simple, basic altar.

This is one way of setting up a simple altar for spellwork and rituals being done in a sacred circle. Some Witches leave their altars set up at all times and some do not. It is a personal choice whether you do or not. You can set your altar on a table, the floor anywhere you can walk completely around it to make your sacred circle. As you get more comfortable on your path it will reflect in how you do your altar and what you put on it.

We will start at the top or North/element of Earth – here you need a bowl of dirt or regular table salt or stones or a piece of wood or a green candle.

Next going clockwise (dorsil) is East/element of Air – here you need incense or feathers (real ones not store bought ones) or a yellow candle.

Moving to the bottom is South/element of Fire – here you need either a red or orange candle or a lighter or some matches. The above illustration shows a charcoal burner, but you don’t need that yet and it might be you never use one.

Next is West/element of Water – here you need a bowl of water or some sea shells or a statue of some kind of sea or ocean life or a blue candle.

For spirit, they have a God and Goddess candle. You can also use a statue or something that to you show the element of Spirit and you can put just one thing in either between Water and Earth or Between Earth and Air.

At this point, you might not have a wand or Atheme (ceremonial knife) yet which is fine. So do even concern yourself with that part of this above illustration. If you do have one then place them as shown on the altar.

You should have one taper candle that you have inscribed your name on, this is your personal candle. You need to cleanse it before inscribing it of all energy but your own (there is a post up on here about how to do that) If you have an Atheme use that to do the inscription. If not a favorite sharp kitchen knife will work. It sets on the altar one side of Fire or the other. It should be on the side your power hand is on. Your power hand is the one you write with. You will use it to light the incenses and/or other candles on the altar from.

Have your Book of Shadows and something to write with; with you always when doing spellwork and/or a ritual so you can either read the spell or ritual from it or want to write down something that happened in your circle. This sets on the opposite side of Fire from your personal candle.

Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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WOTC Extra – Preparing Your Altar for Spellwork


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Preparing Your Altar for Spellwork

 

Altars have many uses within witchcraft, they can be used in spells, as a way to display the turning of the Wheel of the Year, or just as a place for contemplation and meditation.

Altars can vary in size and form as much as magic practitioners themselves do. They can be a small wooden box containing a few items, right up to a 6 by 4 foot carved oak slab. I’ve seen many altars set up on windowsills, shelves, bedside tables and mantelpieces. Altars also do not need to be in a fixed place, or permanent. Tree stumps make excellent outdoor altars (just be careful with any candles).

The important thing is to stop worrying about how your altar should look, and think about what you actually want an altar for. There are a few things that a lot of altars do include, but an altar is your personal work space, and it should include what you feel necessary, not what anybody else does.

Below are a few things that you typically find on an altar before any spellcrafting is done:

Elemental representations – These can be anything that represent Earth, Air, Fire and Water. These do not have to be anything elaborate it could be, a small crystal or bowl of soil for Earth, a feather or incense for Air, a candle for Fire and a small cup of rain/stream water or a sea shell for Water.

Deity representations – Statues or pictures of a specific Deity. If you are not working with a specific God or Goddess then you may still want to light candles or have representations of general male and female energies.

Seasonal representations – Foliage, flowers and symbols representing the time of year, especially if your altar is set-up to celebrate one of the Wheel of the Year festivals.

Pentacle or Pentagram – Often people put a Pentacle or Pentagram at the centre of their altar. This is often either as a tile or sewn onto an altar cloth. On smaller altars you could paint one on a pebble or shell.

Magical tools and diaries – If people have tools they use for magical purposes, wands, runes, athame, tarot decks, crystals, etc, then they often like to leave these displayed on permanent altar leaving these tools on your altar (especially during a Full Moon) can be a simple way of cleansing them.

This is by no means any kind of definitive list, you can put anything on your altar that you feel has a significant meaning to you. Have fun with it remember that setting up and maintaining your altar after spellwork should be something that you can enjoy, not something to worry about or view as a chore.

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WOTC Extra Extra – Sending Psychic Messages with a Water Bowl


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Sending Psychic Messages with a Water Bowl

 

Since the magical element Water is directly related to the emotions, it makes a wonderful medium for sending psychic messages. One of the great aspects of using a water bowl for psychic communication is that you can actually hold Spirit-to-Spirit conversations with another person ( if the recipient is willing). Because Water is associated with the emotions, conversations of this type will take place at an emotional and spiritual level.

 

Since Water can be compulsive , you want to be sure to keep your conversations relatively light and happy, the exception being when you are using water bowl communication for self defense (a topic too major to be discussed in this beginner’s book). If you make your water bowl conversations too heavy and compel someone to certain detrimental behaviors without cause, the Universe will hold you responsible by Rules of the Road.

 

The compulsive quality of Water does, however, make the water bowl a useful means to recover stolen property or unpaid debts, or to banish someone who is harassing you. To use the water bowl for messages:

 

1. Make a water bowl and be sure that the surface is clear and calm. If it is not, use the techniques discussed previously (by flowing Water around your water bowl) to balance your energies until you get a clear, calm surface.

 

2. When the bowl is full, stop the inflow and hold the bowl quietly so the Water stays calm. Do not circulate the Water.

 

3. Get very interested in the person with whom you are communicating, and feel a strong desire to establish communication with them.

 

4. Put the person’s face clearly in the bowl beneath the surface of the Water. This establishes a direct psycho-spiritual link. If you are having difficulty seeing the person’s face in the water bowl you may shut your eyes.

 

5. Speak the message to the recipient as though she or he were actually present. Be sure to focus your attention on the message and recipient and nothing else.

 

6. Since the water bowl forms a two-way link, you are likely to receive a response from the person. The responses you receive may be very different from responses you would get in normal conversation because you are speaking directly to the person’s Spirit, not the person’s mind. The mind rationalizes and justifies while Spirit does not.

 

7. Repeat the message if you like. This will really get the message across to the person you are communicating with.

 

8. Once you have completed the message or conversation, disassemble the water bowl being sure to reabsorb all the Water energies.

 

9. When using a water bowl in these applications, if the Water becomes turbulent, cloudy, or steamy, or if you begin to get a headache or burning eyes, you are pushing Fire into the bowl. Stop looking into the bowl for a moment, rebalance, relax. and restart, staying as level emotionally as possible.

 

You may want to repeat the water bowl communication for several days in a row, since repetition always improves the rate of reception.

 

 

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WOTC Extra – How to Build A Water Bowl


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HOW TO BUILD A WATER BOWL

Building a water bowl is a simple procedure. With practice, it will take you only a minute or two to build one. In this section, we give you instructions on how to build a simple water bowl with smooth and calm Water. Once you have learned this procedure, we will teach you how to use a water bowl for other purposes, such as scrying. To build a water bowl:

1. Have a Water Blue color source (something bright blue) available as a reference.

2. Seat yourself so you can rest your elbows comfortably against your sides at or just above your hip bone points with your arms and hands extended horizontally or slightly up angled in front of you and the tips of your fingers interlaced. This results in a “bowl” at about the level of or just above your navel.

High or low bowls will have different effects. Standing, you will only affect the area above and at the level of the arms. If you do a bowl too low or are bent over, it will affect intestinal tract, kidneys, or bladder. If you make one below the waist, it will trigger the body’s mechanism for clearing Water and you will go to the bathroom a lot.

3. Envision or “mock-up” a dry stream bed or ditch descending from the region of your heart into the bowl on the side nearest you. Build a spout right above the heart and allow a stream of Water to flow down the ditch or stream bed into the left side of the bowl. Just see it in your mind’s eye. You can also allow the Water to flow out of the spout directly into the left edge of the bowl. Be sure and look at your Water Blue source as you are flowing Water.

4. You can decorate the bowl on the edges if you so desire with palm trees, birds and flowers. The Water flowing down can be a cascading mountain stream or a fountain-like stream pouring into the corner.

Fill the bowl, which should be a fairly deep bowl, until the Water reaches the edge. As the bowl fills, you will likely have a sense of a rising coolness or pressure in your linked fingertips. Begin reabsorbing the Water by pulling the Water in your hands and up your arms from the bowl’s far side. You don’t need to think about this—your body knows what to do. The goal with reabsorbing the Water— and re-circulating it in later steps— is to develop a smooth surface to on your water bowl.

5. As you absorb the Water energies, re-circulate the Water back out to the spout so you have a continuous flow.

6. If you have alligators in your water bowl and they are dark, leave them alone. If they are healthy and you don’t want them, you can blow them over the edge of the bowl.

7. As you re-circulate your Water, let the turbulent feelings rush out and down the stream bed into the bowl, as with a turbulent stream down a hillside, without concerning yourself about their source. The only goal here is to smooth out the feelings so you can function in your situation at this time. To accomplish this goal, you want to have a clear top surface so continue circulating the Water until it smoothes out.

8. Continue recycling until one of the following occurs:

-The outflowing Water is running smoothly in the streambed (usually takes three to five minutes).

-The outflow stops of its own accord, often with a “chug” feeling. Do not force a restart if this happens! A forced restart may trigger release of an overwhelming amount of suppressed or repressed fear, anger, and grief.

When you stop flowing, either intentionally— having achieved a smooth surface in your water bowl— or because the Water stopped flowing spontaneously, pull all the Water back up into your palms and up your arms. Failing to pull all your Water energies back in may cause you to feel emotionally drained or physically dehydrated.

9. Unlace your hands. You have just completed a water bowl!

You can use the water bowl, as outlined in this procedure, consistently to clear out emotional “junk.” if you do so, you will find that your moods will stablize and you will experience a more peaceful state of being in your daily life. You can also release all forms of stress and tension accumulated during the day, and this technique works especially well if you tend to have trouble sleeping.

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