The poppet is one of the most misunderstood tools in witchcraft today. If you even mention poppet work to people, they get very nervous, very quickly. Personally, I don’t see what the fuss is about. Using a poppet in protection magick is a practical and powerful way to bind a troublemaker. A poppet is a small cloth doll in the rough shape of a human. To me, it always looks like a gingerbread-man shape. It is sewn up by hand, leaving the side open to stuff the doll with natural materials, such as cotton batting or sphagnum moss. A simple face is drawn on to the doll, and then sympathetic items are added into the stuffing of the doll to link it to the individual who needs to be bound.
These items of sympathy may be shed hair, nail clippings or a sample of the person’s handwriting. This item creates a physical link to the miscreant. The doll is sewn closed, and then you ceremonially bind up the doll with white ribbon or a cord. You wrap the ribbon around the arms and hands, and then around the feet and legs, to symbolically restrict their movements. If the person who is causing all the trouble is running their mouth, then wrap the ribbon around the head and right over the drawn on mouth too, effectively keeping all parts of the person bound from causing any more harm.
Some modern books on the Craft today recommend that you keep the doll very small so that you can keep it with you and keep an eye on it at all times. While I like the idea of a travel sized poppet, hauling it around with you all the time, in my opinion, is a bad idea. Think of how much explaining you’d have to do if for some reason that bound poppet came out of your purse or pocket, or if someone else accidentally found it. Instead, I recommend tucking away the poppet somewhere safe in your home, where no one will find it and it’s well out of the way.
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