Helpful Hints: Knot Hard

Winter Fantasy Woman Helpful Hints: Knot Hard

If you want to carry a spell around with you but don’t want to lug around a charm bag or such, simply tie a knot into a small piece of string when you first cast the spell (this will find the spell into the string), and tuck it into your wallet or purse.


Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft
Deborah Blake


Let’s Talk Witch – Knot Magick

Winter Fantasy Woman Let’s Talk Witch – Knot Magick

A lot of Witchcraft involves what we call sympathetic magick. No, this doesn’t mean doing magick for people you feel sorry for (although that’s okay, too). Sympathetic magick is when you use one thing (a poppet or doll, for instance) to represent another (the person the spell is going to affect).

Knot magick is one of the oldest and simplest forms of sympathetic magick. Its use dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, and it went on to spread through Greece, Rome, and on into the rest of Europe. Although it originated with male mystics, it eventually came to be thought of as “women’s magick” because working with thread was seen as a woman’s occupation. (As if woman’s magick was somehow less powerful because a woman did it. Silly, I know, but there’s the medieval male mind for you.)

Knot magick is a type of sympathetic magick because the knot represents binding. Essentially, tially, you tie the knots as you cast your spell, and this action binds the power of the spell into the thread or cord you are using, making the spell more powerful and longer lasting.

You can tie just one knot or you can use the more traditional practice of using a long cord and tying nine knots, with the first knot at one end, the second at the other end, the third in the middle, the fourth and fifth halfway between the end and the middle, the sixth and seventh between the fourth and fifth and the end, and the last two between the central knot and the ones closest to it. (If this is too confusing, don’t worry about it: just tie nine knots anywhere.)

Either way, remember to focus on the spell you are doing and what you are trying to achieve.

There are many variations on the words to say while you are tying the knots, and you can always just make up your own.

But here is one example I particularly like:
By the knot of one, the spell’s begun.
By the knot of two, it cometh true.
By the knot of three, so mote it be.
By the knot of four, open the door.
By the knot of five, the spell’s alive.
By the knot of six, the spell is fixed.
By the knot of seven, the stars of heaven.
By the knot of eight, the stroke of fate.
By the knot of nine, the thing is mine!

When you are done with your knot magick, remember to put your thread or cord on your altar or someplace else that is safe–there is a lot of power “tied” up in it now.

Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft
Deborah Blake


Let’s Talk Witch – Spells

winterLet’s Talk Witch – Spells

Performing a magickal spell is the practice of manifesting thought, emotion, and desire into form and action by your own will. You need to decide what you want to happen as a result of your spell. You must be clear and concise regarding your desired outcome. There are also many factors to think about when casting a spell or ritual. The lunar phases should also play a major role in determining the time and goal of the spell being performed. Karmic consequences and free will should always be taken into account. You also need to think about what type of magickal tools to use; like candles, crystals, incense, herbs, runes, etc.

The lunar phase is important and helps in determining the best time for magick and spell casting. Remember there are basically two lunar phases:
Waxing moon (ideal time for constructive magick) and Waning moon (ideal time for banishing and destructive magick, study, and meditation).

In between you’ll have the dark moon (the time of greatest power for banishing and negative magick) and the full moon (the time of greatest power for positive magick).

Basically, as the moon grows, so grows the opportunity or desire for which you are working. As the moon gets smaller, so does the habit or thing you are trying to overcome or push away from you. Please note that if timing and need are so important that you just can’t wait, then do the spell when needed.

The most important factor in doing a spell is the emotion and mindset of the person casting it. Raising your magickal energy and having the absolute belief in what you are doing is vital. If you are weak, tired, or have doubt, the chances of your spell working are slim and none! Argue for your limitations and they will surely be yours.

When you do a spell, try to not constantly think about it. It is also best to not talk about it or tell others before the spell runs its course.

Spells are like baking a cake. If you keep opening the oven door to check on it, it takes longer to bake and you could even wreck it. You should also keep it secret and not talk about it. Assuming your spell has been performed correctly, it should begin to work within a few days to a couple of weeks. It is generally advised that if results have not manifested within 4 weeks or one lunar cycle- that you re-work your spell.

Spells may fail if done incorrectly or if performed when you are distracted or you are sick. It is also vitally important to remember that the success of magick and spells depend on the energy and desire put into them. So be sure that you are in good health and have a determined and focused mindset when casting your spell.

Sometimes it is just fate or the will of the universe that keeps a spell from working. There could be karmic lessons that you have yet to learn and overcome standing in the way of the spell being successful. Spell casting involves trial and error as well. Remember it is a skill and the more you practice the better and stronger you should get.

The main tenet of Wicca is the “Wicca Rede.” It states, ” and it harm none, do as ye will”. In other words, as long as you don’t hurt anyone, anything goes. Of course, views of what actually causes harm vary from person to person! Many witches also believe that whatever magick you do will come back to you three-fold, so it pays to be careful. Some, however, believe that it is sometimes acceptable to cause harm as long as you are willing to accept the karmic consequence. As with everything else, you have the free will to decide for yourself.



Blessed Be Introduction to the Craft and Spiritual Magick
Shaman Vitki


Saturday & Binding Spells: A Commonsense Guideline

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Saturday & Binding Spells: A Commonsense Guideline

If you don’t like the idea of using poppets and have decided to work a binding, and you have a handle on your emotions, then here are some commonsense guidelines that I suggest you follow:

* Bindings are best performed on a Saturday.

* Work the binding at sunset and you pull into the spell the closing energies of not only the day, but of the entire week.

* Work with black candles; they coordinate with Saturn’s energies and they are the classic magickal color for this type of witchery.

Finally, to be crystal clear, a binding is the act of psychically restraining a harmful person or criminal so that their actions cannot harm anyone else. The goddess to call on is Hecate, and she is a mighty magickal force. Consider your words and actions carefully when you call on her. How you choose to work a binding is up to you. At this point, I suggest that you take a moment and draft out your binding spell on paper. Go carefully, and remember to harm none.

You may experience some dramatic special effects when working with Hecate. Don’t be taken aback if the wind picks up….if you candles flicker and snap…..or if you begin to notice barking or howling dogs. The animals sense when Hecate is near. Yes, we have gotten very serious all of a sudden. That’s because a binding is a serious matter. Surprised? Don’t be. Just because I tend to look at things from a humorous perspective doesn’t mean I am not serious when the situation calls for it.

This invocation includes some of the correspondences for Hecate. If you choose, you can add these to your spellwork. (This would also be a fine addition to the opening of poppet magick). A general invocation for Hecate follows.


Book of Witchery
Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week

Ellen Dugan

Witchcraft 101 – Make Your Own

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Witchcraft 101 – Make Your Own

If you want to make your own spells, you can do that. If you’re especially creative or tuned in with this element, you won’t need my notes on what to include in your spells. As someone with many fire signs in my chart and an affinity for fire, I naturally know what goes into fire spells but I don’t have that benefit with the other three elements.

Try to build your own affinity for each of the elements. Before looking up what other people think you should use to create your Fire spells, sit and brainstorm or meditate for a few minutes. You’ll probably come up with more things than you expect.

You can, for instance, try pairing a bonfire with some of the plants I’ll bring up later in the book. Throw the plants into the bonfire and their essence will flow through the air around you.

Leaving some of those plants out as offerings to the deities in the next section can also work. You don’t only have to offer foodstuff to deities- magical plants also work. Try to figure out what plants a deity would like best through meditation.

There are so many ways to use fire in magic, and since flames are something we encounter almost every day there are countless times to call upon the power and cleansing ability of flames to improve your life.
Fire spells are really good for love, weight loss, sports and working out, sex, and protection. Be aware that fire can be destructive just as much as it’s creative.

Bringing fire into your ritual space is as simple as lighting a candle or some incense.


Mirror Magic (Scrying, Spells, Curses and Other Witch Crafts)
Viivi James