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Create Your Own Money Drawing Talismans

Money Drawing Talismans

Having issues drawing money to you? Need a few more dollars in your bank account? In this week’s Magickal Moment we will learn how to create your own Money Drawing Talismans.

Money Drawing Talismans - a completed talisman
A completed money drawing talisman

According to the Free Dictionary a talisman is: 1. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.2. Something that apparently has magic power. Our money drawing talismans shall be created in order to : 1) Increase prosperity; 2)draw much needed funds towards us and; 3) Increase our wealth in all areas.

Please note: As in all magick, there are no guarantees. Intention, focus and will are required in order to garner results. The author takes no responsibility as to the efficacy of, or the degree of results produced by these talismans.

To create our talismans you will need the following supplies:

  • Clay: The talisman shown was created with air dry clay. You may use any type of clay you like.
  • 1 teaspoon of each of the following ground herbs: Allspice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg
  • A small spray bottle filled with water; or a bowl with water
  • A toothpick or other small, pointed object to inscribe on the wet clay.
  • A small biscuit cutter or sharp knife to cut clay into discs
  • A plastic plate to place your clay on. (optional)

Creating Your Money Drawing Talismans

Directions: Place your clay onto a flat surface. I prefer to place mine onto a large plastic plate as it makes moving the clay on and off easier.

Mix all of your ground herbs together and set aside. Take a hunk of clay large enough to create the number of talismans you wish to make. Form the clay into a hollow basin then place the herbs into the center.

Herbs placed into clay basin

Begin mixing the herbs into the clay with your hands. The herbs will dry out the clay so you will need to spray it with water or dip your fingers into a bowl of water and sprinkle the clay. Keep mixing the clay until the herbs are completely incorporated. As you are mixing in the herbs, envision them activating the clay with money drawing powers.

Money Drawing Talismans - mixing herbs into clay by hand
Mixing the herbs into the clay

When the herbs have been completely incorporated, begin rolling out and flattening the clay to create disks. I do this by hand but feel free to use a marble or stone rolling pin that has been sprinkled with water (to keep the clay from sticking). I flattened mine out to a 1/2 inch thickness because I am going to use them in mojo bags and as a necklace. Make them thinner or thicker according to your needs.

Money Drawing Talismans - cutting clay disks with biscuit cutter
Cutting the clay into disks

Next, cut your clay into disks. I used a small biscuit cutter but a sharp knife, cookie cutter or clay tool will work as well. Mine are about 1 inch in circumference but again, make them into the size needed for your particular application.

Inscribing Your Talismans

Once the disks have been cut, carefully remove the remaining clay from around the disks. Set aside to use later. Remove the disk(s) from the table or plate. If they are stuck, use a piece of thread or fishing line and carefully run it between the disk and plate or table. Don’t worry if they come off a little lop-sided or squished. Just use a bit of water on your fingertips to smooth out and reshape your disk.

Place your disk(s) back onto the plate or table. Using the toothpick or another sharp instrument, inscribe your talisman with a money drawing or prosperity symbol. The symbol I used was the dollar sign because it automatically makes me think of money. Feel free to use any symbol which does the same for you. Note: If you are using the disks for a necklace, poke a hole near the top that is large enough to run a cord or chain through.

Inscribing the talismans with the dollar sign
Talismans inscribed with dollar sign

After inscribing the disks, you will need to activate the talismans. To do so hold your hands over the talismans. Picture clearly in your mind’s eye large sums of money been drawn towards you. Visualize images of whatever prosperity and wealth means to you, seeing it clearly and vividly. Keep that image in your mind for as long as possible. Now push that image and the feeling of wealth, prosperity and monetary gain, through your hands and into the talismans. Continue pushing the energy into the talismans until you feel that they have been filled to the brim. Release the energy by clapping your hands or saying “It is done.”

Using Your Talismans

Now that the talismans have been activated, you will need to let them dry completely before using. Optionally, give them a spray with a clear sealer to help keep any moisture out.

Use your talismans by:

  • Wearing them as a piece of sacred jewelry, drawing money to you as you wear it.
  • Adding to a mojo or charm bag. Carry the bag in your pocket or tie it to a cord to wear around your neck.
  • Placing the disk on your altar where you can see it everyday, triggering thoughts of wealth and prosperity.
  • Put the disk into your cash register or cash drawer at your place of business to increase cash flow.
  • Hanging the talisman in a window or tack it over your front door.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Magickal Moment. May your talismans be potent, powerful and create the prosperity you desire.

Blessed Be!

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Creating Crystal Water for Your Garden

Creating Crystal Water

Creating Crystal Water for your garden is a fun and easy way to welcome in Spring. In this week’s Magickal Moment, I will show you how to create and use this powerful water to give your plants a kick-start towards strong growth.

What is crystal water? Crystal water is created by placing clear quartz crystals into spring or filtered water. Full Moon water may be substituted for the spring water for an extra added boost of magickal energy. The crystals then steep in the water, imbuing it with energies of growth and strength.

To create your crystal water you will need:

  • Clear Quartz crystals – Any size will do.
  • A quart jar with a lid
  • Spring, filtered, or Full Moon water – enough to fill the jar.

Cleanse your crystals in your usual manner. Once clear of any old energies, hold them in your hand. Then, picture your garden in your mind. See it with the plants growing big and strong, disease and insect resistant. As you hold that picture of growth and strength in your mind, push that energy into your crystal(s). Feel them fill with the power of growth, the power to provide strength to your plants and garden. When you feel your crystals are ready, place them into your jar.

Crystal Water - a jar filled with water with crystals inside.
Creating crystal water

Fill your jar with the water and leave a bit of room at the top. Tightly screw on the lid. Holding the jar in your hand, envision your garden once more. This time see yourself sprinkling the crystal water onto your plants. As you do so, watch as they grow strong and beautiful before your eyes. Continue holding the jar, keeping this vision in your mind for as long as possible. When you feel you are ready, place the jar in a sunny place for three to seven days.

Using Your Crystal Water

Once the crystals have steeped in the water for the allotted time they are ready to use. Place one cup of the crystal water into a one gallon watering can. Fill the rest of the can with clear water. Sprinkle lightly at the base of your plants. As you do so see them growing strong, tall and happy. I like to sing to them as I do so, but that is entirely optional. I will water them at least four times: once when they are first planted; second when they have developed their first set of leaves (or second if they are a transplant); a third time when they are about two weeks from harvest and the last time; after I have harvested the first fruits or herbs.

Crystal Water - A watering can sitting next to a savory plant and a crystal
Getting ready to water my newly transplanted savory.

Creating crystal water is a simple, fun and magickal way to help your garden grow. May all your plants thrive and bring you joy.

Blessed Be!

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Bibliomancy: Using Books for Divination

Bibliomancy - A bookshelf stacked with books

This week our Magickal Moment takes us to the art of Bibliomancy, using books for divination. This method has been used for many generations, most likely since books first became available.

Bibliomancy is similar to Stichomancy or Libromancy (“divination from lines”), which involves selecting a random passage from a random book of any nature.

Bibliomancy uses a sacred book, or a book with special meaning, in order to answer a simple question. Traditionally this book has been the Bible, but the Quran, and other sacred texts have been used. I personally have a couple of books that I use, depending on the type query. It’s also fun to just grab any book off the shelf and use it to add an extra dose of randomness to the process.

To perform your Bibliomancy grab your book and place it in front of you on a flat surface. You would then ask your question. While keeping your eyes closed, flip through the pages of the book. Once you have selected a random page, point at a line or passage in the book. Upon opening your eyes read the word or line that your finger is on and interpret that phrase with regards to your question.

Alternately, you may use a small, flat stone or piece of metal or wood. Flip through the pages and then drop the stone onto the book. The phrase that the object lands upon is the answer to your question.

My Bibliomancy Experience

Bibliomancy - A copy of Warrior Goddess Training
My copy of Warrior Goddess Training

For my Bibliomancy today I am using the book Warrior Goddess Training by Heather Ash Amara. My question was ” Where am I in my spiritual quest” I then flipped through the book to a random page. I set my finger down at the top of the book and landed on the first line “Opening your heart starts first with compassion and respect towards yourself.” I’d say I got a fairly clear answer to that question.

Bibliomancy - The phrase I chose today

Bibliomancy can be an insightful, simple and yes, fun way to divine answers to your questions. Why not give it a try today?

Blessed Be!

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Ceromancy: Divination with Candle Wax

Ceromancy: Divination with Candle Wax

Good Morning! In this week’s Triune Moon Magickal Moment we shall continue our exploration of unusual forms of divination with Ceromancy. Ceromancy is the art of divining the future by interpreting the form that hot wax takes when poured into a bowl of water.

This technique requires very little in the way of supplies. All you will need is:

Ceromancy - A lit green jar candle
A lit, green jar candle
  • A candle – I prefer using a jar candle as the wax seems to build up best in the container
  • A clear or white bowl partially filled with water
  • Lighter

Light your candle and let it burn for several hours so that the melted wax builds up. Once you feel you have sufficient wax, you are ready to begin your divination.

Fill your bowl with fresh water and move it close to your lit candle. Breathe deeply and quiet your mind. Then, either silently or out loud, ask a simple question. For example “Will I be happy in my new job?”

Take the candle and pour the wax slowly into the water, being careful not to splash any hot wax onto yourself. Move the candle as you pour, allowing various shapes to begin to form.

Ceromancy - A white bowl with melted wax shapes in it
A white bowl with melted wax shapes in it.

Interpreting Ceromancy

Once the wax has cooled you will begin to interpret the shapes. Much like Tasseomancy (tea leaf reading) the individual question often determines how we interpret the shapes. If you look at the picture above in accordance with the question asked, I see two individuals reaching towards each other. You could interpret this as the new job having great coworkers or perhaps an atmosphere of cooperation and goodwill. Either may be a sign of happiness in your new job.

While a relatively simple form of divination, Ceromany can be fun and rewarding. May it illuminate your life and help you reach the answers you seek.

Blessed Be!

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Awakening Abundance with Blossom Magick

Almond blossoms on the tree

California’s Central Valley overflows with agriculture of all kinds. From nut orchards to fields of tomatoes, beans and veggies, abundance is all around us. As the weather begins to warm the valley in the early spring, the nut and fruit trees begin to come alive. Blossoms are everywhere, heralding the awakening abundance of the Valley. It is truly a magickal time of year.

Almond orchard in bloom
Almond Orchard in Bloom

We can begin awakening abundance of our own by adding some Blossom Magick to our magickal repertoire.

To perform your own spell for awakening abundance you will need:

  • 13 newly opened blossoms – (I have used Almond, Flowering Pear and Flowering Plum in the example but use what is native to your area)
  • A clear bowl
  • Filtered or spring water
Awakening Abundance - blossoms on a black background
Left: Almond, Top: Flowering Pear, Right: Plum

First, fill your bowl with the spring water. Begin gently placing the blossoms on the water, allowing them to float freely. As you place the blossoms onto the surface, name each blossom for a type of abundance you wish to make manifest. It could be an abundance of money, creativity, good health – whatever you desire.

Awakening Abundance - a crystal bowl filled with water, blossoms on top
Crystal bowl filled with spring water, blossoms floating on the surface

Place your hands over the bowl and begin visualizing the blossoms changing from blossom to leaf to fruit (or nut). See them awakening, blooming, transitioning to the abundance of leaf, nut and fruit.

Keep visualizing this as you repeat the following chant 9 times:

“As the blossom becomes the leaf, as the blossom becomes the fruit, so shall my abundance awaken and grow.”

Now visualize the blossoms having changed to their abundant state, fully ripe and ready to pick. These ripened fruits are your abundance made manifest. Hold that visualization as long as you possibly can. When done say:

“As these blossoms have grown and ripened, so has my abundance. All that I desire has awakened and is ready to harvest. So Mote it Be.”

Remove the blossoms from the water and place the water into a jar with a tight seal. You can then use this water anytime you need a little extra abundance to come your way.

May your abundance blossom this Spring. Blessed Be!

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Cleaning Candle Holders with Dryer Sheets

It is another beautiful Monday morning and time once again for a Triune Moon Magickal Moment. Today we will be discussing cleaning candle holders with dryer sheets.

I love the convenience of dryer sheets but hate that they are a “one use” item. So, I’ve been wracking my brains for ways to reuse them. I’ve tried using them to dust my house – it’s supposed to help keep the dust down – but wasn’t impressed. I knew there had to be a way to reuse them, I just hadn’t thought if it yet.

Cleaning candle holders - a small ceramic candle holder with red wax.

After our last ritual I was clearing the tools off the altar. As usual the candle holders had wax drippings all over them. Sighing, I carried the crystal holders to the sink, ready for another round of “scrape the wax”. Hearing the dryer chime, I placed the candle holders on the counter and ran to grab the laundry. Chucking the towels into the laundry basket, an errant dryer sheet floated to the floor. Bending over to pick it up the proverbial lightbulb went on. What if I could reuse the sheets to clean off the wax from my candle stick? Hmm? Could I clean candle holders with dryer sheets?

It turns out that cleaning candles holders of wax was simple and easy! Not only does the dryer sheet clean the wax off with little effort it gives both glass and ceramic holders a nice shine. A great side benefit is that the wax seems to slip of much easier the next time you are cleaning the candle holders.

I’ve added a short instructive video. Bear with me, it’s my first time on camera.

Additional Uses for Dryer Sheets

If you have wax that has dripped onto your table or altar cloths, you can use the dryer sheets to remove the surface wax as well. It won’t get rid of the embedded wax or any dye from the candles, but it will help get the majority of it removed.

When I come up with any additional uses for the dryer sheets I’ll be sure to share them with all of you.

Blessed Be!

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Favomancy: Divining with Beans

Lately, I have been on a quest to unearth some of the older forms of Witchcraft. After more than 20 years of being a Witch, of working with covens, groups and as a solitary, I still understand that I have but scratched the surface of my Craft. There is so much more to discover, more than one can learn in a single lifetime. During this quest I’ve been studying different and unusual forms of Divination. This has brought me to Favomancy: divining with beans.

What is Favomancy?

Favomancy, the art of divining with beans, is a type of cleromancy that involves throwing beans on the ground and interpreting the patterns in which the beans fall. The term comes from the Latin faba for “bean”.

There are various forms of Favomancy present across the world’s cultures. This form of divination was once practiced by the Seers in Russia, most specifically among the Ubykh peoples. Though the exact methods they used remain a mystery it is thought that they used a set of 41 white beans. These beans were shaken, then thrown onto a cloth or flat surface. Seers would then interpret the patterns of the thrown beans to find the answers to the seekers question. Today, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a similar method is used, similar enough that they most likely had similar origins.

Today I’ve chosen to share with you a much simpler method than its ancient counterpart. It’s economical – using only simple, everyday items – and it takes just a bit of practice and time to begin using it as a reliable method of divination.

Using Beans for Favomancy

For our Favomancy set you will need:

  • Three large light-colored dry beans – I’ve used dried Lima beans in the example
  • Black paint and a paintbrush or:
  • Black permanent marker (Sharpie)

Using the permanent marker or paint, color one side of your beans black. Cover it completely so that little or no white is showing. Try and get the edges blackened as well.

Favomancy: Divining with beans
Paint brush, black paint - black permanent marker
Paint or color your beans black on one side.

Once the paint or ink has dried completely the beans are technically ready to use. However, I recommend carrying the beans with you for at least three days or placing them under your pillow for a similar amount of time. By doing this you are allowing your energy to come into contact with the beans. This energetic contact will in turn bring greater accuracy to your readings.

Similar to pendulum work, readings are done for questions that require a “yes” or “no” answer. Once a question has been asked, the beans are thrown onto a cloth placed on a flat surface and then the answer is given depending how they fall. The answer is interpreted in the following fashion:

One (1) bean with black side up : Yes

Favomancy: Divining with Beans
1 black side up - yes
“Yes” answer

Two (2) beans with black side up: No

Favomancy: Divining with Beans
"no" answer - two black sides up
“No” Answer

Three (3) beans with black side up: Maybe

Favomancy: Diving with Beans
"Maybe" three black sides up
“Maybe”

That’s all there is to it! Simple, effective, and fun! The accuracy of this method is on par with pendulum readings but I find it a refreshing change of pace. I hope you enjoy trying Favomancy: divining with beans and perhaps you too will add it to your list of “go to” divination techniques.

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Making and Using Black Salt for Spell Work

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Need a “go to” for protection, cleansing negative energies and banishing? Then black salt should be added to your magickal cupboard. When made and used properly, this mineral becomes a powerful ally for your spells, potions and powders. Making and using black salt isn’t difficult, but it can be a bit time consuming. To begin, let’s discuss its various uses as the purpose of the salt can determine the ingredients that go into its preparation.

Safety Note: Do not confuse the black salt we are making here with
black lava salt or kala namak salts used in fine cuisine. This salt should never ingested. It is for ritual purposes only.

Uses of Black Salt

Also known as Witch’s Salt, Drive Away Salt, Sal Negro and Indio Salt, black salt has a long history of use in the magickal community. While salt has always been seen as protective, when the color black is added it takes on some very different energies. Anything colored black, when used in magick and ritual, traditionally corresponds to:

  • Protection
  • Absorbing or removing negativity
  • Banishing
  • Releasing
  • Reversing
  • Hexing
  • Cursing

The change from white to black, transmutes the salt’s energies, allowing those energies to move from the realm of light into the shadows, into the dark. When we add additional herbs to the darkened mineral we change its powers even further.

Making and Using Black Salt - cauldron, sea salt black pepper and charcoal
Ingredients for Black Salt
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Basic Recipe for Black Salt

Black salt can be created in two ways – with the list of ingredients below or with food coloring. While many people feel the salt blackened with food coloring is just as potent, I believe the extra time and effort it takes to mix in the corresponding ingredients adds a power that you just can’t recreate with food coloring. However, use what works best you.

To create a basic black salt you will need the following:

  • 2 parts sea salt – course or fine
  • 1 part scrapings from a cast iron cauldron, pot or skillet
  • 2 parts fine ash from your fire pit or hearth fire (Using ash from a ritual fire works great as long as the ritual corresponds with the use of the salt.)
  • Optional – Black Pepper (replace one part ash with the pepper)

I prefer to use coarse sea salt as it is easily strewn in a circle or across walkways or steps. If I want to use it in powders I grind it up a bit with my mortar and pestle.

Iron scrapings are traditional in most recipes but don’t worry if you do not have any cast iron. Just replace the scrapings with additional ash. If you do use scrapings from your cauldron, wipe out the cauldron first to clear out any residue from previous spell work. You wouldn’t want to mix ash or oil from a healing ritual with a black salt for banishing.

The ash can be gathered out of the family fire pit, fireplace or from your cauldron. A ritual fire or a fire burned exclusively to create your salt will add even more power to the working.

Below are some of the many herbs and woods you may want to add to your fire, increasing the potency of the ash. The list is arranged by the energies you may wish to incorporate:

Magickal Properties

  • Protection:  Oak, Ash, Birch, Rosemary, Garlic, Graveyard dirt
  • Cleansing negative energies:  Cedar, White Sage, Basil, Eucalyptus
  • Banishing: Alder, Black Pepper, Rue, Cayenne pepper
  • To Rid yourself of enemies:  Red Pepper, rose thorns

Be cautious! Some of these herbs may give off caustic smoke. Do not purposefully breathe in the fumes.

Gather up your ash once it has cooled completely. I’ve used both the fine ash and small charcoal bits in my salts.

Scrape the bottom of your cauldron and add to the salt and ash in the jar.

Place all of the ingredients in a large glass jar. Shake until the salt has turned completely black. Let it sit for at least three days then remove any large pieces of charcoal. Your salt is now ready to use.

Using your Black Salt

There are several traditional uses for black salt. However, don’t feel limited by these methods. Use your salt in any way that works for you.

Getting an enemy to leave: Mix red pepper with black salt and toss it where an enemy walks so that he or she will leave. Alternately you can sprinkle some in your enemies shoes.

Protections: Use black salt, either alone or created with ash from protective herbs, and sprinkle it around your home or ritual circle. This creates a protective barrier that allows no harm to enter.

Absorbing and removing unwanted and negative energies: In any area that has unwanted or negative energies place a bowl of, or create a ring with, your black salt. Allow the salt to sit for at least 9 to 24 hour while It pulls in all of the energies. Using gloves so you don’t come into contact with the salt, clean up all of the salt. Dispose of it off your property if possible or wrap it securely in black paper and place in your garbage can.

Binding and Hexing: Add black salt to poppets and spell bags.

The time and effort you take in making and using black salt will pay off in more powerful and focused spell work. So get busy and mix up a batch for your magickal cupboard today.

Blessed Be!

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Capturing the Moon – Lunar Knot Magick

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Lunar knot magick, like traditional knot, or cord magick is a simple, yet extremely effective magickal practice. It requires little in the ways of tools, just a simple piece of rope, string or cord, usually made of natural materials. In this article I will show how to gather and capture the moon’s energies using lunar knot magick.

You may already be familiar with knot/cord magick. If so, you will notice that what we are going to be doing here today is a bit different than what you may have been shown before. Usually the knots are created to hold the magick until a spell has manifested. We are instead using a technique whereby the power of the moon is pulled into and held by each knot placed in your cord. As the particular lunar phase energies are required, you release a knot to let loose the energies stored within.

This application had been used by sailors and sea faring peoples for generations. In times past the captains of the ships nay have gone to the local cunning woman or witch to have them create a knotted cord for to carry with them on their voyage. Each knot represents winds pulled in and captured within. This cord would remain on ship, waiting until such a time as the winds calmed, rendering the sailing ship immobile. It would then be produced and a knot would be released, allowing the wind to escape. They would continue releasing the knots until the winds would gain fill their sails.

Creating Knot Magick

Lunar Knot Magick- supplies: Scissors, a package of cording and a cut piece of silver cord.
Creating knot magick requires just a few tools.

To create your lunar knot magick you will only require two items:

  • Cord – a length long enough to hold your knots. I am using silver cording in the picture but you can use, cotton, hemp, silk or other natural fiber cording.
  • Scissors

Cut your cord to a length appropriate for the number of knots you will be placing in your cord. Simple knots will take less cord than say an elaborate nautical knot. In the example shown I used a 27 inch cord to hold nine simple knots.

Take your cord out with you on the night of the full, dark, or new moon – depending on the energy attributes you wish to collect. You may cast circle of you’d like but it isn’t necessary for this endeavor.

Place your cord on a flat surface such as a table, bench or altar. If you are working with a full moon, try to place the cord in such a way that the light of the moon touches it. This adds an extra but of “oomph” to the working but even if it is cloudy the energy is still there.

Raise your hands towards the moon (in whatever phase it may be) and “gather” the energies. See the light (or darkness) of the moon filling your hands. When they begin to tingle and feel full, place your hands over the cord, filling it with the powers of the moon.

Tying the Knot

Lunar Knot Magick
A silver cord in which has been knotted nine times.
Nine knots to capture the glory of the moon!

When I am doing lunar knot magick I like to make knots in multiples of 9. Nine has always resonated with me as the number of the moon and all lunar workings. You may have a different number in mind. As with all magick, use what resonates with you.

Taking your cord infused with lunar energy in hand, make your first knot. Tie the knots firmly, but not so tight that you will be unable to take them out later. As you make the knot, picture the energy being held tightly inside it. You may repeat a phrase or chant as you tie your knots. I have used the following with great success:

“Energies of the moon I hereby bind. Into this simple cord of mine. To stay until they are of need. To be released with focused speed.”

Repeat until you have made all of your knots. When completed, hold the now knotted cord up to the moon and say:

“This cord which I have fashioned this night, filled with magick, filled with might. May it ever serve me well until such time to break the spell.”

Place your cord in a small box or bag and place where it will not be disturbed until its energies required. Place a label on the inside or outside of the box or bag noting what type of lunar energies it holds. If you use different color cords for each type of knot magick, you may not need to so but I recommend it in order to save yourself the frustration of trying to recall what you created your cord for.

Releasing the Lunar Magick

A New Moon/Healing Altar
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When you are in need of additional lunar energies or when you have a spell that requires a specific moon phase that you are not currently in, grab your lunar knot magick cord. While performing your spell hold your cord over the working. As you untie the knot or knots, (use as many knots as you feel is required for the working), say:

“I release the energies of the full (dark, new) moon into my working. May the powers of this lunar phase mix and mingle with my energies to create the outcome I desire.”

When the cord has been spent, dispose of it by burning, burying or cutting into small pieces then throwing it away. I do not recommend re-using the cord.

As you gaze out at the Full Moon this night, give Lunar Knot Magick a try. I hope that you will find it a special and powerful magickal ally.

Blessed Be!

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Creating and Using Poppets

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Creating and using poppets is an amazing way to add to your magickal repertoire. Poppets are an old, time-tested form of sympathetic magick. Sympathetic magick works on the principle that like affects like. When you create a poppet you are making a visual representation of a person. This representation then becomes a focus device. You are able to “see” and interact with the individual you are working for by using their image, the poppet, you’ve created.

Poppets can be as simple or elaborate as you like. The basic rule is that it should be easily recognizable as who you are working for, with or against. If it is a person it should have two arms, two legs, a head and body. The exception to this rule would be a working for a differently-abled person. I use a gingerbread man cookie cutter to give me a basic shape. I am not very artistic so this works well for me. Feel free to create your own pattern or draw free-hand if you like.

Next, add features, hair, clothes, anything that would identify the poppet as the individual it is to be. Try using yarn, markers, paint, embroidery and other embellishments to achieve the look you desire. Don’t worry if you are not an artist, if you can visualize who it is, then even the crudest poppet will work.

Below are simple instructions on creating and using poppets. I’ve also included a simple chant to charge your poppet for its intended purpose.

Creating your poppet. Cookie cutter, material, scissors, thread, needle, markers
A few simple materials are all that is required in making poppets.

Creating your Poppet

Before creating your poppet you should have a firm idea of why you are creating it. Are you doing healing work for someone? Are you trying to banish someone out of your life and social circle? Perhaps it is something for yourself that you are working. Keep whatever the intended goal is for the poppet in your mind as you go about creating and using your poppets

There are only a few simple materials required for creating your poppet. Most can be found quite inexpensively at your local craft store. Below is a list of items to complete the “shell” of the poppet.

  • Cotton material – I used white but you may use any color that suits your purpose or the individual you are working for. It needs to be large enough for the cookie cutter, cut double.
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter – large
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil to trace around the cookie cutter.

Place the cookie cutter on the material. Be sure that the material is doubled. Trace around the cookie cutter, then cut along the pen/pencil line. Sew the poppet close to the edge with small stiches, leaving a large enough opening for stuffing your poppet. Alternately you could use a sewing machine, but I like to place magick and intention in each stitch. Once you have stitched the poppet you will need to fill it.

Tracing a gingerbreadman cookie cutter to make a poppet

Filling and Personalizing Your Poppet

You will want to fill your poppet with not only something to give it shape but to add to the magick you are creating. Herbs, stones, and crystals that correspond to your working are beneficial. Adding something personal from the individual will bring an even bigger boost to your work. Hair, fingernail clippings, a scrap of material from something they’ve worn are all items that are easily added to your poppet.

Six jars filled with herbs
Use herbs that will aid you in bringing the desired results.

Below are items I used for the poppet pictured. This was a personal healing poppet so I am using herbs for healing the stomach and sinus issues. Please, use items that best fit your intent. Note: I also used hair from my head to add some of “me” to the poppet.

  • Fiberfill – this is used for all poppets. It can be made of cotton or synthetic materials.
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Feverfew
  • Mullein
  • White Willow bark
  • Marshmallow root
  • Slippery Elm Bark

I did not include any stones or crystals in this poppet because I did not feel called to do so. Use your intuition and magickal senses to choose each item so that it will aid in achieving your final goal.

Fill up the legs and arms of the poppet. You may need to use the end of a long-handled spoon or some other long, thin device to push the fiberfill into the corners. Place a small amount of fiberfill in the body then add in your herbs, stone, etc. Finish filling the poppet then sew up the opening.

Now you can personalize your poppet. Add on facial features, hair, clothing, etc.. You may even want to place a picture of the person where the face is. Use your intuition to create a connection between you and the individual.

Poppet next to a candle
Poppet Ready to Charge

Charging your Poppet

While you were creating your poppet you were keeping your intentions in the forefront of your mind. Now, it is time to reinforce that intention and charge your poppet.

Place your poppet on your altar or a table. Holding your hands over the poppet visualize its intended purpose. While keeping that purpose in your mind, “see” the poppet as the individual that it represents. Focusing on both the person and the intention say the following (or something similar that has meaning to you):

“The poppet I see before me is a part of (insert name of individual) and as such all that I do with the poppet I do for (name). I send (insert what you are working for here) into this poppet which is (name). May (name) be (healed, banished, etc).” Continue to send your desires into the poppet until you feel that the work is completed. 

End the charge with “As I will it, so shall it be.” or something else to signal that you have completed your work. Place the poppet in a safe place.

Releasing the Poppet Energies

You will want to keep the poppet until such time as you feel the magick has manifested. After that you will need to release the individual’s energy from the poppet and dismantle it. Below is a simple “de-programming” verse you can use.

“I separate the energy of (name if individual) from this poppet. What was once connected is now separated.” Repeat this until you feel that the energies have been disconnected. Then remove all the stitching, take out the stuffing and otherwise dismantle the poppet. Dispose of all the parts by burning, burying or throwing away. Caution: Do not dispose of the poppet without first disconnecting the individual from the poppet. This may cause undo harm to the individual.

Poppets are a simple, creative, and highly effective way to work powerful magicks. No matter how cute they may seem, they should always be treated with the respect you would give to any magickal working. May you find working magick with poppets as rewarding as I have.

Blessed Be!