Many times witches are the targets of gossip from people who barely know them or people who know them well, but do not approve of witches in general. Virtual strangers, co-workers, enemies, or people who simply hate witches, etc. may spread lies and gossip designed to harm the witch, cause problems in specific or in general. Other times, family members, or old friends, who do not approve of the witch’s choice of spiritual path, may choose to slander them as a means of retaliation against their choice. These types of attacks can be subtle, indirect, or even blatant, at times. If the witch knows where the gossip about them is coming from, they may choose to use a poppet to work sympathetic magick to stop that specific person from wagging their tongue. If the gossip source is unknown, a general stop gossip poppet may be most useful.
Creating a poppet for specific people can be difficult, however, as it is extremely helpful for the magick to gather personal items to include in the poppet. While a drinking straw or cigarette butt with their saliva on it will work, hair, fingernails, or a scrap from a piece of clothing they have worn is preferable. Difficult, yes, but impossible, no. If you know the person works in your office, visit their chair and search for hair, and even dandruff (which is, after all their skin) on the chair. Swab the speaking end of their office phone with a bit of slightly damp cotton to collect saliva. Get imaginative to protect yourself.
- Poppet Idea: Paper Mache for known sources, Cloth for unknown sources.
- Color: Mostly Black base but with Yellow stitches for general gossip, Red stitches for outsiders or enemies, Pink stitches for family or friends, Green stitches if based on greed or jealousy, etc.
- Herbs, plants, tree, etc: Adder’s Tongue, Rose Geranium, Slippery Elm
- Stones: Kunzite, Iolite
If the source of the gossip is known, I suggest a Paper Mache poppet, so that the necessary items may be placed inside the poppet as usual. Gather the herbs, stones and personal items from the source, include them inside the poppet with a written parchment spell to end gossip. Decorate it to reflect the specific look of the person and add the trim colors mentioned above as “x shaped” stitches drawn over the mouth to delineate the source’s connection to you, whether friend, or foe, jealousy based or general gossip, etc. After the poppet is completed, bury it in the ground and allow it to rot away to nothing and focus on the gossip itself rotting in the target’s mouth. Visualize that every time they try to spread additional gossip about you, going forward, they will have a foul taste in their mouth and eventually, their gossip with die away just as the poppet dies away when it finishes rotting into the earth.
If the source of the gossip is unknown or possibly wide-spread, create a generalized figure neither male nor female; add the herbs and stones, as well as a generalized parchment spell to stop gossip about you. Over the mouth, you will actually stitch X’s with a rainbow of colors of thread to cover all bases. Visualize the person(s) spreading the gossip as having pain in their mouths, tongues, and throats with each piece of gossip and each lie they spread but do not bury the poppet, yet. Any time you hear of a piece of the gossip being told, add another stitch of the necessary color or if unsure, add another stitch of each color to the doll until the gossip ends Once it slows down considerably, you may bury the poppet and allow the poppet to die along with the death of the gossip being told about you. In this manner the witch silences the gossip regardless of the gossiper(s).