healing poppet, general healing

Poppet Magick: General Healing Poppet

One of the most common requests asked of every witch I have ever spoken with, and certainly, the most consistent request I receive, is for help with healing. In today’s world, there are so many diseases, illnesses, such a plethora of ways to damage our bodies, that there is always need for healing among friends and family. Whether an illness is diagnosed or undiagnosed, witches can provide assistance with the situation in a general manner with the use of a healing poppet.

Witches can create poppets to serve the needs of people with short-term illnesses, such as the flu, or a simple infection, but also, longer term problems, such as broken bones, cancer, AIDS, etc. The most important thing to remember is that using poppets to bring back health, does not replace the need for seeing a doctor, taking prescriptions, and following the doctor’s advice. Poppets, as sympathetic magick, are always used, in addition to, not in lieu of the assistance of medical professionals.

A healing poppet can be made using any medium and including any or even many items with magickal properties. Some items may be targeted directly for the heath problem, if the specific problem is diagnosed, if not, then the witch will want to include items that promote general good health. As long as the witch remembers to add something of the person and link it to the person, for whom it is intended, before casting spells with it, all is good.

• Poppet Idea: Linen
• Color: Blue for healing is the default color as green can cause more problems if the nature of the illness is unknown.
• Herbs, plants, tree, etc: Allspice, Balm of Gilead, Chamomile, Cinquefoil, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Ginseng, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Thistle, Yarrow, Yerba Santa
• Metal : Tin, Gold
• Stones: Sugilite, Smoky Quartz, Petrified Wood, Amethyst, Amber

Create a poppet to represent your target. It can be a simple “Gingerbread Man/Woman” shape or something more complex. Embroider it, draw on it, whatever it takes to make it resemble the person for whom it is intended in order to strengthen the link for the sympathetic magick to work at its best.

As you create the poppet focus on the person, think about their physical, mental, and spiritual attributes. Think about what makes that person distinct from everyone else you know. Focus on the specific health problem they are experiencing. Think about what the symptoms are, the diagnosis, if there is one, the prognosis, and what needs to happen to help them heal.

When it is ready, the witch may stuff it with any or all of the above listed items, not forgetting to add something from the person to link to them. Speak a short spell and be certain to name the person the poppet is meant to represent and name the type of healing that needs to occur. Write a spell for good health on parchment and include it inside the poppet, anoint the poppet with healing oil, etc. do whatever

The poppet can be given to the person as a gift to keep near them or retained by the witch so that he/she may supplement the energy given toward the target’s healing on a regular basis until the healing has been completed. Even though loved ones of the ill can generally feel helpless in situations where someone they love is ill, as a witch, we do not have to feel the same powerlessness as the non-magickal folk feel. As a witch, we can still contribute our desire, intent ,and power to help resolve the situation in the way that best suits us.

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Poppet Magick: Safe Travel Poppet

Whether traveling to work, school, on vacation, or simply to the grocery store, every witch needs protection during their daily travels. Roads are dangerous places in today’s society. Now, we do not have to worry only about car accidents related to traffic and drunk drivers, but also inattentive driver’s focused on texting while driving, carjackers, road rage sufferers, and many other dangers on our roads. Creating a Safe Travel poppet can help any witch to alleviate the fear and worries we may otherwise experience during the daily treks we are required to make in the course of living our lives.

I suggest using air-dry clay for this poppet because it allows the witch to create two “sides” to the poppet that can be shaped in a similar manner to match up. Items may be pressed between these “sides” for convenience sake. It is easily carved to make it customized so you may include any details you wish. Then, when the poppet is dry, it can be decorated with paints and it will be strong enough to stand up to the sometimes-jarring nature of daily travel, where hard braking and swerving to avoid danger is a part of life.

Focus on safe travel as you create two sides of the poppet to symbolize your vehicle. You may even add, as decoration, representations of “the people” that normally travel in it. Add in the herbs, metal, stones, and personal items belonging to each person who normally travels via the vehicle, to the center of the clay sides when they are joined. At the “north, south, east and west” points of the “vehicle poppet”, carve in Raido, Eihwaz, Nauthiz, and Algiz to protect the vehicle and people who belong in it. If you wish, create a personal sigil for safe travel and carve it into the center of the “doors” area of the poppet.

Once you have allowed the poppet to dry and harden, paint the car including the inner and outer color scheme of your vehicle, and paint the people inside the vehicle to represent those travelers normally found within the vehicle. Once the paint dries, store the poppet in the glove compartment, in a general storage area, in the door storage, etc. As long as the poppet is safe from flying around in case of sudden stops or swerving, or being stepped on and broken, it will begin the increase the safety of travel for those within, especially ones depicted on the poppet. Every witch should have poppet for safe travel in his or her vehicle.

 

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Witches Tools: Poppets as Spells

For millennia, witches have been using poppets of various sorts as ways of applying sympathetic magick to people, for various reasons. These small, handmade dolls, used for all sorts of magickal purposes, are easy to create and cross all sorts of boundaries in magick, today. Because it is such a simple way of getting magick focused to target a specific person, it has only become more popular as time goes by.

For the most part, creating a poppet is a simple matter of choosing your medium, adding a few magickal items to the poppet, and then linking it to the person for whom you are creating the poppet.

Cloth Poppets: Choosing fabric is easy. All the witch has to do is cut out a shape to resemble the person for whom you are creating the poppet, stuff it with various materials to help focus intent, such as herbs, flowers, stones and personal items, like hair or fingernails, relating to the person and voila! You are ready to link it to the person and start casting. If you have a piece of clothing worn by the person repeatedly, it is a simple matter to use it for a poppet. If not, go to a fabric store and look for solid color remnants or even patterns that can assist with the magickal intent, hearts for love, night scenes for banishing nightmares, prints with cats or dogs for animal poppets, skulls for harming magick, etc. Each witch can best determine for himself/herself what color or pattern best suits their needs for each specific poppet they create.

Wooden Poppets: If a witch has a talent with carving, they may choose to carve a poppet that resembles the person they are casting for, if not, wooden artist manikins can be found for less than $10, in various online stores. Wrap it with a metal wire relating to the magickal purpose, string the wire with stones, or not, as pleases the witch. Dress the poppet with scraps from clothing the person has worn, draw a similar face and add a few strands of hair to the head, do a simple spell to link it to the person and you are ready to begin.

Wax Poppets: Get wax chips or a block of wax, then use a slow cooker to heat the wax until it becomes malleable. Be careful that you do not let the wax get too hot, or you can burn yourself. Also, please remember that beeswax gets a great deal hotter than paraffin style wax. Once the witch can begin handling the wax, add items from the person, such as fingernails and/or hair, and be certain to add several magickal items into the wax prior to shaping it as the person for whom you are casting the spell. Add herbs and stones for healing, or anoint it with spell oil for bringing them wealth, etc. If the witch chooses, he/she may even use wax of a specific color to aid with the magickal working. After linking the poppet to them, you can begin to cast actively for them.

Paper Mache Poppets: Recipes for Paper Mache are easy to come by online. Usually a few household ingredients can be combined to create all the Paper Mache you need. Using a few tiny balloons as a base will give the shape you need. Inflate them to the desired size, hook them together with a length of waxed dental floss (for easier removal, then, cover it with the Paper Mache and leave a spot uncovered to pop and remove the balloons once the poppet is dry. After removing the balloons, add leaves from trees, herbs, stones, written parchment spells, fingernails, hair, etc. and use a bit of tape to close the opening to keep the items inside. Color the Paper Mache to aid the magick, or use white and paint the resemblance onto the poppet. Link the poppet to the target person and you can begin to cast magick for them to break a bad habit, improve their confidence, or cast whatever spell work the witch desires.

Modeling Clay Poppets: A witch may choose a commercially created clay, or use the Internet to research one of the many recipes for clay available online, in order to create their poppet. Shaping the clay into the likeness of the target of the magickal working and then inserting small stones, pieces of metal, and herbs, as well as fingernails and hair from the target. Even adding fibers from clothing that the target of the spell has worn, or dressing it in scraps of clothing the person has worn. If the clay is one that dries when exposed to air, after dying thoroughly, the witch may choose to paint it to resemble the target. Then, link the poppet to the person and let the magick begin.

Other Natural Poppets: Corn Dollies, potatoes, Mandrake roots, etc. can be use as poppets, as well. Shape a corn dolly from the shucks of an ear and add personal and magickal items into the head area before tying it off and forming the limbs. Carve a potato into the shape of the person and insert fingernails stones, herbs, and other magickal items into the meat of the potato, or dress a Mandrake root in clothing belonging to the target, wrap it with metal wire pertaining to the magickal intent. Once the poppet is formed and the magickal items added, link the poppet to the person and cast your spells, as you wish.

Just as with any other magick, the intent behind the magick, the tools a witch chooses to use and the imagination they use to tailor the magick toward their specific needs is all subjective to their process. Every witch has to decide for themselves how, when and if to use poppets in their witchcraft.