If poppet magick was to be defined, it would be considered “sympathetic” magick. Like is, what like does. And while poppet magick, for the most part, is for healing it has however, over the centuries, been used in many different ways.

Making a poppet is quite simple. It is usually made in the rough image of a human, though animals poppets are known as well. It can be made out of just about any material; cloth, wax, clay, various metals (lead, copper ect.) wood and so on. It is the intent and the energy that it is empowered withthat counts. The poppet is often filled with certain herbs depending on the desired result.

Those of the VooDoun faith fill poppets or voodoo dolls or gris-gris as they are also known, with personal items such as hair, nail clippings, articles of clothing ect. They then use these gris-gris for binding and for acts of revenge.

It has been suggested that poppets were first used by Paleolithic hunters from about 50,000 B.C.E. An image of the animal being hunted was created, and a ritual resulting in a successful hunt was performed on the poppet. Indigenous people around the world have used this method of magick and in some parts of the world, they still do to this day.

In ancient Greece (4th. century B.C.E.), poppets were referred to as “Kolossos”. Their primary purpose was for binding. This could be applied to one’s enemies, deity, ghosts and spirits, and so on. They were also used for healing and self defense of the individual or community and protection of boundaries. The act of binding was similar to the voodoo method. In that various personal articles were embedded into the kolossos (poppet). The kolossoswas then set upon by tying the figure up, mutilating various parts, and/or piercing it with thorns or nails. This was usually accompanied by various incantations and/or ritual in order to further enhance the binding.

One example of these incantations is:
” O Hermes Katokhos, restrain ( name of person ) !
   I commit __________ to the Gods,
   to Ge, Hectate and Persephone!
   I bind _________, born of _________,
   in your presence, Hermes Katokhos.
   May he/she be restrained
   in hand and foot and body! ”

The kolossos is then concealed by burying it or sealing it in a jar or clay pot. or cast into the deep sea. Among the Greeks and Hellenes the most common material for making poppets were clay, wax and lead.
The Babylonians often used poppets for defensive or protective magick. They were often made of clay or wax. These poppets were place around the entrances to their homes and still others were buried, depending on the need.

The ancient Egyptians also used poppets for protection from their enemies. Spells of destruction were written on the poppet and then smashed and buried.

The point being made is that poppets have been in use for centuries and in different ways by many diverse cultures.

In the United states, mountain folk, particularly the women, have used poppets for ages in order to attract and bind a lover. After casting a binding spell, they would bind the poppet with string or a ribbon and then conceal it where it could not be found. If found the spell is broken.

Witches often use poppets for healing and love magick. Though one should not use these for binding magick.

When doing a healing spell using a poppet, first stuff it with Calendula ( a good healing herb ) and then do a naming ritual, using the name of the person that the healing is for. Here is an example:
” Image of health, your purpose is healing.
  I bestow upon you the name of _________ .
  Their body is your body.
  Their thoughts are your thoughts.

  Their emotions are your emotions.
  Their state of health is your state of health.
  I proclaim you both as one entity! ”

Here is an example of a healing spell:
Material needed:

1 Yellow candle
herbs of calendula, Lavender, and Rosemary
Clear quartz crystal
Photo of the patient
Any personal articles
To be performed on a Sunday;
Stuff the poppet with the herbs and place the crystal at the heart of the poppet.

Seal the poppet and do the naming ritual.
Light the candle and visualize the patient as being healthy and energetic.
Chant three times:
“Lavender, marigold, and rosemary
The body, soul and mind are free
Crystal of quartz, take the pain away
Whole and healed and free today
With harm to none
My will is done
So Mote It Be!”

Bury the poppet on the same day.

The same procedure should be followed when using the poppet for love magick. ( Attracting love, not binding ones emotions. Remember the Threefold law. ). Use herbs associated with love magick to stuff the poppet. Some of these would be Lavender, Rose, Patchouli and Basil. Some of the crystals that you could use are Lapis Lazuli, Alexandrite, Malachite, and Jade. Do the naming ritual, using aspects of love in place of healing. And then do a love chant, repeating it three times. Afterwards bury the poppet.
Color plays an important part when doing magick. And the color of the cloth used in poppet magick is no different. The colors can be used alone or in combination with other colors. Following are a few colors and their associated meanings to help you get started:

White – This is a universal color and can be used for just about any type of spell. It is often used for spells pertaining to spirituality.

Green – To be used for spells of prosperity, healing and fertility.

Red – Poppets made of this color are used for blood related diseases, sexual passion and courage spells.

Blue – This color is for emotional and mental healing, harmony and all round good health.

Black – Used to reverse curses or spells cast against you and to stop harmful gossiping.

Yellow – Used as an aid in mental healing.

Pink – A poppet made of this color cloth is for fertility, love and compassion towards others and yourself.

Brown – Financial success and to attract gain .

Orange – This color is used for success and to attract positive energy.

Purple – The color of this poppet is used to enhance psychic ability.

To make a poppet, take two pieces of cloth with right sides facing each other. A bit of fabric
from an old shirt or other garment is best. From them, cut an image of a person (yourself).
Sew them together, leaving an opening for stuffing.
Next, take a dried rose and pull the petals off in a counter-clockwise manner, repeating,
“Doubt torn away, confidence today.”
Place the petals inside the poppet and sew up the hole.
On the outside, paint or embroider a word or emblem which symbolizes uncertainty to you.
Then place the poppet in the light of a waning moon to reduce your reservations.
After 10 days bury the poppet along with your hesitations.

A poppet to represent the person you wish to bind; Patchouli leaves ; Frankincense;
Charcoal block; Black candle; Red ribbon; White cloth
Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind.
Burn patchouli leaves and frankincense on a charcoal block.
Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
Hecate, great Goddess of life and death,
I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation of cloth be known as Flesh and blood of.(name).
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area you wish to bind,
i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
Between the worlds in Hecate’s eyes you (name) are bound powerless.
In the eyes of this world, you are harmless.
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the poppet.
Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person’s house
(or by the ocean and bid the sea to bless it).

Grave dirt or earth Rosemary Sage Piece of smoky quartz
Piece of amethyst Some item from the person
A poppet can be sewn to represent the malicious person.
Fill it with earth (grave dirt if you can find it), rosemary, sage, a piece of smoky quartz and
a piece of amethyst. Also enclose a piece of the person’s fingernails, a lock of hair, or
another personal item. Handwriting can be enclosed if you have nothing else.
Photos can be used also.

Take a poppet and sprinkle it liberally with blessing oil.
Rub a perfume oil all over your hands and hold them over the dolls head, palms open and say:
You are very ill-be healed
You will recover-be healed
Heal! Heal! Heal!
Now blend equal amounts of Rosemary perfume oil, Violet perfume oil, Voodoo oil
and Damnation powder. Mix thoroughly until you have a paste.
completely coat the doll from top to bottom with this mixture and repeat the words given above.
After several times, carefully wrap the coated doll in a piece of red cloth and hide it away,
it must not be seen for several days. Then take the doll and burn it and scatter the ashes to the wind.

Using black felt, a needle and thread, and stuffing, make a simple poppet to represent the offender.
Cut a slit into the fabric for a mouth and stuff it well with slippery elm.
Sew the mouth shut with a six-stranded piece of purple embroidery floss. As you sew, say:
“Your mouth is closed. You cannot speak
To gossip, slander, or havoc wreak.
Your mouth stay shut, but only ’til
It speaks of friendship and good will.”
Place the poppet in a box. Stuff the box with paper to force the poppet’s face into a corner.
Leaving the poppet as such removes the offender’s urge to gossip.

A poppet is a doll. It is the shape of a human that is used for magical purposes.
They are used in spells to help either you or someone else.
These dolls can be made from wood, cloth, clay, paper, or fabric.
To make a fabric poppet cut a human outline from two pieces of fabric with their right sides together.
It does not need to be detailed. You can keep the hands and feet rounded.
If the poppet is to represent you, use a piece of fabric from some of your old clothes.
Sew most of the figure with right sides together. Leave a small area unsewn.
Turn it right side out and stuff. You may stuff the figure with batting, tissue, straw, paper, or
whatever is handy. You may add herbs, a lock of hair or other personal effect. Sew the hole.
You may add button eyes and decorate to personalize.
Do not make poppets of other people unless you have permission. Do not destroy the poppet.
If it represents another person, give it to that person to keep it safe.
If it was made for binding, bury it.

The Poppet can be used for healing purposes–in fact that is probably its primary use.
The Poppet can also be used for love magic. The same construction method is used: two
outlines cut from cloth, sewn together and marked with identifying symbols and characteristics
(all whilst concentrating your thoughts on the person it represents). You should stuff the Poppet
with the herb appropriate for the person’s ailment. If ever in doubt as to what to use, stuff the
Poppet with Calendula (also called Marigold, Marybud, Holibud–Calendula officinalis),
which is a cure-all. You should name the Poppet (as in love-magic, to symbolically represent
the person who is to benefit from the healing spell), sprinkling and censing it, then lay it on the altar.
Should you be working for someone who has had surgery, then make an incision in the Poppet in
the appropriate place. Then, taking it up from the altar, concentrate on the healing and direct
your power into the patient as you sew up the incision.
You can do Auric and/or Pranic healing using the Poppet in lieu of the actual person.
Once you have named and consecrated the Poppet, then anything you do to it, of course,
you do to that person.

There are various forms and types of this magick, and listed below is a basic guide and
some tips on how to enhance your poppet spell. Poppet magic is extremely powerful and
should be used with care.
Most people associate poppet magic with Voodoo and perceive it as harmful.
In most cases the poppets used in Wicca are used for positive effects such as healings,
love, happiness and they can also be used for bindings (only if necessary).
For an effective spell, you will need a poppet (made of natural material and it can be
colored to enhance the spell), a photo – or if possible, something of the person’s
(i.e.: a lock of hair, fingernail etc) and any herbs, and gemstones needed as well.
Sometimes ribbons are incorporated into the working too.
When you are done casting, the poppet should not be destroyed. Instead give it to the
person you are healing or if it was for yourself, keep it. If a binding was performed, then
bury it off your property.

Moon in Gemini or Capricorn. Month of August. Waning moons. On bright, sunlit days.
Gather a piece or paper, one gray crayon, one bright crayon (orange-yellow is good), matches,
and a small item to represent yourself (perhaps a pebble). On the left side of the paper write in
gray the word “doubt”, and draw a cloud over the word. On the right side, use the bright crayon
to draw a sun with the word “assurance” underneath it. Then lay the paper before you, placing
the symbol of self on the left side. Slowly, while repeating the phrase,
“From doubt to certainty, light to mark my way.
Misgivings be gone, I’m seizing the day.”
Move the stone across the page until it sets firmly on the word “assurance”.
Next, take a deep breath and tear away the left side of the paper, releasing your breath as you
finish tearing. Burn that side to literally destroy you doubt. Wrap the remaining paper around the
stone or object and carry it to encourage confidence every day.

Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind.
Burn patchouli leaves and frankincense on a charcoal block.
Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
“Hecate, great Goddess of life and death,
I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation of cloth be known as Flesh and blood of (name).”
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area you wish to
bind i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
“Between the worlds in Hecate’s eyes you (name)
Are bound powerless. In the eyes of this world You are harmless.”
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the poppet.
Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person’s house.

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