Witchcraft 101: Witch’s Ladder

As I’m starting a new “journey”, I’ve decided to share all the things I’m learning here on my beloved blog. I’ve always been interested in witchcraft but never really “gave it a go”, so I bought a few books (which I’m reading and I’ll probably review here if you’re looking for basic books) for the absolute beginner, like me! What I’m learning right now is to be more confident about me and the things I can do and achieve,  to stay more in contact with nature and everything that surrounds me. In this new section of the blog I’ll be mainly writing about what I’m experiencing and most of the topics will be focused on traditional witchcraft.

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The first topic and kind of spell I came through is “knot magick” which is a very old form of magic and also requires minimal supplies, it’s mainly about the intention you have while tying the knots. It can be used for protection but it also has an evil dark side, as I wrote before it mainly depends on what your intention is.

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One of the oldest form is known as the Witch’s Ladder, which I found interesting and visually stunning. A Witch’s ladder is a fetish made from knotted cord, yarn or hair and used in witchcraft as a curse but also in any kind of spell work, meditation or ritual working. It typically consists of a rope or cord with (usually) three, nine, thirteen or even forty knots. Feathers, bones or other trinkets are braided into the string, and special chants are spoken during the creation process to empower the talisman to do its creator’s bidding. It can be created a section at a time or all at once. The knots of the witch’s ladder enable a witch to concentrate on repetitive chants or incantation without having to keep count (similar to Christian Rosary beads), and enable the witch to focus will and energy on the desired goal. It was believed that witches of old could cast a death spell over a person by tying the knots and then hiding the cord, and the only way to undo the spell was to find the cord and untie each knot.

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Nowadays the Witch’s ladder is primarily use in healing, binding and wish-granting, knot spells may be created for such diverse purposes as reducing pain, binding love, ensuring safe travel or creating a peaceful environment in the home. The string or cord can be made out of almost any material, but natural fibres (such as hair, wool, hemp and cotton) are preferred.

By knot of one, the spell’s begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

Elle. x