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

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Cool Stuff for Weirdos #2: Moon Craft Emporium

Here we are with another great and wise advice on how to spend your money for handmade, cool and, this time, vegan products! (Click here if you missed the first call of Cool Stuff for Weirdos)

The Moon Craft Emporium is run by Brittany who creates the most unique and beautiful soaps, but also bath bombs, lip balms, bath melts and herbal bath sachets.

The aesthetic of her products recalls a spiritual, witchy atmosphere where you can submerge yourself (literally) and being surrounded by floral and spicy scents. Not only all the products are handmade but they’re also vegan, therefore cruelty-free. (Vegan friends you’re welcome!)

                   Ghost in the Fog- Vanilla Bergamot Vegan Hand Crafted Bath Soap

Moon Craft Emporium links: Facebook – Etsy Shop – Instagram

Elle. xx

Happy Easter (the weird way)!

Buongiorno peeps and happy Easter!
You might probably imagine that my favourite time of the year is: Halloween! Believe it or not there’s a country that celebrates Easter a bit like Halloween. I mean what kind of a weird blog would it be if I don’t write about it?!

The lucky country is Finland where the children dress up as witches with broomsticks hanged around their necks and they wander in the streets in search of treats. It is believed that during the festival, witches become more powerful and bonfires are made to scare them off.

Easter witch is a popular character in the Nordic Easter tradition. In Finland and Sweden alike, it was believed that witches, who were mainly old, malicious women, were flying around on brooms, hurting cattle and doing other mischief. Today, they are most often represented as scarf-clad women riding a broom, accompanied by a black cat and a copper coffee pot. Little witches whisking willow twigs can be seen toddling around throughout the country on Palm Sunday.

Photo: Niklas Meltio
Photo: Niklas Meltio

As for me what I really love about Easter is that I can scoff chocolate (dark one for me, please) for a couple of days, I mean, it’s tradition! Hope you’re all having a joyful and a bit weird Easter!

Elle. x