Friday, July 23, 2010

How to Make a Poppet

In folk magic and witchcraft, a poppet is a magical doll used to represent a particular person during spell work and ritual magic. Other names for poppets include voodoo doll, mommet, and fetish. Poppets are one of the most commonly used tools in sympathetic magic, which follows along on the theory that “like creates like." The intention is that whatever actions are performed upon the doll will be transferred to the target. Poppets can be used to harm or to heal, so if you create a poppet of a person, anything done to the poppet will affect the person it represents. A poppet can be used for any spell or ritual in which you need to affect a specific person.

Materials Needed:
Clay or cloth
Personal concerns of the target person
Red candle
Holy water
White linen

Inside the poppet, add anything you find that is personal to the person, such as nail clippings, writing on paper, blood on a Band-Aid, hair left on a brush, etc. Bless all of the items you are using to make your poppet, be it clay or cloth and proceed to make the doll. Get a clear mental image in your mind of the target person while you are making the poppet. To reinforce your concentration, keep repeating the following chant:

(Name), as you I see
(Name) you represent to me.
Continue this chanting and visualization until the poppet is completed. Lay the doll on the altar with a red candle. Place both hands over the poppet and will your energy to flow as you chant 3, 5 or 9 times:

Though separate you are,
You are linked as one.
As (Name) your life has begun.
Pass both sides of the finished poppet through the flame of the red candle saying:

With fire do I consecrate this poppet as (Name).
Sprinkle both sides of the poppet with holy water and say:

With water do I consecrate this poppet as (Name).
Pass both sides of the poppet through the incense smoke as you say:

With air do I consecrate this poppet as (Name).
Keep the poppet wrapped in clean white linen until it is ready to be used in your ritual.

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Anonymous said...

this consacration works to use the poppet in black magick spells? i mean by the use of holly water in the consacration

Caitlin MacKenna said...

Yes, the poppet is being "baptized" as in infant baptism or christening. The holy wateer is not used in whatever spell is cast.

Anonymous said...

You can of course make your own "holy" water. I do it with untreated salt & clean water. You can use the same water/salt mix that you use to purify your ritual tools.