Poppet Magic
A Poppet is a voodoo doll.

Oxford Dictionary Definition - a small figure of a human being used in sorcery and witchcraft.

Poppet Dolls often associated with Voodoo MagicPoppet Dolls often associated with Voodoo MagicA poppet is a life-like figure or doll made to represent a person or animal and is used in ritual, magic and spell-craft to effect change through the application of sympathetic magic. Sympathetic magic works on the principles of “similarity” and “associated contact” (i.e. like attracts and effects like).

It is based on the belief that someone or something can be magically affected by doing something to an object in one place, that represents a person or thing in another place.  To achieve this a poppet is made as a representation of a person or thing and contains items associated with or belonging to that same person or object.  Once made and magically charged, any action performed upon the poppet, is thought to cause or effect a similar reaction on the person or object it represents.    

Example of a Voodoo DollExample of a Voodoo DollHistory of Poppets
The use of poppets in witchcraft and magic is an age-old practice, but their potential uses have long been closely guarded secrets, and as such there are an abundance of myths, folklore and superstition surrounding their use.  For example, in more recent times poppets have been negatively aligned with the Voodoo Dolls of Haiti, which through popular fantasy fiction portrayed in films and on T.V, are commonly associated with malicious intent - revenge, hate or evil. Some witches shy away from poppet magic because it reminds them too much of the stereotyped notion of voodoo dolls.

Today poppets are more likely to be used for protection, prosperity, luck, love, health and happiness.  However, as and when a need has been identified, they can also be used for banishing and binding to prevent harm.   

The use of poppets and dolls in magic date back to ancient times and occurrences of their use have be found in India, Babylonia (Chaldaea), Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.  In ancient Greece for instance, poppets called “Kolossoi” were typically used to bind deities for defensive purposes to protect one’s village, home and family.   

Today binding spells are commonly used and targeted at specific individuals to stop or prevent then from harming others.  The ancient Greeks however used binding to secure deity protection for public as well as private defense.  For example, the spirit of Ares, the God of War would be bound in a poppet, which was then placed in the village square to ward off invading enemies, thus preventing war.  Similarly other protective deities could be bound and the poppet buried near the home to protect buildings and family.  

Colour Codes to make a Poppet for a specific purpose

Spell Goal:

Fabric Color: Patterns to try:
Prosperity  Green, gold, silver Dollar signs, dollar bills, earth symbols
Love Pink, red Hearts, Cupids, roses or other flowers
Banishing Black Swords, wands, dragons
Creativity Orange, Yellow Suns, fire symbols
Protection Red, white Keys or locks, fences, mistletoe
Spirituality White, blue, silver Moons, clouds, air or water symbols
Animals Brown Cats, dogs, anything pet-related

Making the Poppet

Simple poppet patternSimple poppet patternPoppets can be be fashioned from all kinds of materials. Usually, a poppet is made out of cloth but can be made of a variety of other materials such as:  carved roots, grasses, grain stalks, corn husks, fruit, wood, paper, mud, wax, clay, metal or lead, all formed into a  human shape.  These can then be dressed in simply made clothes and stuffed with a variety herbs, stones and other magical items needed to effect the purpose of the spell or work.

You also need  a taglock if you are able to bind the poppet to the person. A taglock is the part of the poppet that links it to the person it represents. Ideally personal items associated with the person the poppet is intended for should be included in its preparation i.e. it could be dressed in material taken from clothing once worn by the person, a sample of handwriting or a photograph, personal items such as a lock of hair or nail clippings, and even bodily fluids such as blood, semen or saliva.  The important thing is to create a link between the poppet and the intended recipient of the spell or work.

Use your imagination! Poppets can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, but as they are generally made to represent another person, care should be taken to learn all you can about them, before you determine the need and purpose of your intent.  In magical traditions it is believed the more work you put into preparing your spell, the more effort and time you put into it, the stronger your link will be to your target the stronger and more potent your focus and intent.

While the possibilities are endless, just like in any spell work, you’ll need to set a goal and the means of achieving it.

Naming the poppet and giving it life

Like any ritual tool, once made, the poppet needs to be consecrated, named and dedicated to the work in hand. Most importantly, repeatedly TELL the poppet who it is they represent. You can say something simple along the lines of “I have made you, and you are John Smith”, or whoever you are doing the spell for or for a more potent effect you can use this naming ritual -

Little one, I made you and now I give you life
I name you (persons name)
Their body is your body
Their breath is your breath
Their passion is your passion
Their blood is your blood
Though separate you were
Now you are one.

Then you infuse it with personal energy to bring life to your poppet. Sometimes this is  done by breathing life into the poppets mouth through a straw.  In this way the poppet takes on a magical life of its own, which activates the spell or working. Remember to keep any poppet you have made in a safe place. The doll represents the person so you wouldn’t want anything unpleasant to happen to that doll.
An example of Poppet Love Magic
To Bring Love Into Your Life
Poppet Material Colour: Red or pink
Herbs: Rose petals, parsley, and peppermint
Gemstones: Jade, rose quartz

Stuff the poppet with Love herbs and a photo or something of that person. Keep under your pillow while it works its magic

Once the spell or work is done, or success has been achieved, the poppet needs to be dismantled and ingredients used disposed of in an appropriate way, making sure that any link between it and what it represented is completely destroyed.

Until then keep the poppet in a safe place while it works its magic.

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