Crossroads Magic & Legends

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Meet Me Where the Road Splits...

There's something innately magickal about two roads that meet and cross one another. Crossroads magic is something that has been used in the craft for hundreds (possibly thousands) of years for more than one reason.

In this installment of the Simple Magick Series, we will look into why crossroads magic is so powerful and simple to use. We will also learn some crossroads legends and which spirits and gods can be found at the crossroads.

Hecate at the Crossroads
Hecate at the Crossroads
Papa Legba
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Crossroads Legends

Since people have been walking, there have been paths in the woods and across fields...practically everywhere. And where there are paths, there are sometimes crossroads. Either two paths cross one another and continue on in different directions or one path may split into two paths. Both of these are considered crossroads.

Crossroads legends have circulated various cultures for as long as crossroads have been in existence. Why do you think that is? Crossroads symbolize a joining of two separate things...two separate entities meeting as one, if only for an instant. They can also be looked at as a threshold between the wild forests and the human pathways. In ancient times, crossroads were considered very magickal and sacred places. They were thought to be filled with energy and guarded by spirits.

One particular Goddess who is known to inhabit crossroads is the ancient Greek Goddess by the name of Hecate. While she is depicted in modern times as the wise old woman or crone, she has also been depicted in triple form as a maiden, mother, and crone. Hecate is said to guard the crossroads, and if you are to go to a crossroads in the woods, you can find her there. She especially loves crossroads of 3 paths, which ties into her triple-goddess form. Of course once Paganism was on the verge of death and Christianity was taking over Europe, people were actually warned against going to crossroads where Hecate or other "devils" might reside.

Papa Legba from the Voodoo traditions is another deity considered to inhabit crossroads. He is said to open the doors between humans and other spirits, and so he is the guardian of the crossroads. In this case, the crossroads represent the barrier of communication between us and the loa (which are Voodoo demi-gods of sorts).

In the twentieth century, crossroads legends told stories of musicians that would sit at a crossroads at midnight and meet a man in black. The man in black would grant them extraordinary musical talent. Many believed this man in black was the devil, and that he would only grant talent in exchange for the musician's soul. Could this crossroads legend be another tale to scare people away from a powerful pagan place? Or could there be other dangerous spirits at crossroads, as well as beneficial spirits?

Crossroads Magic

Simple magick is magick that can be done quickly, simply, and almost anywhere. Crossroads magic is simple magick because you can literally find almost any type of crossroads in order to perform this type of magick.

If you are coming to a crossroads in your life or in your spirituality, crossroads magic is a wonderful technique for you to use to help decide which path you should take. If you have the privilege of finding a quiet triple-crossroads in the woods, take a statue of Hecate or a black candle to the crossroads along with an offering of food, wine, silver, or lavender. Sit in the middle of the triple crossroads after you have centered, grounded, and shielded yourself against negative energies. Light the candle and meditate on the flame or simply meditate on the statue, paying homage to Hecate. Ask her to lead you down the appropriate pathway of the crossroads in your life. Leave an offering for her at the crossroads, or pour the wine onto the ground at the crossroads. Thank her and leave quietly.

If you are trying to communicate with the Voodoo loa (gods/spirits) or your ancestors, Papa Legba is a great spirit to honor at a nearby crossroads. You don't have to find a crossroads in the forest, you can leave Papa Legba an offering at any type of crossroads. Papa Legba prefers offerings of candy, rum, cigars, and tobacco. Make sure you do your research on Papa Legba and Voodoo before attempting to communicate with him or the other Voodoo loa in a ritual.

Historical Crossroads are Quite Poweful
Historical Crossroads are Quite Poweful

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Heather - Awesome, glad you found this hub useful. :)


HeatherDRoberts 4 years ago

I am definitely at a crossroads with my life, thank you Kitty for writing this!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Very true, phoenix. Thanks for the comment.


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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I've always been intrigued by crossroads. I guess it's knowing that when you choose one path over another, the one you didn't choose may be closed to you forever. So you want to choose wisely.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Patty - And thank you very much for reading and commenting. Blessings.


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Interesting Hub!!! Crossroads are very interesting indeed!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

rcrumple - Yeah, you weirdo! LOL. Just kidding. I am flattered that you enjoy them so much! Thanks for your support.

Cresentmoon2007 - Hey Lady! Oh, how I've missed your hubs too! Great to see you on here. Thanks for commenting and I hope to see you around more. :) Blessings.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Very useful Kitty. I know i haven't been on for a very long time and I miss reading your hubs. Loved this one and the mention of Crossroads. Wonderful. Especially Hecate.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

I've got to stop being the first at your hubs. I'm really not stalking you.

Another great offering. Wasn't aware of such strength at crossroads. Enlightened once again!

Great Article!

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    Kitty has been following a pagan spiritual path for over sixteen years. Because of this she encourages others to follow their own paths.



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