- Religion and Philosophy
The Truth about Voodoo Dolls and How They Can Be Used in Magic
Voodoo dolls are something that we often see featured in popular culture. They may be part of television series and films as well as video games and books. It is common that these dolls are misrepresented and even shown as being evil and as an item that is used only for sinister and dark means. Although the use of voodoo dolls is commonly seen in hoodoo, root work and voodoo they can be used for any type of magic. The use of these types of figures in magic can be found even in ancient times in cultures such as India, Babylonia, Greece and Mesopotamia.
Although rituals and spells using voodoo dolls and poppets are genuine and effective magic they are no more evil or dark than any other type of magic and just as with all magic it is the intent of the person casting the spell that determines the outcome of the magic rather than any of the materials and tools used.
Dolls can be used in many types of spells though there are somewhere they are particularly useful. The purpose of the doll is to represent a person and enable you to have a focus to direct your energy and intent towards. The doll can be a representation of yourself if you are casting a spell for you or can be made to signify another person if you are casting for them. They can also be used with a specific thing in mind or in a more general way such as for protection or banishing negative energy from around yourself or someone else. Poppets can also be used in healing, binding, prosperity, love and luck spells.
Making Voodoo Dolls
Ideally you should make your own dolls to be used in spells and ritual work. This is because they will be more powerful due to the fact that you will be able to craft them exactly to your needs and channel your energy and intent into them during the process of making them. If you do chose to obtain dolls that have been made by someone else these can be cleansed to remove their energies and then charged with your own, if you wish. Poppets do not need to be greatly artistic or complex in order to be effective. As with all magic it is your intent that is the most important aspect of any magical work.
Voodoo dolls can be made using a variety of materials including clay, fabric, wool, and sticks or carved from wood or wax. You may wish to cleanse the materials you are using before starting but this is not essential. When crafting your doll think about and focus on the person they are representing as well as the intent of your spell. This will fill the doll with your energy and wishes. The doll does not need to look like the person but you should add some simple or symbolic features. For example: if they are tall give the doll long legs and add hair and eyes in the correct colours. You can also add small items that belong to the person to or inside the doll.
The colour of your doll could be a favourite of the person’s or a colour correspondence of the spells intent. Other correspondences such as herbs, crystals and symbols can also be added to the doll. For sewn poppets these items can be placed inside with any stuffing if you wish and for others than can be glued on or pressed into a material such as clay or wax. Your doll can be decorated if you wish using symbols such as a heart for a love spell or with a horseshoe for a luck spell. Other ideas for linking the poppet to the person are to use a piece of their clothing to make the poppet or to incorporate items they have worn or used. This could be items such as jewellery, badges, hair bobbles or a photograph.
Preparing your Poppet
After making a poppet some people like to bless and name or dedicate them to the specifically intended use. This can be as simple as telling the doll who or what it represents or can be a ritual in itself. You can choose to use a naming chant such as the one below if desired:
‘I have made you and will now give you life
I name you ________ (persons name)
Their body is your body
Their breath is your breath
Their blood is your blood
Although you were once separate
Now you are together as one’
While reciting the chant infuse the poppet with your energy and wishes. Visualise the connection between the doll and the person that it is being used to represent. If you wish you can psychically breathe life into the voodoo doll by blowing through a straw into its mouth.
It is important to keep any voodoo dolls you have made safe at all times. Remember that the doll has been created and connected to a living person and so may have negative or harmful effects if anything unwanted, damaging or destructive was to happen to it.
Care of Poppets once a Spell is Complete
Poppets should be stored safety if they are not being used straight away. It is your responsibility to ensure that nothing unwanted or bad happens to them and that they do not fall into the hand of others. Not only can this have an unwanted effect on the dolls energy but another person may have a less good intention for the doll or may misunderstand the use of voodoo dolls and react badly or even destroy the doll.
Once you have carried out your spell or ritual you must continue to keep the poppet safe until the magic has manifested. After this has occurred you can sever the link between the poppet and person using a simple chant such as:
‘what was once one
I now separate
With thanks and love
I sever this link’
One this has been carried out you should take apart the doll and bury it. Another way of disposing of your dolls is to place them in the sea or other running water.
© 2014 Claire