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Artifacts Poppets

Burn Doll, Pennsylvania

Collected April 2022

SpooksWitchery on Etsy

“Cotton doll to burn with spells. 100% cotton
When burned only ash is left
No melted plastics smell!

KEEP SOMETHING TO PUT OUT FIRE WHENEVER BURNING ANYTHING!”

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Artifacts Poppets

Gold Spanish Moss Poppet, Louisiana

Collected March 2022

EnchantressCraftShop on Etsy

“Authentic Spanish Moss Poppet, Gold Poppet, Protection, Success, Wealth, Fast Luck, Confidence, Strength, Magick, Poppet Ornament

Made with/ Reason of use
* Spanish Moss ~Protection, Opens blockages
* Pine Wood~ Protection, Purification, Energy.
* Cowrie Shell ~Goddess Protection. A very powerful shell that is connected with the strength and power of the ocean.
* Felt. ~ For you to self personalize with writing.
* Twine/ Hemp String.~ Used to give option to hang in home, vehicle, etc.
* Gold Acrylic Paint.~ Used to color the Moss.
* Hot Glue.~ Used to hold Poppet together

đź”®Simple Instructions

đź”®To make the poppet represent Person/Self/ Magick Assistant ~
1.) You can write Name / Sigils on the felt on the back of the poppet.
2.) You can add a piece of cut clothing of the person/Self clothes and dress the poppet.
3.) You can cut a picture of a face and attach it to the poppet.

đź”®To make the poppet intention stronger~
1.) You can add Essential oil / blends to the poppet that matches the intention your going for.
2.) You can make a pocket with the piece of the cut personal clothing that will be attach to poppet to add herbs, flowers, stones exc that matches the intention your going for.

đź”® Give life to your poppet~
1.) Light a Candle and focus your intention to poppet./ Can meditate if needed to help you focus your intent.
2.) Feed your poppet to keep its energy up.-
*I personally use rain moon water. I dab my finger in the water and touch the poppet.
3.)Charge and cleanse poppet in full moon light.

đź”®Bring a stronger connection between self and poppet~
1.) Keep poppet close to self.
2.) Always be respectful with handling your poppet.
3.) Don’t let others touch your poppet.

Depending on use of poppet will determine how/ if you personalize it and add more Intent.
You can add more than these if you feel necessary.

Note~ Other poppets maybe similarly made ,but not one will look exactly as another.
This is a one of a kind authentic Spanish moss Poppet made by me.
Color of poppet maybe slightly different from picture, because of lighting.”

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Artifacts Poppets

Corn Husk Poppet Set, California

Collected March 2022

LettuceVintage on Etsy

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Artifacts Poppets

Icey the Yeti, Michigan

Collected August 2022

Riverhagjournals on Etsy

“This is Icey! He has a hand sculpted and hand painted face with glass eyes. He is soft and fun to hold. He is a three eyed yeti. He has a crystal within him and can help protect your home, he a spirit vessel or poppet.”

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Artifacts Poppets

Traditional Slavic Talisman Doll, Folk Rag Doll, Lithuania

Collected April 2022

BHDecorEU on Etsy

“These are not simply dolls, but they have traditional Slavic symbolisms and meanings. They act as magic talismans!

This small doll combines elements of two Slavic talisman dolls – the body-rattle of the traditional Northern House Keeper that existed in the Russian North, and the face-twist in the form of a spiral, found in the Komi-Permyaks, Khants and Mansi.

The spiral face symbolizes the birth and endless continuation of life, and the flaps of fabric tied together reflect the multilevel nature of a person and the three surrounding worlds. In other words, in the center – the essence, the truth, the indivisible and integral, and around this – the entire world around us, divided into layers. All of this is firmly connected together.

The shape of this doll resembles a rattle or a broom. With these elements, slavs expelled evil spirits out of the house. It was believed that the more vivid colors this doll have – the greater its strength.

All of these dolls are handcrafted and special, they bring with themselves ancient magic through traditions that were kept for hundreds of years. Such dolls are really hard to find these days making them even more special and unique!”

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Artifacts Interview Poppets

Remote Healing Poppet, New Jersey, USA

Donated by Wendy Wilson of Magic in Your Living Room, August 2021.

What can you tell me about the circumstances that led to this remote healing?

Well, some friends of the folks in the circle were seriously ill and in general, we want to send the healing out to “all who need it and can accept it.

How did you create the poppet?

I drew it on the computer, printed it on cotton on my fancy printer and sewed it and stuffed it. That cotton prepared for inkjet printers is a great invention.

Were there any special rituals you did during the construction?

The poppet was blessed during the beginning of the ritual.

Can you describe the healing ritual? How many people participated, how it went, etc? 

I should point out that my husband is a Reiki master and training in remote healing, but we wanted the power of the group to boost the effectiveness. There were six plus us, so 8 in total. We drummed up the power in the room, each person acting as leader for a time. When the lead switched, I lit a candle. At the end, we touched the poppet to hold the power. Then we raised the power in a traditional Wiccan raising and holding the poppet, we sent it out. 

What does raising power feel like to you?

I can feel the power come up from the earth, through the floor into my being. I know it’s not real, but the illusion is very strong and it seems to be effective. Real is one way of looking at things.

My husband says about reiki (he is a reiki master) that he doesn’t believe in reiki, he thinks it’s a pyramid scheme, but he has seen it work. I feel that way about healing rituals

After my father’s first heart attack, my husband and I did a reiki healing for him and he survived, which no one expected. We did not tell him about it, but my father said afterwards that he didn’t know what we did, but don’t do it again, allow nature to take its course. So he knew something had happened.

Did you or anyone else who partook in the remote healing feel side effects after the ritual?

 If any of us holds their hands apart and someone else put their own hands between them, the second person can sense the heat between their hands.

All the people we specifically did the ritual for survived their cancer, although one is still dealing with some aftermath of the treatment, but he is alive and functional. One person was told her chances were of surviving the operation were not good and she would be in the ICU for at least a week. A few hours after surgery, she messaged me with a photo of herself in a regular bed, not in the ICU. She is doing fine now.

Photo credit: Wendy Wilson

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Altar Cloth Artifacts Interview

Four Corners of the Moon Altar Cloth, New Jersey, USA

Donated by Wendy Wilson of Magic in Your Living Room, August 2021.

How did you come to design this altar cloth?

I used to work for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company (As you can imaging, I fit in REAL well), I was sitting in a boring meeting doodling (I suffer from ADD) and I drew the original. I already had in mind what I could do with the computer to make it shine. I took it home and redrew it on my computer and used the computer to enhance to the light emanations. 

Were you designing it for a specific ritual or season?

We did a “Drawing Down the Moon” ritual, with a slight change. Instead of the priest drawing down the moon into the priestess, we each empowered ourselves to draw down the moon into ourselves. This was used as the cover for that ritual.

Is there a particular philosophy behind this design?

Like the moon, we are all reflections of the sun. Like the moon, we live in phases, moving from child to youth to adult to sage. Like the moon, sometimes we shine brighter, but we are always beings of light, even at times when it is shaded. 

I know that for some, Drawing Down the Moon is a staple of their practice. Is it a ritual you do regularly? Does it have particular significance for you?

We just did it that once. Mostly, we only do rituals once or twice (which is what I have 3 loose leaf books filled with ritual programs.)  It was a moving ritual, but so was the Farewell to Colors, Descent into Darkness, The Magical Child and Sailing West.

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Artifacts Books Interview

A Book of Simple Rituals: Ready to Use Pagan Rituals by Wendy Wilson, 2017, New Jersey, USA

Donated by Wendy Wilson of Magic in Your Living Room, August 2021.

Interview

How did you get involved with witchcraft?

A college girlfriend, Anita, (who, by the way, visited last week from Maryland) was a Wiccan and was studying with a priestess named Jackie. She invited me to a Beltane ritual and I realized that this was what I was looking for. Margot Adler describes it as a feeling you had “come home”, which exactly described my experience. This was in the 1980s.

When did you start writing rituals?

After Anita moved to Maryland, another friend approached me to create a Dianic circle with her. This group traded the role of priestess around and the priestess of the month usually got one or two people to help her create the rituals ahead of time. Because I had more experience that the others, I was often involved in creating the ritual and I was the person who created the programs for the rituals. Eventually, I found Dianic Wicca was not aligned with my ideas (my male cats were not welcome in the rituals…ridiculous). 

I practiced as a solitary (still using my own written rituals) until a former work colleague asked me to form a circle and lead it. I create and lead all the rituals for this group… and create the programs. This was how the altar cloths came about. The programs all had covers with graphics. I was encouraged to make them available to a larger group, so I had them printed on fabric and sold them as altar cloths.

How has your ritual creation evolved over time?

I have always minimalized the role of humanized deity, preferring rituals that honor nature, celebrate the season, or further the spiritual development of the participants. I even tried to change the wording of the final invocation from “the peace of the Goddess” to the “peace of our love”, but it didn’t take… people are too used to the wording, so I left it. 

I have moved from the idea of a dichotomy between male and female to the idea that each of us is both and that should be celebrated. In my version of the wand and chalice ritual, the chalice and the wand are passed around the circle and each person in turn holds the chalice while the person next to them places the wand in the chalice. Each of us takes the active role and each of us takes the receiving role.

Of course, in the last 18 months, we moved from in-person rituals to remote rituals over Zoom. I made little “ritual boxes” and sent out any “props” needed for the rituals. It worked pretty well. I may decide to sell the ritual boxes for people who want to do my more complicated rituals.

What, to you, makes a ritual a success?

Ritual should be designed to make non-mundane ideas accessible. I create rituals around one or two of those ideas… which might be scientific or mystical or self-exploratory. To do this, the ritual should show, not describe, the concept. It should be experiential to the extent possible. The ritual should also be participatory, Nothing is worse than having the priest or priestess standing around yammering on and on. Everyone should have a role. I have also come to understand the importance of singing. It raises consciousness in very palpable ways. (It helps that I have 3 former members of Sweet Adelines in my group and my husband is a musician.)

I’d love to hear more about your current circle, if you’re comfortable with that.

It’s a small group, about 8, all women, except for my husband. There are a couple of lesbians and a couple of straight women. A couple of them are more dedicated to the Goddess than I am, but it’s not a problem. It didn’t occur to me that I was creating a new form of Wicca until someone mentioned it and I realized that I had moved from a Goddess center practice to a more scientific/natural practice. She pointed it out because it was special to her.

How long has your circle been practicing together now?

Wow, it looks like it’s been since 2003! My mother used to come to the rituals (she’s passed now) and we lost a wonderful woman to cancer a few years ago. Her partner still participates.

Would you say your circle has roughly the same beliefs, or do beliefs within the group vary?

They’re pretty similar, although some are more Goddess-oriented and some are more atheistic. The political views are about the same.

I’d also love to hear more about your experiences with witchcraft in the US in the 80s and 90s, if you have anything to add.

Besides the “living room” circles I have been involved with, I have had some experience with CUUPS and found them delightfully eclectic and inclusive. Their rituals unfortunately often coincided with mine. A couple of them worked for a now-defunct center at Princeton studying non-conventional physics.

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Artifacts Divination

Moth Spirit Board and Planchette, Victoria, Australia

Collected August 2020

YiskaDesigns on Etsy:

This ouija style spirit board features a gorgeous month design, engraved into plywood with two matching planchette options to choose from.

•ABOUT PLYWOOD•
All of our wooden products are made with locally crafted, speciality laser ply from gorgeous Australian woods. The plywood is 3mm thick and is created from multiple fine sheets of wood to create a sturdy yet lightweight material. Plywood is highly durable and can be easily cleaned. In the event that the wood bends or warps in extreme heat or damp, it can be flattened out with a light spray of water (if too dry) and laid flat under a small weight in a cool, dry place. Due to the natural qualities of real wood, each piece we make will be unique in colour and grain.

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Artifacts Divination

“QUIJA” Spinner Game, Oregon, USA

Collected August 2020

Avicornia on Ebay:

QUIJA SPINNER
Fortune Telling Game…Divination Tool
Entertainment

Auction Includes: 1 SPINNER GAME
(with plastic arrow & instructions printed on the back; as pictured: no extras, box, or packaging)
Game was printed on 8.5 x 11″ 100lb./270gsm card stock (not board) and fully laminated.


What are the initials of my true love?
Is the person I’m attracted to interested in me now?
How many children will I have?
Will I get a promotion?
When will my business turn a profit?

Ask these questions and more…Use your imagination and intuition…Relax and have fun!