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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 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

Purple and green paracord handfasting cord, Michigan, USA

Collected June 2021

BrokenVial on Etsy

“My husband and I have taken to braiding these lovely handfasting ribbons and cords. This one is made of purple and green nylon paracord.”

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Artifacts Poppets

Poppet Witch Talisman, Michigan, USA

Collected June 2021

TheBrokenVial on Etsy

“Up for you consideration is this cute little poppet. He’s made of soft cotton print fabric, poly-fil, hemp, and button eyes. He measures 8 inches long.

In the realms of traditional witchcraft, the poppet is supposed to depict a “good” witch who inspires productivity and safety, but also protects against any ill-will directed to the home. It is considered good luck to give a poppet to a friend or family member.

Poppets can be used in spells for protection, luck, prosperity, health, and happiness into the person they represent.”

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Artifacts Poppets

Borderline Personality Disorder Poppet, Virginia, USA

Collected March 2021

AndromedasCrafts on Etsy

“Does it sometimes feel like your BPD controls you? Take control of your BPD with these handmade poppets made specifically to beat the **** out of your disorders. Smack it, stab it with a pin, or give it a good punch. You are in control, don’t let your BPD control you! Sometimes you just need to physically visualize your disorder to begin to feel in control.

These poppets are made to order. Each one is unique as I don’t use a pattern and I hand stitch each one. I charge a tiny clear quartz crystal with positive energy specifically for BPD, along with adding a bit of lavender for calming. The fabric is gray to represent BPD.

Please let me know in the note section at check out if you would prefer your doll not to have lavender added. If you would like the back of the doll to be a different color than gray, please specify that also.

These dolls are approximately 8 inches tall and 4 inches wide.”

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Artifacts Poppets

Poppet, Maryland, USA

Collected March 2021

BabaYagaSews on Etsy

“Poppet | Intention Doll | Voodoo Doll

A poppet is a small doll that can be bound to a person and used to cast good intentions, for help, healing, or for harm.

Personal items can be added to the poppet to form a strong connection.

The poppet can be combined with other spells. A poppet is a magical tool and can be used for many different things- healing, warding off toxic or harmful people, bringing abundance and blessings, etc.

This poppet is made of polyester felt and sewed together with polyester thread. The poppet is stuffed with polyfill. Please bear in mind that this is a handmade creation and may have some imperfections that make your poppet unique. This poppet comes with a small modal navy hood which is tied on using a piece of yarn (removable). Please be careful removing the hood and handling the poppet as the garments are delicate.

Size: 4.2 inch tall x 3.5 inch wide

I cannot guarantee any magical outcomes. I cannot guarantee any spell success. Additionally per Etsy policy I must state that this product is for entertainment purposes only.”

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Artifacts Poppets

Peace Poppet, North Carolina, USA

Collected March 2021

WitchofWonderlight on Etsy

Peace Poppet

For those times when you need a little help reducing the anxiety and stress that so often inhibits our lives.

For yourself or someone you love.

This poppet/talisman was made with peace, relaxation, and anxiety reduction set as the intentions. Made during the new mon.

All of my poppets are made with a combination of ritual magic, color magic, and knot magic to enhance and harness the power of the original intention.

Made with love.
Crafted with magic.

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Research

Why start a museum about contemporary witchcraft?

One of the things I love about witchcraft is how differently everyone does it. Witches have opinions. Lots of opinions. We’re a rebellious bunch, and I love that. I don’t want everyone to practice magic the way I practice magic, anymore than I want everyone to paint the way I paint. The joy of any art form is in variety and experimentation. And to me, witchcraft is first and foremost an art.

Which is the main reason I’m starting the Museum of Contemporary Witchcraft. I’m slowly collecting witchcraft zines, books, and artifacts, with an emphasis on DIY and handmade artifacts instead of the mass-produced items. I’m also getting ready to ask a lot of witches a lot of questions, starting with the Witchcraft Census, a short survey you can fill out here

I don’t have a huge budget for this, but currently I’m buying zines and small magical items from folks who would normally be selling at events. Once the world gets less distant again, I’m planning on taking my show on the road, doing outreach at witchy events, trading zines and spells, soliciting donations of old spells folks want to be rid of, interviewing witches, etc.

So with that, welcome! I hope you’ll join me on this journey!