hag collective

jstor is a wonderful resource, but it’s also dangerous because you’ll start out reading articles related to your lit essay and then before you know it it’s 3am and you’ve wasted the whole night reading about the perceived threat of witchcraft towards fishing vessels in 18th century dorset


I found a precious surprise hidden away in an old, hardly used cupboard- a collection of peculiar stones wrapped carefully in paper towels in a ziplock bag. When I asked my mother, she told me she collected them herself on the beach, and was saving them as inspirations for sculpture.

These stones are known by many names; adder stone, hag stone, and odin stone are a few. I told my mother the legend I had heard about hag stones— that they are powerful trinkets of protection.The stones themselves are very fragile. It is said that when one breaks, it has used its power to protect a life.

There are, naturally, many other beliefs and practices surrounding the hag stone. Rubbing one over a wound is said to ease pain and speed healing. If someone looks through a hag stone, they will be able to see things invisible to the naked eye, such as the Fae. A hag stone can be seen used for this purpose in movies such as Coraline and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Scientifically, the holes in the stones are made by natural erosion, or oceanic creatures that bore into the soft rock.

Until my mother needs the stones to complete her dream of giant sculptures in the backyard, they will be a part of my personal collection. There, I can appreciate their compelling natural beauty that has inspired centuries of tradition.


DFDC: Snow White & The prince.
DFDC: Snow White & The witch.

Which is your favorite?

For me, I have to say the new set. Snow white’s face is adorable and the details on the witch are excellent. I still love both thou lol