magical amulets

The Importance of Iron in Witchcraft

So, I got a lot of really positive feedback about my post about salt in witchcraft, so here’s another one just for you about iron!

Iron, like salt, has been used for many thousands of years as a potent tool in the practices of witchcraft. Iron is one of the most abundant metals in our planet, and is also a really great metal for making into tools. It’s tough, hard, ductile and with a high melting point that makes it ideal for situations in which you might need a tool to work under extremely hot conditions. It’s also one of only three ferromagnetic metals (along with nickel and cobalt), making it an essential part of most magnets and compasses.

In astrophysics, iron is extremely important in the life cycle of stars. Iron is one of the most atomically stable substances in the universe, and it’s also unique because it’s the first element in the periodic table to require more energy to MAKE it than it gives out from atomic fusion. This is important, because when a star gets older and fuses hydrogen to make helium, helium to make beryllium and all the rest, once it starts fusing atoms to make iron, the star begins to die. So, iron is an element that signals the death of stars, and any element that weighs MORE than iron (atomically speaking) can only be made in supernovas - that is, the explosion that takes place when a really BIG star dies.

In biology, iron is one of the most important elements in mammalian, reptilian and avian blood, because it’s the element that we use in the chemical haemoglobin. This is the chemical in our blood cells that binds to oxygen and keeps us alive. Crustaceans like lobsters don’t use iron - they use copper, and instead make haemocyanin, which makes their blood blue! However, just like in stars, iron can mean death for humans as well. If we overdose on iron, we suffer from iron heavy metal poisoning; when we get crushed by a heavy object we can suffer a disease called traumatic rhabdomyolysis or Crush Syndrome, caused by vast amounts of myoglobin (another iron-based compound, found in muscles, which gives them extra oxygen to use) entering our kidneys and killing them, and as a result killing us.

Iron in science is an element of life, death, and of many points in between. But what about its uses in witchcraft?

Witchy Facts about Iron!

  1. Iron is stable. Iron’s stability, both atomically and magickally, makes it a fantastic magickal conductor, and also means that magick doesn’t seem to affect iron very much. Enchantments on iron are never as strong as on other metals, and even the best witches will have difficulty making an enchantment or other spell anchor properly. However, this has the advantage that iron doesn’t pick up negative magick from background sources, and it’s extremely unlikely that there will be issues with ritual or altar tools made from iron. Keeping your magickal supplies inside an iron or steel box, or a box that’s been nailed together with iron nails, will prevent them from leaking out and attracting spirits that might cause harm.

  2. Iron is protective. Along with silver and a few other little bits and bobs, negative spirits and fae folk cannot touch iron lest it burn them and cause them pain. Additionally, negative magicks targetted at someone wearing an iron pendant will be attracted into the pendant and then dispelled. This makes it an ideal protective charm for everyday carry or everyday wear.

    This is why horseshoes are considered lucky
    - back in Medieval times, when protection against negative spirits and magick was much more widely practiced, poor families would often be unable to afford much iron. However, a horseshoe is made of iron, and comes with holes already cast into it, which allow you to nail one over your door easily, which keeps out harmful spirits, magick, and fae, who might seek to hurt you or your family.

  3. Iron is inconspicuous. Anyone can carry an iron nail after all, and a little piece of iron wrought and twisted into a small pendant is far from a traditional witch’s item. Those secret witches who perhaps do not live with accepting families or within an accepting community or country can find great solace in the use of iron as a protective charm.

  4. Iron is cheap. Iron nails, iron rods and iron knifes are pretty easy to get hold of and relatively quite cheap. They’re versatile and not especially likely to draw attention to you - after all, nobody’s likely to question why someone has a couple of iron nails twisted into a pendant, and if they do question it, why it’s just an artistic display! And of course, easy to replace with $5 worth of string, iron and a hammer.

  5. Iron is ancient. Iron is one of the oldest protective charms out there, right up with salt and sage. It’s been used for literally thousands of years to protect people against everything from wolves to armies to poltergeists. That’s a pretty impressive history!

  6. Iron is practical! The best cookware I’ve ever used has always been my cast iron cookware set, which makes better food than I’ve ever tasted, and it’s very easy to clean. It’s also extremely hardwearing - I wholly expect to one day be able to pass on my cast iron frying pan and wok to my grandchildren, and it was already been owned by my mother and father before me. Iron knifes are sharper and cut cleaner than almost anything except obsidian, and high-carbon steel (an alloy of iron and carbon) is the best cutting edge known in bushcrafting circles, where all the best knives are made from it

I hope this helps all you lovely witches and magick users out there!

– Juniper

Roman Magic Abraxas Amulet, 2nd-3rd Century AD

Abraxas was an Egyptian Gnostic solar deity.  Amulets and seals bearing the figure of Abraxas were common in the second century AD, and were used as recently as the thirteenth century in the seals of the Knights Templar. By medieval times, Abraxas was relegated to the ranks of demons.

The image most associated with Abraxas is that of a composite creature with the head of a rooster, the body of a man, and legs made of serpents or scorpions. He carries a whip and shield, called wisdom and power, respectively. Abraxas is occasionally depicted driving a chariot drawn by four horses, which represents the four elements.

Amulets such as these (aka Abraxas Stones) bore inscribed formulas or spells and were intended to protect the owner or serve very specific magical purposes to the owner’s benefit. This amulet is made of gold and jasper.

Power of the Heart Self-Love Spell (W.I.T.C.H. Inspired)

A spell to open yourself up to your own love and sense of self-worth.

You Will Need:

💕 Jar or Glass container

💕 Rose Quartz

💕 Water

💕 A Necklace or Amulet

💕 Moonlight

Steps:

💕 Fill your glass container with water and place in your rose quartz. In a window or outside place your water over night, preferably during a full moon. (any moon will do if you’re in a pinch)

💕 Come morning collect your water and bring it to your work area

💕 Hold your necklace cupped in your hands. Whisper to it your desires to start loving yourself and building your self worth. Visualize it glowing as you whisper these words to it, a soft dim pink. Once you have finished your words kiss it gently putting more of your wishes to love yourself into it.

💕 Holding it by its chain/string with both hands via your pointer finger and thumb lower it slowly into the gem water below until the charm/stone/pendent is submerged fully

💕 Time for more intense visualization: focus on the bowl as it glows with a warm pink light that shines bright like a fire and pulses like a beating heart. See it fill the necklace and make the necklace’s glow more intense until the water is no longer glowing and the light is coming from the necklace, pulsing and beating.

💕 Lift the necklace from the water and gently dab dry then put it on. Feel as it lays against your chest how its energy pulses and beats, warm and close to your heart. Let it warm you. Wear it whenever you need to love yourself.

💕 To cleanse leave in the moonlight and to charge simply repeat spell process above.

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why does no one talk about this? i’m a sucker for bubbline flashbacks and come on – magical friendship amulets?? unnecessary hand holding??? walkie talkies with cute nicknames???? emotional monologues where pb is crying by the end of it?? this is an official adventure time comic (probably hence the awkward reinforcement of the word “friend”), drawn by guest artist jess fink… who also happens to be known for her female-oriented erotic comics. just putting that out there, folks.

Master Post

I went through my blog and found some posts that I thought were useful. There’s not a lot yet, but I’ll keep my resource page updated

Witch Tips/Witchcraft 101

Spells/Potions

Divination

Herbalist Related/Etc

Kitchen Witchcraft

Hellenic Polytheism

Deities/General Polytheism

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Roman Amuletic Military Belt Mount Suite, Late 2nd-Early 3rd Century AD

The silver belt-mount suites with VTERE FELIX (“use with luck”) text are associated particularly with Roman troops in the Danubian region. The text was believed to be apotropaic, warding off harm from the wearer of the belt.

Herbal Amulets

From Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham

  • To See Ghosts: Carry lavender and inhale its scent.
  • To allay fears: Carry a mixture of nettle and yarrow.
  • To Detect Witches: Carry a sachet of Rue, maidenhair, agrimony, broom-straw, and ground ivy.
  • To Be Courageous: Wear a fresh borage flower, or carry mullein.
  • To Avoid Military Service: Wear the 4-leaved clover if you wish to avoid duty.
  • To Ensure Safety and Protection on A Journey: Comfrey worn or carried will safeguard you.
  • To Prevent Storms and Wreckage While At Sea: Put a clove of garlic in your purse or in your pocket. In the South Pacific or in Hawaii wear a garland of ti leaves.
  • To Guard against Rape: Wear the heather to avoid all acts of passion.
  • To Keep One from Dreaming: Hang a sprig of lemon verbena around the neck.
  • To Conceive: Wear the mistletoe, the cyclamen, or the bistort.
  • To Prevent Weariness while Walking: Put mugwort in the shoe.
  • To Keep Venomous Beasts and Wild Animals Afar: Wear avens or mullien.
  • To Keep Others from Deceiving You: Wear the pimpernel or snapdragon.
  • To Keep Disease Afar: Wear a sprig of rue around the neck.
  • To Enable A Soldier To Escape His Enemies: Wear the vervain and you shall accomplish this.
  • To Avoid Being Sent To The Gallows: Wear or carry a carnation.
  • To Ensure Victory: Wear woodruff to win.
  • To Ensure That Friendly Words Are Spoken To You: Wear the heliotrope.
  • To Enter the Underworld: Carry an apple, or the branch of an apple tree that bears buds, flowers, and fully ripened fruit.
  • To Regain Lost Manhood: Carry an acorn or mandrake root.
  • To Remain Youthful: Carry an acorn.
  • To Prevent Drunkenness: Wear a chaplet of saffron, crocus, parsley, or rue to prolong your enjoyment.
  • To See Fairies: Gather wild thyme and carry it with you, or put it on the eyelids (with your eyes closed) and sleep on a fairy hill.
  • To Be A Successful Fisherman: Carry a bit of the hawthorn.
  • To See A Unicorn: As this beast usually lives among the ash trees, carry a bit of the wood or leaves and you may see one. Or lie down among ashes and place one of its leaves on your chest and wait for one to make itself known.
100 Magic Items for 5e (81-90)

Hooof these get more difficult with each passing day. Anyway, this is a continuation of the 100 Magic Items for my first 100 followers. Today, more Wondrous Items! 


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