muñecas quitapenas

Full Moon Attraction Spell Day 3: Worry Dolls

Listen we’re just going to skip day 2 because really all I did was drink @jennycalabro​‘s self love rose soy milk tea and do various gushy tarot spreads. Day 3 was really fun though! 

These are Worry Dolls (Muñeca quitapena) that my mother gave me: 

They’re about the size of my thumb nail, made of string, twigs, and paper, and the way they work is simple: you tell them your worries, and place them under your pillow. They’re supposed to take away that worry or fear during the night, so you can sleep soundly. They’re mostly for children, but I’m using them a bit differently here. Almost as poppets! 

Here’s what you do: 

Take two of the worry dolls, one that represents you and one that represents a partner. It doesn’t have to be a specific person, but if you have someone in mind, even better! Hold them both in your hand and whisper to them any fears, worries, or insecurities you have about relationships, love, intimacy, trust, vulnerability, etc. Really think about what personal blocks are keeping you from feeling like you can find the right person and be happy with them, or keeping you from being with someone you have found. What scares you about love? 

Then, tie the two worry dolls together like so: 

 Imagine that they are you and a partner, happy and free of those fears. 

Next, place them inside a jar, baggy, cup or bowl like so (I used a jar because God I love jars) : 

Then fill your container of choice, covering the worry dolls as much as possible, with: 
- rose petals 
- cinnamon 
- brown sugar 


Under these ingredients, the worry dolls lovingly work together to banish the fears and worries you told them about. When finished, it looked like this: 

Hang or place the container next to your bed, and let them do their thing! :) 

It’s a small world after all.

My friend is making these ‘worry dolls’ for a carnival. 

From Wiki: Worry dolls (SpanishMuñecas quitapenas, “Dolls [that] remove worries”), or trouble dolls, are very small and colorful dollstraditionally made in Guatemala. A person (usually a child) who cannot sleep due to worrying can express their worries to a doll and place it under their pillow before going to sleep. Some medical centers use them in conjunction with treatment for disease in children.According to folklore, the doll is thought to worry in the person’s place, thereby permitting the person to sleep peacefully. The person will wake up without their worries, which have been taken away by the dolls during the night. Parents may remove the doll during the night, reinforcing the child’s belief that the worry is gone. Some parents involve the child in making the dolls to further increase the psychological benefits of releasing worries, and instructions may be found online.

My friend, who is Korean is making Korean style worry dolls. Aren’t they cute?