The door is going to star in an exhibition next year at the world-famous Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It is staging an exhibition provisionally titled ‘Spellbound: Thinking Magically, Past and Present’. Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic will also feature in this exhibition which is being curated (on the whole) by Owen Davies.
“Our door was covered with them, plus a symbol for averting the evil eye. These ‘apotropaic’, or evil-averting, markings were intended to ward off domestic misfortune, harm or the malevolent influences of witches in past centuries. They can be found in many old houses, usually near the fire because people believed witches came down chimneys.”
Hexafoils are the most frequently used symbols for averting evil.
Translated this means “Magic Numbered Ship” and is a very complex bindrune designed to be used against a robber’s ship so it will sink.
The bindrune should be placed in the vessel and then the following galdr (incantation magic) verse recited:
Hátt eru segl við húna hengd með strengi snúna. Séð hef ég ristur rúna mig rankar við því núna.Ofan af öllu landi ógn og stormur standi, særokið með sandi sendi þeim erkifjandi.High is the sail hoisted, Hanged from a cursed rope, Seen have I a carved rune, I give to it now when leaving land you shall fear from storm, sand, sea spray, with it I send to my arch enemies
To avoid ghosts and evil spirits you should carve these sigils onto oak and paint them with blood from your hand. Then they should be hung above the door of the home to protect against evil entities entering.
October is the month that Queen Chrysalis goes to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic!
The museum is in Boscastle, in Cornwall, England.
is Queen Chrysalis looking at another stone with a hole in it, thinking how jolly useful they can be - you can see a pisky through one (maybe…), or thres one with a reds thread or ribbon to kee witches away, or use it as a charm, have eight on a cord to stop your horse bring ridden by piskies at night. Or you can use one as a key fob for your car keys. (It’s really difficult to lose your keys when there’s a fairly large rock tied to them.)