A Poppet is a voodoo
Dictionary Definition - a small figure of a human being used in sorcery
poppet is a life-like figure or doll made to represent a person or animal
and is used in ritual, magic and spell-craft to effect change through the
application of sympathetic magick. Sympathetic
magic works on the principles of “similarity” and “associated contact”
(i.e. like attracts and effects like). It is
on the belief that someone or something can be magically affected by doing
something to an object in one place, that represents a person or thing in
To achieve this a poppet is made as a representation of a person or thing
and contains items associated with or belonging to that same person or
object. Once made and magically
charged, any action performed upon the poppet, is thought to cause or effect
a similar reaction on the person or object it represents.
use of poppets in witchcraft and magic is an age-old practice, but their
have long been closely guarded secrets, and as such there are an abundance
of myths, folklore and superstition
surrounding their use. For example, in more recent times poppets have
been negatively aligned
with the Voodoo Dolls of Haiti, which through popular fantasy fiction
portrayed in films and on
T.V, are commonly associated with malicious intent
- revenge, hate or evil. Some witches shy away from poppet magick because it reminds them too much of the stereotyped notion of voodoo dolls.
Today poppets are more likely to be used for
protection, prosperity, luck, love, health and happiness.
However, as and when a need has been identified, they can also be
used for banishing and binding to prevent harm.
use of poppets and dolls in magic date back to ancient times and occurrences
of their use have be found in India, Babylonia (Chaldaea), Mesopotamia,
Egypt, Greece and Rome. In ancient Greece for instance, poppets called
“Kolossoi” were typically used to bind deities for defensive purposes to
protect one’s village, home and family.
Today binding spells are
commonly used and targeted at specific individuals to stop or prevent then
from harming others. The ancient Greeks however used binding to secure
deity protection for public as well as private defence. For example,
the spirit of Ares, the God of War would be bound in a poppet, which was
then placed in the village square to ward off invading enemies, thus
preventing war. Similarly other protective deities could be bound and
the poppet buried near the home to protect buildings and family.
Codes to make a Poppet for a specific purpose
signs, dollar bills, earth symbols
Cupids, roses or other flowers
or locks, fences, mistletoe
clouds, air or water symbols
dogs, anything pet-related
can be be fashioned from all kinds of materials. Usually, a poppet is made
out of cloth but can be made of a variety of other materials such as: carved
roots, grasses, grain stalks, corn husks, fruit, wood, paper, mud, wax,
clay, metal or lead, all formed into a
human shape. These can then be
dressed in simply made clothes and stuffed with a variety herbs,
stones and other magical items needed to effect the purpose of the spell or
also need a taglock if you are able to bind the poppet to the person.
A taglock is the part of the poppet that links it to the person it
personal items associated with the person the poppet is intended for should
be included in its preparation i.e. it could be dressed in material taken
from clothing once worn by the person, a
sample of handwriting or a photograph, personal
items such as a lock of hair
or nail clippings, and even bodily fluids such as blood, semen or saliva.
The important thing is to create a link between the poppet and the intended
recipient of the spell or work.
Use your imagination!
can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, but as they are generally made
to represent another person, care should be taken to learn all you can about
them, before you determine the need and purpose of your intent. In magical
traditions it is believed the more work you put into
preparing your spell, the more effort and time you put into it, the stronger your link will be to your
target the stronger and more
potent your focus and intent.
While the possibilities are
endless, just like in any spell work, you’ll need to set a goal and the
means of achieving it.
the poppet and giving it life
any ritual tool, once made, the poppet needs to be consecrated, named and
dedicated to the work in hand. Most
importantly, repeatedly TELL the poppet who it is they represent. You can
say something simple along the lines of “I have made you, and you are John
Smith”, or whoever you are doing the spell for or for a more potent effect
you can use
this naming ritual -
Little one, I made you and now I give you life
I name you (persons name)
Their body is your body
Their breath is your breath
Their passion is your passion
Their blood is your blood
Though separate you were
Now you are one.
you infuse it with personal energy to
bring life to your poppet. Sometimes this is done by breathing life into the poppets
through a straw. In this way the poppet takes on a magical life of its
own, which activates the spell or working. Remember to keep any poppet you have made in a safe place. The doll represents the person
so you wouldn’t want anything unpleasant to happen to that doll.
An example of Poppet
To Bring Love Into Your Life
Poppet Material Colour: Red or pink
Herbs: Rose petals, parsley, and peppermint
Gemstones: Jade, rose quartz
Stuff the poppet with
Love herbs and a photo or something of that person. Keep under your pillow
while it works its magic
Once the spell or work is done,
or success has been achieved, the
poppet needs to be dismantled and ingredients used disposed of in an
appropriate way, making sure that any link between it and what it
represented is completely destroyed. Until then keep the poppet in a safe
place while it works its magic.