Using poppets is one of the oldest forms of magick. The type of magick used when dealing with poppets/dollies is called sympathetic magick. The basic idea is 'this represents that, what I do to this will affect that." Other names for poppets include: VooDoo Dolls, Baby Dolls, Wangas, Dollies, Dollys, Kolossoi, Fetishes, Effigies
Once used to lure animals and aid in the hunt, today this form of magick is most often employed for protection, prosperity, and healing purposes. What follows is a list of the various materials that can be used to construct a poppet:
Natural materials are best, even more power will come from cotton that you have dyed yourself. Think of the purpose of your dollie to help you decide on a material: red silk for sex, soft blue cotton for healing, cheap black polyester for binding. Some fabric is easier to sew than others too, felt and fleece is very forgiving. You may want to think about thread colour too to add just a touch of some other magickal energy. One really great idea is to make the poppet from clothing belonging to the target!
The mandrake root is often depicted growing in the shape of a human form. Many other roots share similar human-like qualities. Gardeners will often dig up a carrot that has an uncanny resemblance to a human form. Similarly a human form can be whittled from a piece of wood ... apple is said to work well but I would suggest considering the properties of the wood to the purpose at hand.
Clay is a wonderful material to work with and if you are not planning on keeping your poppet around for ages it is a great material to dispose of. You could easily plant it in the earth, or place it in water and it would easily disintegrate. Alternatively, when dried it would be simple to smash or otherwise destroy the item.
A very common material to make poppets from. A popular spell calls for 7 new white candles to be 'softened' and shaped into a human form. Consider adding oils or even colouring the wax to suit your purpose.
In a pinch you could use a piece of paper and give it the distinguishing features of the target. If you are fond of burning spells this would be a nice alternative.
The thought occurred to me that you could literally make a poppet out of almost anything - even food! A fertility poppet of whole grain bread, a sex poppet out of a banana split ... your could even consume your enemies!
(to stuff inside, mix with clay or wax, inscribe or mark)
- Taglock - something that will link the dollie to the target and connect them to one another
- Items from the ‘target’ i.e. hair, nails, body fluid, clothing
- A photograph of the target may be used
- If no personal item is available then the name of the individual should be written on a slip of paper and inserted into the head of the poppet
- Copal is often used as the heart
- Stones and gems to aid in healing or other purpose
- Spanish Moss as stuffing (especially for ‘doing a job’ on another)
- Marking with distinguishing features
- Symbols/runes/words (write backwards for confusion/binding)
- Calamus for domination
- Rosemary for healing