Poppet Doll

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The Healing Poppet is a Wiccan title assigned to what has traditionally been known as the Voodoo Doll; however, the two cultures differ greatly in their uses of the magical dolls. The Wiccan cultures do not use these type of dolls for cursing, or for any negative purposes whatsoever. On the other hand, cursing, and hexing are the primary uses for such dolls in the Voodoo culture. The dolls are usually made from socks, shirts, pants, or any pieces of clothing or a cloth, as long as it belongs to the person you are directing the magic toward. Ideally the closer the association between the person and the material all the better. The first thing you will need to do to make your Healing Poppet is to lay out the material you have from the person you wish to heal, and draw a pattern of the doll you want to create using a pattern similar to the one illustrated in the next picture. Keep in mind, you will be hand sewing the doll together, so you may want to keep the size of the doll fairly small. After you’ve drawn the front and back of the pattern, cut them out, and place them together so they match up. Now, you can begin to sew the sides together with your needle and thread. I do not recommend the use of a sewing machine to complete the doll, as this will detract from the potency of your magical intentions. The easiest way to sew the doll up, with respect to filling it up later with herbs, would be to begin on the shoulder area, and work your way down the body, and back up to the other shoulder. To make the body of your doll more aesthetically pleasing, you can turn the doll inside out after you sew the body together; although, you will not be able to do this with the head, and the stitches will still be seen. You are now ready to fill the doll up with your herbs, which will vary depending on the work you are performing. Use a pencil, or small stick to poke the herbs through the head to the legs and arms. When you have the entire body filled up, except for the head, you proceed to fill up the head area, as best you can, then sew it up to finish the doll. If you so desire, you can add finishing touches such as yarn for hair, and small stitches for the eyes and mouth. You can also highlight particular areas of ailment and illness by stitching marks where the illnesses lie. For the doll to be effective, the key is to concentrate on healing the sick person while creating the doll itself. Once the doll is completed, place it in a safe place, where it will not be seen, such as under the bed, or in a closet. You do not have to place the doll close to the ill person for this to be effective, nor do they have to know that the doll has ever been made.

Flowers, Dawn (2012-03-24). The Spell Book of Wiccan Shadows (Kindle Locations 553-556). Under the Moon. Kindle Edition.