A very merry meet to all!
Well done once again to all those who jumped in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Scrub-a-dub, Magick in the Tub!
With refreshed minds and renewed energy, it’s time to tie up our intent and weave some wondrous magick.
String, thread, yarn, and twine-
Hold my desire, make it divine!
Knot magic is an ancient form of magick that holds your intent and aids in both spell and ritual work.
The knots and patterns that witches tie and weave have many possible uses. They can:
- hold energy
- bring wishes into being
- offer protection
- help with concentration and focus
- bind problems which can then be discarded
They are also a perfect tool for thrifty and crafty witches- all you need is some spare string to make something beautiful.
Witches’ knots also make for meaningful and lovely decorations- around the house and also as great gifts for Yule!
So bring out your twine because it’s… CHALLENGE TIME!
There are so many ways to delve into the exciting world of knot magick!
Know that at its core, knot magic is very simple:
You hold your intent as you hold the string.
As you weave the rope, you also weave your vision and wishes into being.
Your magick and intent are stored within the final knot- a manifestation of your power.
[@Berta’s breathtaking Celtic Heart Star shared in Knotty Magick]
Never tied a knot in your life? No worries!
For those of us who weren’t prodigy boy scouts or seafaring sailors, knots can look overly complex and very daunting
Here are a few beginner-friendly videos with step-by-step instructions to walk you through making your first knots. Give it a few tries and you’ll find beautiful knots aren’t as complicated as you thought!
Making basic knots
Bind your intent into each loop as you make these lovely knots. They can be used as protective charms or happiness-bringing decorations around your home.
As you tie your knot, consider saying a chant or spell out loud to imbue additional power:
Lord and Lady hear me now
Your blessed will I humbly bow
I pray your power gracious be
To give this intention unto me
These knots I tie your will enable
To seal and bind let all prevail
So as its spoke so mote it be
Thank you both and blessed be
Lovely decorations and gifts
Magickal knots make lovely decorations- not only around the home, but also as adornments to presents! Consider attaching a knot in creative ways or even in the ribbon that holds the gift together.
[Picture from TheTravelWitch in Knotty Magic]
A magickal knot can even be a gift in and of itself- consider making a bracelet, necklace, keychain, or zipper pull that brings luck and love to the holder.
[@Jeannie1’s stunning Celtic Heart shared in Knotty Magick]
Knots make for wonderful gifts that have meaning and cost basically nothing to make- hooray for thrifty witchcraft!
Witches Ladders are a specific kind of knot magick used to bring a wish into being. They can also assist with meditation and make for a lovely addition to your altar.
[@Rowan’s gorgeous ladder from Witches Ladder?]
Click HERE for more info about Witches Ladders
How do Witch’s Ladders Work?
Charms are knotted or braided with specific magical intention into the cords. The number of knots and nature of charms varies with the intended effect.
It is essentially a type of knot magic . At the tying of the last knot, all the energy is directed into the cord and its knots, with a final visualization of the object of the work. The power has been raised and is now ‘stored’ in these knots in the cord.
Witch’s ladders can be used to bind certain energy to use for later. For example for extra strength, patience, or comfort at times. Those energies are stored and when the knots are released, so is the needed energy. You could even store your anger or frustration on it during difficult times.
[@roxanne’s lovely ladder shared in Witches Ladder and Other Things]
Knitting and Crochet
For those with skills (or those hoping to learn!) a more advanced form of knot and tying magic can be found in knitting and crochet. If one knot can hold your power- imagine an entire shawl, hat, or mittens full of your loving intent!
Clothing and accessories made with magick can offer protection of various sorts (against theft, fire, cold, bad energy, etc) while also acting as a one-of-a-kind piece in your wardrobe
You can find more inspiration in Magical Clothing and Crochet.
Research knot magick
If you’re curious but not quite ready or able to begin tying, consider researching another use of knot/string magick.
From Tome ishi tied rocks blocking passage, to Celtic handfasting rituals, to the sacred rope designs at shrines, to the European Maypole tradition- knots carry power in various forms around the world
Learn something new and share your knowledge with your coven!
No matter how you choose to tackle this challenge, you must share your experience!
Please write about your experience doing or learning about knot magick
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new post in the forums. If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post - thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time) on Tuesday, December 8th!
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice
If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to a moderator.
For those new to challenges, know that these activities are designed to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
Wrangle your wishes and weave your dreams, your magickal power is held in the seams!