🪆 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Taglocks & Tokens

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces :stonehenge:

After admiring the lovely sacred spaces the coven loves most, we’re switching gears to more magickal theory. Get ready to lock in!

The theme for this week’s challenge is…

Taglocks and Tokens Witch Challenge

:nesting_dolls: :haircut_woman: Taglocks & Tokens :quartz_crystal: :coin:

Using items to help direct a spell and get the results you intend

Welcome to the world of taglocks and tokens! These handy magickal tools come in any shape and form imaginable and are common inclusions in spellwork. You may have already cast with them before!

By using taglocks/tokens, you provide a clear target and guide for your spell, which enhances your intention and helps to bring about the results you intend. They are well worth including in your spellwork :magic_wand:

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This week’s challenge is all about taglocks & tokens - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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STEP 1 : Locking in on Your Intention :dart:

This challenge is all about taglocks and tokens - but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!

Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge…

Please make sure you are logged into your Spells8 Account so you can view all of the resources shared!

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Learn More :open_book:

New to the idea of taglocks and tokens? A great place to begin is by exploring the concepts. Feel free to explore and share what you learned as your challenge entry this week!

As a brief introduction:

Taglocks are used to tie a specific person into a spell or other magickal working.

Examples of taglocks include: Names, blood, locks of hair, fingernails, etc.

Tokens are used to represent something (usually non-human) in a spell or magickal working. They are often chosen based on an item’s magickal correspondences.

Examples of tokens and what they might represent include: a deity symbol (your deity), good luck sigil (good luck), feathers (Air element), rain water (rain), basil (good luck), a gingko leaf (wealth), etc.

Both taglocks (symbolizing a person) and tokens (symbolizing a magickal influence) are used to represent something/someone, bringing it into your spellwork and helping to direct the spell.

Related discussions and resources:

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Make a token or taglock :nesting_dolls:

Taglocks can be anything symbolic of the person you wish to direct the spell for/at, while tokens can be any items, symbols, or sigils with magickal significance. Consider making your own this week - either for a one-use spell, or as a long-term addition to your Magickal Tool Kit.

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Make a Token: How to Craft a Representative Sigil

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Magickal Correspondences: Using the Connections Between Things

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How to Make a Poppet

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Casting with tokens and/or taglocks :magic_wand:

Got the basics down and feel ready to cast? Taglocks and/or tokens are common inclusions to spells. Here are a few spells, rituals, crafts and more that include one or the other.

(If you don’t see or can’t find a spell that aligns with your intention, feel free to write your own spell that includes as taglock and/or a token as your entry this week :writing_hand:)

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Sour Seal: Freezer Spell to Bind a Toxic Person

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Fire Spell to Remove Obstacles

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Create a Bast Altar for a Healing Cat Prayer

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Candle Spell to Recieve a Positive Message

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Healing Illness Candle Spell

Related discussions and resources:

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… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore taglocks and tokens in another way, you are welcome to do so!

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:

Healing Spell Bag with Fingerprint Taglock by @MeganB, shared in Understanding Taglocks



STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
2024-07-09T11:00:00Z

(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

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. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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Picture from Spells8: Your Personal Horoscope Tarot Spread with Zodiac Tokens

A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

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 your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is 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 :hugs:


Pet Protection Spell by @janelle

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To cast from afar or to take a big chance,
Set clear your intention and take a firm stance
Your spellwork is firm, you’re not lost in the dark-
Use a taglock or token and you’ll hit your mark!

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Blessed Be! :nesting_dolls: :sparkles:

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Oh, what an interesting challenge! I’ll have to think about an entry for this one - I have some ideas, though!

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I think I’ll do the little forgiveness ritual listed

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Well mine just jumped out at me.:cat2:

I have a kitty, Turbo Kitty, who’s doing poorly and I’m worried about so this is what I need to do.

Edit to add, boy I have a strong desire to make a Bast figurine along the lines of my Artemis, Selene and Hekate but I’m not sure how to incorporate kitty attributes (ears and tail) and that worries me enough that I might use the excuse of not having enough time to keep me from even trying. :roll_eyes:

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I’ll be doing this spell:

with my Bastet statue as my token.

I will also be blessing a special pendant of mine to use as a protective talisman/self-taglock thingy.

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Awww no. Sending love to you and turbo. I have some interest in Bast as well. I feel like she calls to you often . Go for it sister :smile:

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I am happy to explore tag locks. This is new to me
I like that I can tie someone else to my spell. I’m thinking about using @BryWisteria spell. Past,present future.
Removing obstacles!
Jeannie

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Wow i have just the poppet if i can find it among my bits and pieces i handmade for my partner which was intended for him to “get lucky” as he requested in the lottery but generally financially. Will be adding pics soon as i find it :blush:

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Challenge entry:

I use taglocks frequently in spell work. Here is an example of a binding spell I recently did.

There was a woman who physically and mentally abusive to an elderly woman I know. Mundane routes weren’t being much help so she asked me to help her.

I created a poppet for the spell thinking of all the bad things this woman has done while seeing it together
While doing the binding ritual I stuffed the poppet with locks of her hair, fingernail clippings, and a cloth she had used to wipe off makeup. I than wrapped the poppet from head to toe with black ribbon as tightly as I could while chanting “you will no longer be able to harm Margo physically or emotionally, you will leave her alone and stay out of her space”.

Of course there was a lot more to the ritual, the candles, the oils, the summoning. I just wanted to focus on the taglock portion mostly.

So since the day I did that spell this woman has left the elderly woman alone, steers clear of her and no longer speaks to her.

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@Mystique That is great news! That angers me so when people abuse others, especially the vulnerable.

So I guess this means the tag lock can be done without the other persons permission. Interesting. I will have to look into this more but to help someone who keeps putting roadblocks in their way. (not to harm someone).

@Artemisia - I hope Turbo starts to feel better soon! And about the figurine- search it up on YouTube how to make it. If you saw a few different people, or even just one, create ears and a tail on a figurine you will be able to do it. I have seen pics of items you have created. You can do it!

Edited for a spelling mistake.

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Yes tag locks can be used without the other’s permission, but some people won’t do that sort of thing. It depends on you ideas and the way you practice.

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@Mystique In my local Coven (long since disbanded and the HP passed in 2019) Individual Workings for (or against) another person was strongly discouraged. So much so that I hadin’t even heard of the term Taglock. I am still uneasy doing this kind of Work. Too many variables, I may not know the whole story, unintended consequences, etc. Of course we as group would send out healing energy…

I hadn’t heard of Spell Tokens either. I have always heard of them as Spell Components or Correspondences.

I searched and found Taglocks elsewhere but when I searched Spell Tokens all I got was was a cryptocurrency called SpellToken! :laughing:

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You can do it! :heart: Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect - anything you make will be full of your loving energy!

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Love or hate Llewellyn but the Spell-A-Day-Almanac was great inspiration for what my Challenge entry will be!

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Yes, some covens (and solitary witches) do not practice this way, while others do. Some follow the law of 3, some don’t. That’s what fabulous about the craft. You practice how you feel comfortable practicing. If you don’t agree with the way another coven or witch practices, you don’t have to do it. :woman_shrugging:t2: My original coven did practices that to me were absolutely appalling. That is why I left as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my oldest.

One of the many reasons I love this group! Can learn so many different things from all the different ways we all practice :purple_heart::purple_heart::purple_heart:

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Nice job great work sister. We stand united. Proud of you :clap:

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Thank you sister! :purple_heart::purple_heart::purple_heart::people_hugging::people_hugging::people_hugging:

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Hope Turbo kitty will be ok. Sending love :green_heart:

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Love to you and little turbo kitty :purple_heart::purple_heart::purple_heart:

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Btw your profile pic is stunning :heart_eyes_cat::heart_eyes_cat:

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