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« Topic Start: November 01, 2008, 10:50:00 pm »

Are there any old traditions or customs that you use now that were once anti-craft and if so how did you change them around?

Hex signs were once used to ward off witches and witch bottles were meant to repel harmful spells. Times have changed. Now hex signs are supposed to be good luck for witches by warding off negative energy and I know of many who use witch bottles for just about everything from protection to love spells.

I was just curious as to how others use or feel about using certain customs in their work that were once used to ward off or protect against witches and witchcraft.
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« Reply #1: November 02, 2008, 06:15:46 am »


I was just curious as to how others use or feel about using certain customs in their work that were once used to ward off or protect against witches and witchcraft.


Well I have a antique witch ball with mirrored glass hanging in my hallway. Their function is to protect the home from witchcraft....
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« Reply #2: November 02, 2008, 10:36:18 am »

Are there any old traditions or customs that you use now that were once anti-craft and if so how did you change them around?

Hex signs were once used to ward off witches and witch bottles were meant to repel harmful spells. Times have changed. Now hex signs are supposed to be good luck for witches by warding off negative energy and I know of many who use witch bottles for just about everything from protection to love spells.

I was just curious as to how others use or feel about using certain customs in their work that were once used to ward off or protect against witches and witchcraft.


I made a hex sign for my kitchen for basic good luck on my endeavers there. (I can't cook, lol)
It's pretty, I like it, and it seems to be working good. 

I don't really feel that there is anything wrong with using customs that used to protect against witchcraft, as long as the symbolism itself doesn't urk you...and if it feels right to do.
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« Reply #3: November 02, 2008, 03:12:48 pm »

Are there any old traditions or customs that you use now that were once anti-craft and if so how did you change them around?




In the cultural context in which most of these anti-witchcraft spells arose, "witchcraft" was defined solely as *malevolent* magic.  It's only fairly recently -- like, 19th c. or so, when danger from the authorities had passed -- that the word "witchcraft" has taken on any positive connotations.  Positive/benevolent magic prior to that was rarely called "witchcraft," except by the authorities in areas in which ANY magical practice was forbidden; "good" magic was often not named, by practitioners, as "magic," and certainly not as "witchcraft," because that could be dangerous. 
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« Reply #4: November 02, 2008, 04:42:43 pm »

In the cultural context in which most of these anti-witchcraft spells arose, "witchcraft" was defined solely as *malevolent* magic.  It's only fairly recently -- like, 19th c. or so, when danger from the authorities had passed -- that the word "witchcraft" has taken on any positive connotations.  Positive/benevolent magic prior to that was rarely called "witchcraft," except by the authorities in areas in which ANY magical practice was forbidden; "good" magic was often not named, by practitioners, as "magic," and certainly not as "witchcraft," because that could be dangerous. 

I think that's the point here.
Those charms and spells where not against the nowaday witch.
So I don't see a conflict in using goodluck signs or protective spells against negative energies that are/were labeled 'against witches'.
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« Reply #5: November 02, 2008, 04:58:31 pm »

I was just curious as to how others use or feel about using certain customs in their work that were once used to ward off or protect against witches and witchcraft.

Related: in drop spinning, there's a tradition that only witches do the initial twist counter-clockwise. I've taken to doing this (as does the woman who taught me, who's also a witch) because it amuses me a great deal. (And pretty much any yarn I'm spinning is likely to be used for some kind of magical purpose, because if I'm putting that much time and energy into the thing, I might as well charge it with something.)
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« Reply #6: November 03, 2008, 07:38:47 am »

In the cultural context in which most of these anti-witchcraft spells arose, "witchcraft" was defined solely as *malevolent* magic.  It's only fairly recently -- like, 19th c. or so, when danger from the authorities had passed -- that the word "witchcraft" has taken on any positive connotations.  Positive/benevolent magic prior to that was rarely called "witchcraft," except by the authorities in areas in which ANY magical practice was forbidden; "good" magic was often not named, by practitioners, as "magic," and certainly not as "witchcraft," because that could be dangerous. 

My thinking was along those lines.  For the most part witches at one time were thought to be women who made a pack with the Devil, hence gaining evil magical powers from him. Since I am not that kind of a witch, I don't think it would work counter to what I am doing.

I wonder really, how many of these methods of witch protection may actually have been pre-Christian to begin with and were originally intended to ward off other types of evil than the Christian version of what a witch was?  It always seemed to me they were practicing witchcraft themselves with theses folk methods of protection.
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« Reply #7: November 03, 2008, 11:53:36 am »

Well I have a antique witch ball with mirrored glass hanging in my hallway. Their function is to protect the home from witchcraft....

I have one too, hanging above my door. Got it from my mother, so I'mnot sure what she was trying to say  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #8: November 03, 2008, 12:03:15 pm »

I have one too, hanging above my door. Got it from my mother, so I'mnot sure what she was trying to say  Roll Eyes

I have three, one I bought, on the oldest DD bought and one the kids together bought me.  THen there's a bell music box my mother bought, and they are all hanging from hooks in the ceiling.  <<<must resist impulse to fill in the entire space across the room.>>>>
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« Reply #9: November 03, 2008, 04:51:39 pm »

I have three, one I bought, on the oldest DD bought and one the kids together bought me.  THen there's a bell music box my mother bought, and they are all hanging from hooks in the ceiling.  <<<must resist impulse to fill in the entire space across the room.>>>>

Bell music box? What's that?
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« Reply #10: November 03, 2008, 05:23:10 pm »

Bell music box? What's that?

It is a enameled bell shaped music box made in Russia (as all my more recent Christmas gifts from my mother have been, her jeweler has connections (Koi if you want his name, let me know) that hangs by a ribbon and plays a (to us) unknown tune that we've all heard before.
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« Reply #11: November 03, 2008, 11:52:02 pm »

Are there any old traditions or customs that you use now that were once anti-craft and if so how did you change them around?

Hex signs were once used to ward off witches and witch bottles were meant to repel harmful spells. Times have changed. Now hex signs are supposed to be good luck for witches by warding off negative energy and I know of many who use witch bottles for just about everything from protection to love spells.

I was just curious as to how others use or feel about using certain customs in their work that were once used to ward off or protect against witches and witchcraft.


I'm a traditionalist.  I study and practice the Craft as well, a craft, but I believe the folkloric symbols and talismans and warding items still carry some power.
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« Reply #12: November 04, 2008, 08:54:02 am »

It is a enameled bell shaped music box made in Russia (as all my more recent Christmas gifts from my mother have been, her jeweler has connections (Koi if you want his name, let me know) that hangs by a ribbon and plays a (to us) unknown tune that we've all heard before.

Oh that sounds beautiful.
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« Reply #13: November 05, 2008, 12:03:48 am »

I was just curious as to how others use or feel about using certain customs in their work that were once used to ward off or protect against witches and witchcraft.

One of my all time favorites was to pour salt over the doorsill and windowsill to protect from witches and other evil entities... I was also told that one reason why it worked was because the witch must count each individual grain of salt before entering the house, the wind would blow and the witch must count all over again. Another reason is that the witch couldn't stand the purity of salt, since a witch was said to be impure and evil (malefic), that they would turn away from openings that was purified with salt.

Now, as a witch, I use it for the same reasons of protection, but use it against those I do not desire to be in good or bad company with. Another alternative for this (in hoodoo lore) is brick dust.
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