Monday, August 8, 2011

How To: Witch's Ladder

   I'm thinking of making some of these to sell along with my other products. I've seen them used as just the ladder to aid in meditation and spells, or they can also be used for prayer or even handfasting cords.

   Traditionally they are made in red, black and white, but there is no rule saying you must use these colors. You will need 3 pieces of ribbon, yarn, fabric, etc. all cut in an equal length. (usually a yard is a good place to start) You will also need 9 similar items that vary in color, such as beads, feathers, buttons, etc.

   Begin by tying the ends into a knot and start braiding them together. Tie in your beads or feathers as you go, securing each with a sturdy knot. You can count or chant as you do so. Below is an example of a traditional chant, but you can say whatever feels right to you.

By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.

      As you tie the knots focus on your intent and goal. When you've completed the ladder you can either knot the end and hang it up or tie the ends together to form a circle.

From author Ana Moura's website. Using feathers.

  Have a great week!

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