Blog changes

In an effort to get this blog back on track I have simplified it, deleted some of the attached one-topic blogs
and focused on Sabbats and Esbats, which was the original intent.
Other writings will be in 'stumbling upon the path of the goddess'
and the Borrowed Book of Charms is still active.
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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Witch's Ladder

A friend of mine taught a class a couple of weeks ago in how to make a Witch's Ladder. I had never heard of a Witch's Ladder so I went along to learn about them. It is basically knot magic and has been around for a very long time. The Witch's Ladder had a reputation for a long time as being knot magic for hexes and binding only, but it has lately come to be seen as just another form of knot magic and used for almost any spell. The effort of making the ladder and the focus of the objects in the ladder make it a wonderful tool for an important spell.
This one has 13 knots for the Moons and 4 more for the Elements. It has feathers to represent the mystical association of birds as messengers to the gods, the colors are to honor the Goddess, for protection, for peace and for prosperity. It has a long piece of hair from a horse's tail woven through it. I made it to do a spell for my horse who has some trust issues and the hair is from her tail.

Other items frequently woven into a Witch's Ladder are small bells, colored bits of yarn, colored crystals, tiny mirrors and separate intricate knots. The knots can be tied or untied as a spell progresses or the whole thing can be made ahead of time and left intact, which is what I did.

More on Witch's Ladders in a few days and I will be posting some spells to go with it, one might be just right for you or perhaps give you an idea for a spell of your own.


  1. A few years back, I had a mysterious and severe pain in my abdomen that landed me in the hospital for three days with doctors baffled. My good friend at the time did a witches ladder healing spell for me, which I still have to this day as a reminder of our friendship. The doctors never did find out what was wrong :)

  2. That looks great!

    Anything I try to make always looks like it was shamefully left behind on the special bus.

  3. Oooh this looks very interesting. I have heard of witches ladder's before and knew it as knot magic, but didn't realise you could add so much to it as well. I look forward to your next post.

  4. great post ty :) i made my first witches ladder last year which was made as a general protection charm for the home but would be great to have some spells to go with them.



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