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Pagan Idols

If you look up altars, you almost always find them with small statues on them. Idols of ancient gods, goddesses, or mythical creatures. I’ve seen dragons and unicorns, sometimes fairies, but the figurines can get expensive.

Here are some options:

Make your own idols. They may not be as details or turn out as well as you like, but idols made from wood or clay become infused with your energy, and represents how you view the Divine.

You can buy clay such as traditional clay, but this requires baking in a kiln. Other options include;

Sculpey Polymer Clay which also includes baking, can be put in an oven. You need to follow direction for baking time since the thicker the item, the long you bake. You have to be careful with burning. It comes in many colors, can be painted, and takes shape very well.

Paper Clay comes in white and other colors, but I made the mistake of buying the kind that is gray. Everything I made needed to be painted, and it tends to have a coarse feel, that can also crack when drying. You can, however, file edges down and shape and mold to refine the form. This type of clay needs some learning to work it correctly, but you can find tons of free tutorials online.

More options include making your own clay out of materials you have at home. This allows for trial and error.

Salt Clay I find this a bit rough, but for making primitive idols, this works great. You can add color to the clay, or paint afterwards.

Cold Porcelain (3 recipes)- which has the smoother texture and air dries. You can add color to the clay or paint. The final product will shrink a bit after drying.

Some tips:

  • Use wire to shape the clay with, and position as needed.
  • Add essential oil to the clay as a type of scent diffuser.
  • Add dye or even mica powder (metallic powder) to add a shimmer.
  • Use things around the house for texture tools
  • Try various styles, but also remember that idols can be almost formless, to only represent a god or goddess.

Another tip I offer is to forego an idol and use imagery instead. You can easily print out pictures of a god and/or goddess to sit on your altar. I like this method best because it is easy to personal a picture frame, but also you can change the picture seasonally or whenever you have need to change.

What do you use? Post in comments. Don’t forget to share this post.

DIY Wicca video

Here is a nice video by Pagyptsian on Youtube, who has a lovely channel where she shares an Egyptian tradition of Wicca. She provides lots of practical videos, but this one, she covers the integral element of tools; the fact you don’t need to buy anything.

Most of my tools were gifts or found, or even made. Most tools can be stuff you find in the kitchen as well, but it doesn’t need to be fancy or ‘witchy’, since the real power lies within you.

Knot Magic

 One of the easiest, more effective methods of working spellcraft is the use of knots. You can use just about anything from thread, yarn, to ribbons, to even ropes, and spells vary in their use and function;

Store magick– You can create knot spells to store magick evoked during full moons, or special moments, or times when you’re feeling confident and powerful. Bound into the knot, you untie to release, and use during moments when your energy might not be at its best.

Binding the negative- I think the first thin people think of with binding spells is binding another’s magick, but I don’t bother with messing with another’s magick. I bind negative things like bad habits, destructive emotions, and even worries. When casting this type of spell, you infuse each knot to work that negativity into it, and then you burn the thread. That ashes are cast into moving water away from you (Water represents emotion and temperance).

Storing amulets and magical items. Knots are also useful with adding magical beads and amulets to keep on your person. You can make things like key chains, necklaces, bracelets, etc to hold your items.

Making your own cords to wear also enhances their power.

What type of medium for knots:

My favorite medium to work knot magick is hemp cord. It comes in lovely colors, is cheap, and can be used in making jewelry. Its also a natural thread, which is preferable to working any magick.

Hemp Jewelry- Provides instruction on how to make two different styles for bracelets or necklaces from Hemp cord, but you can use yarn, cotton twine, ribbon, or any string. While weaving, chant or use spell prayer visualizing your wishes into each section.

Spell of Nine Knots– is a very old, useful, and practical type spell.

Witches Ladder (craft)- very useful article on how to make including tips, and a note about using certain feathers in crafts.

Cotton twine, silk ribbon, and natural yarn also works very well.

Types of knots:

I think most pagans/witches/wiccans do not get fancy with using types of knots, using the basic knot to bind or tie. However, consider learning special knots to be used with specific spell work.

Make your own rope belt– perfect to be used with dressed and robes.

You can find tons of instructions on types of knots and their uses, both practical and magical, and some are even for decorative uses. Just remember that any knot or weaving provides the magical person the opportunity to infuse with their intention and power.