Winchester: Moon Books, 2018. Paperback, 98 pages. New.
Poppets and Magical Dolls explores the history and practical usage of magical poppets and dolls in sympathetic magic, witchcraft and spellcrafting. The word poppet comes from the Middle Ages in England, originally meaning a small doll or child, and is still in use today as a term of endearment as well as referring to a magical doll. In this concise and clearly written book, author Lucy Starza takes the reader through a wide variety of magical dolls: dolls for seasonal celebrations such as the Brigid doll, woven from reeds or grain stalks and used in spring festivals; fairy dolls for tree dressing at Yuletide; spirit and ancestor dolls; and dolls used to represent mythological beings and creatures from folklore. She explains how to make poppets and dolls from a variety of materials; how to incorporate colour and other symbolism, and methods of enchanting them; and gives sound advice on how to use them for practical magical purposes such as healing, luk and success. A wonderful introduction for anyone wanting to use dolls and poppets in their magical practice.
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