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Oh man, cord magick is fun. I remember my grandma teaching me a very basic chain crochet stitch when I was a tiny child, and I often find myself falling back on it when I need a little help and all I’ve got is a piece of string (with enough dexterity, you don’t even need a hook). Even in an empty room, without so much as a window, you can work magick as long as you’ve got your hands and something to use them on.
The most common type of cord magick I’ve come across is witch’s ladders. This is a piece of string, yarn, cord, or what have you that’s long enough to tie nine knots in. As the knots are tied (sometimes around beads, stones, sprigs of herbs, feathers, taglocks, or other objects), there’s usually a rhyme that goes along with it. The one I use usually goes like this, though I change the wording depending on my needs:
By the knot of one, the spell’s begun.
With the knot of two, it cometh true.
With the knot of three, good things to me.
With the knot of four, my luck grows more.
With the knot of five, my spell’s alive.
With the knot of six, my spell is fixed.
With the knot of seven, events I’ll leaven.
With the knot of eight, it will be fate.
With the knot of nine, my goal is mine.
I tie the knots from the outside in– the first and second on the opposite ends of the string, then the third beside the first and the fourth beside the second, and so on until the ninth knot’s tied in the middle. If I’m braiding or crocheting something, I’ll repeat the rhyme and visualization work with each motion. Now the cord’s ready for use. Sometimes I like to hang mine until it’s ready for use– it makes it easier to expose it to sunlight, wind, sound, or any other energy it might be useful to “soak up” before I let it fly.
To use a spell like this, you untie one knot a day for nine days. This can start either immediately after the cord’s created, or however long it takes you to need the spell you’ve stored.
Today, I think I’m going to work on one to help me attract more friendship and new people into my life. I’m living in a new city, I’ve come across some pretty rad new people on social media and elsewhere, and so far all of my neighbors seem to be pretty chill and friendly. What better time to encourage new friendships to form? I’ve got a lovely spool of the softest multicolored wool, and plenty of beads and feathers left over from other projects, so here goes!
Do you use knot magick? What kind of spells do you use it to store?