Crafts for Witches: Hag Stones
This month’s column looks at hag stones, also known as fairy stones, holey stones, witch stones, Odin stones, and eye stones. They are rocks that have naturally occurring holes, worn by water over long periods of time. Because it’s commonly believed magic cannot work on moving water, hag stones are valued because they would be immune to the effects of magic, adverse energies, and enchantments, yet possess water’s powerful protection and healing energies.
The oddity of the stones has made them a focus of folk magic. For centuries witches have used them in spells and rituals for everything from fertility to warding off ghosts. Common folk also used the stones … against witches they believed caused sick cows, hens that stopped laying, and fisherman’s poor catches.
It’s said that if you close one eye and peer through the hole of a hag stone with the other, you can access the faerie realm without them influencing you. The hole can also provide a connection to elemental beings and spirits. Reportedly hag stones were also used as truth or pledge stones – when looking through these the wearer would know if the other person was telling the truth or lying.
Embellished or left plain, you can wear them around your neck, hang them above windows and doors, and tie them to anything – vehicles, pets, structures – you want protected. Put them on a key ring or hang from the rear view mirror. Hang above a bed, place under a pillow, or put under a bed for fertility spells or to ward off nightmares. Break up stormy weather by threading a cord through the hole and swinging it around while visualizing dark clouds dissipating. Stringing several together increases their power.
Other uses of hag stones include:
- divination work
- healing emotional wounds
- using during shadow work
- placing on the altar
- recovering from an illness
- with intentions or spells to eliminating barriers
- astral travel
- easing discomfort during a spiritual awakening
- a decoration for any pagan holiday
- cleansing rituals
- tie to your grimoire or book of shadows
The photos show a variety of ways hag stones are put to use. Add them to other spells as well.
Clean and refresh them by soaking in salt water placed in the light of a full moon.
If a natural hag stone is not available, in some instances one sculpted from clay may be able to take its place.
Merry part. And merry meet again.
About the Author:
All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.