One of the tools in magical herbalism is making a poppet. A poppet is a doll crafted as a representation of oneself (or someone else) that is being helped with your magic. Most poppets are made to speed healing, draw money or draw love.
For this project I made a poppet of myself for healing, and to help promote peace and love in my heart and life. A poppet will help focus magic for the intention set.
I hand crafted a poppet myself, first obtaining a pattern. You can draw one yourself or you can look online for them. Once you have a pattern you will need to gather your material. A good choice for material is any natural fiber, I chose cotton because it is easy to work with, doesn’t cost a lot, and is easy to get. As for color, the one chosen should align with your intention. I chose white for protection healing, and peace. White can also be a substitute for any other color. After deciding on a fabric, cut the pieces out. With right sides together, sew ¾ of the way around. You can use a sewing machine or hand sew. I hand sewn mine with red thread for love, healing and energy.
Now is the time to chose what will go into your poppet. I have chosen 4 herbs and a crystal to go into mine for the intentions that I am setting. The herbs I chose are rose petals, chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm. Rose petals were chosen for love, lasting relationships and domestic peace and happiness. Chamomile was added for calmness, healing, and abundance of life. Lavender brings love, protection, and peace. Lemon balm helps ward of evil, attract love and good cheer, and it promotes healing. A clear quartz crystal will also be used for its ability to amplify energy and thoughts. Once the poppet is filled with your herbs, sew the final ¼ shut.
The outside of your poppet can also have adornments. I kept the extras to a minimum in my poppet opting to crochet a chain stitch in purple to represent a scarf I commonly wear, just enough to identify the doll. You can personalize the outside of your doll any way you wish. Keep in mind the intention for the poppet.
Once your poppet is finished it is time to set your intention. For this part there are many things you can take onto consideration. Things like the day, the planetary hour, the moon phase and planet can all be addressed to help guide your energy to your intention. For this ritual I chose Monday Feb 4, 2019, which is the new moon. The color candle I chose is light blue, which lead me to the planet Jupiter, and the planetary hour of 9:34-10:23. I chose Monday for emotional matters, peace and protection. Monday happened to also be the New Moon which is a great time for new beginnings and setting intentions. Light blue candles were used as they represent tranquility, harmony, and peace. Jupiter is the bringer of abundance and growth on all levels, which leads to the planetary hour.
When everything is set up and ready it is time to set your intention in your poppet. This can be done through meditation, creative matters, and/or another method you use. Close the ceremony by expressing gratitude.
i haven’t had too much time with my intentions to come to be. but i do have to say that i made the poppet a little while before the intention setting ritual. it has been sitting on my altar. i have 3 sons (15-8) and i explained to them what it was and what it was for (what my intentions were for the poppet). after that i notices that my younger to fellas would go and love on the poppet and tell the poppet how loved it was. not sure if any intention setting ritual will be as powerful as the love my fellas are filling that doll with. so far it’s energy is super fabulous awesome!!
The poppet will be kept on the altar as a reminder of the intention that I set.