Knot Magick

Knot Magick

How to Make a Witches' Ladder

One of the most powerful charms is the Witches' Ladder. This is a cord made of three lengths of coloured yarn braided together, with different coloured feathers knotted into the cord at regular intervals. Witches' Ladders can be a general charm of protection and good fortune. They can also be used for a specific purpose, such as the gaining of mystical knowledge, health or prosperity. An "all-purpose" Witches' Ladder would include nine feathers, each a different colour, and a cord of three colours braided together. The appropriate colours would be white, red and black. These represent the three aspects of the Goddess. A Witches' Ladder for a specific purpose would include three feathers and one length of yarn braided into the cord of a specific colour.

To make a Witches' Ladder, gather the necessary materials on the night of the Full Moon. Arrange your altar and cast a Circle. Use one yard of each colour of yarn. Tie the three ends together in a knot. Braid them together chanting the following as you braid:

Yarn of Red, Black and White; Work your magick spell this night.

Repeat this chant until the entire length of yarn is braided. Braiding itself is a magickal art because it makes the three strands into one, representing the three aspects of the Goddess. When the braid is finished, tie a knot in the end. Starting from a foot from the start of the braid, tie in the first feather with a knot around its base, saying :

With this feather and this string; Prosperity this charm will bring.

When all nine feathers have been tied into the cord, as evenly spaced as possible, tie the ends of the cord together to form a circle. Pass it through the candle flame and incense smoke, asperge it with salt and water, and say the following:

In the names of the Goddesses and the God.
By Air, Earth, Fire and Water.
I consecrate this charm Of feathers nine and cord of three.
As I will, so mote it be!

Hang the Witches' Ladder high in your house somewhere where you will see it every day.

Witches' Ladder made with beads

Traditional Nine Knot Spell

A typical or traditional knot spell has nine knots, and the words spoken are shown below. You concentrate and focus your energy on your purpose, and repeat each line as you tie each knot. But you could also choose a number of knots to match your purpose (numerologically speaking), and you can recite your own words as well.

Your magick will continue to work as long as the knots are tied. Once your goal has manifested itself, you should dispose of the cord without untying the knots. Burning or burying it are two options, so long as your cord is made from natural materials. You could also just keep the knotted cord tucked safely away.

By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, I make it true.
By knot of three, so mote it be.
By knot of four, the open door.
By knot of five, the spell's alive.
By the spell of six, the spell is fixed.
By the spell of seven, the earth and heaven.
By the spell of eight, the stroke of fate.
By the spell of nine, the thing is mine.