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It's a thorny issue...

Lots of plants have thorns on them; roses, brambles and blackthorn spring to mind and these thorns can be used for magic.  Think about what a thorn does, they are protection for the plant, they guard it against predators and they are sharp and defensive.  They can pierce, they can cut and they can draw blood.

Folk lore says that blackthorn thorns were always used to curse but folklore says a lot of things that we have since twisted around to our advantage but if that is the choice you make…thorns (any type) are very good for cursing and hexing spell work, rose thorns work especially well in affairs of the broken heart. 

A blackthorn wand with the thorns on is sometimes referred to as a ‘black rod’ and used in darker magic to cause harm to others.  In medieval times it was believed that the Devil pricked the fingers of his followers with thorns from the blackthorn tree.

But thorns also have a positive side and can be used in spell workings for protection and to dispel negative energy.

Long thorns such as those of the blackthorn can be used instead of pins to stick into poppets and also used to carve symbols into candles.  Don’t forget poppets can be used for all kinds of intent not just hexing they can also be used for healing, love, friendship, protection or whatever use you want really.

Use thorns dipped in ink to write magical petitions or ‘fix’ magical workings. 

Use thorns in magical workings to ‘pierce’ negative bubbles and break bad cycles that we have gotten into.

Thorn protection:

Gather together 3, 6 or 9 thorns (be guided by your intuition) from the plant of your choice (blackthorn works well for this as it already carries the energy of protection in the tree itself) then write the name of the person you need protection from or the feeling such as ‘jealousy’ on a small piece of paper then wrap it around the thorns.  Bury the ‘working’ under the tree itself if that is possible, if not bury it in the ground (at a crossroads works well too) or failing that burn it.

Return to sender:

If you are getting grief from someone and have just about had enough this spell will work to send the negative energy back to the original source.  This isn’t meant to cause harm to the person in question, just deflecting what they have sent out to you back towards them.  Be careful with this one though, think it through first and do not work this magic whilst angry otherwise it could go horribly wrong…

Using a candle or a poppet (the poppet can be a simple potato) to represent the person, you will also need three long thorns (black thorn works best) push each thorn into the poppet/candle, one at the top, one in the heart position and one in the middle (head, heart, stomach).  Light the candle and then visualise a protective barrier around yourself that looks like mirrors and see the negative energy and ill wishes reflecting back to the person that sent them.  You might like to create a chant to say as well.    Allow the candle to burn completely and when it is done visualise cutting yourself off from the person, remove all ties and connections.  Bury the candle stub left.

Healing:

You can work a similiar poppet or candle spell as above but use it for healing.  Stick the thorn into the poppet or candle in the position on the 'body' that the person needs healing.  So for instance if the person has a headache you stick the thorn in the top of the candle or the head of the poppet.  Visualise healing energy coming from Mother Earth/the Universe and being directed through the point of the thorn into the body.

 

Just be a bit careful when harvesting the thorns; ask permission from the plant first and handle them carefully as pricks to the skin from thorns can easily become infected.

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Rachel is a witch...has been for a very long time, not the green skinned warty kind obviously...the real sort - but she is also a working wife and mother living in Hampshire, England who has also been lucky enough to write and have published a growing stack of books on the Craft. She loves to learn she loves to study and continues to do so each and every day but has learned the most from actually getting outside and doing it. She regularly gives talks and workshops at pagan events. Rachel is also founder and an Elder at the Kitchen Witch online school of witchcraft. She likes to laugh...and eat cake...
 
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