By Aeowyn Riverwood
© 2020 Aeowyn Riverwood. All rights reserved.
The use of weaving magick in witchcraft is manifold and can be an overlooked source of magick in daily life. When I think of the Craft as a lifestyle, it is often this type of magick I think of – one that is of the home and hearth, that is lasting and effective and is one of the oldest forms of magick practiced.
Weaving magick is particularly useful for healing, protection and anything requiring long-term solutions. Some well-known examples of weaving magick come from indigenous cultures, such as the dreamcatcher created by Native Americans, or the God’s Eye (Oje de Dios) of Central Northwest Mexico’s Huichol people. Dreamcatchers function as protection magick for dreamers against nightmares (especially children), whereas the God’s Eye is an all-purpose protection charm.
Dreamcatcher and God's Eye Crafts
Weaving magick can be used in these traditional ways, or in unconventional ones. As a teenager and early adult, I was fascinated with making dreamcatchers – so much so that I went on to sell them at craft fairs and would get requests from friends, family and sometimes classmates to make one. Two of the most memorable dreamcatchers I made during that time were created for healing, which provided a twist on the standard use of the weave. In both cases, the individuals I made them for had broken up with their significant other and were having nightly, obsessive dreams about their former loved one.
I crafted dreamcatchers for these individuals, with intent, and with attention to the elements of the weaving (color, materials), and both reported that within one nights rest the dreams were gone, and within a week they felt notably less worried about and heartbroken over the significant other. The dreamcatchers had not only stopped the nightmares, but had worked to cure them of their heartbreak, as intended! Because weaving magick incorporates so many elements of magick, it can be incredibly effective and powerful over time.
The Elements of Weaving Magick
So, what goes into weaving magick and what falls under this category? A core component of weaving magick is the repetitive and meditative nature of the practice itself. Coupled with intention, and the “locking in” of the magick as woven, the very nature of this magickal form produces powerful charms, talismans and objects for repeat use. Some forms of magick that can enhance a weaving include:
Color Magick: The use of appropriately colored weaving materials (which, depending on the project, can be yarn, rope, fabric strips, metal wire, ribbon, etc.) can enhance magickal weavings. For example, to heal a broken heart, you might use greens, pinks or reds for love and whites, greens, or blues for healing.
Numerology & Numbers Magick: Because weaving often uses a repetitive function to produce the weave or pattern, you can use this to amplify the impact of your magick. In example, when making a dreamcatcher, the spacing count on the ring can be somewhere between 5 and 20, so you might pick a relevant number of spacings for your magickal purpose which will spiral inward to the center.
Chanting & Recitation: Weaving can be done while chanting to increase concentration or focus intent. You could also imagine “weaving in the words”, so to speak, of the chant, to enhance the magickal working.
Incorporating Natural Elements: Weavings often need bases and embellishments – using items from nature such as branches or sticks, using found stones or feathers or other natural elements like dried reeds can bring natural magick into your weaving.
Types of Weaving Projects
Weavings can be done by hand, using knitting needles, or on looms. There are several types of weavings you should consider when practicing weaving magick. Some include:
Wall Hangings: This includes the previously mentioned dreamcatchers and God’s Eye but can be any type of wall weaving style such as tapestries, macramé, and circle weaving. You might consider using wall weavings for protection magick (of a person or the home), healing magick, dream magick, or evoking an energy in a room (say, creating a weaving for a mediation room that emits peace and calm).
Knitting: Knitting is a great weaving technique that gets overlooked as a magickal option. Knitting blankets or personal items like scarves or hats can imbue the wearer with the intended healing or attributes. This is a great working for things like personal transformation, losing weight, or bringing a new attitude or personal attribute to the wearer. Draping a healing blanket you knitted over Mom when she’s sick with the flu could do wonders for her recovery.
Small Weavings: Keychain weavings, jewelry, or friendship bracelets would fall under this category, and are more likely to be created for a person to carry with them. Small weavings are great for protection or gaining attributes like calmness or clarity (for example, to provide calm or concentration during a school exam), or for healing also.
Weaving magick is versatile, it’s tailored to purpose, and can be very powerful indeed. As with any type of magick, what you put into it you get out of it, but one thing is for certain – it is a great way to bring magick into your everyday life. Happy weaving all!