Most of you reading this post have probably seen this picture in Raymond Buckland’s “Big Blue Book” (not the book’s real title). This picture is why the book cannot be placed in prison libraries for Wiccan prisoners. In case you’re seeing this picture out of context, it is showing how to tie an initiate during initiations.
Knots have a long, but sometimes neglected, history in magic. Good can be tied to you or less than good can be bound up. Numerology can come into play with the number of loops and twists in a magic knot, as well as color magic for the cord being used. If the knot magic is being used in bondage, consider corresponding some scents to your intentions. Simply anoint your rope with a few drops of essential oil(s). Knot magic is very easy. As you tie the knot, visualize what ever you want tied to you or what you want bound up and tied up away. You can also say a power word, charm, or chant as you tie the knots.
Not Your Granny’s Knots
Two Knotty Boys (also known as Dan and JD) have some of the best and easy to follow tutorial videos on the Internet for tying knots (http://www.knottyboys.com). The videos discussed in this post can be found for free download at http://www.knottyboys.com/code/downloads.php. The first two videos that I recommend that you check out is the video on how to make your own rope and the video on how to dye your rope. While it’s not necessary for you to make your own rope, your magic will have more power behind it if you twist your intent into your rope and then tie it in as well. Likewise, colored rope is readily available for purchase, but your spell will have more power if you are able to meditate while you dye your rope and charge it with your intent.
The next video that you should look at is the rope web video. The rope web has many magical possibilities. It can be used most obviously in weaving and spider magic. It could also be erected in a bedroom as a dream catcher. The creation of the web could be used as a meditative exercise. I’m excited to create some spider rituals using this web. You could be the spider lying in wait or the helpless fly bound up in a rope corselet harness.
The double coin knot can be used in a magic spell using a green rope. The knot work and remaining rope can be turned into a witch’s ladder or money amulet for the home or business utilizing coins and “money” gemstone beads, such as aventurine or jade. The prosperity knot can also be done in conjunction with the double coin knot.
The pentagram harness has a multitude of possibilities. It can be used to ground and center a person for ritual. It’s a wonderful new twist on the traditional Gardnerian bondage for initiations. It can also be as a way to bound yourself to a deity for channeling or other practices. Plus, best of all, it’s just plain witchy!
The last video that I would suggest looking at for knot magic is the rope panties video. It combines the trinity knot, which can be seen as representative of the feminine or as the triple aspect of deity, and the snake weave, which can be seen as the masculine. The panties are perfect for sex magic, true heiros gamos, or fertility magic.
Have fun with your knots, and remember that bondage should not cut off circulation or abraid skin. While natural fiber ropes can be fun, soft nylon or cotton ropes are safest.
These folks are all tied up with knot magic:
Mystic Artisans: https://www.facebook.com/mysticartisans
House of Oddities Movie Kickstarter Project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bcottington85/house-of-oddities-the-story-of-the-atrocity-exhibi
Passion And Soul: http://passionandsoul.com/
Tonia Brown: www.thebackseatwriter.com
The Barbed Pentacle’s Second Birthday Bash: http://barbedpentacle.com/2013/06/second-birthday-bash/