Knot Magic

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Knot magic is probably one of the most basic and practical forms of magic.  This is the origin of the custom of tying a ring around your finger to remember something.  It’s the origin of the saying “he’s bound to do it”. 
The premise is simple- you concentrate on your goal, building up emotion concerning it, then you release that energy just as you tie a knot.  The knot is a physical representation of your goal.  Traditionally, knot spells are employed in a situation where you want to ‘bind’- as in binding an illness or an enemy, but also as in binding something to you- like luck or health.  There was also the idea of the knot, braid or twist as a magical barrier of protection.
It was common in the Ozarks just a couple of generations ago to see people, especially kids, with red wool strings (or leather bands) tied around their necks in the fall/winter.  This was to protect the wearer against colds and flu.  
Knots are also untied, as a magical act of release.  It was once a common custom to loose all the knots in a household of a woman laboring in childbirth.  The fairies are associated with knots.  If you wake up with knots in your hair, the fairies have been playing in your hair as you slept.  When performing magic, it is commonly considered prudent to loose all braids from your hair or knots from your clothing/jewelry so as not to inhibit the flow of your magic.  For spells of protection, however, it is considered beneficial to have these braids, knots, knitted items, etc.  Knot magic is ideal for the fiber-art handicrafts; macramé, knitting, etc., making one’s handiwork also an object of magic.
 
One popular form of knot magic is the wishing (or “witch’s”) ladder; nine natural objects, symbolic of one’s goal, are knotted onto a long cord in the places indicated while reciting these or similar words-
By knot of One, the spell’s begun *——–
By knot of Two, it cometh true *——-*
By knot of Three, so mote it be *—*—*
By knot of Four, this power I store *-*-*—*
By knot of Five, the spell’s alive *-*-*-*-*
By knot of Six, this spell I fix ***-*-*-*
By knot of Seven, events I’ll leaven ***-*-***
By knot of Eight, it will be Fate *****-***
By knot of Nine, what’s done is mine *********

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