Make sure you pick your hag stones up from the right places – then they’ll contain that extra special witchiness, poke and power!
The golden rule for this is easy to remember – take them from running water… why? Because running water is alive – and for you to find one or more is meant to be for you… no-one else.
It’s a bit like finding a four-leaved clover… it’s lucky!
Luck… which is ruled by Dame Fate herself.
It’s a gift… from the Goddess.
It’s to protect you… to keep you and your loved one’s safe from the Evil Eye and malevolent witchcraft…
So that’s it – simple – look in streams, brooks, rivers, lakes, the sea and it you find a hag stone, consider yourself very lucky.
Take it home and do nothing to it; no cleansing; no consecration; for you would wash away the Goddess given gifts it brings. All you need do is add a length of red thread, or cord, or ribbon through it, and if it’s to keep nightmares away, hang over your bed with a dedication perhaps if you feel it appropriate…
Anything else you may find, in shops, or in gravel paths is simply not the ticket!
A genuine hag stone should come from Mother Nature herself, no one else! 🙂
Of course there are many things you can do with them, only one of which is mentioned above – The Manx Wytch has collected enough to make a necklace of them, something which is elegant in it’s simplicity, yet powerful in it’s meaning and must be wonderful to wear – read about it here. In Dorset, fishermen hung hag stones on their fishing boats – a charm to guard against black magic.
I’ve even seen huge one’s as part of the roof in West Kennet burial chamber… proof perhaps, that they were sacred to our ancestors as well.