You must take a white egg, and through small holes made in each end, blow forth the contents from the shell. Plug up one end with a little softened beeswax, then fill the shell, using a fine funnel, with sour red wine. Carefully seal the second hole with more wax, and in red ink write upon the surface of the shell the name of that plaguing compulsion you would be rid of.
Take this egg in secret to a place where great rocks cover the ground. Stand there and say these words:
“Hall of blood where life has fled
Walls of bone that close me round
I break thy reign, thy yolk I shed
I cast thy powers to the ground.”
Hurl the egg against a rock so that it shall burst into fragments and the contents be spilt upon the earth. Then gather up the broken bits of shell, take them home, and grind them into a powder in a mortar. This charmed dust should be kept within a small jar, a pinch of it to be placed on the tongue and swallowed whenever further treacherous temptations may appear.
Eggs are an ancient symbol of fertility, new life, and the cycle of birth, death and rebirth of the Universe. As such, they make terrific charms for fertility, pregnancy, new endeavors, and similar types of magick. These types of charms are fairly easy, and very versatile.
Start with raw eggs. My favorite tool to pierce the shell is a small nail ~ for some reason, I’ve never had good luck piercing the shells with needles.
Pierce the narrow end of the shell with a tiny hole. At the wider end of the egg, use the nail to pierce a wider hole. This is the trickiest part of the operation, but I’ve been lucky and only lost a few eggs. Just handle the eggs gently, and once you make the hole in the wider end, use the tip of the nail to gently enlarge the hole.
Then, for those of you who have never done this before, simply place your lips over the smaller hole and blow. (No, you don’t want to know what it looks like! LOL)
When the egg is blown out, place a finger over the smaller hole, and fill the egg about halfway with warm water. Shake well and rinse; do this several times to make sure the egg is completely cleaned out. Put in a safe place to dry.
When these blown-out eggs are dry, they can then be filled with various herbs and such, and decorated as charms. The decorations can be as simple, or as elaborate as you wish.
Here are some possible color, symbol and herb combinations for a few different magickal purposes:
- Fertility – Pregnancy: spring green or bright yellow; basil, poppy, cucumber, acorns, myrtle, all nuts, apple, pomegranate, mistletoe, myrtle; roosters and hens, spiral, the runic B, raindrops
- Protection: red, white or purple; ash, basil, dill, fennel, hyssop, mistletoe, rosemary, rue, vervain; pentagram, equal-armed cross
- Healing: green or blue (purple is good for severe illnesses); rosemary, red carnation petals, sage, saffron, lavender, myrrh; pentagram, oak leaves
When preparing the herbs to put inside these charms, they must be ground very fine. Remember, these are very tiny holes you will be putting them into.
Once the herbs are ground and charged, you are ready to pour them in. If you plan on hanging the eggs, you must first thread a cord or string through the egg. I would tie the knot at the smaller hole, leaving the larger hole to pour the herbs through.
If you don’t plan on hanging them, you could use any number of things to seal the hole, and provide additional magick. “Seals” that come to mind include acorns, small stones, pieces of wood and shells.
Fill the egg as much as possible with your herbal mixture of choice, and then seal the other hole. (Note, if you plan on hanging the eggs, this second seal is not vital; simply be careful where you hang it.)
My personal preference would be to decorate the egg first, and then fill it with herbs, but you do whichever works best for you.
Once the charm is completed and fully charged, you can either hang it up, or place it somewhere where the egg might remain intact. I would also plan on renewing these charms periodically.
Here is a spell that calls upon Ilmatar for increased creativity and spiritual growth:
The Finnish-Ugrian goddess Ilmatar was the virgin daughter of Air. she had immense creative powers, and was known as Water Mother, Daughter of Nature, and Sky Mother. Legends say that she created the world and gave birth to the first great hero, Vainamoinen. This son was a great sorcerer and magician. He invented the zither and was such a superb musician that his playing tamed wild animals. More about Ilmatar can be found here: Ilmatar Finnish Goddess of Creation
Decorate your sacred space with red eggs and flowers. Burn cinnamon incense and a pale green candle. Say:
Teacher of magick and wisdom,
Bestower of knowledge,
Open the door to ritual meaning.
Peace and contentment, I ask of you.
Sit in quiet meditation. Feel yourself riding in a boat on a gentle lake. Beside you is the goddess Ilmatar. Listen carefully to what she says. Talk with her as long as you wish. when you come back say:
Healing, knowledge, mental powers,
All come from your creativity.
Eloquence and self-control
I ask now that you give to me.
Guidance I need and inspiration.
Teachers send with motives true.
I desire to learn, to expand my mind.
For these gifts, Ilmatar, I do thank you.
From Moon Magick
The Finnish-Ugrian goddess Ilmatar was the virgin daughter of Air. she had immense creative powers, and was known as Water Mother, Daughter of Nature, and Sky Mother. Legends say that she created the world and gave birth)to the first great hero, Vainamoinen. (Read more about her here: Ilmatar – Finnish Goddess of Creation)
Here is a spell to call upon Ilmatar for help conceiving a child:
Decorate your sacred space with red eggs and small flowers. Burn a pink candle and rose incense. (Pink is for birth and love, not necessarily a girl-child.) Say:
Mother of all mothers, hear my cry.
My arms are empty, my heart full of love.
Ripen my body with a little child,
A soul that needs and loves me in return.
Gift this child with wholeness and health.
Fill my arms, Mother of all mothers.
Sit quietly in meditation. Visualize yourself being drawn into Ilmatar’s lap by her loving arms. Lay your head against her breast. Hear her loving heart beat in sympathy. Put your arms around her and tell Ilmatar of your deep desire for a child. Listen to her words of wisdom and comfort. Take as long as you need to fill up with her love and comfort. When you come back, say:
Ilmatar, loving and caring Mother,
My heart beats in time with yours.
All children come from your heart.
I ask sincerely that you entrust me with a child.
This child will be loved and cared for,
For this is truly my desire.
From Moon Magick
This is a hoodoo spell to keep bill collectors and police officers away. Here’s how it works:
Empty a black hen’s egg, crack up the shell, and toast it in your oven until it turns brown. Powder it, then put the powder under your front doorsteps. The collectors or officers may come around, but they will not be able to do anything to harm you.
From Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic
Hard boil a black hen’s egg in your own urine and cut it in half. Feed half to a black dog and half to a black cat. As you feed the dog, say:
As dogs hate cats,
so will (man’s name) hate (woman’s name).
As you feed the cat say:
As cats hate dogs,
so will (woman’s name) hate man’s name).
Note: Before working this spell take a little bit of time to remember that what goes around, comes around. So be sure that your intentions are for the good of the couple, and not because you want to cause heartache or pain.
From: Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic