Isn't this mandrake root poppet amazing?
It is a work in progress by Matt Xai Malachi Porter, who earlier sent a picture of his freshly harvested mandrake roots for the blog. Matt followed that up with the picture at the top, and wrote: "I'm currently working on making myself a poppet doll with a 2-year-old mandrake whole root."
I think it is brilliant. What I find is that all mandrake roots seem to have their own individual personality, which is why they make such wonderful poppets and magical dolls.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, in Cornwall, has a few mandrake roots that have been used as effigies or carved into human figurines. You can see one here and another here.
I don't have a mandrake root myself. A friend did give me some mandrake seeds, but I've not planted them yet. I do have a little root that looks like a person in my witchy room, but it definitely isn't a mandrake. I've also written about mandrakes in my book Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls.
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