I had been feeling anxious about the concept of winter in a plague year, and looking for something to make me feel better. I clearly saw the image of this poppet amulet in my crystal ball, and the words for the charm came into my head.
Little poppet stay with me.
Keep me safe as safe can be.
Keep me healthy, keep me sane.
Protect me from all trouble and pain.
I then visualised a circle of little poppets surrounding me and keeping me safe, and felt happier immediately. After I'd finished scrying I wrote the words down and knitted the doll using the pattern from my book Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls. If you want to do something similar but can't knit, you could instead sew one from felt. When you have finished crafting the doll, cast a circle and say the words three times. Carry the doll around with you in a pocket or bag and when you feel anxious, repeat the charm again in your head.
No protection spell is a substitute for following regular health and safety guidelines, being sensible about avoiding risk, or doing what your doctor tells you, but I believe a little magic can help boost our mundane efforts.
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