Friday 14 July 2023

Poppets: Paper Doll Magic to Release Negativity

Here's a little doll magic I did for myself yesterday. I was feeling quite down for a few reasons, partly because I've been unwell with a gastric bug, I'm behind with my work and also been putting off some other things I really need to do. The poppet I created, which you can see in the photo, really helped me.

I used a cardboard mannequin shape from a crafting shop, but you could draw or cut out a person shape from paper or card yourself. I then got a pencil and wrote on it all the things about myself that I felt were wrong and were holding me back. I tried to put them on an appropriate part of the body, but soon realised most of them were in my head, like fear of rejection, overthinking, imposter syndrome. Some were in my body, such as aches and pains. 

Once  all my fears and worries and feelings had poured out and were in words on the mannequin, I could see them in better perspective. I then got a pink marker pen (I tried happy yellow, but it didn't show well) and wrote positive thoughts and feelings all ove the negative ones: I forgive you and release you, you are loved, do your best. 

I then realised that I did actually feel much better. I felt forgiven, loved and that it was OK to do my best, it didn't matter if that wasn't perfect. My paper doll is sititng next to my computer now as I work.

I'm teaching a Poppet Magic workshop on Saturday July 15, based on my book Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls at Treadwell's Bookshop, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS. It starts at 1pm and the cost is £22 per person. You can find out more here: or reserve a place by visiting the shop, which also stocks copies of my books. You can also view my author page at publisher Moon Books.

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