All knotted up
Knot charming is one of the oldest types of folk charm around. While the origins of this practice are unclear, it’s a type of charm that has been found across the world in some form or another. It does, as the name suggests, involve the use of knots and lengths of string or ribbon.
What is knot charming?
Knot charming or ‘magic’ involves choosing a specific colour of cord or ribbon which represents what you want to achieve and then knotting it while focusing intently on your desired end. Once all the knots have been added to the piece of cord or ribbon, it’s hung up somewhere where it can be seen regularly or worn on the body until the cord or ribbon breaks.
Why would I use this?
The best thing about knot charming is that it’s completely accessible to everyone. It’s easy to do and it’s super cheap to try it yourself. Many of us have lengths of ribbon or cord lying around our house somewhere. Knot charming is also a much safer practice than burning down candles. It’s also adaptable and, once you’ve finished, you’re left with a beautiful token you can wear or keep somewhere in your home.
What is it used for?
Knot charming can be used for absolutely everything, although traditionally it was used for healing. Knots would be charmed and then tied to the bedpost of where the ill person lay. You can use knot charming for anything you’d like to achieve. The only prerequisite is that your desire doesn’t go against the free will of another, doesn’t harm another person or living thing in any way and is for your highest good.
Sounds good. Where do I start?
The first thing you need to do, is choose a knot or cord that represents your desire (see the box). For example, you might choose a pink ribbon to bring more romance into your life or orange for increased confidence. If you wanted to land a new job, you’d use some green ribbon.
Okay I have my ribbon…
Once you have your ribbon chosen, sit in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. If you’d like, you can create a relaxing atmosphere with some soft music or some lighted candles. It’s important that you feel relaxed and calm. Begin by holding your ribbon in your hand and closing your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and begin to build a vision in your head of the end result of your desire. For example, say you want to attract a new job, visualize yourself in a new office or doing work that really makes you feel happy and fulfilled. Really feel this end result. Once you have that vivid image, tie a knot at the top of your ribbon and see that image literally being knotted into your ribbon. Say: “By knot of one, the charm’s begun.”
What you’re going to do now is work your way down the ribbon, tying knots at even intervals and pouring the vision of what you want into the ribbon. Really feel how you’d feel if your desire became a reality. As you go, say the following after you’ve tied each knot:
“By knot of two it comes true.
By knot of three, so shall it be.
By knot of four, it’s strengthened more.
By knot of five, so may it thrive.
By knot of six, the charm is fixed.
By knot of seven, it’s blessed by heaven.
By knot of eight, guided by fate.
By knot of nine, the (job/love/name of what you desire) is mine.”
When you’ve finished tying the last knot say: “As above so below, as within so without. This or something better, for the highest good of all involved.”
Next, take the knot between both hands and pull it sharply three times to seal the charm. Now you can put the charm where you’ll see it often or wear it until it breaks. Once your desire has come true, untie the knots to release the charm.
Choose a ribbon in a colour that represents your desire
Red – Lust, passion, love
Pink – Romance, friendship, soothing arguments, self-love, self-compassion
Blue – Peace, calm, clarity, to soothe troubled emotions, forgiveness
Green – Healing, fertility, money issues
White – General all-purpose. If you can’t find your particular colour, use white instead.
Black – Protection, grounding, to remove negativity
Purple – Psychic ability, spirituality
Gold – To attract money and abundance
Orange – For increased creativity or confidence