Fangs, shells, small bones, claws, or feathers can be used for protection, luck, for shamanic practice, or in order to draw from the qualities and abilities of the spirit animals that inhabit them. For example, a crow feather or claw may help balance your life and enforce your quest for knowledge of the greater mysteries, or fox fangs or bones may help you attain the wits you’d need in order to sail through a difficult situation. Likewise, they can be used during shamanic work for protection and guidance when traveling between worlds.
The Hound, or rather Black Dog, is an entity that has long reigned throughout history with a chilling grip. Though not always specifically a dog, the Hound is a symbolism across the board of the Devil himself, demons, crossroads, and our Regina Maleficarum, Hekate.
Described as a death omen on all platforms, it is said " If you meet the Black Dog once, it shall be for joy; if twice, it shall be for sorrow; and the third time shall bring death."
The lore of the Black Dog and its associations in witchcraft have made its way through many centuries and countries. Some associations call it a "Hellhound".
In France, these hounds could materialize at will, and thought to provide a strong cloaking spell for its handler, or even invisibility. In Italy, they are blamed for the disappearances of children from their cribs. In Latin America, these dogs go by many names but are thought to be a shape-shifting witch instead of a devil. In North America, these animals are impervious to bullets.
Hounds are closely associated to Hekate. She is referred to as "Lyko" meaning wolf-formed in literatures such as Greek Magickal Papyri. It is said that she has a wolfish characteristic herself and, just as her hounds do to the gates of hell, she is called "Haunter of Hills". Her hounds follow suit in the human world, seen running through the misty hill, dragging terrible chains behind them. The first symbolism of the “black bitch” was the legend of the Trojan Queen, Hekabe, who leapt into the sea after the fall of Troy. Hekate took pity on her and transformed her into a black female dog, which became her familiar.
Dogs are known to be protective of their owners, who they come to view as pack members. It is the loyal, obedient dog that we have historically revered. Dogs that have been thought to be disobedient or pose a danger to humans have been abused and destroyed. The same might be said for humans. Witches were thought to be dangerous and deviant, so any company they might keep could not merely be an animal. A witch’s dog, whether real or imagined by ambitious or hysterical magistrates and neighbours, could only be a bad dog.Some superstitions have said that dogs could absorb illness and evil from people. Canids have long been used as symbols of death, amongst other things, in various European mythologies and the rise of Christianity did not necessarily erase this association.
Hounds are associated with deals, crossroads, demons, death, and Hecate, but also for loyalty, love, swiftness, and persistance.
In our shop, we offer the follow items to aid in honing your craft and building your sacred spaces:
- Black Hound Foot Bone
Bones are sold as curiosity only. We do not recommend the consumption of bones and we are not responsible for any use of bones in tinctures, oils, soaps, etc.
Our products are not for medical use nor do we claim that they replace medical treatment.
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