Love knot work, thank you for posting this Lark
thank you lark for this post this is something every good to learn from thanks again
Cord and Knot magic is fascinating to me at the moment. This seems to be an excellent beggining resource. Does anyone have any books that study some of the older traditions that might reference this. I know several old resources that mention knot magic but I haven't gotten around to looking for anything that really uses it yet except for new age books which often describe a system similar to this thread. I was wondering how this system compared to the middle eastern methods that are mentioned during the prechristian eras. Anyone got any recommendations?
I love cords and cord magic. We spin our own cords and we use them as a tool for many different types of rituals and magic. Below is the text of an article I wrote a few years ago regarding the use of cords through a cycle of the year. The alignments are for the Southern Hemisphere. For Northern Hemisphere use - Yule is in the North and the cycle is viewed clockwise (so Ostara and Mabon do not change their positions). We have actually made the whole sabbat set of cords 3 times now.
Wheel Dances And Sabbat Cords
When many of us think of cord magic, we think of knot spells and bindings, handfasting cords and the cords of degree, however cords are very versatile working tools and with a little imagination, they can be used to enhance all manner of rituals.
One of my favourite ways of raising energy is via a cord or wheel dance. This does require several people, usually from as few as 3 people to a maximum of 13. Any more would mean the cords would have to be very long. For a cord dance, everyone involved can use their own working cord, or cords may be spun (or bought) for the specific ritual. These cords may need to be a certain colour or combination of colours, or if you work numerologically the cords may have a certain number or strands or the dance a certain number of participants. It really is up to the intent of the ritual organisers and the ritual itself.
Basically, a cord dance is formed like a wheel. Cord 1 is looped in half, Cord 2 is looped through Cord 1 and Cord 3 is looped through both and so on until a wheel is formed. Participants hold their cords tightly by the ends and dance around the circle pulling the cords tight. This technique creates quite a stable form and the tension of the cords serves to hold the energy of the circle dance until it is time to for the energy to be released or set within the cords. This is acheived by releasing the cords and throwing them up into the air, usually on the signal of one of the participants or at the end of a specific chant. Not only does this technique raise a huge amount of focused energy, it is also loads of fun to do. Whether the energy is actually released from, or set into, the cords really depends upon the goal of the ritual and should always be discussed beforehand.
So if we take the simple premise of a wheel dance, we can expand its use into many situations. For example, we have empowered cords for use in ritual where 5 cords (representing each element) were being charged for a handfasting. The five people who were gifting these cords danced them in a wheel over a low central altar, chanting a rune written specifically for the ritual. The energies were woven into the cords and released over the rings sitting on the altar. The cords were then individually presented to the couple during the ritual and later used to perform the actual binding.
We have also utilised a dance of eight cords, specifically representing the eight Sabbats. Each participant had previously been appointed a Sabbat ritual to write for the coming year. At the cord dance ritual they stood at the point in the circle that represented their particular Sabbat and held a cord woven to represent the colours of that Sabbat. As the cord dance began, I called an invokation of blessing upon the coming year's rituals. When the energy had built to a crescendo and the dancers were back in their original positions, we set the energy into the cords. Each dancer then retrieved his or her cord from the centre and took it home with them. Over the coming year each person was to write their sabbat ritual for the group somehow utilising their sabbat cord within the ritual. Having the cord as a starting point gave some kind of initial focus to the writing of the ritual and also provided a common thread (pun intended) to the wheel of the year cycle for the group.
The positions and colours we used were:
Samhain South West Black and Silver
Yule South Red, Green and White
Imbolc South East White, Yellow and Green
Ostara East Green and White
Beltane North East Red and White
Litha North Red, Orange and Gold
Lughnasadh North West Orange, Gold and Brown
Mabon West Gold and Black
Each Sabbat ritual utilised the cords in different ways. We wove wheat into them, hung crystals and bells from them, we wrapped them around objects, used them to measure a plot for planting wheat, spun people into Spring with them, created a pendulum with them and lead people on a journey with them. The cords from two wheels worth of rituals now hang in our temple space providing energies and colour and fabulous memories.
so my parents just came back from puerto rico,an my father brought back these flags..he states that every flag they put up, would get knoted up. i asked hin if maybe he didnt think it was the wind that tore em an did it, but he pointed out that one of the flags, he had actually seen his nephew tie some bright cloth to a fence 30 feet away, an come out the next day an see them now woven in the the flag...
Not really. That's the beauty of cord magic. It doesn't require a lot of other tools or ingredients. You certainly can use them if you want and they would add another layer to your working, but they aren't required. That's why it is useful for those living in a college dorm or somewhere else where candles and incense aren't practical.
Dark Wing said:
I had heard about this form of magic but didnt know about the process to carry it out. So glad I found it here! While tying the knots, do we need to use anything else like insence or candles to help with the meditation? I'd love to try this out, but I'm not sure if I can work this on myself. Can I?