Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls

Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls

Dolls for spellwork, witchcraft and seasonal celebrations

A history of and a practical guide to the uses of poppets and magical dolls in sympathetic magic.


Poppets are dolls used for sympathetic magic, and are designed in the likeness of individuals in order to represent them in spells to help, heal or harm. The word poppet comes from the Middle Ages in England, originally meaning a small doll or child, and it is still in use today as a name of endearment. The term is older than the phrase ‘Voodoo doll’. Pagan Portals – Poppets and Magical Dolls explores the history of poppets and offers a practical guide to making and using them in modern witchcraft. It also covers seasonal dolls, from Brigid dolls, used in celebrations for the first stirrings of spring, to fairy dolls enjoyed in tree-dressing at Yuletide. Other topics covered include spirit dolls, ancestor dolls and dolls as representations of mythological beings and creatures from folklore.

The newest book from Lucya Starza, author of Every Day Magic: A Pagan Book of Days.


Poppets are one of my favourite ways to work magic and in her Poppets and Magical Dolls book Lucya Starza has covered each and every aspect of them…and more. A fascinating read that not only covers history, types of poppets and uses for them, but everything else that you could possibly need to know to be able to work their magic. You won’t be able to resist getting crafty… ~ Rachel Patterson, author of several books on The Craft including Witchcraft into the Wilds, Pagan Portals Moon Magic and Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch

An excellent read, concise but comprehensive, and both practical and inspiring. It's definitely a valuable contribution to a subject that is too often over-simplified. ~ Joyce Froome, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

In Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls, Lucya Starza has done it again! In her own inimitable style, she’s taken a much needed subject and crammed so much information into 25,000 words that it sends the senses reeling. In pagan writings we find that ‘poppets’ are often talked about but not with any degree of positive information, and that when they are discussed it’s usually in connection with cursing and ill-wishing. Here we find poppets and magical dolls are much more sympathetically dealt with and with numerous different ways of utilising them, including the much-loved Teddy-bear you were given as a child. Lucya has certainly been busy with her research... a great book and an entertaining read. ~ Melusine Draco, author of Pagan Portals: By Spellbook & Candle

Lucya Starza
Lucya Starza Lucya Starza is an eclectic witch living in London, England, in a rambling old house with her husband and cats. She is the author of Pagan P...
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