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Making a Spell Tablet

By February 2, 2014

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Make your own spell tablets.
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About a year ago, I posted about an ancient curse tablet which is now on display at the Johns Hopkins Archaeology Museum, and a couple of readers asked about how these magical tools are used. In effect, the curse tablet, or spell tablet, is a method of delivery for magical workings that was popular in a few different parts of the classical world.

The curse tablet has been documented in both Roman and Greek magic, as well as a few other areas. You can use them for curses, obviously, but they were also incorporated into various forms of love magic, protection spells, and for divine punishment of wrongdoers.

Here are some ideas on how you can create spell tablets of your own: Make a Spell Tablet
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December 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm
(1) Buddhagan says:

Reminds me of this scene in the TV show Rome where Servilia cursed Atia. She marked the curse on black paper, I think. She put various signs and markings on it and then had her slave go put it in a crack in the Atia’s house foundation.

January 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm
(2) rindill says:


Had to smile – as someone who is a writer and craft oriented, I immediately thought of all the present day needle work, plaques and sayings that abound, found in every store, that we have probably all hung in out houses. Same idea, figuring back then, writing was not necessarily a mass public phenomena, so to have it scribed or engraved would have packed n extra punch.
And today,we still carry the tradition forward, with sayings hung on walls and greeting cards. A form of this still being carried on, although the media varies -

January 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm
(3) Mirrorloki says:

The scene in “Mists of Avalon” where Morgause curses Gwenivere’s womb so she and Arthur shall remain childless is a pretty good example of this. She inscribed the spell on a very thin piece of gold then threw it into the fire and watched it melt.

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