For many people, being an effective practitioner of magic includes the ability to think outside the box. By being a creative and imaginative thinker, you can find magical uses for non-magical items. In 2008, About Pagan/Wiccan featured a weekly series in which readers were challenged to find ways of using regular household items as magical tools. For eighteen weeks, our readers came up with unconventional ways to turn regular items around the house into components in magical workings. Let's take a look at some of the mundane items that we offered, and some of the clever and creative ideas our readers had.
Ryan: I have a pet snake at home as well, and love using the shed skin in spells. I was very pleased with the results of an Protection Witches Bottle I made with snake skin as an ingredient. I used some of the skin because the particular people I was having problems from all have a fear of snakes, and was amazed by the results.
Ben: I tend to associate snakes with change and transformation, and since they shed their outer layer of skin to reveal a shiny new one, it seems very fitting to use for transformational spellwork.
SpellCaster: I would suggest using a snakeskin or a piece of one in a charm bag with crystals and stones for protection..or if you really want creative (if the skin is supple enough) make a charm bag out of the skin it’s self! Also.. a snake’s rattle(rattlesnake) worn in the form of a necklace is a very powerful amulet used to increase wisdom & sexual powers, the same also is used for protection against snakebite.
Phoenix WindWalker: Snakeskin is good for use in protection and transformative spells. Another great use of snakeskin is renewal and growth spells for even as the snake sheds its old skin, it is renewed. Also in order to grow, the snake must shed its skin and replace it with a new, larger and stronger one.
Amber: I would use it in a spell to help you get over something. Like make a poppet of yourself and fill it with little things that remind you of what happened. Letter clippings, wadded up photos, anything small enough to fit. (As a knitter I think of using leftover yarn from a project you perhaps made while it was happening, or maybe that you made for the person you’re trying to get over if its relationship troubles). I’d then wrap the snakeskin around the Poppet and chant over it every night, think about release, and shedding the feelings. I’d do it for a week, and time it so on the new moon I take the skin off again and bury it.
Angela: It might help bring balance to your life, so if you were feeling a little off-kilter, you might use it in a spell designed to bring peace and balance into your life, a spell to make you feel complete and happy with every aspect of your life.
Deanne: I would either make it into a little bag to put my Monday stones in it. I would also use it to cleanse some of my stones in it, that can be cleansed in the sun. However there are some stones that cannot be left in direct sunlight as it can harm them. So putting them in a snake skin bag and putting the bag in the sun will cleans them all. Snakes love to bask in the sun; so the snake skin bag will protect the stones while cleansing the stones collecting the energy of the sun.
Kalilioness: I would use the snakeskin to shed a bad relationship/habit/thought... you get the idea! I am going to ask my sister to save me the next one that her snake sheds!
Goatess: I have used snakeskin in a healing ritual for a co-worker’s wife who was going through breast cancer treatments. We made her a couple of “bath tea bags” with various healing herbs, and added some pieces of snakeskin to evoke her feminine powers for her renewal and healing. We sent it to her with a blue candle and told her to treat herself to a couple long soaks, and to light the candle and visualize all the cancer leaving her body.
Gypsy Crow: I have been doing some research to write a Ritual honoring Lilith. I would use the skin in this ritual with my coven to help us reach into our depths to claim our personal power and welcome transformation. Each member would receive a piece to carry in honor of ourselves and Lilith.
Donna: Always used snakeskin as a warding spell to keep rodents out of the larder. I use a small crocheted bag made of cotton thread which a friend places in her ferret’s bedding to for a week or so. When she returns the bag, into which I place a bit of snakeskin and other ‘warding’ items. I scatter several of these bags around in late summer and early fall when rodents are prone to be looking for a winter home
Phoenix: Well it all depends on the type of snakeskin as to how I’d use it. More deadly snakes like King Cobras or Black Mambas would be great in curses, but smaller snakes like milk or grass snakes would be good in glamours, protection or even repelling black magic.
Calamus: I live in the south so I frequently use snake skin for illusions. If i am working magic, under the moon and skyclad, I will summon the image of a snake to frighten or distract anybody who could stumble upon my circle.