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.
Mia: I have actually used a sock in a ritual once. I was planning a backpacking trip to England, and I wanted to make sure it all went well, so I filled a sock with crystals and herbs associated with traveling safely and quickly. I brought the talisman with me on my journey, and it was absolutely one of the best vacations I’ve ever had!
Scolai: A sock filled with various herbs, incenses, and EO’s is an easy sachet for aromatherapy, healing, or comfort. Filling the sock with a mixture of brown rice and any other comforting herbal inclusions (cinnamon, cloves, lavender, etc.) makes a perfect heating pad. Just toss it in the microwave for a minute or two and you have quick relief of sore muscles. Small childrens’ socks can be used as magickal talismans. I personally carry a prosperity talisman that is made from traditional cotton fabric; making a similar item with a small sock would be quite simple.
Patti: A sock makes a great poppet. Use it to represent the person who is the focus of your working, or better yet — use a sock FROM the person. Stuff it with goodies, and get to work!
Fin: I remember a spell that involved stealing the left handed glove of a person and filling it with sugar, tying it with ribbons and sleeping with it under ones pillow to create a friend from an enemy, so I suppose I would Use A SOCK to persuade some one who has put their ‘foot’ down to come to a more compromising standpoint on whatever issue was causing a problem.
Becky: When I was trying to get pregnant, I made a fertility wheel, which included a baby sock, kicked off by a friend’s child. Other items included a bunny toy made out of an old receiving blanket and stuffed w/ rabbit fur (from the pet store), male and female symbols, and other traditional “fertility” symbols.
Vandreyer: I have always had a thing for socks. I like to see a guy who wears something other than plain black or white, lol. They are quite personal and protective. Maybe use it in a ritual to attract someone into your life with certain characteristics represented by the colors and patterns and with similar qualities.
Meadowhawk: As someone who frequently has cold feet during the colder months, I associate socks with comfort and coziness. I would use them in a spell to insure that my family remain warm, fed, and sheltered during the cold winter.
Anavrin: On the opposite side of the spectrum as the microwaveable sock, a ziploc bag filled with water, slid into a sock and frozen, makes a wonderful all-purpose icepack. While making it, you could bless it with healing and/or come up with a few sentences about the health and well-being of the person you’re going to use it for. Then each time it is taken out of the freezer you could repeat the words to reinforce the socks intent. For a child, you could make the sock into a sock puppet/animal to make it more appealing.
Daniel: Perhaps you could use a Sharpie to draw symbols on the bottom of socks you use to attract positive energy or something of the sort during the day. Or writing goals you want to fulfill as a part of a spell. Maybe include working with the earth’s energies, since that’s where your feet are planted.
Mike: As a US Marine, I use a sock in my meditations and prayer for blessings and protection on foot patrols through the streets in Iraq. I used a sock from each of the members of my squad in my workings as well. In the last month since I’ve been doing this, none of us has gotten so much as a splinter! The Gods and Goddesses have truly blessed us.
Cyndy: I think I would try using a sock in spells or talismans having to do with safe travel, with the idea that the paths the person travels while wearing the socks or using one as a talisman were happy and very enjoyable. I think I would try using a sock in a colour to match my intent, like a red one or a wild and crazy pattern for fun and good times. I might even do a nice soft cozy,green pair to keep the person grounded and as calm as possible during long lines at airports and while in flight. And an uber-soft and fuzzy baby sock in blue could be tucked into a pocket to calm frayed nerves when dealing with problematic relatives.
Daji: Socks keep us warm!! So I’d use it to make a talisman for spiritual warmth…Poppets are also an option. I might also use them as a bag for herbs.