amulets, gris gris bags and sachets are small fabric bags filled with
herbs and other fillings intended to achieve a particular magical
goal. They are popular for protection and attracting positive influences
into your life such as love, psychic ability, prosperity and the like.
Amulet bags are constucted
with ritual incorporating appropriate correspondences for the magical
intent they are being created to achieve.These correspondences include
the time and day they are made, the color of the cloth used, and the herbs
and other items often including crystals which are enclosed in the amulet.
You will need to chose the contents based upon what you want to achieve
with the amulet. See the section on
Crystal Correspondences for choosing crystals, and see below for
Choose the color of
the fabric based upon the Color Correspondences
section and purchase a 1/4 yard piece of cloth in the appropriate
color. If you have a quilting store nearby purchase a "fat quarter" as
the fabric will be in a wider strip allowing more choice in the size and
shape of the sachets. It's alright to use a print with shades of the correct
color or other colors with complimentary meanings. You will need to cut
a piece of the fabric to size. If you want to make a drawstring bag for
your sachet cut a piece about 2-3 inches wide by 7-10 inches long. This
allows for the fabric to be folded in half, meeting the printed or right
sides together, with the unprinted or wrong side on the outside. You will
also need a piece of cord for the drawstring about 10 inches long. If
you want to make a simple sachet, cut a 3 inch square of fabric. Directions
for making simple sachets and amulet bags follow. The sewing involved
is minimal, you don't need a sewing machine, just a needle and thread.
Directions for Making
an Amulet Bag with a Drawstring
|Step one: Fold
down about 3/4 inch at the top and bottom, cut ends to create the
pocket for the drawstring. Stitch straight across at both ends.
|Step two: Fold
fabric in half with wrong sides on the outside and right sides together.
|Step three: Stitch
along sides of bag, stopping at the stitching line for the drawstring
pocket and allowing about a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
|Step four: Turn
the bag right side out. Using a 10 inch piece of matching rat tail
cord, thread the cord through one side of the pocket, turn and come
back through the other side. Knot the ends of the cord.
Directions for Making
a Simple Sachet
|Cut two 3 inch
squares, or other shape, out of fabric the correct color for your
intent. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and aligning
the edges. Stitch an outline of the shape allowing a 1/4 inch seam
allowance. See diagram. Leave an opening of about 3/4 inch so you
can turn and fill the sachet. See diagram. When you finish stitching,
turn the sachet right side out.
|You may need
to use a tool such as a pencil to get the corners sharp. Insert the
tool through the opening and poke gently into the corners to turn
them completely right side out. Fill the sachet with the chosen filling.
Do not overfill, you don't want it tightly stuffed, loosely is best.
Align the two unsewn edges where the opening is, folding the seam
allowance inside the sachet. Stitch the opening closed. See diagram
Choosing the Herbs
You may use the
Herbal Correspondences section or the Planetary
Correspondences section to determine the correct correspondences
for your magical intent and to find the herbs that are appropriate to
your magical intent. Look up the Planetary Correspondence for the intent
and then find herbs that correspond to that planet in the tables of Herbal
Correspondences. You may also use the following table which gives a list
of herbs that are traditionally carried for a particular purpose. There
are also recipes for herbal sachet blends following the table. Any herbs
used should be consecrated to the magical intent using ritual done on
the day and hour appropriate to the purpose. This adds immeasurably to
the power of the amulet or sachet which should not be overlooked.
Herbs Carried for
Various Magical Intents
Lavender with Rosemary, Rue, Witch Hazel
Cohosh, Borage, Columbine, Iris, Mullein, Nettle with Yarrow, Poke,
Sweet Pea, Tea, Thyme, Tonka, Wahoo, Yarrow
Barley, Bistort, Brackenfern, Cuckoo Flower, Dates, Hawthorn, Hazelnuts,
Horsetail, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Patchouli, Pomegranate, Poppy Seeds,
||Love Seed, Passion
Fruit, Sweet Pea, Yarrow
Hawthorn, High John the Conqueror, Jasmine, Marjoram, Motherwort,
Savory, St. John's Wort, Thistle, Vervain
Brackenfern, Calamus, Camphor, Carnation, Cinnamon, Coriander, Eucalyptus,
Fennel, Gardenia, Heliotrope, Hops, Lavender, Mimosa, Mint, Mugwort,
Myrrh, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Rowan, Rue, Sage, Sassafras, Spearmint,
Thyme, Vervain, Willow, Wintergreen, Wood Sorrel
|Health and Longevity
Cinquefoil, Cowslip, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Feverfew, Figwort, Garlic,
Ginseng, Horse Chestnut, Lavender, Life Everlasting, Linden, Mint,
Mistletoe, Mugwort, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Peach, Peony, Pine Cones, Rosemary,
Rowan, Rue, Sage, St. John's Wort, Spikenard, Sumbul, Tansy, Thyme,
Tonka, Vervain, Walnut, Wood Sorrel
Celandine, Cinquefoil, Marigold, Skunk Cabbage
||Adam and Eve
Roots, Apple Blossoms, Apricot, Ash, Aster, Balm, Balm of Gilead,
Basil, Bedstraw, Belladonna, Betony, Black Snakeroot, Bloodroot, Brazil
Nut, Capers, Cardamon, Catnip, Cedar, Chickweed, Cloves, Black Cohosh,
Coltsfoot, Coriander, Cubeb, Daisy, Dogbane, Dutchman's Breeches,
Elecampane, Elm, Eryngo, Gentian, Ginseng, Grains of Paradise, Henbane,
Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Indian Paint Brush, Jasmine, Juniper, Lady's Mantle,
Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Licorice, Mallow, Meadow Rue, Meadowsweet,
Mimosa, Mullein, Myrtle, Orange, Orchids, Orris, Pansy, Patchouli,
Pimento, Purslane, Quassia, Rose, Rosemary, Saffron, St. John's Wort,
Southernwood, Spiderwort, Sumbul, Tamarind, Tonka, Tormentil, Valerian,
Vervain, Vetivert, Violet, Willow, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yerba Mate
Bit, Devil's Shoestring, Frankincense, Galangal, Grains of Paradise,
High John the Conqueror, Holly, Huckleberry, Irish Moss, Ivy, Job's
Tears, Lotus, Lucky Hand, Male Fern, Meadow Rue, Nutmeg, Oak, Olive,
Poppy Seeds, Purslane, Rose, Rowan, Snakeroot, Spikenard, Star Anise,
Straw, Strawberry, Sumbul, Tonka, Trillium, Vetivert, Violet with
Cattail, Damiana, Galangal, Ginseng, Grains of Paradise, Juniper Berries,
Mugwort, Nettle, Patchouli, Rosemary, Saffron, Witch Grass, Yohimbe
(Use in Sleep Pillow, see directions below.)
Clary Sage, Coltsfoot, Heliotrope, Hops, Jasmine, Lavender, Linden,
Marigold, Mimosa, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Peppermint, St. John's Wort, Vervain,
Allspice, Almond, Banana, Basil, Bergamot, Bistort, Black Snakeroot,
Blue Flag, Cascara, Cashew, Cedar, Cinquefoil, Galangal, Ginger, Ginseng,
Grains of Paradise, Heliotrope, Honesty, Irish Moss, Oats, Orange,
Oregon Grape, Patchouli, Pecans, Pineapple, Pipsissewa, Pomegranate,
Poplar, Poppy Seeds, Sage, Sassafras, Snakeroot, Sweet Woodruff, Tea,
Tonka, Trillium, Tulip, Vetivert, Wheat
Root, Althea, Angelica, Bay, Beans, Betony, Bittersweet, Boneset,
Brackenfern, Burdock, Caraway, Carnation, Castor, Cinchona, Cinnamon,
Comfrey, Devil's Bit, Dogwood, Dragon's Blood, Ebony, Elder, Elecampane,
Eryngo, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Galangal, Garlic, High John
the Conqueror, Horehound, Lady's Slipper, Larch, Leeks, Marjoram,
Mint, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Mullein, Nettle, Nightshade, Oak, Peony,
Pepper Tree, Rice, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rowan, Rue, Sloe, Holy Thistle,
Toadflax, Tulip, Valerian, Vervain, Wax Plant, Willow, Wolf's Bane,
Wormwood, Yerba Santa
Broom, Clary Sage, Cinnamon, Dandelion, Deerstongue, Eyebright, Galangal,
Grass, Lavender, Linden, Mugwort, Juniper, Rowan, Thyme, Uva Ursi,
Vervain, Wormwood, Yerba Santa
Eryngo, Feverfew, Garlic, Heather, Irish Moss, Juniper, Mountain Mahogany,
Mint, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Mullein, Oak, Pennyroyal, Quince Seeds,
Rowan, Rue, Sweet Woodruff, Ti, Wormwood
Iris, Yerba Santa, Wood Aloes
Carnation, Comfrey, Nettle, Pennyroyal, St. John's Wort, Sweet Woodruff,
Fennel, Frankincense, Ginger, High John the Conqueror, Horse Chestnut,
Lucky Hand, Oregon Grape, Pennyroyal, Rowan, Wahoo, Winter's Bark
|Wisdom and Mental
Dill, Eyebright, Hazelnuts, Horehound, Iris, Mace, Mustard Seed, Rue,
Sage, Savory, Spearmint, Vanilla
Directions for Herbal
yard of fabric in light yellow. Cut a piece 12 inches by 18 inches.
Fold the fabric in half with the right sides together so that it is
12 inches by 9 inches. Stitch around the edge with a 1/2 inch seam
allowance, leaving a 2-3 inch opening at one end. See diagram.
||Turn pillow right
side out and stuff with herb mixture. Do not overfill, it should be
soft, not tight. Fold seam allowance into opening and stitch closed.
Recipes for Herbal
Anti Theft Sachet
White cloth, Caraway,
Rosemary, Juniper, Garlic, Elder. May be used in the home hung up over
the door or in the car or other vehicle. But don't stop locking your doors.
Car Protection Sachet
White cloth, Comfrey,
Caraway, Juniper, Mugwort, Rosemary. Hide somewhere in the vehicle.
Car Protection Sachet
Basil, Fennel, Juniper,
Mugwort, Vervain, Rosemary, Salt. Hide somewhere in the vehicle.
Blue or purple cloth,
Cinnamon, Sandalwood, Rose, Rue, Chili Pepper, Rosemary, Ginger. Wear
or put in the sickroom.
Home Protection Sachet
Red cloth, Rosemary,
Basil, Fennel, Bay. Place in attic or on highest floor.
Red or pink cloth,
Rose Buds, Orris Root, Lavender, piece of Rose Quartz. Carry or wear.
White or red cloth,
Angelica, Bay, Frankincense. Carry or wear.
Green cloth, Cinquefoil,
Vanilla, Balm, Cloves. Carry or wear.
Gris Gris Bag Ingredients
are used in gris gris bags that are not necessarily traditional to other
types of amulet bags and sachets. The following table will describe some
of these and following the table will be some recipes for gris gris bags
for various purposes. You will note that the gris gris bag recipes all
call for a red flannel or chamois bag. They include color correspondences
by including pieces of fabric or feathers in the appropriate color inside
the bag rather than by changing the color of the bag itself.
||To attract positive
forces and repel negative ones. Often used in pairs for this purpose.
|Four Leaf Clovers
||To attract luck.
||For good luck.
||To attract money
||To attract luck
in gambling or games of chance.
hair or photographs are used to link the energy of the amulet to a
|Pieces of colored
cloth or feathers
||To add additional
color correspondences to the amulet.
||To add planetary
influences or strengthen the intent of the amulet.
patron saint is added to strengthen the intent of the amulet and invoke
the aid of the saint.
||To add strength
to the intent of the amulet.
Recipes for Gris
Red flannel or chamois
bag, Tbsp. of Five Finger Grass, Tbsp. Bay Leaf, Large Clove of Garlic,
sm. piece of Mandrake Root, iron nail, protection oil to anoint bag.
Red flannel or chamois
bag, a piece of cloth with a face drawn on it, some hair from the person
who will wear the bag, a piece of High John the Conqueror root, a Tbsp.
of Slippery Elm, 1/2 Tbsp. Gag Root (I'm not sure what this is, try your
local botanica), a needle and black thread, Gris Gris Faible Incense to
burn while preparing bag. During the ritual preparing the bag you will
use the needle and thread to sew shut the mouth on the face drawn on the
cloth to represent people keeping their mouths shut.
To Obtain Money
Red flannel or chamois
bag, a coin or two, a small pair of lodestones, a Buckeye, Tbsp. Five
Finger Grass, Tsp. Money Drawing powder, Tsp. Silver Weed (I'm not sure
what this is, try your local botanica), Shower of Gold Incense to burn
while preparing bag, Money Drawing Oil to anoint the bag.