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Bewitchment is the condition of being under the influence of a Spell. People, animals, and even objects can be bewitched to behave in certain ways. In folk magic, love bewitchments are common, as are bewitchments to cause farm animals to be unproductive, such as for cows to stop giving milk or chickens to stop laying eggs.

An example of an amulet spell for protection against bewitchment is the following from Norwegian folk magic: Write on a piece of paper the following words:

“Porto Hamsias F Emanuel F dorenus.” Carry this with you, always.

Another Norwegian spell for breaking the bewitchment of a love spell is the following:

In secret, take or clip hair from his or her head [of the one who has caused the bewitching]. Put the hair in your left shoe and walk on it for a time. The unnatural, bewitched feeling usually goes away.

See also

  • Enchantment
  • Fascination


  • Rustad, Mary S. (ed. and translator). The Black Books of Elverum. Lakeville, Minn.: Galde Press, 1999.


The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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