witch’s ladder

A witch’s ladder is a string of 40 beads or a cord with 40 knots, used in Magic. The beads or knots enable a Witch to concentrate on repetitive chants or incantations without having to keep count. This enables the Witch to focus will and energy on the desired goal.

In lore, a witch’s ladder was a rope or cord of nine knots. It was believed that witches of old could cast a death spell over a person by tying the knots and then hiding the cord. Witch’s ladders are used in self-healing work.

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The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca – written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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