The lowly knot is, in reality, taken for granted. We knot our shoes, a garbage bag, a paper bundle for recycling, and even a package. We are using a knot just for utilitarian purposes, not realizing how much more a knot can actually do.
It’s the mariners we have to thank for knots. They are the ones who excelled in giving us so many beautiful knots, including macramé and, of course, netting. With all of the stunning and quite beautiful knots, we can create some powerful Magick.
With the apparent link to Sea Witchery, it is evident that Knot Magick is Water, Air, and Weather magick. Also, have you ever heard of catching the wind? Throughout history, witches would take ropes or scarfs and catch the wind in them with a knot. Many of the stories tell that the first knot will give you a good gust, with the second being a bit stronger, and the third creating a storm.
The knot isn’t used exclusively in Weather Magick, however. With the tying of the knot, you are constricting or binding. On the other hand, when you untie the knot, you are releasing what was bound.
So let us take a look at some of the ways we can use this in our practice. Binding can be used to harm or protect us from harm; tying can arrest an illness, while untying can help with any easy birth, even seal a marriage contract, or release you from the earthly contract. There are so many different ways we can employ this type of simple Magick. I believe that in such busy times, we often just forget the old simple ways.
Just as in the ancient world, we see knots everywhere in our modern world. Not only the superficial household knots, but also knots fashioned by butchers, farmers, cobblers, and the Scouts, just to mention a few. In reality, we all, to some point, use knots. So why don’t we have them help us attract some energy? Perhaps we will start looking at knots in a new light. Let’s face it: We can very easily tie our shoelaces with the intent to walk the correct path or not.
High Elder Redhawk