Hag Stones

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Classic coastal northeast England hag stones

A ‘Hag Stone’ also known as a Holey or Adder Stone, is simply a stone with a hole in it. The holes in Hag Stones are naturally occurring either as a result from the boring of a bivalve mollusk called a ‘piddock,’ whose shells look like angel wings or from coarse sand and/or smaller stones repeatedly grinding into a stone’s surface. Any stone that has a hole through it can be a Hag Stone.

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Just your general rock with a hole!

But why the name, “Hag Stone?” Thank Old Europe for that, for in their folk magic lore, Hag or Adder Stones were viewed as protective amulets, charms and talismans that common folk used to guard against witches, evil spirits and dark energy.  It was believed that if one looked through the hole, other worlds and invisible spirits would be revealed, or a witch’s evil powers and magic would be rendered useless if she peered through.

Hag Stones were worn around the neck or hung in windows, doorways, on barn walls or on boats to ward off curses, the dead, nightmares, theft and sickness.  People even put them in bedrooms to prevent hags from sneaking in and taking their breath away as they slept.

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This is actually a Holey blob of slag glass that transformed into a mythical sea creature.

Similar to American Indian dream catchers or the Middle Eastern ‘evil eye,’ hag stones are still being used by people today to avert negative intention and protect one from dark energies. Some associate Hag Stones with both the earth and water and feel they have strong goddess connections.

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Hawaiian Hag Stone (with face) tropic/style as it is coral
Have the ones I’ve found once hung on someone’s walls or around their necks as amulets? Like the one gifted me by beachcomb buddy, Penny, from northeast England – for the hole  has been clearly smoothed and defined. Hmmm. Maybe I should start wearing it, hoping its protective magic still holds true today!
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This remarkable hag stone looks to have been re-worked by human hands and may have been worn as a pendant

Piddock info: https://the-hazel-tree.com/2013/08/21/piddocks-anything-but-boring/

Adder/Hag Stones  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adder_stone

 

 

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