Faerie Research #1 – Hag Stones

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Please direct your eyes towards the header image of this website. There you will see a rock (the rock to the left of these words to be precise). There is also a sprig of lavender, but you may ignore that.

What you’re looking at is called a “Hag Stone”. Sometimes it’s also called an Adder Stone, which people may be more familiar with. It really depends on where you come from, and what legends you’re talking about. For the terms of the series I’m writing, and for the terms of Irish legends, we’re calling ’em Hag Stones. Also because I really like Hags. I think they’re the underdogs of mythology and actually pretty damn cool.

What is a Hag Stone?

Any stone with a naturally made hole, usually this by some kind of running water. No a river stone with a hole drilled in it doesn’t count. There’s a significance to this, as it is general belief that running water negates magic. Mothers used to bring children they suspected to be Faerie Changelings to streams in hopes it would force the Faerie to show itself, or to reveal their child was actually a magicked bundle of sticks.

Water has a history of being powerful in old legends. If a stone is seated at the perfect angle in the bank of a riverbed, over time, it will eventually create a hole. These are rare to find (seriously, go try to find one) and the years of absorbing the river’s magic has made them powerful objects.

As much as I want to say I made this up, Hag Stones are a real legend. If you find one, don’t skip that rock across the water. Keep it. You were meant to find it and it’s going to be very good luck to have around.

Powers of a Hag Stone

Now that you’ve walked down the riverbed and found this stone, what’s it good for? Maybe you don’t have a child you suspect to be a Changeling, maybe you just picked it up off the ground and feel a slight vibration against your palm.

  • Hag Stones are most famous for deflecting negative energies. Curses, hexes, voodoo craft, the works. No magic works on the person who is wearing it. Obviously, this is a massive bonus when you’re dealing with Witches. Hence the name, Hag Stones.
  • They ward of illness and nightmares. Long ago, you’d find people who were in plague ridden areas or where leprosy was prevalent with a Hag Stone around their neck.
  • The most important thing a Hag Stone can do is see into the Otherworld. It’s no secret that Faeries like to stay hidden. They frequently use Glamours to stay invisible and then create as much mischief as possible. But if you look through the center of a Hag Stone (negating magic remember?), you can see into Faerie.

You can probably see where I’m going with this. Hag Stones play a large part in the first book and in particular with Sorcha.

The Importance of “Finding” a Hag Stone

Magic and its rules, am I right?

Here’s the deal with Hag Stones. You can’t “buy” one. It doesn’t work like that, because the Hag Stone you bought will be nothing but a regular rock.

A requirement of utilizing a Hag Stone is that you have to “find” it yourself. The magic meant for you to find this small rock with a hole in it, because you might need it in the future, or just because you have eagle eyes.

Now, these can be gifted as long as it is with love. For example, if I ran a giveaway (hint hint), I could gift a Hag Stone I bought and it would work very well for you. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see through into the Faerie World.

Uses for Hag Stones

Now wearing a rock around your neck might not be the in “style” thing to do, and most of us don’t know any witches who want to curse us. So there are a few things you can do with your newly found Hag Stone.

  • Hang above your bed at night, as these are just as good as Dream Catchers to prevent nightmares
  • Fashionable Jewelry, for protection against enchantments
  • Tied to a key, so the key never gets lost
  • Hang on your door (usually in a string of many Hag Stones) so no witch or faerie may cross your threshold.

 

So there you go! Hag Stones in a very simmered down manner, but there they are. I’m going to be writing blog posts considerably more frequently. Research for this project is massive (and when I say massive, I mean maaaassive), so let me know if you like this size quick read post, or if you want me to go really in depth with some of the topics!

Keep your eyes peeled for when the giveaways start as well. I have a pile of Hag Stones straight from Scotland and Ireland, as well as a few more tricks up my sleeve. ;)

Until next time!

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