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In folk magic and witchcraft, a poppet (also known as poppit, moppet, mommet or pippy) is a doll made to represent a person, for casting spells on them, or aiding that person through magic.[1] They are occasionally found lodged in chimneys.[2][3] These dolls may be fashioned from materials such as carved root, grain or corn shafts, fruit, paper, wax, a potato, clay, branches, or cloth stuffed with herbs, with the intent that any actions performed upon the effigy will be transferred to the subject based on sympathetic magic.[1][4] Poppets are also used as kitchen witch figures.


The word poppet is an older spelling of puppet, from Middle English popet, meaning a small child or a doll. In British English it continues to hold this meaning. Poppet is also a chiefly British term of endearment or diminutive referring to a young child,[5] much like the words "dear" or "sweetie."[6]


Poppets are commonly believed, in folk magic, to serve as spirit bridges. A poppet can be designed for benevolent purposes, such as the wishing of good health or opportunities on the recipient, or for more malicious intents, such as bringing harm onto the person they represent.[1][7]

Poppets throughout the world

Throughout the world, each culture has their own version of a poppet.[8] Poppet doll materials vary across cultures, and, most importantly, the motive or intentions for the poppet.[9]

Types of Poppets

German kitchen witch

The origin of the German kitchen witch poppet is debated by many. One suggested location for the kitchen poppet's origin is Scandinavia, although the first mentions of it poppet in writing come from England.[10]

The kitchen witch poppet is intended to bring good energy into the home kitchen, and prevent kitchen disasters. Many of these common kitchen errors can include lowering the risk of food coming out bad such as having the meal burnt, or undercooked. In order for these intentions to be upheld, it is believed that a prayer or a ritual will be needed, due to the idea of the kitchen being one of the most important places in the household, as the source of remedies or basic nutrition to maintain the body.[11]

Love poppet

A love poppet may be used for the healing of oneself, for displaying affection to loved ones, or to foster relationships or couples. Objects that are put inside the poppet could be rose quartz, petals of the recipient's favourite flowers. Small belongings of the intended person, placed within the poppet, can also serve as a way to make it more connected to the intent.[citation needed]

Prosperity poppet

The prosperity poppet could be used in hoping for a good outcome in one's life through school, work, physical status, or financial status.[2]

Healing poppet

Healing poppets may be intended to grant good health mentally, physically and emotionally. In this poppet it is common to include objects traditionally associated with healing, such as rose quartz, rose petals, and sage to cleanse the body and mind.[3]

Protection poppet

These poppets are designed for spiritual protection of a person's family and loved ones, and the removal of supposed curses or bad luck.[citation needed] These poppets may be designed to physically resemble their intended person. They may also include items such as hematite and amethyst, in addition to basil, patchouli, and coffee. [4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Scott Cunningham (2000). Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. Llewellyn Worldwide. p. 13. ISBN 0875421229.
  2. ^ "1166 - Poppets". Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  3. ^ The encyclopedia of witches, witchcraft and wicca. 2009-03-01.
  4. ^ Stephen Fry (presenter), John Lloyd (creator), Ian Lorimer (director). "Divination". QI. Season D. Episode 10. BBC.
  5. ^ Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Random House, Inc. 2006. 17 Nov. 2006.
  6. ^ Wolf, Sibyl (2019-05-18). The Practical Poppet Guide: A How To Guide for Making and Using Poppets in Witchcraft. Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp. ISBN 978-1-0992-5598-4.
  7. ^ Searle, Laura (2023-07-13). Threads To Souls: An Exploration of Voodoo & Poppet Magic. Amazon Digital Services LLC - Kdp. ISBN 979-8-8521-9945-4.
  8. ^ RavenWolf, Silver (2018-04-08). Poppet Magick: Patterns, Spells & Formulas for Poppets, Spirit Dolls & Magickal Animals. Llewellyn Worldwide. ISBN 978-0-7387-5629-5.
  9. ^ Kauppinen, Asko (2000). "The doll : the figure of the doll in culture and theory". ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ Starza, Lucya (2018-08-31). Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls: Dolls for Spellwork, Witchcraft and Seasonal Celebrations. John Hunt Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78535-722-0.
  11. ^ Murphy-Hiscock, Arin (2018-11-20). The House Witch: Your Complete Guide to Creating a Magical Space with Rituals and Spells for Hearth and Home. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-5072-0947-9.

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