The exact origin of this practice has escaped me. Then again, I’m not one to question the motivation behind seemingly-odd habits. Coffin nails are traditionally used in hexing and cursing, but don’t let that scare you away. While they do have a lot of negative associated with them, they are powerful tools to be used in protection against spiritual forces and against people who have more power than yourself.
Coffin nails are typically extracted from dug up coffins. This to me doesn’t seem moral and certainly defies my personal code of don’t-disturb-the-dead. There is a specific problem in ordering coffin nails online in that you don’t know exactly where they came from, and cleansing these things can be a major pain in the ass. Thus, I suggest to make your own, simple enough.
The ideal time to start is on a new moon in Scorpio, but because this can only happen once or (rarely) twice a year, any new moon will do. Just be aware of what qualities this may imbue your coffin nails with. Starting with a new moon in Aries will give your nails a warrior’s edge, making them incredibly powerful, yet somewhat unpredictable. Awareness to what you’re doing can save you some messy consequences.
Starting on the first night of a new moon, create a poppet of some sort to serve as a body. I chose to bind wicker together in a humanoid form and name it “body.” Tell this poppet firmly your intentions are purely to create coffin nails and that it is merely serving as a body to rot, ultimately. Then drive your choice of nails (these can be any type of metal, just be aware of the metal’s energy polarity) inside the poppet. I then chose to wrap and mummify my wicker figure in cheese cloth, pinning the cloth down with the nails as I went. This should be very solemn, as a mortician may dress a corpse. As you place the nails inside, feel them pinning the energies inside. You may choose to make your own little coffin here.
Take your little body outside to a plot of earth which you can consecrate as burial earth. This is a very personal preference to do; the goal is to create a place of earth in which your replacement body can decay. Then hold a small burial ceremony for the body and cover it up, leaving it to sit silent in peace.
At the full moon, imbue water beneath the full moon and pour it over the burial spot. This is a crucial time to also create a protective barrier around the buried poppet, so as to not attract power-seeking spirits.
At the next new moon, after a full lunar cycle (you may leave them buried for as many cycles as you so wish), dig up the body, remove the nails, and burn the poppet.
Now that you have these coffin nails, the uses are endless. Yeah, sure, you can try hexing or cursing someone (but really, is that the best use of your time? The consequences double back by three and karma stabs your soul with her sword. Just don’t do it, ‘cause I aint gonna teach you how.) Instead, use these for protection in spiritual communication. The very sight of one of these coffin nails can frighten a spirit away in a post-mortem heartbeat. There’s nothing more frightening to a ghost than the imagine of an object meant to seal it in its grave. You can create protective barriers against spirits with these, just dip the tip of the nail into water of the full moon or some other protective substance, and tap a window frame or threshold to create a banishing pentagram (starting bottom left corner, and following up to the center middle of the frame) all while saying, “No spirit shall see in, hear in, move in, speak in, o[r] feel in.” Then place the nail atop the door frame or against the window, sharp end facing the threat. If you cross through this, the barrier will not break or dissolve.
Likewise, you can also use these nails to help avoid people you don’t want to deal with. Simply hold the nail and imagine the individual you’re trying to avoid trapped in a box (a coffin if you will), completely unable to interact with you. Then place the coffin nail (or any number of them) atop a piece of parchment with the individual’s name or on the individual’s photograph. (Do not stab the paper; this is a form of hexing.) I suggest only using this trick when absolutely necessary, for two main reasons. First of all, passive aggression makes a weakened witch. Without control in the physical world, how can one begin to work with the metaphysical energies of the world? Only use this as a last resort. A few years ago, a friend of mine needed protection against her crazed father (who only had minimal custody over her.) He threatened to press for full custody if she didn’t do everything he demanded. I told her how to use the nails, and she performed the ritual. The family dinner he coerced her into he had to cancel when my friend’s step-sister suddenly got pink eye. The father also stopped calling her for quite a while, but almost as soon as she removed the coffin nail from the piece of name paper, his attacks began again.
Take note that though the intended outcome did manifest, there were a few innocent individuals harmed in the process. This brings me to my second warning with coffin nails: They are incredibly unpredictable, especially those started beneath an Aries or Gemini moon. You cannot control how the energies manipulate the physical plain; you may end up giving someone an illness. And the three fold law and karma don’t really care if you meant to do something intentionally. The three-fold will still target the magick’s origin, and Karma will punish you for carelessness.
Let me reiterate. Do not use coffin nails against living people unless you’re prepared for the consequences. Be careful and use wisely, if you so choose to experiment with these.
not sure what to do with this, since I’m adverse to anything even remotely related to cursing and hexing, but I’m reposting just for my own reference anyway.
A is Athame, the knife that we use.
B is for Beltaine, when partners we choose.
C is for Circle where we all are one.
D is for Deosil, path of the Sun.
E is for Esbat, when we gather round.
F is for Fire and its crackling sound.
G is for the Goddess in beauty and love.
H is the Horned One, our Father above.
I is for Imbolc, candles light the way,
J is for June when it’s Midsummer’s Day.
K is for Karma, the things that we do.
L is for Lammas, harvest’s almost through!
M is for Moon, riding way up so high,
N is for Nighttime, which darkens the sky.
O is for Ostara, when we hunt for eggs,
P is for Pan, with hairy goat legs.
Q is the Quarters and there are just four,
R for the Rites when we open the Door.
S is for Samhain, end of the year,
T is for Tarot cards, futures to hear
U is Undines from the watery West,
V is Vervain for protection and rest.
W’s Widdershins, the path of the moon.
X is the sign that’s the sign of the God.
Y is for Yule and the sun’s return,
Z is the Zodiac, 12 signs to learn.
Copyright 1989, Breid Foxsong
I would like to teach this to a child one day.
It would be interesting to analyze the way people set up their altars, just to see how much I could learn about them without ever meeting them.
This one, for example, is focused on the cauldron; everything else sits around it. Is that because it’s the biggest piece on the altar, or because this altar is specifically for spellwork, or because the person is connected to water and water symbolism, or is it something else? It’s a simple altar with simple tools (no overly ornate athame for you!), but it’s beautiful in its simplicity.
ok, so i have been reading several stories of late about young pagans who, upon finding someone who wears the symbols of their faith who strike them not as fellow pagans, who are angry and upset even past the brink of tears. what i have to say is short, but not short of sentiment:
i understand the feelings of confusion and frustration you may be feeling when meeting people who bear powerful symblos without knowing their true meaning (or that there is a meaning at all). i do. but these feelings need not be felt, it brings only bane. i shall explain myself, oddly enough, with a little remembered passage from the bible:
jesus was passing through a still, vast body of water when the fallen angel satan swam to his side.
“jesus!” remarked satan, “i am sorry for my evil ways- i understand the true power of Him! please forgive me and allow me to follow you to the golden lands of heaven!”
jesus replied: “i cannot do this. you, satan, are the epitome of evil, you who questioned and deserted the lord. if i were to bring you back with me, pray tell, to whom will we compare the glory of god?”
and this is true, though derived from a book of lies. without ignorance, what will our wisdom seem for choosing the path of honor and peace? do not fret; everything happens for a reason, as i have found to be true in nearly all unluck that has befallen me, and your meeting this person of ignorance is a turning point in your faith. will you question your faith, insecure, or will you rise to the occasion and strengthen your bond with the gods?
chin up, fellows, and blessed be!
Is your quotation of Satan’s conversation with Jesus really in the Bible? I’m not saying it’s not, I just can’t find it anywhere, so I’m curious. If you paraphrased, can you please cite the book, chapter, and verse just so I can read “the original version” too?