Shoe Magic/Foot Track Magic

I have found podcasts but one in particular called Invoking Witchcraft (♫ Episode 3: The Wonderful World of SHOE Magic! (iheart.com) this is something I am learning about and I have found it very interesting and this a must listen there explanation on this practice is very cool, and gives you more in your magical arsenal. This from what I have gathered is a way to do magic and also ways to protect yourself especially in this day and age when you never know who your going to come across or step on.

Shoe-Magick is closely tied to Foot-Track Magick which is commonly found in the Hoodoo Tradition. Foot-Track Magick is a form of Magick in which it is believed that roots, powders, dirt, etc.. can be magickally deployed in such a way that they enter the body through the feet causing any number of consequences. People who believe they are the victims of foot-track Magick often report bad luck that follows them for long periods of time, a lack of mental clarity, and pain in the feet and legs which results in an inability to walk on their own or being forced to crawl instead of walking. (Foot-Track Magic – Carolina Conjure)

I have been diving into folk magic like hoodoo, voodoo, and folk magic that is even practiced in the Appalachian mountains, and these practices are deep in the roots of different cultures and places. I find this old magic fascinating and resonate with me because part of dads family lives in the heart of the mountains in Appalachia and they are very old school Pentecostal but there lore, beliefs and ways they did things is interesting and have read a good book that helps explain this folk magic called Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia By: Jake Richards this book is a great read if your interested.

I am definitely going to be taking notes from there podcast to have different spells or things to put in my shoes to help when needed and so can you as this is how we learn as we practice no matter where you are on your path.

To protect against malevolent foot-track magic, people wore ankle amulets made with nine pieces of Devil’s Shoestring and with a silver coin (dime). In many cultures, silver was thought to be magically neutral, neither would it contain nor allow contamination from the spirit world. Silver also can detect the presence of sulphur (a common ingredient in mess) by turning black giving warning evil was afoot. Silver is also connected to the Moon and all Lunar Goddesses and worn to attract love. Traditionally, the father of the bride placed a silver coin in her shoe as a gesture of love and well wishes. Carrying a coin at the wedding symbolically came to represent future wealth for the bride but the origins of a ‘sixpence under the shoe’ may relate to the ancient custom of “Jus Prima Noctis”, where the king, lord, or priest of the parish could claim access to the virgin bride on her first night of marriage. This was common to many European cultures. Purification rituals might involve a ritual bathe, from the head down to the toes to send the poison back out through the soles of the feet. Sometimes, ritual house-purification was also thought necessary to clear away “evil mess” laid on the floor or at the doorstep. Devil’s Shoestring is the common name for various species of Viburnum (honeysuckle genus) growing in North American woods. The term is used to describe a tangled root which can grow to be enormous. Its stick-like sections (shoestring or twigs) were used for magic workings. Devil’s Shoestring is widely believed to have the power to protect against evil, and/or harm. It was thought Devil’s Shoestrings “tripped up the Devil” or “hobbled” him, and prevented him from entering the house. (Foot-track magic – Shoes and Feet (wordpress.com)

I don’t know about anyone else but definitely be doing more research in using this practice in the daily to help with fatigue, keeping energy I don’t want to bombard me or anything I need help with, but definitely check out there podcast and books if this calls to you I know I have enjoyed learning and reading into folk magic.

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