A Stone with a Hole…..

Next puzzle piece: Chicken Gods:

Do you know, what a Chicken God is?

A stone/ rock with a natural hole in it. In other traditions they are also called “holey stones”, “hag stones””lucky stones” “blessing stones” “luck stones” and are also known by many more names.

I am sure, YOU have one of these somewhere! 🙂Chicken gods hanging on wall behind altar

In Siberia we use them as protection amulets and for healing/ drawing the illness through the hole in the stone.

In my husband Peter’s North Friesian heritage they are called Chicken Gods and you HAVE to HAVE one or, come Samhain, the Beelzebub will ride your cattle into death….. A rock with a natural hole through it is hung onto the door of the Chicken coop and also on doors of barns, stables and often out-houses too.
It keeps the Beelzebub and other evil spirits away from the door and what is inside..
Chicken Goods needed to be blessed before the end of October and if a pestilence had befallen the farm you needed to acquire new ones.
T
o find one in nature was a good blessing – but beware of picking up one that someone threw away because…….!!

We are forever on the lookout for Chicken gods and have quit an assembly of them.

Just now, Peter is with his mom on his home island of Sylt and wrote in an e-mail, that he had found several chicken gods – one tooooo large to bring, but several small ones one of which he will hang on our Tree of life, when he gets home. – A little ritual he always does…..

I use several of the ones I found over the years with my clients in shamanic work

large Chicken Gods and Crocked Tail

In the later parts of October I often do a “Hag Stone/ chicken God Blessing ritual for the pagan community and everyone else, who wants to attend.

This year however we were in Nepal, so no Chicken Gods/ Blessing Stones – right?

Well,in the next post I will tell you, what happened!:

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3 thoughts on “A Stone with a Hole…..

  1. Here a few more thing others are sharing about these stones: from a previous discussion in the AT Spirituality Forum:
    They’re called hag stones or holey stones and legend says if you look through them you can see spirits…
    Hag Stone is a stone with a hole through it, which is believed to ward off the dead. In European, this stone keeps the “evil hag” spirit away in order to prevent her from stealing horses and children. (see Hag) The hag stone is especially used as a favorite talisman by Cunning Folk to dispel the evil eye. Other people hang this stone in bedrooms to prevent the succubus-hag from ridding on people’s chests during nightmares.
    In Italian Witchcraft the holed stone is associated with fairies, and often referred as the holy stone. It is considered a doorway, or key to the doorway, into the fairy kingdom. It Italian folk magic, it is believed these stones have the power to bind a fairy to one’s service for a length of time. 

    Hag stones are a charm of folk magic that are found predominantly in European lore, and they are simply a stone with a hole in it. They are used to keep away hags or witches that may come a-knockin’ at night time.
    If you were to hang one on your bed post you would prevent a hag from riding your chest, (giving you a nightmare in the process), and putting one in the stable would stop the hag from stealing your horses for a joyride and returning them in the morning exhausted, which was thought to occur often in older times. (Man, I hate it when they do that). Even normal stones or pebbles scattered around the entrance to a house has been thought to prevent a witch from entering.
    Although hag stones are used to prevent encounters with beings such as witches, the stones are, in witch lore, considered to bring the finder good luck and fortune, and be a sign of favour from the goddess Diana.
    This conflict -it will ward them off, or bring them delight at finding good fortune – should make you consider if you want this to be your primary line of defence against invading nasties. There are a great many charms to ward against such things, from the simple horseshoe to complicated spells.Protection has never been this easy!!

    Holey Stones

    “Holey Stones have natuarally occurring holes caused by water erosion, weather, or even tiny shelled sea-creatures. The first holy stone was likely a holey stone. They are sometimes referred to as “OdinsStones” based on a story of Odin transforming himself into a worm to slip through a hole in a rock to steal “the mead of poetry.” Other names include Hag Stones, Crone Stones, Eye Stones, Womb Stones, Luck Bringers, Messenger Stones, Witch Stones, Blessing Stones, Faerie Stones and Faerie Portals.
    The reason for their magical power is the same as that of the ancient amulet cowrie shell, since both symbolize transition and the portal of birth. It is considered lucky to find one, as they are a sign of Faerie/Elemental Blessing and as a gift form Gaia, the Earth Mother. It was looked upon as a life symbol and luck bringer as it could be carried away from the place of origin, unlike boulder-type holy stones at ancient sites of great power and magic. 
    These stones have been used historically for protection and healing. It is believed that looking through the hole gives one access to the faerie realm. 
    In Araida, they are told that to find a holey stone is a special sign of Diana. 

    Element: Water
    Energy: Receptive 
    Deity: Odin, Diana, Gaia 

    Can be charged to aid in healing. Promotes psychic ability, health and protection. Prevents nightmares and encourages dream divination. Protects the weared from negative magic. Supports transition and rebirth.
    Experiment-your stone will let you know how it wishes to bless you.”

  2. very intriguing Mi- Shell! i have quite an assemblage of small stones tho’ i don’t know that one is a chicken/blessing/womb/faerie stone. i will have my eyes wide open to be aware!

  3. There is one special one which hangs in my bedroom which I found on the beach near here. We have lots of limestone ones up here, you can pick them up readily on the beach. However, the flint ones from further south in the UK, are highly prized, I guess because they are rarer and more difficult to find.

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