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Some call them medicine bags; others medicine pouches, charm bags, gri-gri, mojo bags or amulets. Whatever the name, these small (or not) pouches hold items the user finds symbolic in order to provide protection, prosperity, healing, love, etc.
For thousands of years, the medicine bag was worn or carried and contained any number of objects, from herbs, leaves, crystals, feathers, to fur and more. Native American shamans carried such bags to offer healing rituals to those in need. Others carried medicine bags that held items that meant something personal to the owner. A farmer might have a medicine bag filled with seeds, herbs and stones to increase his harvest. Warriors carried one to protect them in battle.
Some bags may only contain one item, such as in Morocco. Still others, such as a Brazilian patua, may contain roots in the shape of a hand, nestled in the leaves of rue, with garlic and cloves added. Africans may have their medicine bags made of metal, while others are constructed of animal skins, leather, or fabric.
Whatever the container, a medicine bag is essentially magic in a bag. Objects are collected, empowered and worn, carried or placed in the home for various reasons. And, since all things contain energy, it stands to reason that crystals be an important contribution to the medicine bag, as well as other natural items such as herbs, flowers and the like.
It depends on the desired outcome you wish to achieve. Of course, Clear Quartz crystal can be used since it is the ultimate, all-around wonder crystal. You could also use a birthstone if you wish. There are endless possibilities here.
Along with your chosen crystal(s), you may want to add some herbs, flowers or whatnot to go into your bag for that added little boost. Below is a list of common issues, their corresponding crystals and herbs to give you a bit of guidance. The listings are by no means exhaustive, and you can choose whichever stones, herbs or plants feel right to you.
Of course, you can make a medicine bag to suit whatever issue you like. It can be as simple or complex as you wish.
A medicine bag can be bought, such as an organza bag used for wedding tokens, or a tarot card bag or any other little bag you wish. If you really want to get creative, you can make your own. A simple one can be made out of a square piece of fabric (size is up to you, but 4” x 4” is just enough to fit in a purse, pocket or hung around the neck), tied with a ribbon of your choosing. You could sew one by machine sewing two squares, right sides together and leaving the fourth side open. Turn right side out, insert your objects, and sew the opening shut. Sew on a piece of ribbon for hanging.
Now that you have your medicine bag, you are ready to empower it. This is just simply sitting quietly and stating your intention while holding your bag. Place the bag in your home, where it may do its job, such as near your checkbook or purse for prosperity; near your computer for creativity (or kitchen for creative cooking), under your pillow for love, etc. A medicine bag may also be worn or carried with you. Place one in your car for protection if you travel often. Hang one on your front doorknob to keep your home protected. The medicine bag will lose its power after about a month, so if it is still needed, remove the crystals and cleanse them, as well as replacing any herbs or flowers. If the bag has done its job, remove the objects, cleanse the crystals and return the natural elements back to nature.
It all boils down to what feels right to you. A feather you pick up on a walk could be put in a medicine bag; a small pebble or stone; perhaps corresponding crystals of you and your spouse or partner may aid in a better relationship. Use your imagination, state your intention, and have fun with it!
Article by Sonia Acone
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|I have always wanted my own medicine bag. This article had some really good information. Now to start it! thank you (Submitted by: Sheila on December 27, 2015)|
|Thank you (Submitted by: Jackie Swift on March 14, 2014)|
| I am learning so much. This site rocks! Thank you for the teaching and guidance to use these beautiful crystals. I am studying and feel drawn to healing in many different ways. I am having fun and so passionate about my gift.|
Peace light comfort and love _3 (Submitted by: Sonia R on February 24, 2014)
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|thank you, cant wait to start mine (Submitted by: rentia on June 23, 2013)|
|I've been wearing mine for 5 years. The questions I get only makes the magic stronger. (Submitted by: MTAKMAN on January 23, 2013)|
|Amazing!!! Love the newsletter, and all the information you provide! thanks so much!! Can't wait to get started making our own, this is going to make for one great family craft night. (Submitted by: Jen on October 25, 2012)|
| Wow, I found that article interesting and inspiring,|
Len (Submitted by: Len Adler on October 23, 2012)
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