From N.S. Gill's Ancient/Classical History
Definition: The ancient Greeks and Romans used two basic types of binding
magic to do something to someone else. Generally, this someone had wronged
them or it was someone whose love they wished to keep. A famous instance of
binding magic gone horribly wrong is when Deianeira gave Hercules the tunic
soaked in poisoned centaur blood thinking it would keep her husband faithful
One type of binding magic is the binding spell or curse, written, rolled or
folded, and sometimes pierced, and the other is the figurine, erotic or
otherwise, that may also be pierced or twisted or bound.
Binding spells can be written on such substrate as potsherds, limestone,
gems, papyrus, wax, or ceramic as well as the preferred lead. There may be a
connection between binding magic and ostracism.
The names of the victims (don't like to use "victims", but it's sorta true) are written in the subject or object case probably to show the person is being acted upon by the binding.
There may be a verb of binding, like katadein, in the 1st person,
so the curse tablet reads, "[So and so] I bind, her [body part/s]...."
Source: Derek Collins Magic in the Ancient Greek World.
Also Known As: The Greek term for the binding curse is katadesmos or in the
plural, katedosmoi. The Latin term for the spell written on a tablet is
defixio or in the plural, defixiones.
Examples: The most commonly invoked gods for binding magic were gods and
goddesses with an Underworld connection, Hecate, Persephone, and Hermes,
although the other gods and goddesses could bind and even Zeus could be
bound metaphorically or literally.
Binding spells are crafted to stop a specific energy or person. They can be
used against those that are hurting you, someone you care for or those that
are hurting themselves, whether the reason be intentional or not.
While they are often considered a dark art, I find this completely false,
and believe strongly in freedom to practice as one wills and pass no
judgement til thy have walked in ones shoes.
HOWEVER I do advise that one use them wisely and with caution, as they
easily can backfire in your face. They are probably not the best of spells
to start off with, as when one begins they are not strong enough to protect
themselves from a stronger power.
When crafted correctly they can become quite a powerful ally in your arsenal
Hecate Binding Spell
A poppet to represent the person you wish to bind; Patchouli leaves ;
Charcoal block; Black candle; Red ribbon; White cloth
Make a poppet to represent the person you wish to bind.
Burn patchouli leaves and frankincense on a charcoal block.
Light a black candle and pass the poppet through the incense smoke saying:
Hecate, great Goddess of life and death,
I ask you to acknowledge that this Creation of cloth be known as Flesh and
blood of (name).
Wrap the poppet tightly in red ribbon, paying close attention to the area
you wish to bind,
i.e.: the genitals of a rapist, the mouth of a slanderer. As you wrap, say:
"Between the worlds in Hecate's eyes you (name) are bound powerless.
In the eyes of this world, you are harmless. "
Imagine a heavy net made from a white light. Imagine the net clinging to the
poppet. Wrap it in a piece of white cloth and bury it close to the person's
Get a large white candle, the kind that drips wax, and set it up on a tray.
Affix it to a photograph or other image of the person you wish to bind.
Make a ring of sea salt around it.
Make a second ring with protective herbs.
Fill the rest of the tray with images that represent what you are binding
the person from: pictures of your family, keys to your house, legal
If the problem is too complex for images, write what the person is bound
from on slips of paper and place them around the candle. Papyrus, or paper
made from cotton or linen work best for this.
Use red ink if you are angry, purple ink if you are sad.
Wrap the candle and the image with black thread. Invoke Isis and Linda, the
Binder with Linen Thread.
Say out loud what you are binding the person from.
Light the candle and leave it to burn until the wax begins to drip over the
thread and image.
Burn it every day for a week, until the image is thick with wax.
Use this as a meditation device to direct your will to binding the person.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Posted by Judith at 7:26 AM