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Hag Stone: What is it & its Magical Attributes

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Hag stones, also called holey stones, holed stone, fairy stones, Odin stones, spindle whorl or adder stones are stones with a naturally occurring hole through them. These are often found in or near water. Hag stones have many magical powers attributed to them, including protection, healing, and the ability to see the fae.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

These mystical stones, also called adder stones, witch stones, and holey stones, have been known by a multitude of names across cultures, each carrying unique folklore and beliefs.

Hag stones are often associated with the elements of water and air, making them potent tools for divination, protection, and warding off negative energies. They are also linked to the moon and its cycles, enhancing their power during specific lunar phases.

These fascinating stones are believed to possess the ability to see through illusions, reveal hidden truths, and even offer protection from malevolent spirits.

The lore surrounding hag stones dates back centuries and transcends cultural boundaries. Their enduring popularity among practitioners of witchcraft and the occult speaks to their enduring appeal as powerful magical tools with a rich history.

Different names

The term hag stone alludes to the belief that these stones are capable of breaking hexes. According to British lore, the adder stone is traditionally created either by a group of snakes blowing a bubble and rolling it around until it forms a crystalline structure((https://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/lrb/lrb12.htm)), or the snakes drip venom on the stones to create a hole, which they pass through to assist in the shedding of their skin(https://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/rac/rac24.htm).

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The name Fairy Stone comes from the tradition that the fae are visible viewed through the hole in the stone and that it offers some protection from and even control over faery creatures.

The term Odin stone is about The Stone of Odin, a large, holed standing stone that stood on the Standing Stones of Stenness in the Orkney Island. The stone was about 8 feet tall and had a hole about five feet up that was large enough for people to put their hands through, which it, it is said, they would do to swear oaths, including those or marriage.

This stone was destroyed by the landowner Captain W. Mackay in 1814 because he was annoyed by frequent visitors to the stone((https://canmore.org.uk/site/2128/stone-of-odin#:~:text=The%20Stone%20of%20Odin.%20This%20stone%20formerly%20stood,hole%20at%20about%205%20ft.%20from%20the%20ground)).

As a side, there is also a Welsh tradition of the Stone of Garonwy, (Lech Ronw or the Slate of Gronw) a standing stone with a hole through it near the river Cynvael, in Ardudwy. This stone, it is said, was placed there by Garonwy Pebyr, in hopes that it would absorb the spear strike of Llew Llaw Gyffes, but the spear passed right through the stone and killed him anyway((https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llech_Ronw)).

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Large stones with natural holes in them, those that are large enough to put a limb through or your whole body may be used to mark periods of transition. If two people clasp their hands through such a stone, the vows they give each other are unbreakable. Passing the entire body through the stone is an effective feature of any rite of passage conferring protection and strength as one moves forward into the new phase.

Hag Stone Correspondences

CorrespondenceSignificanceRelated Elements
ElementEarthGrounding, stability, connection to nature
Moon PhaseFull Moon, New MoonAmplifying energy, divination, manifestation
ProtectionWarding off negative energiesCreating protective talismans, amulets, or charms
DivinationAccessing spiritual insightsScrying, receiving messages from the spiritual realm
Connection to NatureHonoring natural cycles and energiesConnecting with earth’s energy, attuning to seasons

Magical Attributes of Hagstones

Hagstones can be used as protective wards. They can be strung on a cord and hung on any object to protect it, at any thresh hold to protect the building or land or worn on any person to protect them. They are considered especially protective against harmful magicks and spirit beings. These were particularly popular for protecting ships, livestock, and children.

Magical UseSignificanceMagical Application
ProtectionWarding off negativity, evil spiritsCarry or hang Hag Stones for personal or home protection
DivinationAccessing hidden knowledge, insightsUse Hag Stones for scrying or as a focus for divination
HealingEnhancing physical or emotional healingPlace Hag Stones on the body or in healing rituals
GroundingConnecting with earth’s energyHold or meditate with Hag Stones for grounding and stability
Ritual ToolAmplifying energy and intentionUse Hag Stones as a focal point in spellwork or rituals
Table 2: Magical Uses

A hag stone hung on the bedpost is said to improve a couple’s chance of conceiving.

One can see the unseen, including the fae, peering through a hag stone.

Hagstones are generally formed in water and resonate with the energy of the element of water.

Obtaining a Hagstone

By most accounts, one should obtain their own hagstone rather than purchasing one or receiving one as a gift. Hag stones are most often found near or in water, especially moving water or the ocean.

Learn More Online

What is a Hagstone and Why Are They So Special? at Mystical Raven
Crystal of the Week: Hag Stones at Speaking of Witch; Wands & Magical Things

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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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