How to find your Faerie Stone (Hag stone, Odin stone)
These stone are said to have spirit properties and guard against malevolent witchcraft and negative forces. They are often given as gifts and are at their strongest when given with love. They are naturally formed stones which should not be drilled or altered too much. They are found in rivers and by the sea being made of the natural stone formed in the area; this could be granite, chalk or limestone for example. They can be hard to find but not impossible if you know where to look. As I mentioned, they are formed by water power. Look around rock pools and pebble beaches when the tide is out. Not only will you find faerie stones there are also shells, sea glass, gemstones,fossils and even jet in these areas. Whitby may be the home of jet but it also shares the same beach as Bridlington, Hornsea, Scarborough...items get washed up there too. The East coast of Yorkshire is currently providing us with stones from limestone which is a very soft stone so forms well with the tide and also fossils and quartz due to the strong tides and currents. The granite ones can be mainly found in North Cornwall near Tintagel and the surrounding area. Once you have your stone you can keep it as it is, a small one can be made into a key ring and a large on hung in the house for good luck. It is tradition to attach a black or red ribbon.
So you have your stone... how about some folk lore?
According to the Gospel of the Witches pub 1899 the following blessing should be preformed'
"I have foubnd a holy stone upon the ground. Oh Fate! I thank thee for the happy find. Also the spirit who upon this road hath given it to me; And may it prove to be for my true good. And my good fortune!"
The stone is a symbol of the womb of the Earth Goddess from which all life is formed. They were used to stop milk curdling in thunderstorms when the spirits are the most active. This ritual continues today in parts of Eastern Europe where the milk is passed through a large stone. Suitable for moon magick....it is said that if you look through the hole then the earth spirits will appear, the stone can interpret what is seen. Farriers used the stones and tied them in the stables and work areas to prevent horses being taken and "Hag ridden" in the night. Fishermen have also attached them to boats as a protective charm; being tied to nails on the bows with the rope end tucked in. This was to keep the boats and cargo safe at sea and to prevent a poor catch.
Hope this helps and have fun hunting
Bright Blessings from Lady Meredith