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Hag Stone

Hag Stone

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Folk names: Hag Stone, Adder Stone, Fairie Stone, Holey Stone, Serpent's Egg,  Witch Stone, Snake’s egg, Glain Neidr, Milpreve, Gloine nan Druidh, and Aggry. In German, a hag stone is referred to as Hühnergötter (chicken gods)


This stone becomes holy, spiritual, or acquires magical powers the moment you possess it. 

These are stones that have a naturally occuring hole and are usually found near bodies of water. 

A hag stone’s spiritual meaning is associated with protection, healing, and knowledge in modern times.
They are a powerful protection talisman and when worn or carried they protect the bearer from hexes, curses, negative spirits, harm, to protect children, crops, livestock, defend against disease, misfortune, the plague, and the dead. They have also been used to prevent nightmares, being strung to a bedpost or placed beneath or in dream pillows.  They are often used in protective spells, bottles, worn or kept in handbags and pockets as good luck charms. Some hag stones were even placed inside the walls of homes as they were constructed to protect the house and the family living inside it. It is also said that if you peer through the hole of the stone you may see the Fae Folk and otherworldy creatures. 

Some believe the hag stone’s spiritual meaning represents ancestral wisdom and is connected to the energy of their insight and guidance.

Many different spiritual meanings are associated with the hag stone throughout Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. They were believed to be objects of protection from hags, witches, and evil spirits.

A hag stone was believed to protect against evil spirits from entering the home. They were often placed outside a house, at the base of a chimney, on door frames and windowsills as protectors. The hag was believed to be particularly vulnerable when flying through chimneys or windows.



Hag stones were often used for protection against witches and evil spirits.

Some folklore claimed hags were responsible for sickness, horse theft, tragedy, and death. A hag stone was believed to have enough strength to protect against their magical powers. 

There are also claims that if you looked at a witch through the hole in the hag stone, her powers would be crippled.
By hanging a hag stone on a red string and hanging it by your front door, you ward off evil in many forms. Hanging a hag stone with any cord, thread or string is protective in general and may align with the concept of the union between male and female (string enters hole). Some see the stone as a symbol of the goddess’ womb, and therefore carrying her protective, nurturing essence.


Spiritual Realms andFae

Many folklores claim that peering through the hole will enable you to glimpse spirits from another realm. Some believe this must be done during a full moon, while others think you can see them anytime.

Other myths state a hag stone hole will reveal the kingdom of the Fae or other elementals. This allows you to connect with their magic and spiritual energy.

Some legends and lore claim hag stones can bind and keep Fae in your service for an extended time. This is why hag stones are sometimes referred to as fairy stones.

Good luck

Only good intentions are believed to be able to flow through a hag stone hole. So while good luck and positive intentions will travel through a hag stone, negativity and malicious intentions will become trapped.



Hag stones are believed to increase fertility andare often used in related rituals. They’re often included during childbirth to ensure the safety of the mother and child.



Folk Lore:

In regions throughout Wales, Scotland, and Ireland where they have different names, their traditional properties are usually tied to the name. “Adder stones”, for instance, were reputed to protect the wearer from snake bites.

There are three main backgrounds to the origin of a hag stone. The first one holds that this stone is the hardened saliva of a large group of serpents massing together, and the holes in it are perforated by the serpents’ tongues. Another legend claims that a hag stone comes from the head of a snake or is made by the bite of an adder. That’s why the stone is referred to as an adder stone in some parts of the country.

Hag stones were held in high esteem amongst the Druids who used hag stones as one of their distinctive badges. People with these stones were also considered to possess the most extraordinary qualities. Druids also believed the hag stone had healing abilities, divination powers, and if you carried one, you’d always be victorious against your enemies.

In Russian folklore, hag stones were believed to be the dwellings of spirits, commonly referred to as Kurinyi Bog (“The Chicken God”).

Kurinyi Bog were the protectors of chickens, and their stones were placed into farmyards to thwart the possible evil effects of the Kikimora (The wives of the Domovoi, the house spirits.) Kikimora, who also protected and took care of chickens, often unleashed misery upon the hens they didn’t like by removing their feathers.

Some people also believe that hag stones can help to open doors to the other spiritual realms. Others believe that these stones help to see invincible creatures. Some people with domestic animals like horses, cows, goats, and hens use these stones to protect themselves, their animals, and their work by hanging hag stones in their stable with the belief that their animals will stay in good health and away from dark magic.


Hag stones make great offerings for Celtic and Norse deities, as well as for water elementals and ancestors who lived near the sea. Place them on your altar or anywhere you honor your deities and spirits. In Aradia the Witches Gospel, to find a holey stone is a positive sign from the goddess Diana. In addition, keeping them in the bathroom or laundry room is appropriate to bring in natural, safe watery energy.


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