littlehealercoverLittle Healers – Dollies and Spirit Animals for Surgery and Recovery
by Silver RavenWolf

Over the last year, I have made several Little Healers to accompany friends and coven mates during their hospital sojourn and recovery.  Whether it is an outpatient procedure or a long haul rehabilitation/treatment center, having a blessed and empowered object given by a friend or relative close by brings an amazing amount of comfort to the patient.  Small dollies, stuffed spirit animals, and sachets designed specifically to avoid running afoul of hospital rules and regs can ensure that the magick you so carefully constructed isn’t taken away from the individual when they emotionally need it most.  Here are some of the tips and techniques I have used to bring healing and love to those who have faced trying surgeries and hospital stays.  From here on, I refer to these dolls, sachets, and animals as “Little Healers.”

The Rune Mysteries Card and Book Set by Nigel Jackson & Silver RavenWolf

Choosing the Right Energy for Your Little Healer:  When I first hear of a need, I do a rune cast. My question always is:  What Runic Energy does (the person’s name) need now and through the surgery to promote good health, protection, and healing?  I pull three rune cards (as shown in the picture), or I cast the runes choosing the three in the center.  In this case, I only use the face-up runes, and I turn all runes upside right.  Either way (cards or lots), these three runes speak of the energies needed in the individual’s life.  I do not use them as a predictive vehicle.  Once I have the three runes, I keep the images close by as I am working on the Little Healer.  Sometimes I stitch them directly on the front of the Little Healer, or I might put them on the sigil that I place inside the body of the doll or animal.

How Much Time Do You Have to Make Your Little Healer?  Elective surgery often gives you a window of opportunity to choose colors, timing, and style of your Little Healer – emergency surgery, accident, or sudden illness – not so much.  I particularly like making felt Healers because I can sew them if I have time, or glue them if I don’t.  When in a rush (and sometimes to ensure things stay put), I use a hot glue gun because the felt stays together better.  For elective dates, mark the event on your calendar so that it doesn’t creep up on you!  Life can get busy, and all of a sudden your coven mate says – “Oh, yes, my elective surgery is on Monday”, and today is Sunday.  Argh in a handbasket, right?  If you really get into making Little Healers, you might like to whip up a few and set them aside for just such an emergency.  Granted, the colors won’t match the procedure (yes, you can do that), but, the Little Healer will function just as well.  Leave the body cavity open so that you can plug in the right runes for the patient.

In-Hospital/Rehab RulesChoosing Materials for Your Little Healer – All medical establishments have rules on what a patient can have with them, when, and where.  These rules aren’t always the same.  The procedure, too, may dictate the supplies or ingredients you choose.  To sidestep difficulties, make sure your Little Healer is not adorned with any metal (avoid pipe cleaners/chenille sticks), and all herbal inclusions (if permitted) are non-toxic. My go-to choices are a blend of lavender and lemongrass or lemon verbena — all three fragrances are uplifting, healing, and combine well.  Check to make sure the patient doesn’t have any herbal allergies or extreme dislikes.  For example, my daughter hates lavender so whenever I make anything for her I avoid that plant.  If using dried herbs, bruise them slightly to release their fragrance.  Although the Little Healer can’t go into a sterile area, many establishments will allow the patient to put a religious or comfort item right outside the sterile range.  Have the patient check first before surgery day – and don’t worry, people want to take the Little Healer with them and, they will ask.  Most facilities will find some sort of happy medium for the patient.

I used lollipop sticks instead of pipe cleaners in this design to give the doll a little stability.

If for any reason the doll can’t go with the individual, try to schedule a time when the patient can at least hold the Little Healer for a few minutes.  Ask the patient to breathe on the prepared Little Healer several times.  When you are able, place the doll/animal/sachet on your altar along with a lock of the individual’s hair on top. This is to make the connection to the patient during the procedure. Surround the doll with sea salt – this is to prevent any negativity from tainting the connection. At the time of the surgery, you can burn three white candles surrounding the Little Healer in a triangle formation.  For added protection, place the Little Healer on a copper plate or tray, or in a circle of wired copper.  Leave the Little Healer in place for at least a week after the surgery – more, if massive healing is required.

You can also pack a hospital bag for the Little Healer.  This is a conjure bag that can be placed with the doll at a later date (during recovery) that contains gemstones and additional herbs, depending on the length of the hospital stay.  And, I admit, to add a cuteness factor?  I’ve used little doll suitcases or miniature purses.

Choosing Timing and Colors –– What Type of Surgery/Therapy? Is a crucial question.  Each area of the body is ruled by an astrological sign and its associated planet.  When planning a surgery, it is best to avoid the dates when the Moon is in the sign that rules that segment of the body where the surgery will occur.  I use Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide to gather the astrological information I need.  For example, if you are having facial surgery, you would avoid those dates when the Moon in Aries.  It is believed that the Moon pulls blood to the region that the Moon rules, heightening the sensitivity.  (Claudius Ptolemy-  Tetrobilios 140 AD). However, if you are doing healing work for the face, it is best done when the Moon is in Aries.

Below, I have provided a cursory list of parts of the human body associated with the astrological signs in case you want to print this article off and put it in your BOS.   Check the type of surgery, and then match the astrological sign. Use the Moon in that sign as the timing for making your Little Healer if you are afforded plenty of advance notice.  Use the color of the sign as the primary colors for your Little Healer.  If you want more detailed information, for example, shared rulerships of body segments, research under the topic of medical astrology on the internet.  Also, for quick information, just Google your question.  For example, type in:  What astrological sign rules the eyes? in the search bar.

Aries – Crown of the head; cranium, forehead, eyes, motor centers of the brain, upper jaw, upper teeth, facial nerves, and Adrenal glands (shared with Libra and Mars).  Color:  Primary Red.  Planetary Ruler:  Mars.

Taurus – Lower head, lower teeth and jaw, vocal cords, Adam’s apple, salivary glands, thyroid, neck, cervical nerves, throat, upper esophagus, swallowing reflex, epiglottis, jugular vein, carotid arteries, and tonsils.  Color:  Red-Orange  Planetary Ruler:  Venus

Gemini – Bronchial tubes, upper lungs, shoulders, clavicle, scapula, arms, radius, ulna, hands, bodily capillaries, speech centers of the brain, and peripheral afferent nerves.  Color:  Orange  Planetary Ruler:  Mercury.

Cancer – Lower Lung, breast, stomach, lower esophagus, uterus (when pregnant) meninges and pleura, thoracic duct, rib cage, sternum, scapula, elbow, armpit, pancreas (shared with Virgo), diaphragm, temperature regulation, hypothalamus, thalamus, posterior pituitary, gums, solar plexus.  Possibly bone marrow (there is debate).  Color:  Orange-Yellow  Planetary Ruler:  The Moon

Leo – Heart, aorta, dorsal vertebrae, general spinal alignment, spinal sheaths, gallbladder, longissimus, latissimus dorsi, transversalis, heart muscles, forearms and wrists.  Color:  Primary Yellow  Planetary Ruler:  The Sun

Virgo – Upper intestinal organs, liver, pancreas, spleen, upper intestine, colon, immune system, automatic nervous system, sympathetic nerves, portal vein, and fingers.  Color:  Yellow-Green  Planetary Ruler:  Mercury

Libra – Kidneys, ovaries, lumbar spine, buttocks, sense of balance, acid-alkaline balance, salt and fluid balance, adrenal glands.  Color: Green  Planetary Ruler:  Venus

Scorpio – Excretory system, nose, bladder, sphincter, cervix, neck of uterus, genitals, urethra, colon, rectum, anus, sweat glands, sacrum, brim of pelvis.  Color:  Blue-Green  Planetary Rulers:  Mars and Pluto

Sagittarius – Hips, thighs, femurs, arterial circulation, lower spinal nerves, buttocks (shared with Libra), coordination, motor nerves, sacrum, coccyx.  Color:  Primary Blue  Planetary Ruler:  Jupiter

Capricorn – Knees, patella, skin, ligaments, tendons, cuticles, skeletal system, joints, and bones.  Color:  Violet  Planetary Ruler:  Saturn

Aquarius – Ankles, shins, venous circulation, oxygenation of the blood, the general quality of blood, electrical body system, spinal nerves (with other signs).  Color:  Purple  Planetary Rulers:  Saturn and Uranus

Pisces – Feet, toes, lymphatic system, parasympathetic nervous system, sleep, supernatural etiologies, extracellular matrix, cellular hydration, and lymphatic matrix (shared with Virgo).  Color: Red-Purple  Planetary Rulers:  Jupiter and Neptune

In my experience, your Little Healer gets an extra boost if you take the time to craft it when the Moon is in the sign associated with the medical procedure as well as including the matching color of that sign.  If you are in a rush and don’t have the corresponding colors– use white or a significant portion of white.

Advanced Info:  For those of you who like all the nuances of magick – make your Little Healer when the Moon is in the matching sign of the body area, and all aspects to the Lights (Moon and Sun) are positive in nature.  Try to stay away from Moon Void, Mercury, Venus, or Mars retrograde (unless this is an emergency or you weren’t notified in time) and hard aspects to Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, or Pluto.  The critical degrees of 0 and 29 of any sign should be avoided for the birth of your Little Healer, as well as 24 degrees Taurus and 19 degrees Scorpio, both of which are considered unsuitable (malefic and highly unstable).

What Style or Image to Choose – is entirely up to you. Human figure, bunny, happy monster, chicken, bear, favored totem animal – images considered animated rather than stagnant seem to work best.  You can pick something the patient adores, or surprise them.  You can find many designs on Etsy, like this fun dolly pictured below (although I made a few changes to suit my needs) from MMMCrafts.

I bought this design from MMMCrafts on Etsy.  However, I did not use any metal in the doll.

Or the Red Healers, fashioned after a Youtube Video from Russia.

The Red Healer dolls are mostly tied with little stitching.  They go together super fast!  Be sure to check out that video!

In tune with spring, I have included my Miss Maude Lolly chicken design for your convenience, showing you what my creative process looks like when I draw my animals on graph paper.  This new creature is based on my Lolly-Lolly stuffed chicken design that I offered last Spring.  Lolly-Lolly was initially crafted to match the Braucherei Chant: “Lolly-Lolly Chicken Dirt, by tomorrow it won’t hurt!”  There are no wings on this bird for two reasons:  I wanted room to place the Runes on the chest, and crafting time.  You can always add wings if you like.  And, yes, this is a legitimate Pow-Wow charm that really does work.

Miss Maude Lolly designed by Silver RavenWolf — pattern constructed for felt projects

I used the temporary fabric adhesive to hold the polka dot cloth in place on the felt until I stitched it in place.  The runes are machine embroidered on the felt.

missmaudechickenSigil – every Little Healer I make carries a circular or square sigil drawn on paper within the body.  The finished design is dressed with either Kyphi Oil, Universal Fluid Condenser, or Full Moon Water.  The Full Moon water is previously prepared during the full moon of the corresponding moon sign of the surgery. This is water poured in a silver bowl that is placed so that the moon’s light reflects on the water for as long as possible.  It can also be rainwater collected close to a particular full moon (definitions differ depending upon training of practitioner).

Full Moon Water
This water was made in an outdoor ritual circle during a Virgo/Pisces Full Moon.

The sigils I choose vary, highly dependent upon my gut feeling while I am making the Little Healer.  I have provided a basic healing sigil that you can use.  Add whatever information or designs you like, including the patient’s name and birthdate if you have it.  Once drawn, I hold the sigil over fire to bring it alive.  The paper is then stuffed in the core of the body to prepare the connection to the patient.

Healing sigil for inside Little Healers designed by Silver RavenWolf

Birthing Your Little Healer – Once the structure of your image is complete, it is time to “birth” the Little Healer.  You will give your creation its mission of good health, healing, and protection for the specified person during the surgery and recuperation process.  If this is a chronic issue, you can direct the Little Healer appropriately.

Dawn is a particularly good time for birthing; but, I’ve also had success with the noon hour.  Blow on the mouth of the image three times, then whisper its “mission” or “designated task” three times.  You can also use a pattern of three breaths, the repetition of the task three times, followed by three breaths, the task three times again, and then three more breaths closing with the thrice mission repetition.  Entirely up to you.  Both techniques have worked well for me.  You can create your own ceremony, or you can keep its birthing short and straightforward.

You may wish to complete your ceremony with a candle burning working.  I like using my newest candle formula — Mrs. Pickles’ Helm of Awe Rune Stave Candle that contains Dragons Blood Resin to protect against disease and misfortune while the patient undergoes surgery.  You can choose any candle you desire that you feel best fits your intent.

Silver RavenWolf

If you would like more formula or technique options, you may find two of my books helpful in constructing your Little Healer — The Witching Hour for herbal formulas and timing, and Poppet Magick which includes a variety of patterns for healing and other magickal use.  Both of these books can be purchased through my WhisperMagick Shoppe, on Amazon, at your favorite magickal shoppe, or through Llewellyn World Wide.mynewbook

Silver RavenWof's Poppet Magick and Spirit Animal Book

To me, the two most dynamic energy currents of the Little Healer consists of the chosen runes and your desire to craft with love and intention.  When someone is ill, there is nothing more genuine and loving than the construction and gifting a Little Healer.  You may think yourself not an artist, or that something so insignificant may not carry great weight – but, truly, your little bit of shared love, that sweetness of pure compassion, wrapped up with stitches, glue, and cloth affects both the seen and unseen in magnificent ways.

Go ahead!
Try it!

With Blessings

Books for Further Study:

Medical Astrology In Action – The Transits of Health by Judith Hill
Electional Astrology – the Art of Timing by Joann Hampar

Be sure to visit Silver’s WhisperMagick Shoppe where you will find herbal blends perfect for inclusion in your Little Healers!


How To Make Healing Dolls — Little Healers — Crafting and Magick for Surgery and Recovery

2017 Release Week!  A Magickal Program for Life Improvement – Free!



Welcome to this year’s Release Program!  Release Week is a 7-day magickal program designed to bring you closer to the AWESOME that is totally you!  All you have to do?  Release/let go of one physical thing every day.  All the other ideas in the program are cake – you can do them if you like…or not… just be sure you release that one physical object each day.  You can either throw the object out or give it away – the main point is to– Let Go! Of one thing each day.

Please note that this year I will be posting a day ahead.

This was done to help those who:

Are in a different time zone
Like to work ahead
Need to see a plan before they can work well

Please also note that we are using the Almanac Quarter Division for the monthly astro info — not the 8 Phase moon model.  This may confuse someone who isn’t familiar with both types of moon information.

This year I planned Release Week to coincide with a third quarter moon – a good time to shake off the negative!  Today is…

Friday – 13 January 2017
3rd Quarter Moon in Leo
Venus Day

A super lucky day!  With a Leo Moon and a Venus day you may hit this program with incredible gusto!  Wanna throw out more than one thing?  You have at that!  Today, we’re going to do the one-minute-dash.  In exactly 60 magickal seconds, how much can you pick up, put away or throw out?

On your mark!

Get set!

Go! Go! Go!

Beautiful!  How did you do?  Now, let’s go for the three-minute-dash.  In three minutes, how much can you pick up, put away or throw out?  Go! Go! Go!


If you are working the program with your family – have a race!  Who can throw out the most clutter/junk in 60 seconds?  3 minutes?  Winner gets a special treat!  Is this a coven challenge?  Who can throw out or donate the most?  Pot Luck celebration at the end of the week!

Take advantage of any delays today by using them to clean up something you wouldn’t have thought about ordinarily.

Today’s Theme:  Underwear!  Perfect for a Venus Day!

The foundation of you is your underwear (if you use it).  The kind of underwear you choose says a lot about you and your state of mind!  Today’s challenge is to throw out your tattered underwear and replace with new (if you can afford it).  If finances are too tight for replacement – throw out the worst offender.  While you are at it?  Rearrange your clothing drawers in dressers or closet.

What if you have already done today’s goal?  Pick another!  Don’t let the day slip by without making it useful to you!

This Week’s Main Goal

Pick one goal that you would like to achieve with this week’s program.  This goal can be a particular area of the home or work environment that could use a little TLC (Tender Loving Care) – or, something that you have been meaning to get to – but, haven’t.  Each day, try to do a little bit to achieve that goal.  It doesn’t have to be cleaning or clearing, either.  Perhaps you meant to mail something to someone, and it has been too much of a pain to take the time to get it there.  Or, maybe you intended to organize the songs you write and submit at least one for review?  Go! Go! Go!

Today, write down your goal and paste it in a prominent place in the home (or at work) where you will see it frequently.  Decorate your goal paper every time you take a step toward completion – use stars, stickers…whatever!  Be sure that you have a reward planned for finishing your goal!  And, speaking of awards…plan one for completing this 7-day release program!

Special Projects for this Week

Candle Magick:  Empower and burn one white candle each day.  What are you going to empower that candle for?  Entirely up to you.  Take the time to inscribe your desire with a stylus, pin, needle head or nail on the candle.  Surround with matching herbs if you like.  Each day we will burn one white candle focused on a particular goal (can be tea, chime, or taper).  It can be the same purpose (recommended as you are clearing the way each day to accomplish the goal) or you can do a different goal each day – you choose.

Need Dolly:  Take a trip out into the woods and pick up two sticks and something that you can use to make a dolly head – seed pod, moss, whatever.  I used half of a tulip poplar seed head in the example posted here and garnet chip eyes.  The pumpkin seeds are not only for good fortune but, also to help the family “slip” easily out of debt and stay out of the clutches of thieves.  The rags that I used for the skirt are dipped in Universal Fluid Condenser to help “amp” the power of the doll when she/he is released next Friday.  If you don’t have any Universal Fluid Condenser, use a magickal oil of your preference instead.


When you get home from your trip in the woods (or park, or wherever you decided to take your walk) bless the items you have collected and construct the dolly using string, yarn or twine.  Some say the poppet should be made of natural things as the process is about communicating with the spirits of the earth/nature to help you fulfill a need.  However, I have found that how you feel about what you are doing is most important — if your instinct says you can add glitter and a dime?  You go!  You can decorate your need dolly as fancy or plain as you like – just remember that the image will be destroyed at the end of the week — therefore, don’t get too attached to Need Dolly (meaning don’t be needy about keeping the doll!).  This is a project where we learn to let go.  This spirit doll represents all the things you need AND your effort to motivate yourself and the Universe to bring opportunities and energies to you to fulfill those needs.  As you make the doll, talk to it and tell it what is missing in your life.  Tell the doll your deepest concerns.  What you need the most.  Don’t be shy.  You can create the doll in sacred space or a conjured circle – the magick you add to its construction is your choice.  You will not choose wrong – so have at it!  Hold the doll close to your lips when you speak to it so that your breath touches the doll repeatedly.  This breath becomes its “breath of life”.  When you are finished, draw an equal-armed cross in the air over the doll, and set the doll in a prominent place in the home or at work.  It should be able to see and experience your life on a daily basis – for 7 days.  On the last day of the program, we will send the doll out to bring back what you desire.  It will be dispatched by one of the four elements – you will choose how the dolly leaves.  Over the course of the next 7 days, you may find that your needs or desires are changing – that is okay – right before you dispatch the doll you will have a chance to be clear, concise and succinct in your command before it leaves your hands forever.

Note:  You can find Sybil Leek’s recipe for Universal Fluid Condenser here:

Have fun with today’s various opportunities for change!!  See ya tomorrow!

Silver and Taco Cat


Do several one-minute or three-minute dashes.
Clean out and organize your underwear drawer.
Write down a goal you would like to accomplish this week.  Think about how you can fit this purpose into your schedule.
Choose your rewards (one for the goal and one for finishing the program at the end of the week).
Empower and burn one white candle.
Throw or give one thing away.

Please Note:  The idea for the Need Dolly came from a conversation I had this winter with G.T. Long, Author — Michigan

Release Week – Day One – Friday #silverravenwolf