Basically, a hag stone is a stone with a natural hole in it. Additionally, finding one yourself is better than paying for it or getting it as a gift.
But anyway, what makes hag stones so special?
Mostly, it's because a hag stone is considered sacred. And they are not a new trend either. Ever since ancient times, certain attributes have been attributed to them. Their names also vary widely. For instance, they have been labeled Eye Stones, Snake Eggs, Fairy Stones, Holy Stones, Adder Stones, Witch Stones, Hex Stones, and so forth.
These stones can be found on dry riverbeds, although they are also common on shores. The waters help to shape and create these special stones through erosion. That is what gives them their special look.
But why do people seek them out so much? What gives them so much value? Apparently, magic never works on moving water, and so, by having a hole in them through the force of this natural element, the stones possess a unique protective benefit.
Their benefits also extend to dealing with the dead, treating sicknesses, overcoming curses, and even getting rid of nightmares. Also, witches use them in their rituals and magic, and people can use them, funnily enough, to overcome a witch's magic.
Some, fascinating stories about hag stones
Apparently, with hag stones, you can see invisible creatures in the land of Fae, and you can enter into new realms.
The stones can also be used by livestock owners to keep their animals safe from witchcraft. In this case, the stone would be suspended using a cord at the center of the staple to keep the horses and the livestock safe. Without it, it was believed that the cow's milk would be sour, and the hens would not lay eggs.
As they traveled, sailors and fishermen would collect them at the shore and use them to keep away evil spirits and witches who could sabotage their boats and their catch. Witches were believed to curse ships so that they would have small catches, but hag stones would overcome this. There are even tales of these stones being able to control the waters and even the winds found in high seas.
They also got the name Fairy Stones from the fact they could help you to see the world of Fae and its mysterious beings if you closed one eye and used the other to look through the hole in the stone.
Actually, among some Italian magicians, they are believed to have the capability to see and even bind a fairy to offer a certain service for some length of time, which is not without its perils. You can wear the stone around your neck as you look for fairies. To make it even more precise, you can pour some morning dew through the hole in the stone before you anoint yourself. In cases where the stone was discovered in the ocean, you can find Sea Spirits, Mermaids, and even Mermen by looking at the water through the stone. The same goes for a stone found in the forest.
With fairy stones, a person could also tell when someone was lying. Others believe that the stone represents the sacred vagina of the Goddess and in their ability to help make powerful love spells when a stick that fits perfectly into the stone's hole was used before making a request and throwing it into the sea.
These stones can also rejuvenate your energy, your mind, and even your spirit, and they can provide healing when you put them hanging over your bed at night.
This is hardly the entire list of things associated with these stones. For instance, they were used as protection against the evil eye.
So, if you find a hag stone, know that you have found a sacred treasure beyond anything you can imagine.