A Bedale incantation to charm away evil


Nine circles do I round ye run,

on each a black bean. Every one

to a black beetle turneth.

Nine spiders now about you spin their arran webs,

to ward off what’s out, to guard what’s in,

should ill clouds hang aboon ye.

Nine feathers now round ye fly,

each bird doth watch baith yeth and sky,

should ought ill come again ye

From Marvels, Magic & Witchcraft in the North Riding of Yorkshire. David Kirby. 2005