Egg Magic by Unity
Eggs appear in the Spring celebrations of many cultures around the world, and have done since ancient times. Eggs are a traditonal symbol of fertility and rebirth and decorated, engraved ostrich eggs have been found in Africa that are 60,000 years old. Nowadays chocolate eggs are more popular, but they wont last as long :-)
In Persia, eggs have been painted for thousands of years as part of the spring celebration of No Ruz, which is the Zoroastrain new year.
In Iran, the coloured eggs are placed on the dinner table at No Ruz, and the Mother of the household eats one cooked egg for each child she has.
Pysanka eggs are popular in the Ukraine. They stem from a Pre-Christian custom in which eggs were covered in wax and decorated in honour of the sun god Dazhboh during the Spring. Once Chritianity took over, they adapted the custom with the story of Christ's resurrection.
Eggs feature prominently in some Native American creation tales. This usually involves the cracking of a giant egg to form the Universe, Earth or even the gods.
In 17th century France, a bride would break an egg when she entered her new home for the first time.
In Slavonic and Germanic lands people smeared eggs onto their hoes to ensure fertility for the soil.
In Egypt eggs were hung in the temples to bring fertility, birth and renewal.
There are a few British superstitions about eggs too. One says that a girl should place an egg in front of the fire on a stormy night and the man she will marry will come through the door.
In another it was believed that you should always crush up an egg shell after eating a boiled egg to stop evil spirits or witches from going to sea in them !
Different birds eggs were used in healing. Owls eggs, when eaten were said to cure alcoholism and dirt from under a mocking birds egg can be used to cure a sore throat.
Fertility, creation, life, new beginnings, divination
Element - Earth, air, fire , water
Gender - Masculine and Feminine
In many cultures eggs are considered the perfect magical symbol. They represent the four elements, the shell - Earth, inner membrane - air, yolk - fire and the white - water.
Eggs were often used for divination as they were believed to be a symbol of life and the future. One method involved painting the eggs, boiling them and reading the patterns in the cracks. Egg white can also be dripped into a bowl of water and the resulting shapes it makes can then be read.
Eggs are mainly used in folk magic traditions. In Hoodoo black hen's eggs are considered the most powerful. They can be used for cleansing, purification and love, as well as banishing, crossing and hexing.
To cleanse or purify a person an egg can be rubbed over their body to absorb negativity and evil, it is then thrown in running water, at a base of a tree or at a crossroads.
The egg shells are washed, dried and ground to make Cascarilla powder. This powder can be dusted on the body for protection from spirit possession. It can also be sprinkled around the perimeter of the home as a shield from psychic or magical attack, to keep out intruders or to bring a peaceful environment.