Devil’s Shoe Strings – Wildharvested


Devil’s Shoe Strings (Virburnum alnifolium) are used for protection, control, prosperity and improved luck.



Devil’s Shoe Strings are used for sending crossed conditions back to their source, protection against jinxing, to improve luck both generally and in gambling and to draw good customers and keep away unwanted people. They are a powerful ally that can be used in many types of spells!

If you’re building your own little apothecary or collection of magical herbs this is a wonderful and versatile addition. Below you’ll find just a few simple spell suggestions, but a great way to work with any herb or plant is to hold it in your hands and close your eyes. Ask the plant directly for guidance and how it wishes to be worked with. 

Suggested magical uses for Wildharvested Devil’s Shoe Strings:

  • Devil’s Shoe String threaded on a string and worn as a necklace provides personal protection from physical and spiritual harm.
  • A piece of Devil’s Shoe String soaked in whiskey and a pinch of camphor can be used as a luck talisman when carried in a mojo bag or wallet. The whiskey and camphor blend can also be used as a rub or wash for good luck on your head or on your money.
  • Carry a piece of Devil’s Shoe String in your pocket when you want to get a new job, a promotion or a raise.
  • Make a “tea” of Devil’s Shoe String and use as a wash for uncrossing by pouring it over your body.

For in-depth information on how to use this and other herbs and roots magically, I recommend Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic and Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, both of which can be found in our Books section. You can also find a list of magical herbs in The Book of Candle Magic or a list of magical plants in Baba Yaga’s Book of Witchcraft.


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