Rock & Gem

Hag Stones

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Believers say you don’t find Hag Stones, they find you. The naturally occurring holes are the work of burrowing Pholas dactylus, a bivalve mollusk also known as a ‘piddock’ (whose shells look like angel wings), or from coarse sand/smaller stones repeatedly grinding into a surface. Any stone with a hole can be a Hag Stone, and they have been used since the 15th century to ward o‡ evil eyes and “Night Mares.”

“Some the nightmare hath prest, With that weight upon their brest, No returns of the breath can passe, But to us the tale is addle, We can take of her saddle, And turn the night mare out to grasse.”

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