Holey stones (also known as Odin Stones or Hag Stones) are literally stones with natural holes in i.e. made by nature by crashing together along a sea bed with water rushing past and then through them creating the holes.
Holey stones have been used for thousands of years for 3 main purposes, depending on your beliefs and also where you live. The 3 main uses are:
Healing – It is said that someone wearing a holey stone around their neck will be cured of any disease. You can also rub a healing stone over an affected wound (over the top of a bandage or plaster though please we don’t want infections!) or painful joint to ease the pain and aid healing.
Protection – Funnily enough, holey stones have been used for many years in the South West of England to protect people against Witchcraft and Witches, and yes it is even still used to this day on fishing boats for this very reason. However it used to protect anyone against negative forces. A common place to hang them is over windows and doors. They are also said to protect you against nightmares so hanging one above your bed or on your bedstead would also be good.
To see Fairies – Legend says that if you hold a holey stone up to your eye and look through it you can see creatures that you cannot normally see, such as Fae folk.
Earlier this year we had a fantastic day at Reculver beach looking for holey stones. It was in the middle of winter, it was freezing cold and blowing a gale. We wrapped up warm and started to look on the beach. One by one we found one. It is said that the stones find you, rather than you finding them. This was certainly true as at first we couldn’t find any and then all of a sudden it was as if they were just popping out of the ground at us. We found loads, we didn’t take them all, just a few, one for each for us. It was such a happy day, the weather was awful and we were laughing and giggling as we were so cold. People were walking their dogs up the top of the beach and laughing at us because we giggling and swaying around in the wind. It was just one of those days you remember because we were so happy. When we got home we threaded our stones on black cotton cord and now we have them safe for when and if we need them.
Next time you are near stones or pebbles, have a look for a holey stone. If you are lucky you will find a holey stone, or rather, if you are lucky, a holey will find you.