Why the crossroads? Have you ever wondered why most spells or rituals often lead you to the crossroads to complete your workings?
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The answer is pretty simple. The crossroads is a place or power, a heavily charged place of Magic. A place where this world and the next meet hand in hand. A location between worlds.
Crossroads are physically where two roads intersect at a junction – they can be a three-way crossroad or four-way crossroad. In ancient Greece, it was believed that Hermes ruled the four-way crossroad and Hecate ruled the three-way crossroad.
Most often remains or certain types of spells work such as hexes, curses or even healing spells are taken to a crossroads where they are often buried or left. Never bury on your own property. Always off and away from you.
Planning on taking a trip to the crossroads?
please be considerate of animals when leaving items.
"According to Carl G. Jung, a crossroads is a mother symbol; in that respect, it corresponds to the emphasis placed on the Mother Goddess in contemporary witchcraft. The crossroads also represents the intersection of positive, neutral and negative forces. It is a place of flux and of change."
Some Gods, Goddess, and Loa of the Crossroads.
Papa Legba- Loa in Hatian Vudou and New Orleans Voodooo, guardian and trickster of the crossroads and entrances.
Hermes- Greek God of travel, trade, commerce, and the crossroads.
Hecate- Greek Goddess of Witchcraft, Magic, Necromancy and the crossroads.
Chimata-No-Kami- The Shinto God of the Crossroads.
Janus- The Roman God of Crossroads.
"The unknown – hazard, choice, destiny, supernatural powers. The important attached to intersecting ways in most ancient cultures is remarkable. The fact that they were natural stops for wayfarers only partially accounts for the number of shrines, altars, standing stones, chapels, or Calvaries sited there. In Peru and elsewhere pyramids were sometimes built up over years by travellers adding votive stones as they passed through crossroads. Spirits were thought to haunt them, hence they were sites for divination and sacrifice – and, by extension, places of the execution or burial or people or things of which society wished to be rid. Many African tribes dumped rubbish things there so that any residual harm might be adsorbed. Roman crossroads in the time of Augustus were protected by two lares campitales (tutelary deities of place). Offerings were made to them or to the god Janus and other protective divinities, who could look in all directions, such as Hermes, to whom three-headed statues were placed at Greek crossroads. Hekate, as a death goddess, was a more sinister presence, as was the supreme Toltec god, Tezcatlipoca, who challenged warriors at crossroads. Some version of the Oedipus myth placed his faithful encounters with his unknown father, and the Sphinx at crossroads – an analogy for destiny. Jung saw the crossroads as a maternal symbol of the union of opposites. More often, they seem an image of human fears and hopes at a moment of "choice.
The Complete Dictionary of Symbols edited by Jack Tressider (pg 128-129)