Cattle Charms

: Welsh Folk-lore

Mr. Hamer in his Parochial Account of Llanidloes published in The

Montgomeryshire Collections, vol x., p. 249, states that he has in his

possession two charms that were actually used for the protection of live

stock of two small farms. One of them opens thus:--

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Amen . . . and in the name of Lord Jesus Christ my redeemer, that I

will give relief to --- creatures his cows, and his calves, and his

horses, and his sheep, and his pigs, and all creatures that alive be

in his possession, from all witchcraft and from all other assaults of

Satan. Amen.

Mr. Hamer further states that:--

At the bottom of the sheet, on the left, is the magical word,

Abracadabra, written in the usual triangular form; in the centre, a

number of planetary symbols, and on the right, a circular figure

filled in with lines and symbols, and beneath them the words, 'By

Jah, Joh, Jab.' It was the custom to rub these charms over the

cattle, etc. a number of times, while some incantation was being

mumbled. The paper was then carefully folded up, and put in some

safe place where the animals were housed, as a guard against future


In other cases the charm was worn by the cattle, as is shown by the

following tale:--