A charm packet (or paquet) is a type of gris-gris that is made in the same way a mojo bag is, except that it is made with paper. Gris-Gris means “fetish” or “charm.” The magical ingredients of herbs, incense, sometimes tobacco, dried flowers, roots, charms, (all depending on your situation) are spread onto a piece of square paper that is then folded in a way that creates an envelope. The envelope is then bound with twine or thread (I usually use embroidery thread.)
This type of Gris-Gris is sometimes referred to as a “Toby,” just as some mojo bags are. I prefer to use the term “charm packet” or “packet.” In Louisiana, where French is widely spoken, they are often known as “paquets,” pronounced “p-AH-kai-t.”
I create each charm packet uniquely for you and the situation you are facing. Before adding any ingredients, I write your petition on the inside of the paper using sigils (magical symbols). That way, if anyone were to ever discover your packet and open it, they couldn’t decipher your prayer, and it would remain a secret. Next, I anoint the paper in a quincunx pattern, with one drop in the center and one on each corner, using either rum, whiskey, or a magical perfume. Sometimes a charm is added, depending on your prayer. I then add finely ground herbs and other ingredients chosen just for you, fold the paper into a square packet, and wind it shut on all four sides with the embroidery thread. I usually choose a thread color that corresponds to what you are asking for. I prefer to use ornate or decorative paper to create my packets, or brown paper that I have printed a pattern on myself.
So, WHY should you choose a charm packet over a mojo bag? The main reason is they are easier to carry and conceal. When completely folded, the packet is approximately 2 inches square – easy to carry in a pocket or even a wallet. They are easy to hide in plain sight where they can be placed on your altar, hidden inside a book, or fastened to the back of a picture frame. Choosing a packet or a mojo bag is completely up to your preference. One is not any more powerful than the other. Instructions are included for how to care for your charm packet.