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Lesson 6: Witchery 101 Part 2

Banishing, Warding and Protection spells

By: Headmistress Trick

Live class date and time: 1/8/2017 @ 6:00PM

As with all things in the pagan community, I advise you research twice then come to your own conclusions. Your craft is YOUR CRAFT, this may not be a perfect fit for you, that it okay. We are all  the tailors of our own spiritual clothes.

 Today I’ll be talking about banishing negative energy, shielding/warding, and basic protection spells. Protection spells are a very ancient idea. A vast variety of early cultures believed that ailments and misfortune were caused by evil spirits and believed the way to relieve themselves of their influence were charms or spells that warded them off. They had superstitious practices about things they had to do to make themselves safe. These practices, much like many early forms of medication, were usually more religious than actually effective, but they were also primitive forms of magic. In today’s world we do not feel so much that we need to ward our house from wolves or plague, but we have our own worries with which to contend.  At the end of the lesson I’ll be teaching two simple warding spells, one you only need a single object to enchant for protection. Don’t use a living item, other than that whatever you like.  I will also teach how to make an easily hideable little protection sachet for your household or luggage.

Banishing is simply casting something out, generally negative energy, but not always. You might wish to banish the memories of an ex-girlfriend, the lingering soul of a dead goldfish, or the guilt you’ve been feeling over cheating on a test. These are all perfectly acceptable uses for banishing spells. A MUCH more common use, is for those that do spiritual or energy work to get rid of the “icky things” that might negatively effect your workings. I’ll go over some simple ways of banishing later.

If banishing is throwing something out the door or window, you’re going to want a way to lock it so they don’t just turn back around and come back inside. That is where warding or shielding comes into play. If you’re not having a problem with something but you think you might in the future, such as you think you’re going to get cursed, you can ward without banishing. That’s perfectly fine as well. In general warding is like putting up an electric fence to keep out things you do not want. I will say, be sensible about the things you try to ward. Don’t try to force things you know can’t happen, such as warding the classroom door so your teacher/professor can’t come inside. That’s not going to work. You can, however, try to cast several other spells to help that situation.  

Never try to banish or cast a ward against an actual physically dangerous situation until after you have taken mundane steps to remove yourself from the situation. Magic CANNOT take the place of you taking every step you can to ensure your own safety. Remember that in cases where harm is possible, get help from mundane sources first, put up magical wards as a “just in case/extra boost” to those precautions later. Warding your apartment is not a substitute for actually locking your front door, shielding against traffic accidents is not going to protect you if you don’t wear your seat belt. Put forth your OWN 100% effort, then try magic.

 

Anyway! Some common methods of banishing:

  • Using a broom, leaf, or feather to sweep the energy out
  • Burning various herbs to help fumigate it out. Sage is a commonly used one for this, but I personally prefer basil or bay laurel (NOT MOUNTAIN LAUREL. IT IS TOXIC.)
  • Using crystals or stones to absorb said energy, then cleansing them to remove it later
  • Calling upon spirits, deities or entities you WANT in your space, and asking them to kick the bad guys out. (Like asking your friends to help you get rid of a bully)
  • Imagine wrapping the energy up in a dish towel and then “whip” it out the window. (This is a method I kind of made up…but I do it a lot when my kitchen feels icky. I just added it in to show it doesn’t always have to be super serious and stuff)
  • Yelling loudly/ringing bells/playing music to drive things off
  • Using your mental strength and focus to push whatever you’re drying to get rid of away
  • There are a ton of ways of doing this. These are just the ones I’ve used before. Of course with everything else I teach, I encourage you finding your own favored method. Something that feels right for me probably won’t be exactly perfect for you.  Go into it with confidence and intent, faltering will only make it harder for you to cast something out.

 Shielding and Warding can get a little more complicated than simply banishing, because you’re trying to weave a barrier between yourself and the problem. Some have the mental and spiritual magic to cloak themselves with intent and that’s enough armor for them, others need something a little more tangible like a charm or physical ward.

Sigils are very commonly used for this. A covert sigil taped to the underside of a desk or written on the inside of a batter case of a phone can be easily concealed. I personally don’t work with a lot of sigils outside of runes anymore. Since sigils use tends to be a somewhat personal thing, I will leave the search for what one you actually want to use up to you. There are plenty of people in the Sigils tag on the server that would be wonderful for helping with this.

Amulets and and charms are really commonly used in protection and warding. Crystals and gems are really common in witchy jewelry and many of them have properties that are for keeping negative influences away from yourself. Any item you wear daily can be a powerful protection charm. Just remember to boost it on occasion to keep it as effective as possible.

Some common protective stones are Tigers Eye, Jet, Hematite, Petrified Wood, Amber, Jasper, Coral and of course Quartz Crystal. There are of course tons of others, those are just the ones I have written down specifically for protection in my own grimoire. They may not resonate for you. If your mother always wore a pearl necklace and you always felt safe in your mother’s arms, pearls might be a strong protective thing for you. Personal magic and intuition always takes precedence over the correspondences other people agree upon. Just remember not to research everything you use before you use it. Many stones are toxic and some are only toxic under certain circumstances. You don’t want to wear something that is perfectly safe until it touches water since you never know if it is going to rain or you might splash it washing your hands in the bathroom. Safety first!

Protective herbs are vast and varied, but Basil, bay laurel leaf, black pepper, cinnamon, lavender, nutmeg and sea salt (not technically an herb I know) are not only commonly used, but they’re usually easily found. Research what you wish to use, some have more power for specific types of protection such as against psychic attacks or against illness. As usual, ALWAYS make sure you know the physical properties of an herb, such as if it is edible and under what conditions it is unsafe to use, before you take the metaphysical into account. Some herbs are safe to touch but not safe to eat. Some are safe to eat but not to burn. Please cross check it with several reputable sources before using anything with which you’re not VERY familiar.

Now, on to the simple little protection enchantment.

What do you want to be protected from? Is it just negativity in general? Is it jealousy/gossip? Is it bad luck? Is it the vengeful spirit of your dead goldfish? Whatever you wish to be protected against, focus your intentions and energy onto it.

Take your item you wish to enchant and either cup it in your hands or place it on your workspace and put your hands on it (depending on size.) If visualization is something you use in your practice, imagine your energy rising up into your hands and encircling the object. If you do not use visualization, simply put all your intent into the item. Focus very hard on it.  

Decide on how you want to word one of these, or a similar idea you wish to use:

“I am protected from (insert whatever you wish to be protected against)”

“I am safe from _.”

“I am not bothered by _.”

“I am stronger than _.”

Take a deep breath in and focus your intent/energy. If you are able and comfortable saying it aloud, say your incantation as you breath out and push the spell into the object. If you don’t want to say it out loud, just breathe out and say it in your mind. No matter how you say it, the key is to really believe it in the present moment. If you do energy visualization, imagine the energy from your hands actually entering the item you are enchanting.

If after a single time you feel good about the object, that’s perfectly fine and you can be finished. I usually do it three times with slightly different wording because I feel it makes for a stronger charm, but it’s your spell, do what you like.  You be the judge of what feels right for you. I have known some people that do this as many as ten times before they really feel that they have “filled” the object.

This is just a basic spell that can be dressed up as little or much as you like. If you want to fill the room with color corresponding candles, burn incense and cast a circle before you do this, that’s wonderful. If you want to do it with a keychain you just bought at Wal-mart while you’re still sitting in your car in the parking lot, that is also perfectly fine. It’s a BASE spell, you make it yours however you are comfortable.

To make a simple protection sachet using items you can either find or easily purchase (and are easily written off as common household objects if you’re a closet witch) uses a few common baking spices.

 

For this sachet you will need a small sachet bag or scrap of fabric. You can use any fairly thin fabric that you like, such as an old t-shirt or pillow case you no longer use, or pretty fabric bought specifically for this purpose. I used a little square of anchor fabric because I happened to have it lying around after another project.

For this you will want one of the following:

A bit of copper wire or a penny. You can find copper wire in the power cords to an old trash appliance, just be careful retrieving it or you can buy it if you would prefer to use that instead of a penny. Just be careful and DON’T destroy something you’re still using for the sake of a spell.  OR an acorn, piece of bamboo, ceder or mistletoe. You can also use a small piece of crystal or stone you feel is protective. I personally used a little tiger’s eye bead in mine. You CAN leave this out if you want to just use the herbs too. It is ENTIRELY up to you. Just keep in mind if you only use herbs that most of the ones we will be using are fairly light, if you plan on putting it anywhere where there is breeze or it might get knocked around a little, you might want to put something to weight it down a bit.

  • Cinnamon – you can use the ground kind, or the stick type. It doesn’t matter.
  • Cloves- Once again, whole or ground is entirely up to you.
  • Nutmeg
  • Black Pepper (or peppercorns)
  • Marjoram
  • Mace
  • Sea Salt
  • A cotton ball (also completely optional)
  • String, yarn, wire or ribbon to tie shut

 

I generally lay my square of fabric in the middle of my work space (for me this is the kitchen, but for you it could be your altar or bathroom cabinet if you want to do it in secret. If you’re in the broom closet and someone sees you doing this, tell them it’s for a scent sachet to keep your closet smelling nice and you saw it on Pintrest.)

I put my cotton ball down first and sort of spread it out a little bit, then place my protective item (rock, gem, crystal, copper, or wood thingy)  then put generous pinches of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, mace and marjoram on them. Now pepper is powerfully protective, but also powerfully scented and not everyone like the smell. I would use sparingly unless you like the scent.

When you have finished adding your ingredients, simply gather the top and tie it shut. I use three knots when I am making them because three is an important number to me. A number that is sacred to your path or meaningful to you is good. Each time I tighten a knot I force it full of my intent with saying things like “My home is protected.” or “This is a barrier against negative energy.”  I also like to drip a few drops of wax onto the knots just to keep them from coming undone. You can use a candle, sealing wax or even a melted crayon for this.

Anyway, that’s all I have for you today. Please feel free to message me with any questions you have about this lesson. Much love to you all and thank you for attending. <3

I start every morning with you.
—  Like the way leaves address the trees before becoming feathers we’ve let blow away into our next mistake, soft and slow, soft and slow– it’s the only dance we’ll ever need. Like empty cigarette cartons I’ve used as bricks to my castle, you’re the only tower I’d shoot arrows from. Like a burning bridge I’ve tried to walk this path, you’re the ocean needed to alleviate most cuts, salt and bones, salt and bones– it’s the only break I’ll ever need from reality. Like the blank canvas and the mindful artista, wouldn’t you like to know how I’d paint your lips with gold and your hands with stars– like an unwritten poem and the distracted poet, wouldn’t you like to know how I’d rip the heavens into a cd and call it my favorite song as long as you’re there to listen with me, music and heartbeats, music and heartbeats– it’s the only sound I’ll ever need to hear to make myself believe in things that won’t hold true unless it’s another string of words leaving your thoughts, unless it’s another blossom from your petals and unless it’s about the sky and how it’ll never hate the blue— those are the sounds I’ll have on repeat. Like the juice of strawberries and tears from onions, I’ve been opening my mind to when love will sound right. I’ve only come up with you. Fruits and bedtime stories, fruits and bedtime stories– it’s the only good morning, darling I’ll ever need. Like the way a rose can cater to its thorns after protecting the garden, blood and ink, blood and ink– it’s the only poem I’ll need to read because somewhere between your smile and the spaces between your fingertips… I found my favorite flower growing in complete darkness– a bloom we used lungs to capture, a past we used to paint our future, a love we used to play over our apologies, a goodbye that’ll never happen, a night that inks the stars into twilight, a morning using my coffee as more leverage to love you into being awake long enough to not feel sorry for my mistakes, a desert filled with desserts, a lung wasted with cigarettes can still breathe with your how are you today, a body scratched like old video game cds we can’t play, you still manage to call me your favorite pastime, a recording of your voice was the only time I’ve heard an angel say it’s going to be okay, a writing of your clouds right next to mine is my definition of a good day, a song that never ends unless we’ve decided to let the silence be our only mood, an invitation to never stop being you because I’m not myself unless you’re there, a hug from nuclear warfare in between the pages of forever and always and a beautiful day that starts to strain my soul into my heart’s tiny little strum of when I couldn’t smile unless I used your means to loving me like that’s all you’ve ever wanted to do as a means to why I end every night with

I love you.

tfw you’re not sure why your friends sometimes bump their heads together but you love them anyway

Imagine

• tae betting the guys that he could fall asleep in your bed with you without you caring


• and they all take his bet bc come on, yea you were close with all of them, but not that close


• so tae comes in while you’re browsing on your phone and he snuggles with you, resting his head on your chest watching the screen with you while you absent-mindedly play with his hair


• when you wanna go to sleep you look down and notice Tae is asleep and you shift him over so he has his own pillow and you cover him up before turning the lights out


• he’s lowkey still awake (and drapes an arm over your waist bc it’s comfy) and he gets excited bc the 6 other members each owe him $10 now


• meanwhile the boys are waiting patiently outiside your room for you to kick him out but you never do an they end up sleeping on the floor


• next morning tae wakes up before you and leaves the room to find the boys sprawled on the floor outside


• he wakes them all up with his laughter and they just sit there upset that they lost their bet


-Kaitlin

im gonan create a custom game and its gonna be called Overwatch and init everythign is exactly the same as a normal game only you can have 1 tank per team

Yuuri couldn’t help but return the kiss. He pressed into it, happy to be so close, though he bet that Viktor wasn’t a fan of having on all those wet clothes. To be honest neither was Yuuri. But they were the only ones around so… Once they pulled back Yuuri made quick work of removing his shirt, only to start tugging on what Viktor was wearing as well.

// @ledkorol

Harem of the Dark Magician.

@tounan Congratulations, you gotta be the #1
@cannibalmariku #2 YES.
@shxdowmonarch #3 Never mind, you as the third is the best.
@necroccult​ #4 By go home you mean our own home? Sure, come with me.
@necrofade​ #5 Saw you lurking in the shadows. It was love at first sight I swear.
@nefer-itja #6 You still owe me a kiss.
@stealerofsouls​ #7 We ain’t divorced until I say so. Shh.
@ancientgoldboundspirit​ #8 Hello my stalker
@lonely-occultist​ #69 my fave numba.

@xltruistic My precious pet
@hostofthering Kouhai hi, you are so annoying but not that bad
@rycubakura the chef of the eternal harem, i want more cakes

And ofc.

@gravekeep MY MOST BEAUTIFUL QUEEN.