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
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
“I am protected from (insert whatever you wish to be protected
“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
Cloves- Once again, whole or ground is entirely up to you.
Black Pepper (or peppercorns)
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
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