Lesson 24: Witch Bottles
By: Mama Bones
Live class date and time: 3/9/2017 at 4pm CST
Witch Bottles have a historical background in the folk magic of
England and surrounding areas. They were, traditionally, exclusively for
protection. Sometimes FOR witches and sometimes AGAINST witches- and were more
“victim specific” as opposed to the modern use of “household specific”. They
were historically made of glazed stoneware, in a jug-like shape and corked.
Filled with urine, pins, needles, red thread, hair, and wine.
These days however, the term “witch bottle” doesn’t always mean a protective bottle. Some witches make positive ones for prosperity or good health or love. Really the only unifying factor is that it something that is for the “household” more than a single person. It is supposed to be kept on your property. Ideally it should be buried, although we’ll go over some alternatives to keep Mother Nature a happy camper!
I think the best method for this is a step-by-step. So here we go!
Gather your supplies/ingredients
Here’s what I used:
- Mason jar
- Sock (since I’m burying this, I transfer to a sock after mixing all the ingredients in the mason jar- you can use a coffee filter wrapped up too)
- Nails (iron is great, steel is good too- I don’t recommend aluminum unless
it’s all your have)
- Cinnamon (you can also include pepper, chili powder, cajun spice, curry
spice mix, anything “spicy” so to speak)
- Juniper berries
- Nettles/burrs (thorns and brambles are another great thing to include)
- Garlic (I like to use a whole bulb, but using it ground or diced is fine
- Graveyard dirt (this is pretty specific to my practice- feel free to use
regular dirt or sand or clay to just sort of “stabilize” the whole mixture)
- Ashes/powder to seal (I use a variation of an Underworld
powder I make- incense ashes of a particular scent you associate with
protection is fine)
- A taglock for you and any household members (including pets) that you are comfortable including. My recommendation is hair. But you can also use spit, urine, tampons, used tissues (i.e. snot), nail clippings, etc. You can also use a photo with the person/pet’s FULL name written on the back if a DNA taglock is not possible.
Combine your ingredients
Put it in the mason jar first- you can transfer to a safe burying
vessel after you’re done. I start with a layer of dirt/sand. Then I do the
nails and nettles, then the garlic bulb, then I do all the spices and the
juniper berries. At this point I put in the taglocks (hair, nail clippings,
photos, etc.) I do another layer of dirt/sand and then cover the top with my
powder to “seal” the protection intent inside.
After that, I focus for a couple minutes, raising my personal energy for protection and funneling it into the jar. If you have deities or spirits you worship or work with, you can ask for their blessing at this point.
Shake/Transfer and Bury
This step is pretty simple. Just shake up the jar while you focus on no one ever being able to fuck with you. It should get solidly mixed (besides the garlic bulb, hah). Then you want to transfer to your final vessel. I take the lid off the jar and put the sock over it. I use a sock that’s pretty close-knit so the dirt/spices don’t fall through (it’s actually a men’s dress sock). Then I flip the jar over and funnel everything in. I finish by tying a knot at the top of the sock.
Now you’re ready to bury and activate the bottle! You have a couple choices here. You can do the traditional: bury on your property towards the edge. Ideally you want it at a corner. If you want the best protection or have a large yard (or live next to a graveyard where you do constant spirit work like me), a bottle at all four corners of your property is ideal.
You can also bury it in a plant pot either inside or outside if you’re worried about
it just being in your yard (or digging in your yard- that can be a problem for
family or landlords!).
And the last option is if you put it in a jar, you can put it in a closet or cabinet inside your house (symbolically burying it) if you’re in an apartment with no yard or plants.
Extra Note: On powering/batteries/energy sources
You witch bottle will need to be replaced frequently unless you have a power source/battery for the protection energy to stay constant. I use graveyard/spirit energy for mine and only replace my jars about every 6 months or longer. Some other energy sources are:
- Crystals: you can put them in the jar/vessel or on top, or just tie a
crystal grid to the vessel from your work table
- Plants: this is where the plant pot comes it- you can tie it to the plants
energy. You know you need to replace the bottle/vessel if the plant dies.
- Moon or sun energy (either directly, or through
water/crystals charged by the moon or sun)
- Your own energy: if you’re confident enough in your own energy and know how
to feed it to objects, by all means, just use yours!