Various Protection Charms
Mistletoe, also known as golden bough, carried in a little hand sewn cloth bag is a traditional Celtic method of protecting the self and is also used by the followers of the magic from America’s South.
Marjoram or wild oregano is believed to absorb dangerous negative energies when powdered and sprinkled about the home. In Italy the followers of Italian witchcraft or Stregheria make this herb into a tea and add it to the wash and scrub water to protect the home and its inhabitants.
Cuban and Puerto Rican followers of the folk religion known as Santeria regularly burn brown sugar, a pinch of sulfur and garlic powder on charcoal within their homes to cleanse them of any negative energy. When the home has been cleansed, it is protected by praying to Santa Barbara, the saint of protection, by the light of a red and a white candle.
A pinch of sulfur powder and cayenne pepper carried in a little brown paper pouch upon which a sword has been drawn, can be carried to ward off hostile words and deeds.
Plain bluing (used to whiten clothes in the wash) is said to ward off evil spirits in the magic of America’s South. The bluing is generally carried in a little blue paper pouch.
When a little sulfur and blue metal stone (the type often used in the process of making concrete) are added to bluing and carried in a blue cloth pouch, the charm is said to simultaneously ward off evil and attract lucky energies to the bearer.
Mirrors are said to frighten away dark spirits and tiny pieces of silvered glass are often sewn into Indian cotton dresses as are bells which are also used for this purpose.
A tiny silver bell worn about the neck is a very potent protective charm as evil spirits cannot abide the sweet ring of any bell. Travelers are especially in need of protection when in a foreign land. A tiny mirror smeared with a clove of garlic and placed beneath the bed is said to protect the sleeper when away from his or her own home. The mirror may also be carried on one’s person for this same purpose.
HOUSE PROTECTION JAR
You will need:
1 glass jar
1/2 to 1 cup salt
3 cloves garlic
9 bay leaves
7 tsp. dried Basil
4 tsp. dill seeds
1tsp black pepper
In the morning ideally on a bright sunny day assemble the items. Place in the bowl and say:
“Salt that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the cloves of garlic:
“Garlic that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Crumble the Bay leaves and place in the bowl:
“Bay that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the basil and say:
“Basil that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the dill and say:
“Dill that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the sage and say:
“Sage that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the anise and say:
“Anise that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Add the fennel and say:
“Fennel that protects, protect my home and all within.”
Mix together the salt and the herbs with your hands, throughout the movement of your hands and fingers lend energy to the potent protective items, visualize your home safe and as a shining secure place. Pour the mixture in the jar and cap tightly. Place it in your home with these words:
“Salt and herbs, nine times nine
Guard now this home of mine”
SPELL TO PROTECT AN OBJECT
With the first and middle fingers, trace a pentagram over the object to be protected. Visualize electric blue or purple flame streaming from your fingers to form the pentagram.Say this as you trace:
“With this pentagram I lay
Protection here both night and day.
And the one who should not touch
Let his fingers burn and twitch
I now invoke the law of three:
This is my will, so mote it be!”
You will need:
One red candle & one white candle
A small piece of white paper
Set the white candle alight on the left to represent the Goddess and a red candle to the right to represent the God. Place the materials for the spell between the two candles.
Using the oil, with your right index finger, draw a pentacle (star inside a circle) in the middle of the white paper, while saying,
“With the seal of this pentagram I request that this charm be used for protection.”
Using a pen, in the center of the oil-drawn pentagram, draw your own special symbol for protection.Say,
“With this rune, I request that this charm be used for protection.”
When you are ready, roll the paper up with the red ribbon tightly lengthwise.Hold the charm over the red candle and say,
I consecrate myself in fire
so that I can defend myself
and protect myself with the power I have.
Continue doing this with the smoke of the white candle, but consecrate it in the name of air. Hold the charm with both hands. Concentrate on the charm’s task.Then seal the left end of the charm with white wax, the right with red wax.The charm is now complete.
Protection Chant #3
Trice around the circle’s bound
Sink all evil into the ground
Say it three times and end with, So Mote It Be!
Protection Chant #2
Here is a protection chant to protect you from evil, you should do this before and after doing spells.
Visualize your self sitting in the middle of the pentagram facing upwards with 3 circles of purple light around you and say:
Protect me with all your might
Goddess gracious day and night
Say it three times and end with, So Mote It Be!
Protection Chant #1
“By the dragons light, on this (month) night,
I call to thee to give me your might,
by the power of three, I conjure thee,
to protect all that, surrounds me, so mote it be!
SPELL TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSE
You will need:
A whole head of Garlic
3 large ‘iron’ nails
9 pieces of White Thread (7 inches long each)
6 pieces each of Black Thread and Red Thread (7 inches long each)
One White Egg
Water and Wine
Twist or braid 3 white, 2 red and 2 black threads together, melt a little wax and dip the threads so that it forms a stiff twine/wick like feel. Do this two more times so you have 3 waxed braids.
Place the nails in a fire until they are red hot, while still hot (you can let them cool a little bit) wrap each nail with a garlic leaf. Then wind one of the waxed threads around each leave covered nail.
In a dish or bowl make a triangle with the nails and place it in a safe place (or your altar). Place the egg in the triangle so it stands up, sprinkle with wine and water everyday.
CHANT OF PROTECTION
Goddess, Give me protection from the outside world,
Let whatever people say about me not hurt,
Let whatever I fear not bother me,
Let all the mixed up feelings inside be released without harm,
Goddess, you see my pain,
I am thy child, I am thy soul,
I need a dream to cast away this pain,
Something to soothe my soul,
Give me protection from the outside world.
DREAM PROTECTION SPELL
You Will Need:
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or another fruit juice)
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
1 light weight cauldron (a glass bowl works too)
1 piece of paper
1 black pen
2 black or red candles (1 of each works best)
Mix the lemon juice, sea salt, and oil into your cauldron. Place the cauldron in front of you on the floor. Sit comfortably and place the candles beside the cauldron (red on left, black on right. Rip the piece of paper in half then set it aside.
Light both candles, left one first. Now close your eyes and visualize a sphere. In the middle of the sphere, visualize yourself stuck inside, trying to get out. See the black and red candles burning around you. Watch as the candles spin around you, getting faster each time they pass. Then see yourself magickally being released.
On one piece of paper, draw a picture of what you saw. On the other, write down your biggest fear. Light both pieces of paper on fire, using the black for the written half, red for the drawing. Then throw them into your cauldron. Take the cauldron outside and pour it (paper and all) into a hole in the ground.
Cover the hole with dirt. The spell is done
MAGIC BATH FOR PROTECTION AND PURIFICATION
Steep a teaspoon of basil in a cup of boiling water, and strain out the herb.
Add it to you bath water for a protective and cleansing influence.
It is particularly useful to clean off the feelings left by contact with those who are negative or controlling.
Magical Self-Defense and Protection
Many people involved in Pagan and Wiccan spirituality find themselves, at some point, worrying about magical attack. What if someone casts a spell on me? How will I know? What do I do? More importantly, how do I protect myself so that it doesn’t happen in the first place?
Well, first of all, relax. Chances are really good that you’re not going to be the victim of a magical attack at all. Here’s why: it takes a certain amount of skill and effort to magically attack someone with a curse or hex, and honestly, many people aren’t interested in putting forth that much work, and of those, many do not have the skill level required for a magical strike.
In other words, not everyone who talks the talk can walk the walk. That having been said, if someone is willing to put forth the effort and they have the ability to craft an effective spell, it’s possible you could be the victim of a deliberate, concentrated attack.
Be aware, also, that in most cases, someone who tells you they’ve hexed, cursed, or otherwise put a spell on you is the one least likely to be able to do so.
How Do You Know if You’re Under Attack?
What is a magical attack? It’s a curse or a hex, that’s designed to make things go badly for you. If there are other circumstances in place, it’s probably not a magical attack. Maybe you’re just having a run of bad luck. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of changing your lifestyle, or looking at mundane causes. Let’s take a look at how to tell if you’re under a magical attack. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is there someone in your life that you have angered or offended in some way?
- Is that person someone who has the magical knowledge to place a harmful spell on you?
- Is a hex or curse the only possible explanation for what is happening to you?
If the answer to all three is “yes”, then it’s possible you’ve been cursed or hexed. If that’s the case, then you need to take protective measures.
Many people also choose to use divination as a way of determining whether they’re the victim of a hex or a curse, but if you do this, bear in mind that your own fears and worries may effect the outcome. It’s better to have the divination done by an objective party who isn’t aware of your concerns. Ask a trusted friend to do the divination, and see if they come to the same conclusions that you have.
If you feel you’ve genuinely been the victim of a magical attack, the first thing to do is protect yourself from further mischief. Once you’ve done that, you need to get started on removal of the curse or hex. There are several methods of doing this. Some examples that may be used successfully include:
- Create a “magic mirror” spell which bounces the hex or curse back to its sender*
- Create a doll or poppet to take the damage in your place
- Perform a working that will remove negative influences from your life
- Use meditation, Reiki, chakra healing, or other energy work to lift the spell
For general protection, most people use a simple shielding method. This is a psychic shell that one draws around themselves. You can do this either by casting a circle of protection and recharging it periodically, or you can charge an amulet or talisman with protective properties. This will be an effective way of protecting you in the majority of magical attacks.
Property and vehicles can be protected as well. You can place a magical barrier or ward around your yard, keep a protective amulet or talisman in your car, or even set up a shield around your desk at work.
Herbs and Crystals of Protection
If you’re going to put together a working for magical protection, you may want to use some of these correspondences.
- Acacia: protects against psychic attack
- Agrimony: useful for returning harmful energy to its original source
- Basil: warns off negative magic
- Black thorn: reverses a spell
- Cayenne: returns negative energy to its source
- Coffee: neutralizes harmful magic
- Dragon’s Blood resin: protection
- Hyssop: purification and defensive magic
- Mugwort: protects against astral attack, or psychic attack in dreams
- Patchouli: returns harmful magic
- Solomon’s Seal: protects against negative energy
- St. John’s Wort: purifies and protects against psychic attack
- Vetivert: use to break a hex or curse
- Wormwood: use in uncrossing rituals, to remove hexes or curses upon you
- Yarrow: psychic protection
- Yucca: prevents attack via sympathetic magic
Crystals and Gemstones
- Amber: protects against psychic attack
- Amethyst: protects from negative energy
- Black onyx: protects against harmful magic
- Fire agate: for protection of the aura
- Hematite: use for protection of home and property, as well as to fend off psychic attack
- Malachite: repels hostile magical attacks
- Obsidian: provides protective energies
- Quartz: use to protect yourself from hexes or curses
- Ruby: use to defend against magical attacks related to emotions
- Selenite: for shielding against negative outside influences
There’s a saying among the contemporary Pagan community that “black magic is whatever works, white magic is anything else.” This stems in part from a misconception that black equals bad, white equals good, and that there are no gray areas at all. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Let’s look at the word black itself, and figure out why it connotates evil. A big part of that is thanks to pop culture — after all, in popular shows like Charmed or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the good guys are the “white light” people.
The bad guys are surrounded by darkness. Another part of the whole black = bad concept is because of people who can’t let go of their Christian upbringing, in which those who are righteous are surrounded by the light of God, and those who are damned will dwell in darkness.
The problem with this logic is that darkness in and of itself doesn’t have to be bad at all. After all, how beautiful is a quiet night out in the country, miles away from the lights of a city? Have you ever walked in the woods at midnight, embracing the comfort of the shadows? Darkness is what lies in the soil, below the earth, before a plant grows in the spring.
It is the long nights of winter, when we are drawn into our homes to embrace our families and count our good fortune. It is the inside of the womb, warm and nurturing. Even the darkness of the grave, of death itself, may be seen as welcoming.
Once we accept that dark isn’t all that bad, it’s a lot easier to look at the concept of “black magic” vs. “white magic.” Even if we replace the words “black” with “negative” and “white” with “positive”, we’re still in a bit of a pickle, and here’s why: because it is the intent that matters as much as the action.
In other words, if someone performs magic that others might see as “negative,” but does it for what they believe is an honest and just reason, then is it really negative magic?
To do magic is to say that you want to bring about change in the Universe — after all, if everything were perfect, there’d be no need for magic at all. Any magic capable of causing change is also magic that can harm, simply by its very nature. Magic isn’t some Super Spooky Power that we have — it’s a tool we can use to precipitate changes. Any tool can be used for helping or harming — if I have a hammer, I can use it to build a house.
I can also use it to whack people in the head. It’s not the hammer that’s “negative”, but what I choose to do with it.
Case in point: in the early nineties, a serial rapist was terrorizing the women of a coastal city in the Carolinas. His reported victims, over two years, numbered at least two dozen, including a teenage girl who later committed suicide. A group of witches got together one night, and did a working calling for this man to be stopped by the Universe. A couple of weeks later, the prime suspect — who was later convicted — led police on a high-speed chase and wrecked his car, nearly dying from his injuries. He has lived since then severely handicapped, but he never raped another woman.
Negative magic, or no?
There are people within the Wiccan and Pagan community who feel that any magic that affects other people at all is unethical, and they have the right to not perform any magic on, against, or for others. However, there are an equal amount of people who believe that change brought about by magic is acceptable, just as change brought about by mundane methods is acceptable. Chances are, the two camps will never agree, but what you can do, as an individual, is respect the beliefs of those who may disagree with you, whichever side you may happen to fall on.
Look at magic as a way to improve your life. You can use it to bring love to you, to gain financial abundance, to eliminate problems from your life. You can use it as a method of growth and self-empowerment. It can be used to help you fulfill your dreams, desires and goals. Can you use magic to help other people? Sure — if they ask you to. If they haven’t asked — or if they’ve specifically told you NOT to do anything on their behalf, then don’t.
Ultimately, only you can decide which forms of magic fall into your personal system of ethics. If you feel a particular course of action is wrong, then avoid it. If you feel it is ethically acceptable, and you’re willing to accept the results of your actions, then so be it.
How Does Magic Work?
Question: How Does Magic Work?
You keep talking about magic and spells. I don’t get it, and I’m pretty smart. How do they actually work?
That’s a really good question, and one that may have a number of different answers, depending on which people you ask. First, there are many different types of magic — natural magic, practical magic, high magic, ceremonial magic — and each is a little bit varied from the others.
Even when it comes to spell work, you’ll find a number of opinions on the Hows and Whys of the process.
In natural magic, there is a theory that many natural objects — rocks, roots, plants, animal bones, etc. — have a connection within them to some part of the human experience. For example, a rose quartz is linked with love and matters of the heart, a piece of oak would take on the attributes of strength and sturdiness, and a sprig of sage is connected to wisdom and purification. In this form of magic, also called sympathetic magic, the link between items and their magical symbolism is referred to as the Doctrine of Signatures.
Spellwork in natural magic is often carried out with no prayer or invocation to deities or gods. It is simply the natural attributes of the items involved in the spell that make the magic happen.
In some traditions of Wicca and Paganism, magic is the realm of the Divine. A practitioner may call upon his or her gods for intervention and assistance. For example, someone doing a spell working to repair their damaged love life might call upon Aphrodite for aid.
A person moving into a new home could invoke Brighid or Freyja, goddesses of hearth and home, as part of a ritual.
There is also a school of thought that believes magic occurs only in accordance with one’s will — in other words, intent is everything. Some people in these traditions believe that the physical trappings of spell work — candles, herbs, etc. — are unimportant, because all that really matters is the strength of will to bring about results. If one focuses one’s intent precisely enough, and manipulates the necessary energy, change will come about.
Regardless of how you believe magic actually works and whatever tradition you choose to embrace, understand that magic is a skill set that can be used in tandem with the mundane.
While magic will not solve all of your problems (and probably shouldn’t be turned to as some sort of cure-all) it is certainly a useful tool when used sensibly.