Protection spells are a type of magic used in witchcraft to safeguard oneself or one’s loved ones from harm.
These spells can be used to ward off negative energies, harmful intentions, and malicious entities and provide a layer of spiritual protection against accidents, illnesses, and other forms of misfortune.
In short, protection spells are an essential tool for any witch who is serious about their craft.
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What is a protection spell, and why do you need one?
But why do we need protection spells in the first place? After all, we live in a world that is full of dangers and threats, both physical and non-physical.
We have police and security forces to protect us from criminals and other physical threats and laws and regulations to protect us from harm. So why do we need protection spells?
The answer lies in the nature of the threats we face. While our physical world is full of dangers and risks, there is an even greater realm of non-physical threats that we cannot see or touch.
This realm is the realm of the spirit, and it is inhabited by a vast array of entities and forces that can have a profound impact on our lives.
Some of these entities and forces are benevolent and helpful, such as guardian angels, spirit guides, and benevolent deities.
But others are malevolent and harmful, such as negative energies, malicious entities, and malevolent spirits. These negative energies and entities can attach themselves to us, feeding on our fears, doubts, and insecurities and causing all sorts of problems in our lives.
They can cause physical ailments, such as headaches, stomach aches, skin problems, and emotional and psychological problems, such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
They can also interfere with our relationships, careers, and personal growth, preventing us from achieving our goals and reaching our full potential.
This is where protection spells come in. By creating a protective barrier around ourselves or our loved ones, we can keep these negative energies and entities at bay and prevent them from causing harm.
Protection spells can also help us to cleanse and purify our energy field, removing any negative attachments or influences that may be present and allowing us to function at our best.
In short, protection spells are essential for any witch who wants to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.
Types of protection spells
As we have seen, protection spells are an essential tool for any witch who is serious about their craft. But what are the different types of protection spells, and how do they work?
There are many different types of protection spells, each with its own unique purpose and method of execution. Some common types of protection spells include:
- Warding spells: These spells create a protective barrier around the caster or a designated target, repelling any negative energies or entities that attempt to cross the barrier. Warding spells can be used to protect oneself, one’s loved ones, one’s home, or any other place or thing that is important to the caster. Warding spells can be performed using a variety of materials and techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, herbs, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols.
- Banishing spells: These spells are used to banish negative energies or entities from a specific area, such as one’s home or workspace. Banishing spells can be performed using a variety of materials and techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, herbs, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols. Banishing spells can also be combined with warding spells to create a doubly powerful protective barrier.
- Hex-breaking spells: These spells are used to break or neutralize any hexes or curses that may have been placed on the caster or a designated target. Hex-breaking spells can be performed using a variety of materials and techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, herbs, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols. Hex-breaking spells can also be combined with warding and banishing spells for maximum effectiveness.
- Healing spells: These spells are used to heal any physical, emotional, or spiritual wounds or ailments that may have been inflicted upon the caster or a designated target. Healing spells can be performed using various materials and techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, herbs, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols. Healing spells can also be combined with warding, banishing, and hex-breaking spells to create a comprehensive and effective protective shield.
- Spirit guide spells: These spells are used to connect with and communicate with one’s spirit guides and to ask for their assistance and protection. Spirit guide spells can be performed using various materials and techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, herbs, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols. Spirit guide spells can also be combined with warding, banishing, hex-breaking, and healing spells for maximum effectiveness.
- Deity spells: These spells are used to connect with and communicate with specific deities and to ask for their assistance and protection. Deity spells can be performed using a variety of materials and techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, herbs, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols. Deity spells can also be combined with warding, banishing, hex-breaking, healing, and spirit guide spells for maximum effectiveness.
How to create and perform a protection spell
Now that we have a better understanding of the different types of protection spells let’s look at how to create and perform a protection spell.
Creating and performing a protection spell requires a combination of knowledge, skill, and intention. Here are some general steps to follow when creating and performing a protection spell:
- Choose the type of protection spell that is most appropriate for your situation and needs. This will depend on the specific nature of the threat you face and your personal beliefs and preferences.
- Gather the necessary materials and tools, such as candles, incense, herbs, crystals, and other ritual objects. These materials and tools will be the foundation for your protection spell and should be high-quality, pure, and ethically sourced.
- Cleanse and purify yourself, your space, and your materials and tools. This is essential in creating a protective shield, as it removes any negative energies or influences that may be present and allows you to work with a clean slate. You can cleanse and purify yourself and your space using various techniques, such as smudging with sage or palo santo, bathing or showering with purifying herbs, or using crystals and other purifying objects.
- Create a sacred space and cast a circle. This will create a protected and consecrated space to perform your protection spell and help focus your intention and energy. You can create a sacred space and cast a circle using various techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, and other ritual objects, and by using specific words, gestures, or symbols.
- Connect with your spirit guides and/or deities. This is an optional step but can be very helpful in providing additional guidance, support, and protection during your protection spell. You can connect with your spirit guides and/or deities using various techniques, such as meditation, visualization, or prayer.
- Perform the protection spell. This is the main step in creating and performing a protection spell and will involve using the specific materials, tools, and techniques appropriate for the type of protection spell you choose. This may include lighting candles, burning incense, using crystals and other ritual objects, chanting specific words or phrases, making gestures or symbols, and so on.
- Close the circle and release the spell. Once you have completed the protection spell, it is important to close the circle and release the spell safely and responsibly. This will help to ensure that the spell is completed and will prevent any negative energies or entities from remaining in your space. You can close the circle and release the spell using various techniques, such as candles, incense, crystals, and other ritual objects, as well as by using specific words, gestures, or symbols.
Frequently asked questions about protection spells.
Here are some frequently asked questions about protection spells in witchcraft:
Protection spells are not always 100% effective, and there are many factors that can influence their effectiveness. Some of these factors include the skill and intention of the caster, the quality and purity of the materials and tools used, the specific method and approach of the spell, and the nature and strength of any opposing energies or entities.
As with any form of magic, the effectiveness of protection spells can vary and may not always produce the desired results.
In general, protection spells are designed to be beneficial and to cause no harm. However, it is possible for protection spells to have unintended negative effects if they are performed improperly or with the wrong intentions.
For example, a protection spell that is intended to banish negative energies may inadvertently harm or displace innocent entities or forces. It is important to use protection spells responsibly and with the utmost care and consideration.
Protection spells are primarily designed to protect against non-physical threats, such as negative energies, harmful intentions, and malicious entities.
While protection spells may have some effect on physical threats, they are not a substitute for proper physical security and safety measures. It is important to use protection spells in conjunction with other protective measures, such as locks, alarms, and self-defense training.
Protection spells are not meant to be used to harm others, and using them for this purpose goes against the ethical principles of witchcraft. Protection spells are designed to safeguard and protect, not to cause harm or injury.
Using protection spells for malicious or harmful purposes is not only unethical, but can also have negative consequences for the caster, such as attracting negative energies or entities, or causing spiritual or psychological damage.
The Complete Guide To Protection Spells
It doesn’t matter if you’re a kitchen witch, a sea witch, a hedge witch, a crystal witch, or any other kind of witch, you need to learn the art of simple protection.
Protection and purification spells can deal with unpleasant people, the stressful world, and all kinds of bad energy.
And they aren’t just a good idea. Protection spells are a must for anyone practicing spell work or spell craft of any kind in this modern world– even the most experienced witch.
Protection magick is paramount in keeping you and your own positive energy safe.
Maybe you’re dealing with a toxic ex or some other not so great life situation. You never know when you will need a classic protection spell to bring a little divine protection into your life.
Read on to learn the time-honored ingredients in powerful protection spells and how to incorporate them into your practice.
Are protection spells cultural appropriation?
There are certain kinds of protection spells that are considered cultural appropriation.
For example, smudging (or saging) is considered to be a part of Native American practices and many of those are considered closed practices.
What is a closed practice?
In witchcraft, a closed practice is when you can only practice that particular kind of magic if you have been invited to. Being born into a practice is the most common way to be invited into it, but there are others, most notably an initiation process of some sort.
When should you do a protection spell?
Any time the energy around an object or in a space feels off. It’s a hard feeling to describe, but it’s one that everyone has felt. Sort of like the colors and sounds in the room don’t feel like they normally do.
You should also do a protection spell when you get something new. If you get a new spell book, or crystal you need to clear negative energy on the items with a cleansing spell, and then to keep old negative energies and new negative energies away, you should cast a protection spell on your item.
Many people sew protection runes into their clothes so they can carry them with them in their daily life.
Essential Ingredients for Protection Spells
Through the natural magic of herbs and other things nature provides, protection is easy, quick, and effective.
It’s not necessary to keep your incantations and recipes in a good spell book, but it never hurts to start at least a beginner book of shadows in today’s world.
If nothing else, you can start working on a glossary of protective symbols or interesting spells, and at least make a super cool cover design. Remember, if you do start one, try and keep it in a sacred place.
And, as you become a more experienced witch, you can set out to use your new spirit journal in all sorts of cool ways.
Onions have long been linked to protection and nourishment. In addition to their health benefits, they cultivate a barrier against malignant energy and entities.
Braid twine into the onion stems to create an onion garland for your home.
Continue until you have a chain of onions. (This is also a wonderful way to store onions for winter!) With your intention in mind, recite an incantation and you place the onion garland in your home’s entryway.
This casts a potent protection spell to ward off intruders, negative vibes, and harmful events.
Iron is a powerful element that has provided safety, strength, and fortitude throughout history. Within our bodies, iron allows our blood to carry oxygen throughout our cells.
This magical metal is, therefore a source of life and protection.
For centuries, people have used iron decorations to protect their homes. Iron is also a popular material in ritual tools such as cauldrons, mortar-and-pestles, and cooking pans.
Horseshoes, in particular, carry the magic of good fortune and strong defense. Many people hang iron horseshoes on their doors (open end upward) to keep benevolence within the home and malevolence out.
To cast a personal protection spell, draw upon the magical powers of essential oils.
In particular, lavender and mugwort are cherished for their protective properties. Patchouli and hyssop are also extraordinary oils known for their antimicrobial and anti-infestation properties.
Here is a simple recipe to follow:
- 1/8 cup of base oil
- 3 drops lavender
- 4 drops patchouli
- 1 drop mugwort
- 1 drop hyssop
Use this blend to dress candles you incorporate into your spellwork, to anoint yourself or others, or in diffusers to provide protection for an area.
To cast a personal protection spell, draw upon the magical powers of essential oils.
- Jar with Lid
- Base Oil (This would be like olive oil, etc. This step is unnecessary if you aren't going to wear your protection spell as. a perfume)
- 3 Drops Lavender
- 1 Drop Mugwort
- 1 Drop Hyssop
Combine all the ingredients in a jar while setting your intention to protect yourself or your space. You can then add a few drops behind your ears or your temples and it makes a nice protection jar perfume!
Salt circles are a classic way to create a magical barrier against malevolent entities. Black salt in particular is highly effective for home protection.
As mentioned, iron is a traditional element in protection spells, and it is a key ingredient in black salt.
To create your black salt, combine the following materials:
- 2 parts sea salt
- 1 part scrapings from a cast-iron skillet or cauldron
You may substitute iron for ash from your ceremonial fire pit if you desire.
Once your batch is done, sprinkle it around your home’s perimeter for general protection. You may also cover a candle in your protective oil (see recipe above), dust it with black salt, and cast a banishing spell.
The earth’s minerals yield many protective benefits.
Hematite, amber, carnelian, black tourmaline, or onyx are excellent choices for protection charms and rituals. To cast a protection spell, you may focus your intention on the stone as you recite your incantation.
Carry the stone with you as an amulet or give it to a loved one.
These stones may also be placed strategically around your home to create a protective barrier. Use them in a protective ritual to enhance their power before you set them up.
Crystals and stones are some of my personal favorite protective objects because you can easily imbue them with different spells and they can really contribute to not only the protection of a home, but it’s beauty, too.
Herbs and Flowers
Ward off evil spirits and promote wellness with protective herbs and flowers.
As mentioned, mugwort is the classic choice. Fennel, garlic, sage, mint, and rosemary also carry potent magic and are associated with wellness, safety, and defense against dark spirits.
Flowers known for their protective properties include rowan, violets, thistle, and honeysuckle.
Fill your gardens with these beautiful plants. Collect blooms to dry; you may then carry the dried petals in sachets for personal protection or create potpourri (add orris root, black salt, and protection oil for use around your home.
You may also burn the dried petals in your ritual incense burner.
Performing Your Protection Ritual
Once you’ve prepared all your magical materials, it’s time to cast your protection spell. As always, clear intention is crucial.
So, it’s important to clear your space and mind before you begin setting up boundaries.
First, cleanse your home with a banishing ritual.
You may use a black candle dressed with your protective oil blend or a burner filled with your dried petals. Some people also burn the herbs directly; this is traditionally done with sage and is called smudging.
(Note: white sage is becoming endangered, so please choose farm-grown rather than wild-harvested. Or, use black sage, wormwood, or any of the magical herbs listed above.)
Then, clear your mind of worries.
Focus on your candle, amulet, incense, or whichever altar element you choose. Some people find it helpful to use a singing bowl, bell, or drum to ground themselves.
Create your ritual circle according to your preferred tradition. You may call on the cardinal directions, perform a banishing, or simply pour a line of your black salt on the floor.
Here is a sample cleansing incantation:
“With these herbs, I cleanse this place
So that everyone may enter without haste
With this salt, this place shall start anew
Bad feelings out, away with the blues
As I will so mote it be!”
Recite your incantation. As always, you may craft your own.
Simply make sure that you call out the malevolent forces you wish to ward off and acknowledge your own true desires and intentions. Invoke your preferred deity to protect you, and affirm your own power in casting the spell.
If you’re imbuing a stone, iron horseshoe, or herb bundle as an amulet, clearly state that intention in your incantation.
Here are some sample stanzas to try:
“I bless and protect this space and everything and anyone who enters.”
“As the air I breathe is purified, I surround myself with protection and comfort.”
“May this space be guarded against all dark energies, and may all within keep in wellness and safety.”
“I imbue this amulet with the power to resist dark influences and nourish my good fortune.”
A complete protection ritual, then, involves cleansing your space and mind, invoking your chosen deities and energies, and creating new tools for casting further spells. Once you’ve completed your core cleansing and incantation, use your herb bundle, oils, stones, and other materials to set up a barrier or create amulets.
It’s normal for this process to take at least a day or more as you rid yourself of negative energies, establish new boundaries, and bless all the spaces and people you desire.
When to Cast Protection Spells
Protection spells may be used to ward off malevolent energies, dark entities, infection, and illness. However, protection and wellness go hand in hand.
Therefore, you may cast a protection spell even if you do not name a particular enemy or threat. Focus on magical materials that carry nourishing properties and invoke good fortune, such as iron, patchouli, and onyx.
Many people cast new protection spells at the end of a season, whether of the Earth or of their own lives.
Good times to banish dark energies and cultivate good fortune include:
- Moving into a new house
- Starting a new job
- After a breakup, being fired, or another period of high stress
- Before embarking on a new partnership or relationship
- When you or family members become ill or are at risk for infection
- Winter (especially the solstice)
- Whenever your intuition feels the need
So here’s the thing about protection spells…
Protection magic is simple yet potent. The beauty of this spellwork is that you may craft and customize your practice to your heart’s desire.
Protection spells occur in all spiritual traditions, so you may incorporate the deities, symbolism, and rituals that best resonate with you. Alternatively, write your own.
As long as you perform your spells with clear intention and true belief in your power, you can follow your intuition and make your will so.