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Protection and Binding spells

How to make a protective talisman

Cut a disc of wood from a branch of a fruit-bearing tree and engrave a symbol of protection onto it, eg. a protective Rune. As you do this, envisage what or who it is that you wish to protect.

When the engraving is finished sand and polish the disc or wood as desired and when finished, enclose it in darkness - a box, a light-proof bag or wrap it in black cloth.

Charging and naming the talisman
Working on a Full Moon, collect together everything you will need and cast a circle or create sacred space. Whilst working, you should use full concentration and visualize the appropriate energies flowing into the talisman.

Rotate the box or bag containing the talisman nine times, calling upon the power that you intend it to have. Then, for the moment of its symbolic birth, bring it out into the light once more.

To name it, pass the talisman three times over a candle flame and call upon the powers of light and life to empower the talisman with their full strength. Then, sprinkle seawater or water with seasalt added to it over the talisman whilst chanting:
 

As I sprinkle water over you, I name you... (Name of talisman)
By Air and Water, Earth and Fire
.
 

It is now necessary to make a spell stating the function of your talisman such as:
 

(Name of talisman), who bears my will,
I charge you to do as commanded
For the purpose of (state what it will do and where it will do it).
May this talisman work my will
In accordance with eternal laws
 

Finally, visualize three interlinked circles over and around the talisman and close down the sacred space/circle. The working may be closed down with a spell such as:
 

Now the work is finished
Where (Name of talisman) has been brought out of the dark nothingness into this world.
In the name of the elements (or another appropriate deity or power).
 

The talisman is now ready, fully empowered.

This spell was adapted from "Making and charging magical talismans" from the book "Natural Magic" by Nigel Pennick. To view this book at Amazon.co.uk please click here.


Binding spell

A binding spell is used to stop someone from harassing you. If you can't do anything on a practical level to make them stop, a binding spell may be useful. It is best worked on a waning or dark Moon.

Note: This spell is not designed to cause harm, simply to prevent harassment.

Cut two layers of black cloth in the rough shape of the person you wish to bind and sew together to create a small poppet. Leave part of the head unstitched.

Fill the poppet with earth, a piece of smoky quartz and a piece of amethyst. Also include hair or nail clippings, or a photograph or sample of handwriting of the person you wish to bind.

Create a sacred circle, then take an altar candle and a black candle. Hold the poppet out in front of you and say:
 

Creature of cloth thou art,
Now creature of flesh and blood you be.
I name you (Name of the person you are binding).
No more shall you do me harm,
No more shall you spread false tales,
No more shall you interfere in my life
Nor in the lives of my loved ones.
By the power of the Gods and by my will,
So mote it be.
 

Draw an invoking pentagram over the poppet. Now take some black ribbon or wool and begin to wrap the poppet like a mummy, leaving no space unwrapped and say:
 

I bind your feet from bringing you to harm me.
I bind your hands from reaching out to harm me.
I bind your mouth from spreading tales to harm me.
I bind your mind from sending energy to harm me.
If you continue to do so, let all negative energy be cast directly back at you!
 

Tie off the ribbon and hold the poppet in front of you. Visualize all the negative energy this person has sent you being cast back at them.

Wrap the poppet in a piece of black cloth and tie with a black ribbon. Say:
 

Great Mother, I have bound this person
From harming me and my loved ones.
By the powers of three times three,
By Earth and Fire, Air and Sea,
I fix this spell, then set it free,
'Twill give no harm to return on me,
As I will so mote it be!
 

Let the candle burn out while the poppet sits at its base. Then take the poppet and the remains of the candle and bury them in the ground or toss them in the ocean. Walk away without looking back.


Spell of Cleansing and Shielding

This spell will help to clear away any lingering negative energies and form a shield of protection around your home. It is a good idea to thoroughly cleanse and house by smudging throughout with Sage leaves before performing this spell. It is best worked on a Full Moon.

Take a handful of Sage leaves and burn on a charcoal block. Whilst the leaves are burning, say:
 

All negativity now disperse. May this house be cleansed, free of all bad forces, thoughts and energies. May it remain so.
 

Light a candle at the centre of a flat surface. Take four obsidian arrowheads.

Place an arrowhead to the North of the candle, pointing to the North and say:
 

I place an arrow to the North and ask that all bad forces may be buried in the Earth.
 

Place an arrowhead at the East of the candle, pointing East and say:
 

I place an arrow to the East and ask that all negativity may be blown away by the wind.
 

Place an arrowhead to the South of the candle, pointing South and say:
 

I place an arrow to the South and ask that all ill feeling may be burnt up by flame.
 

Place an arrowhead to the West of the candle, pointing West and say:
 

I place an arrow to the West and ask that all harmful intent may be washed away by water.
 

Visualize all negative energies leaving your home. No new ones may enter. Picture a shield of white light growing around your house. Nothing negative is able to penetrate it. Say:
 

A shield I place around this house and ask that nothing negative may enter.
Let the shield remain in place all the days and all the nights until the next Moon is full.
 

Burn a protection incense and say:
 

I now burn this incense.
Let the smoke strengthen the shield.
Let the smoke empower the arrows.
Let nothing harmful enter.
I thank the powers and the elements,
This spell is now complete.
 

Leave the candle and incense to burn out. Renew the spell each Full Moon as necessary.
 

 

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