How to Create a Protective Ward.

What is a protective ward? 

A protective ward, otherwise known as a “witch’s bottle,” is a jar into which you have witchs bottleplaced items from your household, plus your magical intentions for protection for your home and all who reside therein. You then bury the jar on your property or in a potted plant if you are renting.

What you need to do in order to create a protective ward.

Firstly, be prepared to dig. Wards should be buried for 2 main reasons that are just practical:

1) animals won’t mess with them

2) people won’t see them & shoot disbelief at them, thus ruining their effectiveness.

When I create a physical ward (instead of a protective Thought Form, which is a whole different thing altogether) I follow an old recipe I read in a book somewhere. It may have been in one of Silver Ravenwolf’s books now that I think back.

MATERIALS:

  • a jar with a secure lid
  • enough sea salt to fill most of the jar (if your case is severe and you’re using the 5-jar method I mention below you will need a lot of sea salt to fill all 5 jars)
  • a candle
  • a lighter
  • protective herbs like bay leaves, whole cloves, garlic, black pepper, rosemary, starclove star anise cinnamon anise, whole cloves  – any herb that when dried has sharp pointy ends will also work, as well as the super combo of frankincense & myrrh resin

The idea is as the energy attempts to enter your home the sharp items you placed into the jar cuts up the energy, thus deflecting it’s power to do any real harm. It may still get in, maybe even cause a little chaos, but it will be relatively harmless.

You can use nails, bits of glass (I will put a food jar in a plastic bag & smash it with a hammer, which is fun!), anything with sharp, pointy edges.

Mixed with that should be the following for each jar used:

  • some dirt from inside your home (a dust bunny,   cobweb dirt off the floor, crumbs off a kitchen counter). This puts the energy of the INTERIOR of your home into the ward so the energy knows what needs protecting. You can even add a slip of paper onto which you have written your street address.

Note: if you live in an apartment building I highly recommend you do include a slip of paper with your address AND the number of your apartment. When you bury your ward, instead of burying it outside, which you would do for a house or place of business – you bury it within a potted plant that you keep either inside your apartment or out on the balcony. Also be sure to keep that plant alive.

I’d also recommend some hair from each family member, including all the pets. Again, that tells the energy who needs protecting.

I sort of layer this stuff with a lot of sea salt into which I have mixed some powdered garlic, black pepper, dried rosemary, and crushed dried bay leaf – all known to keep evil away.

Now some will also say it requires fluid. Sometimes I do that, sometimes not. Again, you can take water from your tap inside your home. Some will even use their own urine. I’ve never gone that route myself because it’s just too gross for me.

Mix it all together, cap it and then get a candle & a lighter & allow the wax to drip along the edge of the lid to seal the jar. Then you bury it.

Special prayers aren’t really needed, but you can always pray to your Higher Power, or ask Archangel Michael for his protection as you bury your ward.

Good places to bury it – depending on how your house is oriented – would be, next to the front door, next to the back door, or next to the garage door – the common entrances into a home.

You bury your ward as close as you can get it to the door (some house doors like mine are surrounded by concrete).

Now, if the case is extreme (awful neighbors, for example, or a dangerous neighborhood) you will need FIVE jars and you will bury four of them at the 4 corners of your property, plus 1 at the door you use the most often.

If you are RENTING: instead of burying the jars you will place them as close to the 4 corners of your apartment as you can get them and make sure they remain out of sight so no one bothers them. Once you move out you may then dispose of them.

If problems resume at some point it is time to renew your wards. I have lived in my house 15 years now. I have replaced the wards only three times. For me, on average their effectiveness lasts for 5 years. This will differ from location to location and you will need to use your own best judgment as to when you will need to renew your wards.

Whoever moves in my house next, if they ever dig along the foundation to put flowers in or whatever, they are going to find a lot of very strange stuff LOL!

Best time to create wards: during a waning moon on a Saturday. Waning moon runs from the day after the full moon to 3 days prior to the new moon, so check an online lunar almanac.

Until next time, wishing you & yours many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Book Review: Color & Conjure

Color and Conjure: Rituals & Magic Spells to Color

Text: Natalie Zaman

Art: Wendy Martin

Llewellyn Books, 2017

$14.99 PB, 176 pages

 

Just in time for Halloween/Samhain is a lovely witchy coloring book, Color & Conjure with spells and commentary by Natalie Zaman and line drawings by Wendy Martin. If you’re a witch, pagan, or are interested in spells AND you enjoy coloring, then this is the PERFECT coloring book for you.

Containing 176 pages, Color & Conjure consists of 13 sections:

  • How to use this book
  • Money
  • Love
  • Family
  • Protection
  • Health
  • Creativity
  • Personal Power
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Magic & Nature
  • Awaken the Chakras
  • Coloring pages
  • Resources for adapting & enhancing your spells

In the section entitled, “How to use this book,” Natalie Zaman points out that intention and focus are of primary importance when performing spells & that coloring can be a valuable tool that helps to increase focus upon magical intentions. When you combine your intention, focus, a few well-thought-out words and perhaps some magical correspondences suddenly your coloring page becomes a powerful magical tool.

Color & Conjure is not simply a magical-themed coloring book. There are other titles that fit that description. Color & Conjure combines coloring with actual spells so that your own coloring can be used in combination with candles, oils, herbs, and other tools in order to set energies into motion that help to manifest positive change in your life.

Each chapter consists of 3 – 5 (mostly 5) spells with the chapter on the chakras containing seven, one spell for each of the seven main chakras. Instructions on how to perform the spell are included that cover wording, the use of candles & easily available kitchen herbs, and also suggestions as to which colors to use to color in the images based upon the meaning and magical correspondences of the colors. Instructions are very simple so even if you have no experience with spells you will be able to easily put Color & Conjure to good use.

What I particularly like about Color & Conjure, other than the wonderful idea of combining spells with coloring, is that the pages on which the spells are printed always include a small version of the corresponding coloring page, which is located in full size in the latter half of the book. You can follow the author’s coloring suggestions on that smaller version of the coloring page or make up your own just to see what it would look like and then color in the main coloring page. That smaller version of the coloring page is a great place to experiment with color and artistic mediums. The type of paper used in the coloring book is the same throughout so you will know how your artistic mediums will respond on the large coloring pages by practicing on their smaller counterparts. Each chapter’s lead page also has an image you can color.

Each spell includes the page number of the corresponding coloring page. For example, on page 38 the spell, “Mirror, Mirror,” which is a spell for self-love and self-appreciation has a smaller version of its corresponding coloring page on the lower left-hand side, along with a ribbon that includes a hand pointing to the words, “see coloring page 121 where you will find a large version of the same coloring image on page 38.

color & conjure color pageThe page numbers of the coloring pages are 1/3” from the bottom edge of the page next to the binding of the book. Each coloring page is completely perforated for easy removal for coloring and you can then set the page with your candles and other magical tools when performing the spell. Coloring pages are all printed single-sided.

After the spell is completed you can bury the coloring page, burn it, or keep it in your Book of Shadows as a remembrance of the spell you performed. I really like how the page numbers are so close to the binding. When you pull the coloring page out of the book the page number remains within the book so all you have on your coloring page is the image itself.

Coloring images have a ¾” border on all four sides so you can even frame these if you so desire. Wendy Martin’s use of line is quite pleasing to the eye. Line thickness varies ever so slightly throughout each coloring page that helps to emphasize some symbols over others. Many adult coloring books have highly intricate images for which you need to use something with a very fine point like gel pens. Wendy’s images have large enough areas to color that you can easily use crayons with Color & Conjure. Many adult coloring books do not work well with crayons due to the intricacy of the images. The drawings have an overall open and friendly energy to them and the compositions are all pleasing to the eye.

Color & Conjure will appeal to any magically minded person who also enjoys to color, but even if you don’t, this coloring book is a great resource of very simple and easy to perform spells. I recommend it to any artistically inclined witch, but also to anyone who would like a resource of quick and simple spells.

The remainder of this review is intended for artists and colorists who wish to know the technical details regarding how this paper accepts various artistic mediums:

  • Overall size: 9 x 9 x 1/2″
  • Paperback
  • Page total: 176
  • Main coloring pages: 50
  • Smaller versions of main coloring pages: 50
  • Images of chapter headings: 11
  • Title page coloring image: 1
  • Concluding page image: 1
  • Perforation: yes
  • Protective sheet: none
  • Paper weight: 60 lbs (my best estimate)
  • Recommended artistic mediums:
    • colored pencils ~ layering & burnishing up to 4 layers of colors works well on this paper weight. I have not tried more than 4 layers of color.
    • crayons
    • water-based markers ~ I used Tomball, Zig, and a generic no-name store brand. This paper holds up well to 4 layers of blended water-based markers. As you add a fourth layer be careful because at this point the color will begin to bleed through the page.
    • Gel, glitter, and milk pens

Color & Conjure derwentI did attempt to use Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I layered 3 colors and then applied water somewhat sparingly. The paper did buckle on the colored surface as well as the reverse side of the page. Most of the buckling disappeared once the page was completely dry, but I can still feel the buckling if I run my fingers over the page; as a result, I do not recommend watercolor pencils or watercolors.

Crayons and colored pencils GLIDE over this paper. I had to be careful to not run out of the lines because the crayons and pencils glide so easily and quickly. This paper also helps crayons and colored pencils to present a very level color coverage. I did not see any streaking as I applied color. Gel, glitter, and milk pens all present even coverage on this paper so I highly recommend their use for smaller areas of the line drawings.

Color & Conjure pageNote: If you are like me you may be hesitant to mar your coloring book with color. There is a simple fix. This is what I do with my coloring books. I basically very carefully take them apart. This is the method I use and so far I have not ruined a single image:

  • I carefully cut or tear the front and back covers from the spine of the coloring book.
  • Next, I begin with the first image (or title page) and carefully bend the page back and forth against the binding. Bend the page along where the paper actually meets the glue of the binding.
  • As you see the page begin to give slightly, VERY carefully pull or rip the page from the book. Do this slowly with patience.
  • Do the same to the last page of the coloring book.
  • Return and repeat the process with the remaining front page, then the remaining back page, and so on until you have pulled all the pages free from the spine.

I keep my coloring page originals in a manila file folder with the book cover for reference. When I wish to color an image I make a copy. Keep in mind that copies made on a printer can bleed based upon what type of ink you use in your printer. I copy the images onto 110 lb light cardstock. That takes any artistic medium fairly well, but again, be careful how much water you use if using watercolors or watercolor pencils as the cardstock can “pill up.”

Blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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Nefer’s Witchy Tips # 1: Attitude & Stirring

Are you a kitchen witch? Do you infuse your cooking with positive energy as you’re busy creating your family’s meal? If not, do you realize the simple practice of food preparation can be transformed into a very simple yet effective magical ritual that can help to manifest what you desire for yourself and your family? Read on …

I have been a kitchen witch all my life. As soon as I was old enough to stand on a chair to watch my mom cook, I began my official training. My very first lesson, which I have since passed on to my own daughter, involves stirring.

Now, you may ask, what is so special about stirring? All you’re doing is mixing the ingredients & preventing food from burning on the bottom of the pan.

Yes, that’s true, but if you have a propensity for all things witchy the simple act of stirring becomes much, much more.

A wooden spoon stirring a pot of vegetables on the stove.
Stirring food. From pixabay.com. Copyright-free images.

When we stir – yes, we are mixing the ingredients, BUT, we are also infusing the food with our energy. Therefore, your emotional and mental attitude while cooking becomes important. How many times have you been upset about something, then you make dinner, and about halfway through suddenly everyone at the dinner table is arguing with everyone else? Think about it. I’m sure you can come up with a few examples.

That occurred because you were upset, sad, or angry while cooking and as you prepared the meal those emotions went right into it along with all the other ingredients.

Therefore, as part of  Tip # 1, a very important ingredient that should henceforth go into all you cook & bake is this:

your attitude

You're as Positive as your Attitude, from "Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm," self-published & copyright by Nefer Khepri, 2017.
You’re as Positive as your Attitude, from “Guidance & Inspiration From the Angelic Realm,” self-published & copyright by Nefer Khepri, 2017.

Keep in mind that in countless situations your attitude is everything. The same applies to cooking & baking. If you stir in love, happiness, well wishes for luck, prosperity, and so on that simple act elevates your cooking to an act of magic. It also introduces higher vibration energy into the food itself that is then consumed by you & your family. Those higher vibrations then affect your entire physical body and over time the wishes for as you’re cooking begin to manifest.

Now that I’ve covered attitude, which should always be Ingredient Number 1 while preparing food, here’s the bit about stirring that my mom taught me.

First, get a bowl of water and a spoon. Stir it. Note in which direction you are stirring. You will be stirring the water either clockwise or counterclockwise. The direction is determined by viewing the bowl as the face of a clock. Are you stirring the water moving from 12 to 3 to 6 to 9, & then up to 12? This is clockwise. Or are you stirring the water moving from 12 to 9 to 6 to 3 & then back up to 12? This is counterclockwise.

Did you know that the majority of people naturally stir in a counterclockwise direction? Did you stir in that direction?

In magical practice (here I speak from my experience with Wicca as I have been a practicing Wiccan since 1980), to stir or to walk in a counterclockwise direction is called widdershuns. Us witches stir or walk counterclockwise when we wish to banish something, to send it away, because it either no longer serves us or we simply do not wish to have that energy in our life.

When stirring food while cooking if you stir counterclockwise you are infusing the food with the energy to banish something.

The trick then becomes to train yourself to always stir in a clockwise direction (unless you wish to banish something & I’ll get to that in a minute). As you stir the food clockwise (or the mixture prior to placing it in the oven to bake), focus on those things you wish to manifest or attract into your life. It can be anything & they do not have to relate to one another.

For example, a typical list of what I focus on during food prep includes the following:

  • good health (or healing if any of us are sick)
  • prosperity (because we can all use more money)
  • love (see above for money)
  • happiness (especially these days!)

I usually keep my list to 3 – 4 things because that’s easier to focus on and you won’t forget and leave one of your wishes out. If you have trouble remembering, simply write them down ahead of time & then refer to your list as you’re preparing the meal.

Stirring a pot. From pixabay dot com, copyright free images.
Stirring a pot. From pixabay dot com, copyright free images.

There is no set number of times you need to stir. Just keep it up as you normally would while preparing the meal. The only new thing you’re adding are your intentions for yourself & your family, whatever they may be. The important thing is to remember to ALWAYS stir in a clockwise direction. You then stir from 12 to 3 to 6 to 9 & then back up to 12. If you’re used to stirring counterclockwise, this will take you a while to get used to doing, but eventually you will do it automatically.

You can also use the process of cooking & baking to banish those things from your life that you no longer desire. Illness/disease (but always consult a doctor first & be sure you’re receiving medical treatment!), disharmony among family members, worries, problems of all sorts, and so on.

In order to use the cooking & baking method for banishing, you simply change the direction of your stirring. For banishing you stir moving from 12 to 9 to 6 to 3, & back up to 12, then repeat. Focus on those things you wish to banish.

For example, a recent list of things I wished to banish read as follows:

  • misunderstandings
  • miscommunications
  • bad weather
  • arguments

Now, you can get tricky with your intentions, and by tricky I mean you can also work with the phases of the moon (more on that in a forthcoming Witchy Tip), and say it’s waning, but your family needs more money. Waning is best for banishing, not for manifesting, but a way around this is to focus on banishing the problem. So instead of focusing on attracting more money, the focus would be to banish the lack of money, as in “I banish the lack of income coming to me from my business/job/career/endeavors, etc…” When we banish the lack of something from our lives what we’re really doing is manifesting the very thing we need or desire.

For a little more on that & the power of stirring with a knife, I refer you to the most popular & widely shared post from my blog as of yet. In this post I teach you how to place your wishes into a simple cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Something as simple as that daily cup of tea or coffee in the morning can become a very magical experience. The same principles I discuss in that blog post can be easily applied to your cooking as well.

The next Witchy Tip will cover the magical & medicinal uses of the wonderful bay leaf, an herb no kitchen witch should ever be without.

If you have a topic you’d like to see me cover, let me know. I also plan to have these posts eventually cross over with my new YouTube channel so please follow my channel & tune in when I post new videos.

Wishing you many blessings!

~ Nefer Khepri, PhD., R. M-T.

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