Witch Bottles

Historically, witch bottles have been used for protection and the banishment of negative forces and energies. Traditionally crafted around Samhain, believed to be the time when the veil between our world and the shadow world is at its thinnest, these bottles have protected witches for hundreds of years. Traditional witch bottles are housed in glass or pottery vessels, filled with nails, blades, salt, and other items to banish negativity from one’s property. In order to tie the bottle to the owner, sometimes strands of hair, blood, or even urine were included. These bottles were then buried. Witch bottles are also thought to send negative energies back to where they came from, be it a place or even a person.

In modern times, witch bottles are still very useful to banish negativity and protect our homes. We can also create witch bottles for a multitude of different purposes, such as attracting wealth, love, fertility, and more! Read below to learn how to create your own protective witch bottle.

You will need:

  • A glass jar or bottle with a lid
  • Nails, razor blades, pins, or other sharp objects
  • Black salt
  • A black candle
  • A strand of your hair (optional)
  • Herbs with protective magical properties (optional)

Fill the jar about halfway with your sharp items which will reject negative energies, then add a small handful of salt for purification. Add in a strand of your hair, if you’d like, to mark ownership of your bottle. You may also add in protective herbs, like angelica, as a filler. Cap the bottle and seal it with the wax of a black candle. To do this, you can drip hot wax around where the cap meets the opening of the bottle, or do my preferred method of sitting the candle on top of the capped bottle and letting it melt down around the bottle.

Now, you can decide to keep the bottle somewhere in your home permanently or bury it. If you decide to keep it in your home, keep it either hidden away or somewhere where you’re sure it won’t be disturbed (like an altar).

Inner Strength

Witchcraft as a practice or a religion is all about connecting or reconnecting ourselves with the natural world, the forces of the Universe, and the Divine energies that not only exist around us, but exist within us. We are all created by the same universal elements, and in this commonality we share a Divine relationship with one another.

The reason I like the Hindu gesture of “Namaste” is not because of the co-opting and popularization of Hindu Yogi culture in the West. It is because it is such an honest and profound gesture of love and understanding.

The Divine in me bows to the Divine in you.

In a world so torn apart by differences, by the strangeness we find in others, this gesture is a reminder of the sameness we share. Our differences, I believe, are reflections of the multitude of universal truths – the different galaxies, realities, and hidden truths that inhabit and coexist in the world.

To distrust and hate another’s strangeness shows a deep fear and misunderstanding of the greater natural world. It is painful when another hates you because of your skin, your beliefs, or your ways of life. The ways in which we relate to one another vastly outnumber the ways in which we do not. We are all made up of atoms, of blood, flesh, and bone. And, even so, there is so much beauty to be found in our differences, our cultures, our languages, our loves and passions, our quirks.

For our planet to heal, we must not only accept, but seek to understand one another. However, I am not foolish to think that this is an easy or immediate remedy. So, until then, I’d like to share this with you. A mantra or chant I use for inner strength. I like to chant it while doing a sun salutation sequence three times, every morning. I hope it helps you love. I hope it helps you heal. Even the tiniest bit.

Namaste.

I call the light of golden rays. I seek protection thus I pray for heavenly forces at my side: angels, sages, spirit guides. Or wolves who walk with cunning skill. Come to my aid, come at my will! Black bird soaring, light my path, so I am the victim to no one’s wrath. And, when my journey knows success, all those who aid me, Goddess bless!

-R E Goodwin

Rose Water: Benefits & Uses

There are tons of benefits to Rose Water! In addition to the beautifully floral smell, it can be used to refresh your physical and spiritual being. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness caused by irritated skin, and help clear acne and eczema. It can be used as a gentle cleanser. In addition to these great skincare properties, roses are associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, as well as ruled by Venus, the fiery and passionate planet. Rose water can be used as a protective agent when worn on the self and on clothes, and roses are generally regarded as good luck charms in love and relationships.

In this post, I’ll teach you how to make your own rose water! This recipe makes a little over 4oz. You can use this rose water to mist your face and overall self for a light perfume and for the skin benefits, or even spray your space with it to promote love and protection from negative energies. First, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup rose petals
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • A pot with lid
  • A spray bottle

Place the rose petals in the pot and pour the water over them. Place the lid on the pot and bring the water to a boil. Once the water it boiling, bring the mixture to a simmer and let it sit simmering for 10 minutes, or until the color is completely drained from the petals.

You now have rose water! Pour the water into the spray bottle and mist away. I like to leave the bottle in the fridge so I can use the rose water as a cooling mist. For some extra fun, you can add shimmer powder to your rose water for a glitter effect on the skin. Also, adding a charged rose quartz crystal can aid the protective properties of the rose water as well as help bring loving energies to you and your space.