Looking for inexpensive methods of protecting the self and home? Here’s a comprehensive (but in no way all-inclusive) list you can use to get a good idea about some of the magickal protections you can use. You might want to combine one or more methods, depending on the degree of protection you’re looking to establish.
What’s that around your neck? What kind of ring is that? If it’s a protective item, it’s likely an amulet!
An amulet is a carefully selected object one wears for protection of the self and one’s immediate surroundings. A person wears the piece around the neck, but on occasion, it was worn as a ring. An amulet is synonymous with the word periapt, which is an archaic reference for charms worn for protection against disease and mischief. The belief is the object has a magical property that helps in protecting the wearer.
The word amulet stems from the Latin words amuletum and amalettys, both of which were in use by the mid-15th century. According to Pliny, the amulet is a charm one wore for protection against disease and spells. The word amulet may also be related to the word amoliri, which means “to remove, carry away or avert” something. Often, the word amulet is interchanged with the term talisman, but there is a subtle difference between the two items: See talisman for more on the difference between the amulet and talisman use.
Despite the ambiguous history of the word amulet, there’s no doubt that many cultures have made use of protective items worn around the neck. In Ancient Egypt, it was common for people to wear items with hieroglyphs, images of deities, or even depictions of animals etched into purposefully selected semi-precious and precious stones. In ancient Scandinavian traditions, one common amulet was that of Thor’s Hammer believed to protect the wearer from negative magick. The Celts wore amulets wore fossilized echini (sea urchins standing for an egg with a serpent-skin covering); a wheel standing for a deity; and other amulets including those made of amber, a boar’s tooth, quartz stones, marble, and more.
Of course, some amulets are made of interesting natural items. Consider the strong belief in vampires in Hungary for example, where garlic was worn to fend such creatures off and to protect the wearer from a vampire’s bite. In the Medieval Era, people carried around small bags full of specific herbs of choice to ward off evil. See herbs, and talismans for more information.
Ancient and modern amulets are often made with special semiprecious stones representing one of the 12 Zodiac. The wearer could therefore choose an amulet that corresponds with the month of their birth. Semiprecious stones of all kinds served as protection against negativity as well. See the use of gemstones for personal protection for more information.
In Japan, people were an Omamori: A bag holding documented prayers inside with the believe that the closed bag, also long as it stays so, will protect the individual from negativity. More modern examples of amulets include good luck charms like the clover, medallions featuring specific patron saints, and jewelry pieces. Items of religious significance, particularly the Pentacle, serves as a protective amulet as well. Some pagans, witches, and Wiccans wear amulets featuring ancient symbols like the Ankh, Eye of Ra, Eye of Horus, or the Hamsa. Amulets might also have special sigils, spells, charms, runes, and words of power etched on them. If the amulet serves as a miniature vessel, it might have protective herbs with specific properties. Amulets can be handmade or bought for little expense.
Fearing a bit of negativity in the air … cut it away!
The athame is a small dagger or knife which is used for the purposes of creating magick circles, spell work, and ritual workings. The athame is a tool which is never used for ordinary purposes. If you want to make sure the environment is pure and you are properly preparing sacred space, the athame can be used for directing your intent when creating the magick circle. Setting up a circle is one of the fastest means of clearing out negativity, and when you are within the circle, the negativity cannot penetrate the circle you enter.
Getting rid of negativity is sometimes as easy as sweeping it all away!
The besom, or witch’s broom, is a simple means of clearing the negativity out of the home and protecting the self and one’s environment from negative influences. The besom symbolizes the unity of the God and Goddess. You can use the besom as you go around the house from room to room and visualize the negative energies being swept out of the home. Often, a spell is chanted while doing a house cleansing, but you can keep it as simple or complex as you like. You can try the following or better yet, write your own meaningful house cleansing spell:
“As I sweep all negative energy away, the Gods bless my home this day.
As it is above, so it is below, Only love, light, and bliss shall my family know.”
And here’s a bonus tip for you: If you have a person who enters the home who seems to exude negativity, you can get them to leave a whole lot faster by simply placing the besom by your front door!
Discovering the properties and magickal correspondences of crystals can offer some protective benefits!
Crystals are an inexpensive mode of protection, crystals can serve as a means of fending of negative energies. Whether worn as an amulet, carried as a talisman, put in a medicine bag, or simply placed around the home, various crystals have specific energies and purposes, many of which serve as a form of protection. You might consider establishing sacred space with a crystal in the four cardinal directions, or you can place the crystals in various locations throughout the home for protective purposes. Quartz is a common crystal used for such purposes, as is hematite, onyx, turquoise, and more.
Want to protect yourself while dreaming? Get a dream catcher!
A dream catcher can protect the user from having bad dreams. According to lore, the dream catcher helps to filter out the bad dreams and to only allow positive dreams to reach the dreamer. The Ojibwe Native Americans called the dreamcatcher asabikeshiinh, a term referencing an inanimate spider, because of the webbing within the dreamcatcher’s design. The dreamcatcher should be hung over the bed or above the headboard where you plan to sleep.
A dream pillow is another means of promising sweet dreams and protection during dreamtime!
A small pillow that you can make to put underneath your pillow at night. These pillows serve to enhance dreams but can also be made to protect you as you sleep and dream. The pillow contains, among other ingredients, carefully selected herbs that are great for sleep and dream promotion. Want to make it protective too? Add a bit of sage with the mix!
Remember someone looking at you askew? A little evil eye protection is due!
There’s a reference for the evil eye in nearly every culture, in Turkey it is called the kem göz; in Spanish is it the mal de ojo; In Portuguese, it’s mau olhado, meaning “bad look,” or olho gordo, meaning “fat eye,” or “big eye.” In German, it is the böser Blick or “evil look,” in Dutch, it is het boze oog; In Armenian, it is the char atchk, and in Albanian, it is the “bad eye,” or syri i keq. So, what is this reference to the “evil eye,” and why is it widely known? The evil eye is reference to the belief that the moment someone glares at you with negative intent, jealousy, angry thoughts, or just maliciously, that the energies of the negative glance will wreak havoc on your world. The evil eye is understood as a source of great misfortune, and therefore, there have been myriad means established for protecting oneself from the power of the evil eye.
Amulets are the most common protection for the evil eye, and strangely enough, the amulet, known as a nadar, looks just like a blue eye. The amulet can also hang in the office and home to protect the environment. Other methods of warding off the evil eye include wearing the Hamsa symbol, which depicts an eye in the palm of a hand. The Hamsa is a century old symbol of protection. See Hamsa. A single turquoise bead worn around the neck is a common means used by Assyrians to ward off evil eye energies as well. Some people, go as far as getting tattoos for protection.
Why not fight fire with fire?
The element of fire corresponds with purification, the will, and protection. You can use a bit of candle magick to conduct a spell for protection. Writing out a spell and allowing it to burn in a fire, then allowing the ashes to disperse in the wind is another method for working with the fire element for protection purposes.
Choose stones with protective properties.
Semiprecious stones are affordable, and each is assigned special properties, some of which are specific to protection tasks. Obsidian and onyx help in diminishing negative energies, and Tiger’s eye is another common stone used for protective purposes. Quartz is the most common stone chosen when looking to derive protective energies from gemstone use. Gemstones can be placed around the home, integrated in jewelry pieces, or carried as a talisman.
The Hand of Fatima is a powerful source of protection.
Also known as the Hand of Fatima, the Hamsa is a centuries old symbol used for protection. The image is of a hand with the palm outward. The palm features an open eye and three to four fingers and a thumb are present. The Hamsa is worn around the neck, carried as a talisman, or integrated onto clothing or fabric to create a wall hanging to help protect your environment.
Light a bit of incense to lighten the mood and the atmosphere.
The burning of specific incense is said to, not only alter your state of consciousness, but also clear out negativity. Fragrances like dragon’s blood, frankincense, myrrh, sage, and nag champa all work well to banish negativity. Patchouli and sandalwood are alternatives as well. You can burn the incense in one room or move around the entire home to expose the environment to the cleansing smoke of the incense.
A bit of iron or silver might do the trick.
This metal corresponds with protective actions, and psychic defense. It is also associated with healing practices. Iron can be worn as a small piece of jewelry, or simply putting three iron nails near the doorway of a home can protect the home from the entrance of negativity. You can add iron to a talisman for carrying with you to protect you while you are away from the home. Silver, also called “witches’ metal” is often used in jewelry pieces because of its protective properties. Silver is representative of the goddess force.
A pentacle is one of the most common symbol of protection used by Witches and Wiccans.
The pentacle is the symbol of the void, magick, the spirit, and all the elements combined. Many witches and Wiccans were a pentacle as an amulet for protection. It also serves as a sign of the Wiccan faith. The pentacle is an ancient symbol, at one time called the pentangle, and mentioned of in the ancient grimoires of King Solomon as well as other occult writers. The pentagram is a five-pointed star that is the inversion of the pentacle. While a symbol of higher magick, it is often misused and misrepresented. The pentacle is a five-pointed star enclosed in a circle with one point up. To protect the home environment, you can write out pentacles on paper and hang them over every doorway.
Something as simple as a small vessel charged with items for protection works well too.
A protection pot is simple to make. All you need for this method of home protection is to use a vase or small vessel and some stones. With each stone, you charge it for protection and place it in the vessel. The vessel can be placed anywhere in the home to serve as a source of protection.
Choose herbals wisely as they might lend you a bit of protection when you do.
Herbs for protection include rosemary, lavender, aloe, African violet, sage, and basil, but these are but a few of the many herbs you can use for protection. The herbs can be burned if dried, or you can put them in a medicine bag to carry with you. Add some herbs to a vessel-like amulet to wear protection on you all the time. Sage is one of the most common herbs used for protection: You can use a smudge stick and go around the entire home to protect the environment while allowing burning sage to permeate the air. Burning sage is also great for cleansing the aura: A feather can be used to help disperse the sage smoke and sweep away negative energies simultaneously.
Salt is a staple for protection rites and spells of all kinds.
A natural preservative and purifier, simply putting a circle of salt around an area can help to protect the area from negativity. Adding salt to water and consecrating it gives you another tool for blessing an area; sprinkle a bit of consecrated salt water around the area you are cleansing to free up negative energies and release them.
Using the power of the mind, visualization, and energy manipulations for protection is common.
White Light Visualization is a common means of protection for the self and environment. Envisioning yourself encompassed with white light is a common protection technique. While seeing yourself within the white light, you must also visualize all negativity being deflected away from you. This practice is an excellent means for psychic self-defense as well.
Carry protection with you always!
Talismans are much like amulets. The main difference between a talisman and amulet is that the talisman is something you around, not necessarily worn.
Block out negative energies and seal in the positive with wards.
Wards: These measures serve as energy barricades, and to keep out negativity from an area. Before establishing wards however, you’ll need to give a thorough cleansing of the location you want to protect. This means a physical cleansing and not just a spiritual one. This process can prove lengthy, depending on the area you are cleansing. All items within the area should be cleansed too before putting wards in place. The idea is to block negative energy out, not to trap it inside the area where the wards protect.
Protect the home with the traditional witch’s bottle.
At one time used to protect someone from witchcraft, the witch’s jar is filled with sharp objects that is now used by witches to protect the home environment. The jar typically contains bent pins, razors, nails, but you can also add sea salt into the mix, as well as protective herbs. You can then fill the jar with consecrated water or wine. Seal the jar and bury it somewhere near the home for protective purposes. (Yes, we are aware that the traditional fluid for the bottles is urine, but we’re going with a more modern version of bottle making, to first, avoid repulsion, and second, we are considering hygienic practices! If you want to add a bit of yourself to the contents, use a piece of hair or a fingernail. You can speak a spell to lend power to the bottle as well.
Physical and Spiritual Protection Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune
You don’t need expensive tools to safeguard your house, property, self, and loved ones. With the protection options mentioned above, you can easily keep your home filled with positive energies year-round, and thereby contribute to a healthy and joyous atmosphere within your most sacred space. At the same time, you can protect your spirit from the effects of negative energies and psychic attacks. Even working with gemstones or herbals can help improve your well-being overall. Feel free to use more than one protection measure at a time. Mix and mingle options as you see fit to gain the maximum benefits from your endeavors.