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What are Banishing Spells? How Do They Work?

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Banishing spells are spells designed to send something or someone away or to prevent their return.

To banish something means to send it away or drive it away from a location. In the mundane world, banishment implies that whoever is banished can never return or is no longer welcome, but magical banishment is a little different.

Banishing Rituals

A banishing ritual is often performed at the beginning of a ceremony in order to rid the ritual area of negative or unwanted energy or entities that may interfere with magick or unbalance energies that will be raised or summoned during the ceremony. Most magical paths prescribe a banishing ritual of this type prior to any spellwork or magick of any sort.

A banishing may also be performed at the end of a ritual to banish any entities that were evoked or invoked during the procedure or to clear the energy that has been raised from the ritual area to allow it to return to mundane use.

For example, you would banish the energy from the love spell that you performed in your living room so that it can return to normal living room use and not affect everyone who comes in there innocently trying to watch the evening news.

A banishing may be performed on the ritual space or on the magic-user(s) or both, however, when you perform a banishing ritual on an area, you do internalize it somewhat automatically. The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is a basic banishing ritual that is a primary requirement of initiates into the Golden Dawn. It is used to prepare a ritual area and the magic-user by focusing their mind and energy on the task at hand, creating a magical atmosphere and an altered state of consciousness.

One may banish summoned energies and entities as well once their presence is no longer required. Although the word “releasing” is most often used, the Watchtowers that are evoked at the four corners of the Circle in many rituals are, in fact, banished at the ritual’s end.

Banishing Spells

Banishing spells are designed to drive away anything the magic-user feels is a threat or a nuisance; a person, an obstacle, a debt, a disease, an addiction, a bad habit, etc.

A banishing may be performed on a home, to drive away unwanted energies, discord, stress, etc. undesirable entities, such as ghosts or other troublesome spirits.

A banishing spell may be performed on a person to banish an addiction, an affliction or an influence another person has over them.

Banishing spells are also performed on objects to rid them of connections to prior owners or any energies picked up during their use, often in preparation for programming or charging them for a new purpose.

The term cleansing refers to a banishing done to remove unwanted energies from a person, location or object. The term exorcism is used to describe a banishing for an unwanted entity, especially an uncooperative, unfriendly one.

Performing a Banishing Spell

While banishing spells can be performed at any time, they are most effective if performed during the waning moon while the moon is in the sign of Capricorn or ScorpioSaturday is a good day for general banishing spells. (See also Spell Timing as there are better times for banishing specific things.) The best time is at the dark of the moon, but before the new moon appears.

Some say that your movements should be widdershins when performing a banishing spell, but some believe that it’s bad luck to move in any direction other than sunwise while performing a spell.

For many banishing spells, an object is chosen to represent the person, idea, thing or energy to be banished. This item is then charged or programmed to represent the target using various means and then symbolically sent away.

Running water, such as a river, a sewer drain or even a flushing toilet is often utilized in this way. It is important that the item be of safely biodegradable nature so that your spell work does not bring harm to the environment or clog up the pipes.

Banishing of energy or entities may take the form of a more complicated ritual involving fumigating or asperging an area, person or object. If you are banishing energy from your person, a ritual bath may be in order.

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14 thoughts on “What are Banishing Spells? How Do They Work?”

    • For banishing spells, the full or waning moon is a good idea. For a respiratory issue, would do it at dawn on Wednesday (Mercury day) and/or when the moon is in Gemini or Aquarius. For the heart specifically, Sunday morning and/or when the moon is in Leo.

  1. Is it possible to banish chronic health conditions for another person? My sister has CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome) and she is in unimaginable pain 24/7 and we haven’t found much to help with the pain. We have tried many different meds and therapy options but not much is helping.

    • Magic can help, as can prayer. But it’s not a miracle cure. Usually, when we come up against complex medical problems like this, it takes a variety of methods to get relief, from your medical doctor, maybe nutrition, physical therapy as well as spiritual help, psychological help and social help. And it can take awhile to land on the right combination. Be there and help your friend. It is hard to advocate for yourself and easy to give up when you’re in pain and nothing seems to work.

    • Generally, they either lose interest in or are repulsed by the idea of going to that place or near that person again.
      You should know though that if they have an overarching interest in doing so, in such that they would use their willpower to overwhelm their repulsion, they will still show up.
      Like if you really hate your job and you never want to go there ever again, but you still use your willpower to make yourself go, at least till you can find another one because you have to eat and pay your bills.
      And it can make you absolutely miserable living like that. And it could make them miserable as well. But if their interest is idle, there is no reason for them to fight through it. Or if their interest is in making someone else miserable, then, well, misery loves company.


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