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Exploring Container Spells: Types, Casting & Disposing

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

A container spell is a spell that involves the ritual creation of a spell object consisting of a container of some sort with several items placed within it to create a magically charged environment.

A container spell may result in an amulet designed to affect the immediate vicinity of the container or it may contain one or more taglocks in addition to other magical items in order to create an energetic environment that affects the person(s) represented by the taglock.

Container spells are generally meant to continue acting for a long period of time.

Types of Containers

Container spells are usually identified by the container involved, such as a jar spell, a bottle spell, a sugar bowl spell, a sachet, though any manner of container may be used- boxes, blown-out eggs, envelopes, a folded bit of fabric, etc. While the choice of container may be restricted by the sort of objects it containers, most spells can be cast with alternative containers.

Practical questions of availability of materials, portability- which informs size and sturdiness, the toxicity and degradability of materials of containers meant to be buried or thrown into water and appearance if the container is meant to be put on display should be considered when choosing a container.

The container itself may be decorated on the outside as well, it may be colored a corresponding color, or black to absorb surrounding energy or white to reflect it.

Symbols may be painted on the surface of the container or it may be wrapped around with ribbons or wire for binding, or barbed wire for protection, bells may be affixed to warn the practitioner when the spell has been activated, as in the case of a protection spell, the bell is set to ring when the spell has worked to protect you from someone acting against you.

Types of Container Spells

Sympathetic Container Spells

Some of the most well-known container spells used today include the Sugar Jar or Honey Jar (design to “sweeten” someone’s attitude) and the Witches Bottle protection spell (designed to “break” any malicious spells aimed at the target). These are both sympathetic spells that involve placing one or more taglocks representing the target in a container and surrounding them with items representing the intent of the spell; a sweetener of some sort in the case of the Sugar Jar and sharp and broken objects in the case of the Witches Bottle.

Additional items may be added to enhance the energy of the main items. For example, cinnamon may be added to a Sugar Jar to speed up the process and a mirror might be added to a Witches Bottle to reflect malevolent energy back to the sender.

Drawing Container Spells

Another type of container spell creates a drawing magical object something like an amulet. In this a case, a taglock is generally not used as the container is meant to draw the energy or situation to its vicinity, rather than direct it toward a specific person.

A Money Jar is a spell like this. Items, in this case, money, you wish to draw toward you, are ceremonially placed within, perhaps with other objects symbolizing wealth and the container is then set in the home you wish to draw money to, or carried by the person to attract the desired situation.

Assembling the Spell Container

The assembling of the spell container is generally done as part of a larger ritual. Many witches begin by sanctifying the space and Gods, ancestors or other spirits may be evoked for aid.

The spell items and the container itself are generally cleansed and charged toward the work ahead of time, or as they are placed into the container. The items are generally identified as to their purpose in the spell as they are added, or they may be prayed over or a special chant recalling the intention of the spell may be repeated as each item is added.

Casting and Maintenance

After the spell container has been assembled, it is usually activated by lighting a candle and speaking an incantation or prayer. It is then placed in its final home, whether it be the mantle, buried in the backyard or in someone’s pocket.

Spell containers generally continue to work indefinitely, but an occasional shake, touch, or “recharge‘ with a candle and a prayer will improve their efficacy.

Disposing of the Container

Once the container spell has done its job or you wish to undo or end the spell, the container should be destroyed and all parts of the spell cleansed and disposed of. Some spells specify the manner in which their components should be disposed of, but if your spell does not, you will need to sort that out yourself. If the materials are flammable, they can be burned and the ashes buried. If burning is not practical, you can bury the entire components.

Spell components should be buried at a crossroad or beneath the roots of a significantly grown tree.

It is important to choose your spell components with their disposal in mind. Choose items that will be safe to dispose of without causing damage to the environment. Natural, biodegradable items like herbs, stones, paper, wood, leather and natural fibers like cotton and wool are preferable to man-made items like plastic, vinyl, and polyester.

Some containers, like glass jars, can be washed, cleansed and reused for similar spells.

Container spells are ancient magick and “witch bottle”s and other containers containing spell objects have been found by archaeologists throughout the world, though Hoodoo and related traditions can be credited with most of our modern container spell practices.

About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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