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What are Protection Spells & Different Types Explained

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Protection spells are spells designed to protect an individual or a group, an object or an area from harm. Often the specific type of harm: psychic or emotional harm, theft, accidents, etc. is specified but sometimes the spell is much more general.

It is important to note that a protection spell is meant to prevent harm or invasion. It is not meant to send away harmful things, that is banishing or to remove energetic conditions that are already a problem, that is uncrossing


Protection spells come in various forms, including circles of protection, amulets, and witch’s jars, each with its unique purpose and method.

Circles of protection and energetic fields are widely used in witchcraft to create barriers that keep negative energies at bay, with practitioners often customizing them for specific needs.

Amulets and talismans, imbued with protective energies, serve as portable shields against harm, often carrying symbols like the pentacle, hamsa, or evil eye.

Protective materials and objects, such as salt, iron, and herbs, play a crucial role in crafting spells and wards, adding layers of defense to magical workings.

Types of Protection Spells

Protection spells can take many forms. They may involve the creation of physical objects, energetic objects, or beings or just the manipulation of the energy of the area through visualization or other means.

Circles of Protection and Energetic Fields

One of the simplest, most effective, and most common types of protection spell is a Circle of protection or a shield.

This is a field of energy that interferes with the passage of different energy into it. The circle is made of the personal energy of the caster to block the entrance of outside energy. Generally, a banishment or cleansing is performed first, to drive out unwanted energy, and the Circle erected afterward to seal the banished energy out. 

Visualization is used to create the Circle, whether it be a circle around a location or an individual. A Circle around a person is usually visualized as a sphere and is often referred to as a shield.

To create a protective shield or a portable circle of protection around yourself, become aware of your personal energy and focus on the idea of protection while visualizing the energy as a color that is protective to you.

White is popular here but whatever color seems right is what you should use. Set your intention that this energy should act as a filter allowing positive energy to come through and blocking unhelpful or unfriendly energy, destroying it or sending it away.

Visualize it coming out of you to form this bubble around you and then firming up, hardening into the shield as you envision it.  You can then customize your bubble with spikes to keep people from physically approaching you or put a “spin” on it to blur your outline so you are harder to notice. Repeat this visualization whenever you feel the need for some extra protection.

Amulets and Talismans

Amulets and talismans are items created for specific purposes and protection can be one of these. They work by affecting the energy immediately around them and thus are often carried or worn or placed in a central location or in the entranceway to an area.

The main difference between an amulet and a talisman is that the talisman focuses on the symbols used to create it. Specific protective symbols are chosen and worked into the piece. The focus of an amulet is primarily the materials used.

Items are chosen for their protective energies and worked into the piece. Of course, there is no reason you couldn’t combine these focuses and call the result either an amulet or a talisman or simply a charm, which covers all bases.

Amulets and talismans are used for many purposes, not just for protection. Depending on the materials or symbols used, they could be created for drawing money, love, employment, or whatever. Talismans may also bear symbols (or sigils) designed to attract certain types of spirit being or even specific spirits and these can be utilized for protection and other purposes as well.

Protective symbols for talismans

The energy of Mars is generally protective, so the symbol of mars may be used. Mercury is protective for travellers to prevent accidents, and lost and stolen luggage, so the symbol for Mercury is also appropriate. 

The pentagram is generally protective, especially against psychic and spiritual intrusion.

Hamsa and eye images are considered protective against the evil eye.

A cross protects against malignant spirits if your belief system says so.

An image of Janus is protective of locations if it is placed on entranceways.

Crossed weapons of any type, especially spears, are symbolic of guardians blocking the way of troublemakers into a place

Shields are obvious protective imagery. 

The eye of Horus is for the protection of the pharaoh, and also against evil in general.

Brigid’s Cross protects the home from lightning and fire.

You can also use sigils and bindrunes to make your own protective symbols

Protective materials and objects

Iron is protective against troublesome spirits, especially the fae. Railroad spikes hammered into the ground near the door, iron nails hammered into door and window frames and, of course, the horseshoe over the door can provide this sort of protection for the home. 

Smokey quartz is used for protection from negative energy. 

Amethyst helps raise your personal vibrations, strengthening your natural energetic protection.

Labradorite is protective against psychic attacks.

Fire Agate offers energetic protection as well as protection from physical injuries and accidents.

Fluorite shields your aura making it difficult to target you with any kind of energetic attack

Hematite reflects negative energies back away from you.

Obsidian is considered protective, especially flint knapped into the shape of an arrow.

Hag stones have long been used for various protective purposes.

Many black or reflective stones and crystals are considered protective. 

Cascarilla protects against unwanted energies and spirits

Lammas bread protects the home.

Some general protection herbs include: Agrimoney, mistletoe, Oak, anything prickly or spicey, cayenne peppers, garlic.

Anything that corresponds to the planetary energy of Mars is generally protective and anything that corresponds to the energy of Mercury is protective for travelers and businesses.

Sharp objects, nails, pins, broken glass, mirrors, horseshoes, dimes, pennies

Evocations and Invocations

One way to protect an individual, location, or object is to assign an entity to the job. Saints Medals and spirit talismans may be utilized to bring an entity into service, one may appeal to an angel or a God or a practitioner may create a servitor.

  • Archangel Michael protects Christians from the enemies of the church and God.
  • Saint Joseph protects families.
  • Saint Catherine protects the unborn and pregnancy. 
  • Saint Nicholas protects children and sailors.
  • Saint Francis protects animals.
  • Saint Christopher protects travelers and also protects from weather-related harm.
  • Saint Benedict protects the soul/spirit and also against poison.
  • Any God you have a relationship with may be called upon for protection. 

Witches Jars

A Witches Jar is a container spell that acts as a protective decoy. Items are placed in the jar to represent the person to be protected along with items that represent that protection; especially things like nails, pins and other sharp objects.

The idea is that if a witch casts a spell against the subject of the spell, the spell will go into the jar instead of into the person.


Protective wards may be physical or energetic objects. A ward may be placed around boundaries or at entrances. They may be physical objects of a particular material (see Protective Materials and Objects above), normal objects inscribed with protective symbols or energetic wards, created by the caster and invisible to onlookers. 

Learn More About Wards On the Internet

Mirror Spell

A mirror spell is a spell designed to reflect harmful energy sent toward you away and back to the sender. Generally, a small mirror is used for this spell. It is charged toward its purpose and placed near the subject’s sleeping area with the reflective surface pointing out and away from the house. It is a good idea to make sure the sun does not directly hit this mirror so as to avoid the possibility of fire. 

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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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