Witch's Protection Bottle

Just a few days ago, I made my own Witch's Protection Bottle using Cascarilla Powder and Graveyard Dirt. I'd come across this adorable vial and I knew this would be the perfect use for it.

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I gathered my Graveyard Dirt from the foot of Isaac Hayes' grave- for those who may not know, Isaac Lee Hayes was a soul singer and actor from Covington, Tennessee. I combined this with a bit of graveyard dirt from some powerful movers and shakers involved in Civil Rights, and even with a little dirt from the grave of a musician who played with Johnny Cash! Yassssssss! ;)

 

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So let's get started! The first thing I did was grind my Cascarilla powder. This was done using dried white eggshells I'd been saving for a while. 

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   What is Cascarilla Powder?

Cascarilla can be traced back to the native traditions of West Africa. Among other beliefs, the people of this region brought to the New World the concept of sacred white earth they called efun. They believed this substance could provide an individual with protection against evil. Cut off from their ancestral lands, they sought an alternative that could achieve the same effects. This came in the form of an herbal powder called cascarilla. The finely ground outer bark of this large, tropical shrub was already known among the Caribbean natives for its medicinal properties that included reducing fevers, operating as an expectorant, and even clearing flatulence. In fact, the word cascarilla refers to any kind of outer skin or husk. Cascarilla also happened to possess a nearly white color. Over time, Santeria practitioners transitioned from using this herbal powder to using crushed egg shells. These were easier to come by, and the symbolism of the life-giving egg also made it very attractive. 

Cascarilla has two primary abilities. First, it has the power to expel negative energy in all its forms. Second, it creates a barrier between the natural and supernatural realms. With these capabilities, cascarilla can be applied to any number of situations. Since it’s usually in pressed chalk form, it has some flexibility in how it can be used. It’s even possible to use it in the form of a loose powder or incorporate it into candles or incense for even greater coverage. 

Cascarilla wards off negative energy regardless of its source. This can include negativity you accumulate through your own trials and tribulations that life throws at you.

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Once I'd made a nice powder, I then added in my Graveyard Dirt.

 

Typically, when one gathers graveyard dirt from the foot of a grave it means one is gathering the dirt to bring another harm/ill will. However, there are NO issues with modifying things when your intentions are clear. I personally don't believe in using something this intimate to bring another harm, so when I gather from the foot of a grave, I'm gathering for protection purposes.

Typically, when one gathers graveyard dirt from the foot of a grave it means one is gathering the dirt to bring another harm/ill will. However, there are NO issues with modifying things when your intentions are clear. I personally don't believe in using something this intimate to bring another harm, so when I gather from the foot of a grave, I'm gathering for protection purposes.

I use ground coffee in my spells and rituals... A LOT. It adds a huge boost to your magick, especially fiery/ Earth-based spells. It repels parasitic entities, thus protecting our energy, and it's what I typically serve in libation during rituals involving spirit communication. 

I use ground coffee in my spells and rituals... A LOT. It adds a huge boost to your magick, especially fiery/ Earth-based spells. It repels parasitic entities, thus protecting our energy, and it's what I typically serve in libation during rituals involving spirit communication. 

When making things like this, I feel it's so important to have made your own associations and connections, and to incorporate things that instill a sense of security in you. For this reason, I added dried Rose petals and Echinacea flowers. Rose petals uplift and gather loving energy, while Echinacea happens to be my plant spirit ally. Echinacea is a powerful healer and a virtual cure-all. Echinacea petals can also help boost clairvoyant and psychic abilities.

When making things like this, I feel it's so important to have made your own associations and connections, and to incorporate things that instill a sense of security in you. For this reason, I added dried Rose petals and Echinacea flowers. Rose petals uplift and gather loving energy, while Echinacea happens to be my plant spirit ally. Echinacea is a powerful healer and a virtual cure-all. Echinacea petals can also help boost clairvoyant and psychic abilities.

Once I'd scooped the ingredients into my bottle, I proceeded to add these glittery birthday candles we'd bought for our aunt's birthday cake! I LOVE incorporating glitter because it happens to be a power booster and intention amplifier. I used only blue, purple, and dark pink candles; I'm a stickler for associations in my Craft ;) 

Once I'd scooped the ingredients into my bottle, I proceeded to add these glittery birthday candles we'd bought for our aunt's birthday cake! I LOVE incorporating glitter because it happens to be a power booster and intention amplifier. I used only blue, purple, and dark pink candles; I'm a stickler for associations in my Craft ;) 

So I lit my candles to seal my bottle. I don't often do any kind of incantations; my energy is usually what I feel casts a spell, paired with the meditation on my intentions and the outcome. 

So I lit my candles to seal my bottle. I don't often do any kind of incantations; my energy is usually what I feel casts a spell, paired with the meditation on my intentions and the outcome. 

To further seal, I grabbed one of my spelled wax castings of clove, pine, Echinacea, and ground coffee. 

To further seal, I grabbed one of my spelled wax castings of clove, pine, Echinacea, and ground coffee. 

You want the candles to burn all the way down. As I waited and watched, I petitioned my closest spirits to aid in my spellwork. 

You want the candles to burn all the way down. As I waited and watched, I petitioned my closest spirits to aid in my spellwork. 

I envisioned the warmth of the flame as a representation of comfort and safety. Once complete, I snipped the remaining tips of the candle wicks, thanked the spirits I worked with closely, and voila! My own Witch's Protection Bottle! I keep this one at home, and I plan on making one to wear around my neck and another to keep at my studio!

I envisioned the warmth of the flame as a representation of comfort and safety. Once complete, I snipped the remaining tips of the candle wicks, thanked the spirits I worked with closely, and voila! My own Witch's Protection Bottle! I keep this one at home, and I plan on making one to wear around my neck and another to keep at my studio!

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I hope you enjoyed, and I hope this gives you some inspiration for your very own Witch's Protection Bottle! 

   Stay dope and mystical!

 

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