Today, dear readers, we have for your consideration a sort of Paranormal Supplies PSA (Paranormal Safety Announcement). Enjoy!
A concept known since ancient times, Witch Bottles have been historically viewed as charms of protection against witches. But, since modernity marches on, the term (and charm itself) seems to be more frequently used by witches (and those in the metaphysical circle) as a ward against negative energies in general.
Considering that, to outsiders, a typical Witch Bottle is nothing more than a simple glass jar filled to the brim with garbage, it’s far from a glamorous topic. But, if you’re worried about your supernatural safety, this may be just the answer you’ve been looking for!
The most important, and obvious ingredient of a Witch Bottle is, of course, the bottle. The shape, color, and size of bottle is unimportant, but generally something around the size of a medium-sized mason jar is considered ideal. Glass is the preferred material, since it will not biodegrade and is sturdy enough to withstand burial (this is crucial).
Now that we’ve obtained our bottle, we can focus on the interior and protective properties therein.
The layout of a witch bottle is intended to somewhat resemble a magic circle. Therefore, the first layer of the jar is usually devoted to a salt circle. These are, of course, a recognized ward against malevolent energies. Simply pour some sea salt into the bottom of the bottle, enough to thoroughly cover the base and heel, providing a flat and purified foundation for the rest of your bottle.
The second layer of your jar will consist of a bunch of rusty nails. They don’t necessarily have to be nails per se, just a pile of any rusted, dangerous, sharp metal objects. The purpose behind these objects is to “impale” the negative energies, to shred them and protect the owner from any ill intent. This is probably going to be the widest band of the bottle, fill it about halfway with these objects. But be sure not to cut yourself. Obviously.
The third layer of the bottle is meant to symbolize the bottle’s owner. There are a few ways you can do this, but almost all of them involve a piece of the owner’s body. The most commonly used of these would be the owner’s own urine (we told you this wasn’t glamorous). However, for the more squeamish among our readers (believe us, we understand), anything from finger/toenails to strands of hair to spit to blood can be used as a substitute. This ingredient will essentially act as an identifier, telling the bottle who it’s meant to work to protect. Some have foregone this step, using a tied-up piece of cloth or paper with the owner’s name written on it, but it is not recommended, as in the magic sphere, names have immense power and should not be given out freely (especially in a ward).
The final component of the Bottle itself is the seal. Take the lid the bottle came with and affix it as normal, and seal it with melted wax from a black candle. This will serve as the final layer of banishment, and in effect activates the ward.
After you’ve completed your Witch Bottle, the final step of protecting yourself is storing it. Most practitioners agree that a Witch Bottle is ideally buried, either near your most-used home entrance or the farthest corner of your property. Some prefer keeping their bottles inside of their homes or near the hearth, but this would keep the ward from working until after negative energies have entered your home, so it is not recommended.
In the ever-evolving world of paranormal investigation, sometimes one can forget to look out for their own wellbeing. Perhaps today’s article has opened some minds to some protection methods a little beyond the norm.
So, dear readers, have you any stories or suggestions involving paranormal safety? We’d love to hear from you!