What you’ll need:
- Orange or black candle
- Sandalwood or another cleansing incense
- Glass jar or bottle
- Nails (older the better, but new ones are fine too!)
- Black pepper
- One garlic clove
- Oak leaves (optional)
- Fingernail clippings or hair, something personal
If you’d like to dress your candle, feel free. I like to tie ribbon around mine. In this case I have a black candle, so I’m using an orange ribbon tied in a simple bow.
Light your incense first, waft the smoke around you and use it to cleanse the space you’re working in. Whilst it’s burning, take a moment to ground yourself and reflect upon the past year and begin to think of what kind of protection you would like from the spell. Do you want protection from general negativity? Or protection from something more specific?
Once you are ready, light the candle stating out loud the purpose of the spell. Here’s a template statement;
Keep me safe,
Ward off the dangers of xxxxx
It doesn’t need to rhyme, don’t panic! Just make sure you speak clearly and with purpose, channeling these protective thoughts into the candle.
Let the candle burn itself out, break up the wax and put it in a glass jar, removing any dressings. Boil water, then as you would with chocolate or butter, submerge the bottom of the jar in the boiling water (be careful the glass will get hot!!!) and wait for the wax to soften. You can melt it if you like, but it only needs to be soft to hold onto the other items going in the jar.
Remove the jar and carefully, without burning yourself, begin to sprinkle nails into the wax. After that, add the clippings/hair, black pepper, cinnamon, garlic clove and the oak leaves to the jar. Wait for the glass to cool entirely before sealing. This would be the time to seal the jar with wax if you wish to do so.
Place the jar somewhere high and out of reach, now the negative energy will seek out the contents within the jar rather than you.