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The Witches Bottle

If you practice any form of magic or spellcasting, you must defend yourself

It can be difficult to identify our enemies, but the reality is that most people have at least a few. That coworker who dislikes you or that neighbor who casts ill glances in your direction. When you are a magical worker, you may face a totally different set of possible problems. Even if you do not cast hexes or spells, it is easy to catch the evil eye and experience a shift in fortune.

There is a simple approach to avoid any potential annoyance and stop attackers in their tracks. And all that is needed is to create a potent Witch's Bottle. Protection against witchcraft and conjuring, witch bottles are counter-magical items. Yes, they were used to shield the average person from a witch's spells. A witch could also employ a bottle as a means of protection against other witches.

Like any sympathetic magic, the aim is to place something personal to the bewitched or witch in a bottle, followed by bent pins and other unpleasant materials that will poison and bring severe suffering to the witch or the individual attacking you.

During the late 16th and 17th centuries, witch bottles were regularly buried to guard off spells. The purpose of the witch bottle was to return the spell to the witch or individual who wished you harm. Historically, these bottles were made of stoneware, but nowadays glass jars work just as well.

Typical contents of a witch's bottle include urine, bent nails, and pins, fingernail cuttings, hair, sulfur, or brimstone.

So if you're a witch, you may desire to program your Witch-bottle to recharge itself through the energy it 'captures' for as long as the bottle remains intact, whether it years or millennia. Even if you are a newbie, you need only consider your goal for this bottle at the moment of its creation and express that you want it to convert all energy, both positive and negative, into neutral energy.

There are numerous variations of the witch's bottle in books and online. 


  • Tiny glass jar with a threaded cover
  • A variety of pointed items (Broken glass and pottery shards, razor blades, rusty nails and screws, pins and needles, and wood splinters are all good choices.)
  • Personal taglocks (A hair clipping or fingernail clipping will suffice)
  • Your urine
  • Toxic plants, chemicals, rust, and brimstone kill insects (if you can)
  • Duct tape, electrical tape, or molten wax are acceptable substitutes.
  • Optional exclusively for women: a tissue with a few drops of menstrual blood
  • Optional for men only: a tissue with a few drops of their own sperm


  1. Fill the jar at least halfway with sharp items, lay the taglocks on top, and, if desired, add blood or sperm.
  2. Completely fill the jar with urine, then secure the lid tightly.
  3. Use tape or wax to properly seal the lid.

Tradition dictates that the container should be buried at least one foot deep on your land and as close to the front entrance as possible so that it remains intact. However, if you live in an apartment, the conventional may not be at all practical. You will need to be resourceful.

You can either dig up your old witch's bottle and bring it to your new home, or you can create a new one and bury it on the grounds of your new residence.


If you want to bury it on your property, however, keep in mind that you will need to prepare a replacement if you sell your home or move.


References: K, Faerie. "Haunted Bottles." The Boiling Pot. The Cauldron, published in 2016 Web.