Protection magic is incredibly important if you’re going to practice witchcraft — even though if it isn’t the most interesting topic in “the craft.” Whether you’re a newbie witch or a seasoned and experienced spellcrafter, it is always a good idea to get acquainted with the various symbols, herbs and other correspondences that lend to giving protection spells their potency. The following article will list some of those correspondences, which will better inform you for when it comes to casting your own protection and security spells.

The Pentacle

Possibly the most common symbol in pagan spirituality, the pentacle is most often worn for protection. When circles are cast, in high magic, the pentacle is often represented within the circle. The five points of the star usually represent the elements, plus the spirit or self. In atheistic witchcraft, the fifth point may represent occult intelligence.

Even though the pentacle is a common symbol in witchcraft, it’s also been used throughout history as a protective symbol on Christian churches. Christians once used the five-pointed star to represent the five wounds Jesus Christ sustained during his crucifixion. The history of this spiritual symbol is rich and interesting.

Algiz (Elder Futhark)

The Algiz rune is often used as a symbol of protection by witches who follow various Norse spiritual paths. This symbolism is derived from various translations of what the rune represented alphabetically and culturally to ancient Norse people. To use Algiz for protection in your daily practice, you can wear the symbol in jewelry or incorporate it into sigils. If you meditate, you can experiment with chanting the translated sound of the Algiz rune, which sounds a bit like “all-wheeze.”

Crossed Spears (or swords/staffs/etc)

Simply put, the presence of crossed weapons conveys a message of self protection. It says “none shall pass,” so to speak. Incorporating simple crossed spears (or swords or staffs) in any of your written spells or candle carvings adds an extra protective touch to your spell work.

Herbs for protection

Various herbs possess protective qualities when used in spell work and meditation. The most commonly used protective herb in witchcraft is basil — and it’s incredibly easy to find. A common kitchen seasoning and garden herb, basil is an ideal addition to any kitchen witch’s collection — and a must if you’re cooking up a protection spell. Cinnamon is another commonly used herb used for protection, and due to its fiery nature it is often chosen when you want fast results. Echinacea is another useful herb for protection, both symbolically and materially. Echinacea is a popular supplement for boosting immune systems, so it’s a powerful herb to incorporate in healing and protection spells pertaining to sickness and physical wellbeing.

Protective Miscellany

Black candles are useful in protection spells (it’s a myth that they’re used for “evil” or “black” magic). Black is a color that absorbs all light, making it a powerful symbol for absorbing negativity. Lighting the candle during a protection spell metaphorically burns the negativity away.

Various gemstones and crystals are also symbolic in protection magic. Those gems include moonstone, bloodstone, carnelian and onyx. Of course, pretty much every crystal has some degree of protection attributed to it.

What matters to you

Everyone has their own memory triggers and things that personally create a sense of comfort. From the nostalgic smell of a favorite childhood dessert to the way a song from a particular era in your life makes you feel — these are all potentially powerful elements in spell work. What are some things that truly create a sense of safety, comfort and protection for you? Record these thoughts in your grimoire (or whatever you use to write down spells and occult related thoughts), and consider adding these things to your spells to make them more personal, and therefore more powerful. What’s important is finding what matters to you. If you do not personally connect with traditional symbolism, herb lore or crystals — then use what does connect with you.