This post is, as the name implies, all about protection. there could be many reasons right now why you may feel that you, a loved one, or just some people in general, need protection.
Protection spells for the home, your vehicle, your physical person, or a group of people are some of the most trending things online in the magickal community at the moment, and for good reason.
First, there’s social unrest. there’s no better way to say it. people are (rightfully) upset about police violence against people of color, and they’re marching, protesting, and voicing their concerns as Americans with rights guaranteed by our constitution.
So, perhaps you yourself are protesting, perhaps a friend or family member is, or perhaps you want to make sure the protesters out there are protected. this is one scenario I’ve seen often.
Another reason is the spiritual awakening and stirring up of the other side of the veil through more contact from the human realm, more energy poured into requests and spell workings, and even just because right now, a number of astrological events are going on that are making it easier for entities, both benevolent and potentially malevolent, to contact and interact with our world.
This might leave you feeling vulnerable to some of those energies, especially if they are unwanted. Even if they are wanted or at least neutral, this can still leave you drained and in need of some basic barriers.
So, let’s get down to the basics of protecting yourself, your property, and other people.
Personally, I usually like to build or design my own spells and rituals, as the more personal you make something, the more energetically invested you are, and the more likely it will be to be successful.
If you prefer to just read some words that someone else wrote and light a candle, that’s okay, but if they’re not your words and don’t resonate strongly with you, or are difficult for you to envision, they may not yield the results you want.
What I’ve put together here is a quick reference to tools such as deities, colors, crystals, plants/herbs, and other items that are commonly used in protection magick, so that you can pick and choose what you think will suit your needs best for your particular request.
Deities Associated With Protection
Regardless of which path you follow, its likely you’ll encounter a variety of deities, beings, or spirits that are or can be petitioned to provide protection for a variety of people and/or objects. This is not an exhaustive list, but I’ve tried to include the most common ones you’ll come across with established histories.
- Akewa (S. America): protector of women, especially from patriarchal systems
- Ancestors (yours!!): possibly one of the most important and first sources you should consult if this is protection associated with yourself or a relative/loved one
- Apollo (Greek): protector of the young
- Artemis (Greek): protector of unmarried young women
- Athena (Greek): originally a protectress of Athens, some invoke her for protection outside of that city
- Aziri (Africa): protects women from abusive men
- Banba (Irish): goddess of protection
- Bast (Egyptian): General protection, protection of women and children, but can be specific to those fighting wars or battles, too
- Bishamon-Ten (Japan): protector of human life, chaser of demons
- Brigid (Celtic): Especially for young people/youth; healing matters, especially for women
- Chun T’i (Chinese): protects against war
- Diana (Roman): protector of witches
- Durga (India): protection, triumph of good over evil
- Empanda (Roman): a goddess of general protection for those in need of it
- Esme (Welsh): general protection
- Faumea (Polynesian): protection goddess
- Freya (Norse): may be invoked for protection by her Valkyries;
- Frigga (Norse): protectress of women and children
- Gordafarid (Persian): protector of women, female bravery
- Green Tara (Buddhist): for spiritual and physical protection; for strength, for fearlessness, and for overcoming danger
- Gyhldeptis (N. American): protectress of the people
- Hebat (Mesopotamia): protection of women during war
- Hestia (Greek): protection of the home
- Horus (Egyptian): god of protection and war
- Inanna (Sumerian): protection of her followers
- Ishtar (Babylonian): protector of women, particularly those who have been wronged by men
- Isis (Egyptian): protector of marriage and love
- Juno (Roman): protector of women (also attributed as Hera, Greek goddess)
- Kuan Yin (Buddhist): Healing; she is also the patron protector of women, children, artists, and those who are imprisoned
- Lama (Mesopotamian): personal protection
- Maahes (Egypt): devourer of the guilty and protector of the innocent
- Mama Quilla (Incan): protectress of married women from harm
- Michael, archangel (Christian/Hebrew): physical and spiritual protection
- Minona (W. Africa): a protectress of women
- Oya (Yoruba): protectress of women
- Pellonia (Roman): a goddess who protects one from their enemies
- Pinga (Inuit): goddess of protection
- Princess Liễu Hạnh (Taoism): protector and emancipator of women
- Shakti (Hindu): protection and banishing
- Shekinah (Middle Eastern): protects humanity from evil
- Soteria (Greek): deliverance from harm and protection/safety
- Tawaret (Egyptian): protection from evil, protection of pregnant women
- Thor (Norse): protector of the common man
- Uni (Etruscan): protection of women from harm
- Vishnu (Hindu): god of protection, especially vanquishing evil
- Yemaya (Yoruba): Protection, especially of women
Colors Associated With Protection
The most commonly used color in protection spells, such as for candles, is black. Black has long been associated with protection spells and magick. White can also be used in protection magic, but is more commonly used for cleansing (negativity, harm, pain, etc).
Orange can be used to encourage power, both emotional and physical.
Grey can be used to bind negative people or influence.
Color associations can also be specific to the deity with whom you are working, or could be for offerings, as well.
Crystals Associated With Protection
- smoky quartz
- clear quartz
- black tourmaline
- kyanite (blue)
Plants and Herbs Associated With Protection
- bay leaves
- dragon’s blood
- pepper, black
- St John’s wort
- witch hazel
- graveyard dirt, esp from graves of your ancestors
- sea salt
- Florida water
- frankincense resin
- myrrh resin
- moon water
- crystal-infused water
Now, all that being said, you still need to put things together in such a way that makes sense for what you are asking, in other words, your specific outcome.
This could be assembled as a jar spell, it could be simply a candle you light and talk with a deity or ancestor, or it could be any number of other rituals or spells where you apply your intention and will toward your intended outcome.
And, I will also add here that when working with a deity or specific entity or spirit, regardless of color associations, plant associations, etc of protection, its usually best to have other or additional candles or items specific to that deity as well. So, if you’re working with a deity that resonates best with blue candles, include both a black candle for protection as well as a blue candle for your deity, got it? Similar for any other correspondence element.
Hopefully this gives you plenty to start with!