a spell for keeping someone the fuck out of your space

aka creating a metaphysical barrier around yourself.

let’s be real, at this point, many of us are getting some cabin fever. even if you’re a super introvert like me, you still like to go out and leave your home from time to time (alone, and devoid of humans).

and if you live with other people, whether its family or roommates, you may be at the breaking point with them by now. y0u don’t have to be an introvert to value your personal space and autonomy, and time to yourself.

and then, what about when we all go back to work and have to deal with that one annoying person in the office that just wants to talk, or can’t walk past our desk without commenting on something?

some of us are just really really good at resting bitch face, and we have mastered the ‘stay the fuck away from me vibe,’ while others are not quite comfortable there yet, or they are, but have a pest that seems impervious to our death stare.

and then there are cases where there’s just that person that cannot take the fucking hint, looking at you Chad, that we want them to fuck off.

so here’s how to create a metaphysical barrier around yourself that will both claim your personal space, and put off vibes that discourage others from bothering you. this is best used against or around people that you don’t care for deeply because its a rather repellent force, if you catch my drift.

what you will need:

  • you technically don’t need anything for this, as this can be done solely with your own meditative, grounding, and personal energetic powers
  • however, you may choose to bestow these repellent energies on a piece of jewelry, a charm/spell bag, or some other object you plan to keep with you

the spell:

i recommend you start out by grounding yourself first. here is a good exercise for doing that.

if you are using an external object, you should clear its energy first with burning herbs, cedar, palo santo, or incense.

  1. begin by sitting comfortably in a chair or on the floor.
  2. visualize your center of energy, whichever point on your body you prefer, whether it is a chakra or elsewhere. i find it feels natural to me to visualize this in my sacral plexus or heart.
  3. the energy is a glowing ball, pulsing inside you. the energy begins to pulse in wider ripples outward from its center.
  4. the ripples envelope you, like a glowing spherical envelope. maybe they are sparkling, or maybe they are rays of light flowing around a central point.
  5. push the boundaries of the light out around you to the point that you wish to establish your barrier. note that the farther away from you you push the light energy, the more difficult it will be to maintain it ongoing. i find that a foot or so, maybe a couple of feet tops, in any direction is typically sufficient.
  6. now visualize the glowing spherical envelope gradually being covered by something that would repel another person, but only on the exterior (the side facing everyone else, but not facing you).
  7. i like vines with thorns, or octopus tentacles with poisonous suction cups, but i have also used jagged metal spikes and protruding claws.
  8. get creative with your repellent element. picture it swirling around the outside of your bubble, ready to do battle on your behalf.
  9. if you are using an external object, at this point, you’ll want to hold it in the palms of both your hands together, about chest high. picture the protective barrier you’ve built sending one tendril inward, of just the glowing energy, and making a connection with the object.
  10. hold this image and visualize the object becoming one or synonymous with your repellent barrier. they are now connected, and where one goes, the other does, too. transfer the glowing center of energy from yourself to the object, as it is now your source of power for your barrier.
  11. if you are not going to use the barrier right now, gradually recede the repellent barrier from your glowing envelope and draw all of the glowing energy into the object you are holding. you will store it there for when you need it.
  12. if you are not using an external object, at this point, you can leave your barrier up around you for as long as you need it, or you can slowly draw it back into that energy center, folding it up and putting it away for when you do need it next.

i would not recommend walking around with it up all day long, especially around loved ones, as they will likely feel it (children especially), unless your kids are the ones you’re trying to repel, and if that’s the case, then may i suggest just locking yourself in the bathroom for a bit? đŸ˜‰

when you do need it, you’ll either ‘activate’ it from your external object into which you placed it, or you’ll ‘activate’ it from within yourself, where you tucked it away after its last use. open up that energy center and let the glowing envelope reshape itself, then let your repellent barrier surround its exterior, and hold it there in place, sending out unwelcoming vibes around you.

these types of barriers can be very energy intensive to maintain, and, therefore, are not for everyday use, usually. or, if you do use them every day, if its possible, make sure to give yourself a break from time to time, or practice grounding to refill your own internal energy.

i recommend using them only when you need them most, and then putting them away for safe storage.

i find this spell is super effective the more negative vibes you pour into that outer shell. i know in many circles, people want to talk about love and light and ‘good witchcraft’, but let’s be real, darkness and negativity exist, and without them, we would not have light and positivity. they have a purpose in witchcraft.

use that darkness and negativity to build and shape this barrier to your will, and it will do its job.

maybe those thorns or tentacles actually shoot out from time to time and poke that person metaphysically, just to really make them go away. not saying i do that, but *air quotes* hypothetically, you know…

if you’re only ever going to put love and happiness into it, it probably won’t actually repel anyone because then you’re putting those vibes out around you, which are likely to draw others in (and this is completely okay if your goal is to draw others in, but that’s not the point of this spell).

if i want to really repel someone, i am going to create an essence that gives them no doubt that i am an absolute bwitch

a general protection spell for these weird times…

so, wow, things are kinda strange for all of us right now, right? I’m sure there’s nobody reading this (if you’re reading it in March 2020) that hasn’t been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at this point, in some small or large way.

Protection is on everyone’s mind. Whether its protection from illness, protection from economic disaster, protection from social unrest, or other possibly terrible outcomes we may all be afraid of at this time.

I’ve put together a very basic protection spell that you can use as is, or which you can adapt to further personalize for your own needs.

If you want to read a little bit about protection spells in general, or want something you can do quickly that does not require anything other than yourself, check out this post on what protection spells are.

What you will need:

  • an oil or two of your choice. These oils are great for protection magick:
    • basil
    • cedarwood
    • geranium
    • lemon
    • oregano
    • sandalwood
    • thyme
  • an herb or two of your choice. These herbs hold great power and symbolism in protection magick:
    • basil
    • black pepper
    • coriander
    • fennel
    • garlic
    • lime
    • rosemary
    • there are lots of others, so please feel free to substitute based on your specific needs!
  • a pot of water or a mortar and pestle (choose one, you don’t need both)
  • if using a mortar and pestle to grind your herbs and oils, I recommend getting a small piece of fabric (at least 6″x6″) and a string, in which you will place the contents to keep with you or to hang above the entrance to your home
  • salt, to cast a circle in which to work

How to cast the spell:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Optional: you can dab a few small drops of each of the oils you’ve chosen onto your forehead, heart, belly, wrists, or other places on your body before beginning. I’m a huge fan of scent magic, and find that our sense of smell can play an enormous role in how powerfully we channel our energy and get into our best state of mind for spellcasting!
  3. Gather all of ingredients
  4. If using a kitchen pot, sprinkle a circle of salt around you and your workspace (this is probably the space immediately surrounding your stove). Fill the pot with ~2-3 cups of purified, spring, or distilled water. Place a couple tablespoons of each herb and 5-6 drops of each oil in the water. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. If using the mortar and pestle, sprinkle a circle of salt around you and your workspace. Place a tablespoon of each herb and about 3-4 drops of each oil in the mortar. Grind them together thoroughly, turning the mortar bowl clockwise as you do so with your free hand.
  6. As your spell mixture either boils or is ground, feel free to call upon any deities or energies with whom you work or feel compelled to entreat with, then repeat the following words five (5) times:

“Encircle [name what/who you wish to protect] in your mighty arms

Protect [name what/who you wish to protect] from all harm

Reflect back and return all ill

I have spoken, this is my will”

7. If you are boiling on the stove, leave your mixture to boil for at least one hour afterward, permeating your home and all its corners. Hint: sometimes I let this cool off after a couple of hours and then put into a spray bottle, which I save and re-apply to the doors, windows, and passageways periodically throughout the next month. If not saving to spray later, dump the content out into your garden or other outdoor space to return the herbs and oils to the earth.

8. If you are using the mortar and pestle, scrape your mixture from the mortar bowl and place into the center of the fabric scrap. Bring all 4 corners of the scrap together so that it makes a pouch and tie the string around the fabric to create a sealed charm bag. Keep the bag with you, give it to the person you are protecting, or place it near the entrance to your home, depending on your desired target of protection. When you feel like you no longer need this, or if it has been a year, empty the contents of your charm back to the earth.

what is a protection spell?

Protection spells may be one of the first types of spells you work when you’re new to witchery. And they are quite simple to construct, as spells really can be fluid and of your own making. They just need to include the items or words that are meaningful to YOU in order to be meaningful when performed.

Protection is considered a ‘constructive’ magick, which means it is most powerful when performed during the waxing part of the moon cycle, but, certainly, you can do it at any time of the moon cycle you feel necessary and it will still be productive.

These types of spells can be used to clear away negative or harmful energy or to protect your space, item(s), or a person/people from negative or harmful forces.

Most protection spells have the follow elements to consider:

  • timing
  • strong feeling/emotions/will/intent
  • a flame (candles, sage, palo alto, etc can all be burned to produce a flame)
  • a scent (can be incense burning, a scented candle, scented oil, fresh or dried herbs, etc)
  • a spoken direction, request, intention, or incantation,
  • other optional items:
    • a charm or talisman to imbue with protective qualities
    • crystals

A note on timing, because I know some people have strong feelings one way or the other about this:

Both timing and feeling are important, but feeling or emotional will far outweighs the affect that timing can bring to a well-constructed spell, or can even enhance the effectiveness of a poorly constructed spell performed on the wrong night.

In other words, its more important that you use your emotions and willpower or intent in a concentrated way to manifest the outcome of your spell than it is that you perform it on exactly the 11th hour of the 2nd full moon of the 14th year preceeding the return of Jupiter.

Protection spells don’t need physical items or elaborate rituals.

Try simply casting a circle around yourself and/or your intended subject(s) by visualizing a bright light starting from your heart chakra or third eye chakra, and allowing it to grow larger and brighter until it surrounds you or those you wish to protect.

Visualize the negative things around you deflecting off your shield, or simply disappearing as they come in contact with it, like a force field zapping them into oblivion.

This simple technique can work to create a barrier that allows in the positive and beneficial things you want, but filters the negative or harmful vibes, things, or people you wish to keep away. Picture it like a sieve or pasta strainer in which most things run off, but a few good things remain.

Remember to allow for this barrier to be fluid enough not to block absolutely everything that may come your way. This can yield an exceptionally heavy protective spell to carry around and will not be sustainable to keep up at all times.

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