|Briars were the inspiration for this protective ritual.|
One last prefacing note:
Before you begin any part of this ritual, make sure that the space you wish to cleanse and ward is physically clean of dust as well as neat and organized. If you’re room, house, or apartment is a mess on the physical plane, then the spiritual/ethereal/Other plane likely resembles it. Furthermore, the mess provides lots of little spots for negativity to accumulate.
- Juniper berries, dried works fine
- Rainbow obsidian, I used a polished tumbled stone, but any form works
- Salt, preferably sea salt although any will do
- Black candle, preferably with some protective herbs or oils in the mix
- Chalice, bowl, large shell, or some other water-safe container
- Water, I like to collect rain and use that, but hey—water is water
- Hanging chimes (see previous entry)
1. Prepare for ritual in your customary fashion. Whatever you normally do, do. If you want, you can even cast a circle, although because of the nature of this particular ward, a circle is unnecessary. Set forth the salt, water, chalice, obsidian, juniper berries, hanging chimes, and black candle on your alar.
2. Sit before your altar in a comfortable position and meditate, focusing your will and gathering energy. When you can feel your body humming (or however the “ready” feeling presents to you), light the black candle.
3. Pour the water and salt into the chalice slowly while chanting:
Salted water, crystal clear,4. Hold the obsidian in your palm, then place it in the water as well, so that it comes to rest at the bottom of the chalice. Chant:
Bless, cleanse, and purify.
Smooth obsidian, black as night,5. Take the chalice and, in a clockwise direction, sprinkle the salt water around the room or space you wish to cleanse. Splash a little extra on any doors or windows, as these are likely to be higher-traffic locations, as well as the corners of the room(s).
Banish evil from my sight.
Whether human, ghost, or toad,
Or else some demon from below,
Repel all that would do me harm;
Strengthen my protection charm.
6. When you have completed the cleansing portion (salt water), take the juniper berries and hide them, clockwise, along the perimeter of the cleansed area so that the berries are both hidden from sight and unlikely to be moved due to future vacuuming. Envision each berry connected to the next with a line of dark, blue-green energy. As you do so, chant—as many times as necessary to complete the perimeter—the following:
Juniper, with berries brave,7. Return to the altar, removing the chimes and the chalice. Hang the chimes somewhere near the doorway or primary entrance. Sprinkle water from the chalice onto the chimes, while saying:
With you a barrier I create.
Let none pass against my will,
Neither through door nor windowsill.
You will be a moat, a line of power;
Guard me well within my tower.
I fashioned you with my own hands,8. Give the chimes a good jingle, then return to the altar with the candle. Return to a meditative state, envisioning the complete line of power stretching between each juniper berry along the perimeter of the room. Use that line to anchor your ward as you build walls of briars and brambles from the ground (floor) up to the ceiling. Work slowly, entwining the briars of your mind securely, so that nothing can get through without your consent. Envision the briars climbing around the door—add strength to the door, and a heavy lock that your will alone can open—and connecting in arches at the ceiling. As you build, chant the following rhyme three times (if it takes you longer than three to fully envision your briar ward, then simply pause between repetitions or recite it more slowly):
From yarn and shells, pearl and bone.
I fashioned you by my own design,
From glass and metal, wood and stone.
I fashioned you with a purpose,
Which I charge you now to perform:
Whenever something crosses my threshold,
Me you shall then inform.
By the power of Earth and Sky,As you say each line, envision the words solidifying, thickening, and strengthening the bramble barrier you are building, the dark blue-green energy of the juniper berries flowing through the vines and briars as well as the floor beneath you. If you wish, you can add the moat and the shield as well. (I did.)
I send away all Evil Eye,
Banish dark and dangerous power,
Day by day, hour by hour.
Surround me with protective briar,
A moat of Water, a shield of Fire.
From the arrow and from the sword,
Here I build my magic ward.
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If you wish to build your ward on another metaphor, instead of my cozy little bramble patch, you can create it out of stone or brick or wood or, really, anything you feel more comfortable with. Another, more general, and less-cheesy incantation is below:
From evil, from illness, from danger,9. When you have completely constructed your barriers, send one last jolt of energy through them for good measure, then slowly return to center and withdraw to a normal state of consciousness. Extinguish the candle. Do whatever you do when you finish a ritual, then go about your daily life. However, every so often, it helps to close your eyes and “see” the ward in place, just to make sure it’s still strong and healthy. Furthermore, whenever you use the door, imagine that you are opening—however briefly—your envisioned “door,” then closing it again as you leave. It helps to maintain the spell.
From all of those who seek to harm,
From above and from below,
From North, from East, from South, from West,
I protect this space and all who in good will enter.