Spell Remnants: How to Dispose of Your Ritual Remains
By Allorah Rayne
Weaving a spell can be complex. Sometimes you labor over a spell for weeks but once the spell is finished, you can’t decide what to do with the remains. There are a variety of ways to dispose of spell remnants and the meanings behind the disposal can vary depending on the spell itself, the deity you’re working with if any, and type of magick you practice. Many people fear the disposal process for fear that, if done incorrectly, the spell won’t work. Here we’ll clear up some misconceptions and teach you how to dispose of your spell remains.
The First Things to Consider with Spell Remnants: What Kind of Spell Is It?
If you’ve cast a spell and it’s already manifested, you might be wondering how to dispose of the remnants. The first thing you should consider is this: was it a spell to attract something to you OR to dispel something away from you? If it’s the first, like a love spell or prosperity spell, consider keeping the remnants close at hand. For example, burying in the yard, garden or even at the bottom of a drawer. You can also re-use some of the spell remnants – things like crystals, tools, etc.
But if you are trying to eradicate something from your life, do you really want that spell’s energy lingering around you or your home? In these cases, it’s best to get rid of the spell in its entirety far away from your space. For example, if you’ve done a working to send someone far away…and that person is now gone, you’ll want to be rid of those spell remnants ASAP via trash (going out that day), a dumpster on the other side of town, if it’s flushable down the potty (never underestimate the power of a good FLUSH), burying at appropriate places OFF of your property, etc. You can learn more about the power of burying with certain dirts here.
Throwing Away Spell Remnants
While spell remnant disposal is an important issue, sometimes proper disposal isn’t possible. While not advised for most workings, tossing spell remnants into the garbage may be your only option. This is especially the case for folks who live in big cities with nowhere to bury spell remains. If you’re confined to the house due to illness, etc. If this is your only option for whatever reason, I would advise that you make an offering or petition as soon as you can to accommodate for improper disposal.
However, there is an aside to the ‘don’t throw it away’ rule. In cases where you have worked a banishment, return to sender, or a hex of any kind, finding a less than cleanly means of disposal is well advised. Meaning, if you feel the target or situation around the spell is “trash”, what better way to dispose of the spell and/or keep it working than throwing it away? Garbage dumps and port-a-potty’s make excellent disposal sites for those type of workings. Another great site of disposal for hexes are construction sites. This is because your working will not only be buried but will be ‘repeatedly hammered into the ground.’
WARNING: With any disposal of spell remnants, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, make sure that you have the proper authority to dispose of your remains. You do not want to risk civil and legal repercussions for trying to dispose of spell remnants on private property.
Can I re-use and recycle spell remnants?
Spell remnants may also, on occasion, be reused. For example, if you are working a spell with a vigil candle, the glass may be able to be cleansed, blessed, and reused for another working later. I also tend to re-use crystals and stones depending on the spell’s intention. When I choose to recycle spell craft items, I like to bury them in a bucket of salt for anywhere from 10-30 days depending on the working. Once they finish in the salt, I move them into a blessed rain or moon water bath for 3-5 days. Reusing any ingredients from a banishment, return-to-sender, or hex is ill-advised. Though I’ve seen practitioners keep a mirror SOLELY for the purposes of reversal (return to sender) spells. But they typically keep this mirror concealed in a black bag and cleanse it thoroughly between each working.
Spell Remnant Disposal with the Elements
Right. So now down to the nitty gritty. Just like we use the elements in our spell work, so too are they used for its disposal. The power of mother nature is incredible and shows us through spell workings her ability to construct and destruct. The elements don’t always provide the necessary means of disposal, and for that, we must use our creativity, intuition, and good sense.
Here are some of the most common and easiest ways to dispose of spell remains:
Fire and Air: Burning spell remnants is a great way to dispose of things. Fire can burn spell remnants to ash to be carried by the winds out into the universe in swift fashion. This is a great way to dispose of remnants from candle and petition magick, dreams, sex magick, self and spirit workings. Fire pits, cauldrons, and stoves can all be used for disposal purposes. Some traditions advise against burning spell remnants as it can be symbolic of burning down your spell working or is only advised in a hex working. The thought behind this is burning sends away. If that is the case in your tradition, you would want to burn workings related to getting rid of something instead of calling it to you.
Water: Releasing biodegradable spell remnants into natural waters like streams, creeks, and rivers is a great method of disposal for workings which involve healing, cleansing, fertility, protection (on occasion), and abundance. Water flows and washes, and so facilitates continuous empowerment of a spell upon its disposal. In some traditions, water is used to dispose of hexes. For example, if you work a hex that involves banishing someone, flushing spell remnants down the toilet symbolizes flushing them from your life. If you use water to dispose of your spell, make sure all ingredients are biodegradable, environmentally safe, and won’t clog your toilet!
Using Earth to Rid Spell Remnants
Earth: Burying spell remnants is another great method of disposal for workings of protection, prosperity, abundance, and success. These spells often work best when buried on your property or at a crossroads. The earth is strength, stability, and slow which aligns best with workings you want to work over the long term. To ensure that your working remains permanent, be sure to bury the spell remnants in a location where they won’t be dug up.
In some traditions burying spell remains is also good for certain types of hex work. However, hexes usually call for the burial process to be carried out at the crossroads or a graveyard. Intuition plays a great part in the burial of spell remains. In some cases, the burial is best placed at a location significant to your spell working. However, because we live in modern times and have a legal system to contend with, make sure that wherever you wish to bury your remains won’t get you in any legal troubles. Then you’ll have to do a spell to fix your spell and that’s just extra work!
Spell Remnants and Closure
Disposing of spell remnants is a ritual in and of itself that can bring empowerment and closure to a working. Whatever way you choose to dispose of your workings, be sure to consult the tradition of any magickal practice or deity you are working with regarding the spell to ensure the most favorable outcome.
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About Allorah Rayne
Allorah Rayne is a practitioner of amnestic witchcraft and has been part of the online spiritual community since 2012. Her introduction to Tarot was the age of nine and she pursued more intensive learning at fifteen. Allorah is the founder of the Wayfaring Witch © where she offers occult readings, mentorship, and supplies. She is also the co-founder of Spread This, Witches!, a community centered divination organization. And co-host of Otherworldly Oracle Official Podcast and Mimir’s Well Podcast. You can contact Allorah at the following social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and YouTube or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.