Spiritual Protection: How to Protect Yourself Against Negative Spirits
Be it an individual who doesn’t like you and is throwing magical shade or be it an unwanted spirit, witches HAVE to learn how to protect themselves from spiritual attack. I’ve been through it all with spirits and witches trying to attack my psyche. Here’s how I get rid of unwanted entities and protect from all sorts of spiritual intrusion on a regular basis. It’s something I like to call protective magical maintenance.
3 Important Steps for Spiritual Protection
1. Cleansing (Your FIRST Step for Spirit Protection)
Cleansing is so important to keep you and your home free of negative energy build-up. Negative energy builds and stagnates. And if it’s not removed spiritually, negative energy causes all sorts of problems in the home: depression, discord (arguments), illness, and it attracts malevolent spirits. Negative energy leaves you more susceptible to psychic attacks. It weakens your shield.
How often should I cleanse my house and self?
Some people think one smoke-cleansing ritual in their house is enough to protect them from future intrusion and attacks. Sorry, folks. One cleansing ritual isn’t enough. I recommend cleansing your home once a month. Or after illness, death, or other tragedies or intrusions of any kind. If you sense an unwanted spirit is in your house, cleansing combined with banishing is required (see below for more info. on how to eradicate a spirit).
Cleansing your space with smoke is one of the most effective methods, but not everyone can use smoke. Other cleansing rituals include using sound (bells and high vibe music), sweeping with your besom, and/or spraying a cleansing infusion all over the house. Here’s our full article on the various cleansing methods, if you need to learn more.
Cleanse yourself AT LEAST once a month. Once a week is better! It’s as easy as taking a cleansing ritual bath OR shower. Or smoke-cleansing with an herb bundle of your choice. I prefer rosemary but sage, palo santo, cedar, sweetgrass and juniper are also great options.
2. Laying Wards (And Re-charging Them)
Once you’ve cleansed your home and self, it’s time to lay wards around your home and/or property. What is a ward? A ward is a magical object that’s job is to “ward off” negative energy, spirits, and dark magic. Your choices for powerful wards include: 4 pieces of black tourmaline or obsidian, OR 4 small statues of a protective god/spirit/angel. Yet another option is to use rocks from your property and paint or draw protective symbols on them.
Charge your wards with your intentions to protect your property and home. Hold them in your hands and visualize your intentions. I anoint my wards in protection oil to give them an extra kick. Place your wards in the 4 corners of your property, praying or invoking your gods and guardians over each ward. Bury them. Then I like to visualize negative energy trying to intrude on my property and see my 4 wards creating a fiery shield around my home. When the negative energy tries to come in, the shield extinguishes it or shoots it off into space.
How often should you re-charge or replace your wards?
Once you’ve laid your wards around your home, don’t forget they need a re-charge or to be replaced every 3 months. If you used a perishable stone or crystal, replace the crystal entirely. A stone with protective symbols, dig them up and draw the symbol back onto the wards. If they were statues, dig them up, clean, cleanse and re-charge by whatever method you prefer. Lay your wards on your altar and ask your gods and/or ancestors to bless them and charge them with protection.
Something my mom and I call sealing is an important part of spirit protection maintenance. Sealing refers to a magical ritual that symbolically “locks out” negative energy and entities. There are two ways I seal my home: by drawing symbols on my windows and doors AND/OR by spreading salt or some other protective powder over my thresholds. The salt absorbs negative energy that’s lingering in the doorways AND keeps negative energy out. The symbols drawn on your windows and doors act as a spiritual lock. Only YOU should know what symbols you use to protect your home.
When should you seal your home or refresh your seals for spirit protection?
Every Waning Moon, I cleanse my house and seal my doorways and windows with symbols and salt. Sometimes I use my own recipe for home protection powders instead of salt. Or red brick dust. Change it up and see which ones you feel are most effective for spirit protection.
Spiritual Protection: Banishing Spirits
Banishing. Eradicating. Exorcising. Whatever you’d like to call it, sometimes spirits slip through our defenses. Sometimes spirits are sent to us to torment us by other witches or malevolent practitioners. Wherever the spirit came from, now it’s in your space and bothering you. Maybe even harassing you or your family members. How do you get rid of unwanted spirits? Go back to step #1: cleansing. But while cleansing, you’re going to tell the spirit it’s not wanted in your home. That it’s NOT invited and not welcome. That it must LEAVE immediately and never return. Be stern and stand your ground. Once you’re done, call on positive energy to replace the negative in your home. I typically invoke my ancestors and guides’ presence. Then move along with laying your wards and sealing your home, etc.
In addition, a cleansing bath to free yourself of negative energy is important. I also recommend trying a cord cutting ritual to make sure there are no harmful attachments to others.
Other Means of Spiritual Protection
My way is by no means the ONLY way to protect yourself against negative spirits. But it has served me well. But be aware, even if you do everything you can to protect yourself sometimes things slip through. That’s why it’s important to know how to banish an unwanted spirit. If you cleanse, ward and seal regularly, you will notice a difference! In addition, I recommend making and burying a witch bottle if you suspect another witch is casting magick against you. Bury it close to your bedroom window. Reversal spells are also sometimes required, particularly for witches who are in the limelight. Who have to protect themselves from jealous conjurors, etc.
Crystals that Protect from Psychic Attack
I’ll never tell you that a crystal will prevent you from psychic attack. Because I’ve found this to be false. At least for me. However, crystals can help prevent psychic attacks and strengthen your protective bubble. Selenite is a wonderful crystal to raise the vibrations and bring in divine white light in a dark situation. Obsidian is a known spirit-deflector, in particular in the case of psychic attacks. Black tourmaline is another favorite as it’s main function is to absorb negativity. Tiger’s eye is a great crystal for spiritual protection too.
Amulets for Spiritual Protection
Just as you placed 4 protective wards around your property, you can WEAR a magical ward. Amulets are magical items a witch wears to keep spirits and dark magic away. Amulet = ward away. Any of the crystals mentioned above make great amulets, especially when charged in the moonlight with intention. OR when blessed with the energy of our gods and ancestors. See how to choose and charge a protective amulet here. Re-charge your amulets once a month. Amulets can also be pendants with protective symbols, patches sewn into your favorite jacket, symbols painted on the bottom of your shoes.
Relationship with Gods and Ancestors
One of the most rewarding and protective experiences you could have is to develop a relationship with gods and ancestors. Your ancestors will become your biggest protectors (in fact, they have been protecting you your entire life)! My gods are also protective of me, my house and my family. When you have a good relationship with protective spirits, call on them to ward your home of negative energy. Place your amulet on their altar and ask them to bless and charge it. When doing protection spells, call on your gods and ancestors’ energy for ultimate manifestation.
Raise the Vibration for the BEST Spiritual Protection
What do we mean when we say “raise the vibrations”? It means to elevate your energy, mind, spirit and align with positivity. The best spiritual protection is being a healthy, self-aware individual. When our energy is low and our auras are cloudy, we have tears in our defenses that allow negative spirits through. Evaluate your life and think of things you can do to raise your vibrations.
Give up smoking. Stop drinking. Eat healthier and get some exercise. When we don’t take care of our bodies, we also neglect our minds. Anxiety and depression are two states of being that also lower our defenses. When I was having panic attacks and at my most anxious in my entire life, this is when I went through a major psychic attack. After I went through the cleansing and protection process, I let go of my fears and raise my vibrations. And bam. The spirit was gone and no more psychic attacks!