I’ve spoken about Witch Bottles before, their history and how they were mainly used for protection. I’ve been asked though if they can be used for other purposes, and they certainly can be.
So without further ado, let’s get on with a few ideas about how you can use these magick vessels for help with pretty much anything.
The first thing to remember when you set out to make a witch bottle is that you should perform your usual clearing ritual, and call upon the spirits to bless you in your workings. You wouldn’t put fresh food on a dirty plate, so think of it in those terms. Well some people might, but it’s not recommended, and if those are your habits, I would suggest investing in some paper plates.
To begin with you need to assemble your materials. Any kind of bottle or vessel that can be sealed is fine. You can use glass or ceramic bottles, whichever you have to hand and feels right to you for the purpose.
The items or “correspondences” you are going to use are decided by what type of bottle you are putting together, and we’ll go through a few things you could use in a moment. When you have the correspondences together, you need to place your intent within the items and the bottle. Imagine that you are charging them with your thoughts and purpose.
Once you have done this, you place the items inside the bottle, then seal it and choose the place that you are going to store it. Those are the general guidelines for putting your bottle together.
It was also fairly common practise to use items such as pins, nails or even stinging nettles to protect the bottle from prying eyes, even if the bottle was for a beneficial purpose. Again, you wouldn’t want to go putting all of your efforts into a working only to have mischievous, curious fingers poking into your affairs … These could be placed inside the bottle, which would also help to “trap” the intent, or on the outside as a more obvious warning not to touch.
The first ones I’m going to talk about are for the purposes of bringing things to you.
You can create a prosperity witch bottle for example. Popular correspondences for a prosperity bottle could include things like cinnamon, basil, mint, nutmeg, green aventurine, carnelian, cloves, honey, a splash of wine or liquor, coins, rice and maybe shredded pay stubs from a pay packet where you had lots of tips or overtime. You can also use moss to fill any gaps if you wish. The bottle doesn’t have to be filled to the brim, but my general feeling is that if you do, it gives you the added intent of abundance. My clients will know that when I blend oils, I tend to follow this route – the bottles are always filled right to the very top, as I like to cram in as much magick as I can. Sometimes this can make the oils a little slow to get out of the bottles, but believe me, everything is there for a purpose – and I hope I’ve ironed out that little wrinkle by switching over to using pipettes.
But I digress … When the container is filled to your satisfaction, seal the bottle using wax from a green or gold candle. As you want to draw prosperity towards you, it is a good idea to store this type of working in your home. Find a nice, safe place to leave it to work its magick for you. Some people choose to hide them away, but again, as long as it’s not disturbed, I would be quite happy to leave it in view, as it gives you a point to focus on.
If you feel that it has served its purpose, you can always bury it somewhere or cast it into running water, and don’t forget to thank the spirits again for their help.
Another instance for using a bottle to draw things to you could be a Love bottle. The principle in assembling the bottle is the same, but the correspondences this time could include things like vanilla pods, freshwater pearls, raw can sugar, rose quartz, rosebuds or petals, honey, a picture of the person if you have particular person in mind, old love letters, damiana, figs, cardamom pods, bergamot, a lock of your love ones hair … The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and insight into the type of Love you are looking for. This time, you would seal the bottle with pink, red or purple candle wax. You could also bind it with some velvet ribbon or cord.
When choosing a place for a Love bottle, an ideal place would be a place that you and your desired person enjoy spending time together. Again, it’s worth spending little time thinking outside of the box for somewhere that would be just the right place for you …
So that’s a couple of ideas for you – in the next post we’ll look at using witch bottles for protection or clearing work.
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