A spell jar is a powerful reminder of your intention, calling on various elements from nature to create the energy you desire. They're simple to make and easy to hide or disguise if you're still in the broom closet. Let's get into it.
A member of the International Coven of Awesomeness recently asked me about spell jars. What are they for? How do you make them? Like with many things in witchcraft, each practitioner will have their own interpretation. I'll take you through what a spell jar means to me and how I make one. Take away what resonates with you, and do your own research to discover the method that works best for you.
What is a spell jar for?
To me, any spell is a way to bring your thoughts and intentions into the physical realm. We create tangible representations of the things we desire, and we use objects and materials that correspond with the energy we want to manifest. A spell jar is great for this because you can choose a variety of different materials or just fill the jar all with one item. It's entirely up to you.
I think a spell jar is great for a longer term goal that you want to be reminded of on a regular basis. The jar is transparent, so you can look into it each day to remind you of what you're trying to manifest. You can hold the jar during meditation if that feels powerful to you, or simply keep it on your altar or in a special place to help you stay focused.
You're simply bottling your intention as a way of calling in what you desire. It's as simple as that.
Choosing your materials
You can make your spell jar as simple or complex as you like. You can also use a jar of any size. Here I chose a small corked bottle sold specifically as a spell jar (because I wanted to get cute photos), but you can use an old jam jar just as effectively. You'll just need to use more materials to fill it, though it's also fine to leave some empty space in the jar. You may want to consider the size and amount of materials you want to add before choosing a jar.
The way I do it is by setting my intention first. What do you want this spell jar to do for you? Will it be a love spell? Will you be attracting money? Protecting yourself from negative energy? You can make a spell jar for anything. Once you have your intention, you can begin selecting materials.
I always like to start with a base of salt to protect my spell. From there I scour my books and resources and use my intuition to help me find other materials that carry the energy I'm looking for. Here I added dried herbs and wood chips. This was quite a small jar, so none of the crystals I had would fit, but I would normally add crystals as well. A drop or two of oil probably won't do any harm. You should, however, avoid using fresh botanicals as they may start to mold in the jar.
Once you've decided on the materials you want to use, you can create your spell.
Creating your spell jar
Try to gather everything you'll need before you start so that you don't have to break your focus to go digging through your cabinets. In addition to the jar and materials, you may want incense to cleanse your materials, or cleanse them in your preferred way. You may also want a candle to seal your jar. Choose a color that corresponds with your intention.
Once you have everything you need, and everything, including yourself, is cleansed, take a few minutes to ground and center. Prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for crafting your spell in whatever way works best for you. Then begin adding your materials to the jar. As you add each one, speak aloud or concentrate in your mind on what you want that materials to do for you. I speak spontaneously, but if you want to write a rhyming incantation or something similar, that's great.
Once you've added all your materials, you may want to hold the jar in your hands to charge the whole thing with your energy. Depending on the kind of jar you've used, you can either allow wax to drip from your candle onto the top to seal it, or affix the candle to the top of the jar and let it burn down.
Keep your spell jar in a safe place, but preferably somewhere conspicuous so that you'll see it and be reminded of your intention.
Spell jars are a fun, beautiful, and accessible form of magick. You can keep them all around your house and even take them to work or travel with them. Create them for any intetnion and just choose materials that fit that energy.
What kind of spell jar will you create? Let me know in the comments. Connect with me on Instagram if you have questions or want to share a photo of your spell jar. Happy witching.