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Warding protects you, your space, or your family from unwanted forces. It’s one of the most effective forms of magick, but it can be quite confusing to do if you’re a new practitioner. Wiccans have plenty of methods for warding, so which method should you go for, and how can you perform that warding ritual?
To perform a Wiccan warding ritual for protection, determine if your ward will be reflective, offensive, or defensive. Observe your space and decide whether to use an energy ward, or a physical ward using enchanted objects. When performing the ritual, focus your intentions and visualize protection.
This article will talk about Wiccan protection warding ritual types and methods as well as how to perform them. It’ll show you the best materials you can use to ward your space according to your needs.
Wiccan Protection Wards
Besides protecting you and your space, wards also calm the area they influence. You’ll best benefit from warding your home or certain parts of your space if the said place gives off uneasy energies. (Think chaos, disorganization, anxiousness, or stress.)
In dictionary terms, warding is defined as guarding a spot or watching over it. It also means to shoo away something. Hence, it’s not a surprise that a warded place gives off feelings of peace, protection, and serenity.
When you ward your space, you’re setting up a shield to keep outside influences from messing with your place. You’re stating your intentions and setting up a boundary between what’s allowed and what isn’t.
Types of Wards
Generally, Wiccans utilize two types of wards:
- Energy wards
- Physical wards
Utilizing energies to perform a Wiccan warding ritual for protection is very common. It’s also the most convenient method since it requires no tools except for your energies and those around you.
Wiccan warding rituals for protection that rely on energy need your complete focus to work properly. You’ll often need to imagine bubbles that enclose the spaces you wish to ward for this to work.
Energy wards rely on your energy and intent alone to cast a protective spell, so your concentration and focus is of utmost importance.
Physical wards rely on concrete objects to cement the warding ritual and ensure that it continues working in the future. Objects like jars, stones, knots, and clothes may also be utilized in Wiccan protection wards.
Jars often hold potent trinkets that boost your intent and energy, which keeps forces away and acts as a ward.
Meanwhile, stones harness their power to protect your space. The best stones for warding are tourmaline, jet, and onyx (discussed below), but lighter-shaded gems may also provide adequate protection based on your needs.
Knots use your intent as you create them, and you’re free to tie as many knots as you can within a string to incorporate your desire and set up your ward. Once you’re done tying knots, you’ll have to keep the knotted string in a safe spot within your warded space to keep the ward up.
Clothes used as wards act as armors that keep forces away from the people wearing warded clothes. When performing a protection warding ritual using clothes, you’ll need to rely on sending your intent and energy to the clothes for their effectiveness.
Categories of Wards
In addition to energetic vs physical warding, Wiccans have three categories of wards:
Reflective wards basically conceal your space so that people and other forces can’t get into it. These wards can hide things in plain sight or dissuade forces from noticing your space.
Meanwhile, offensive wards comprise of energies meant to weaken and deter anyone from going further into your area if they do manage to get in. These wards can drain people and lure them into staying away from your spot or completely stop forces from attempting to delve deeper into your area.
Lastly, defensive wards keep forces and people out of your space, and they’re usually the last line of defense within warded places. If somebody or some force manages to find your spot, and enters it deeply, the defensive wards will do their best to keep people away from your space’s core area.
How to Perform a Wiccan Warding Ritual
The exact steps for performing a Wiccan warding ritual for protection vary according to your chosen warding type and method, but the general steps remain the same.
First, you need to figure out your needs, observe your space, and decide on your preferred warding method. Then, you have to gather your materials and prepare yourself.
Once you’ve done that, you can then charge your objects (if you opted to use any) or just use your energy to do the ritual.
The best warding ritual is ideally something you’ve customized for yourself. This means you need to tailor the words and actions to suit what you need, so feel free to change parts of the steps to best fit your own personal situation.
Figure Out Your Needs
To determine your needs for your Wiccan warding ritual for protection:
- Think of your needs and preferences.
- Observe your place.
- Choose the type of ward to utilize.
- Ask yourself if you need a basic ward or a complex ward.
Likewise, think about whether or not you’d like to use objects to keep your ward in place. Some Wiccans love utilizing objects since it helps boost their energies and aids in better visualization, while other Wiccans opt to rely on their energies to set up wards.
If you’re great at visualizing things and don’t have any strings, jars, or stones around, you can opt to use energy to ward your space. However, if you’d like a more concrete foundation, pick objects to help you out.
Observe Your Space
The outline of the area you wish to ward influences your warding method. You can get away with staying in place, and simply visualizing the area using either energy or objects when warding if your space is small. But you may need to walk around your home if your space is big.
In addition, walking around helps with two things. First, it’ll ensure you’ll cover all the spots you need to ward. Second, it’ll give you a good image and blueprint of the space you’re warding.
Gather Your Materials
If you decided to use energy alone for your warding ritual, you don’t need to do much on this step. You can use a candle for better visualization, but it’s not a necessity.
Meanwhile, if you chose to work with stones, knots, or jars, now’s the time to prepare them.
If You’re Using Stones
For stones, the best ones that offer protection are:
- Tourmaline to deter negative low-frequency vibrations
- Jet to deflect all forms of negativity
- Onyx to absorb negative energies
However, you can also use any of:
- Tiger’s eye for general protection
- Labradorite and carnelian as a shield against psychic attacks
- Jasper to keep energies that cause burnout away
- Ruby in zoisite to ward off laziness
If You’re Using Knots
If you’re performing a Wiccan warding ritual for protection using knots, be mindful of the color of your string.
- Black excels in concealment and protection, so you can use that if you’re trying to hide and protect your space.
- White specializes in overall intent, so it’s great for general purposes.
- Yellow will protect your space and add a little sunshine to it at the same time.
- Green works best for regeneration and protection.
- Purple boosts your psychic powers as it protects you.
- Orange energizes while shielding your space.
- Blue creates a calm and protected space.
- Pink promotes self-love within the warded area.
If You’re Using Jars
You can place anything that’ll boost your spell within jars, but herbs are the most common jar ingredients when performing Wiccan protection warding spells. Consider using:
- Rosemary to ward off negative energies
- Garlic to repel harmful forces
- Cinnamon to create a great protection shield
- Basil to guard the heart
- Clove to work best against social negativities
Figure out which herbs suit your purpose and decide on whether or not you’ll add them to your jar. You may also incorporate crystals within your jar to boost its warding powers.
Similarly, you can opt to utilize salt as your bottom medium since salt excels at purification and protection of all forms.
Start Your Warding Ritual
When you’re ready, find a peaceful spot to start your warding ritual.
If you’re using energy alone, you can sit in the center of the room or a comfortable corner. Then, visualize a white light coming off of you and extending to the space you’re warding.
You can choose to chant your intentions as you visualize your energy expanding and covering the place. State your purpose, such as “This area shall be shielded from all forms of negativity,” “No evil can enter my space,” or “Revenge shall be driven out from this place.”
Continue spreading your energy until you’re satisfied your space has fully been covered. Then end your chant with “As is my will, so mote it be.”
It’s best practice to make your purpose known and be confident that your will shall be done.
When you’re performing a Wiccan warding ritual for protection using stones, you can choose to either place the stones around your space or within a bowl in the center or corner of the space you’re warding.
If you choose to place the stones around your house, the least number of stones you’ll need is four. One should be placed in the cardinal directions of north, east, west, and south, respectively. When placing the stones, recite your intention, which is to ward your house and keep it protected, and then visualize the stone glowing.
If you choose to place your stones within a bowl, chant your intentions as you visualize the stones’ energies coming out of them and covering the space you’re warding. Then, place the bowl in a place where guests won’t easily touch or bother them.
Knot magick is a subject all its own, but if you’re working with knots, all you have to do is keep your intent in mind as you tie the knots. Once you’re done, place the string somewhere hidden and undisturbed.
Jar magick is another type of magick that needs an extensive guide to cover it, but the gist is that you’ll find a good spot to individually place your ingredients within the jar so they’ll work harmonically together to keep your space warded.
As you place each herb or stone into the jar, recite its purpose and visualize its energy coming off and warding your space.
End Your Warding Ritual
If you’ve opened a circle to perform your warding ritual for protection, don’t forget to close it. Otherwise, simply slowly bring yourself back to a neutral, calm, and relaxed state as you end the ritual.
Warding rituals should be easy to perform once you’re familiar with basic Wiccan practices and in touch with your needs and preferences. To perform a Wiccan warding ritual for protection, first figure out your needs, then gather your materials, and finally commence with the ritual. Happy warding!