How to Make a Spell Jar or Witchcraft Bottle

Spell jars aren’t in any way a scientific way to go about causing positive change in your life. However, you may find that this spiritual tool comes in handy when focusing on your intentions and manifesting your desires. These can be used to represent your spellwork in a physical sense and help you increase your energy and intention toward the desired outcome.

Spell jars are for both the witchy and the non-witchy. Everyone can get in on this spiritual tool.

We do like to note upfront that simply making a spell jar isn’t going to win you a fortune or protect you from dangerous situations. Spell jars are a spiritual tool and a meditative tool that pulls on our intentions to help us focus on bringing our goals to fruition. At Opulent Charms, we will never try to sell you the idea that throwing a crystal and a spoonful of herbs in a jar alone is going to be a pivotal moment in your life. Just as your tarot or oracle deck won’t magically give you the correct answer that will solve all your problems. Use spell jars realistically as a way to focus your intentions and siphon your energy toward manifesting your goals. Just remember, these are a tool, not a magical wand.

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Supplies to Have On-Hand

Common Ingredients

Common ingredients included in spell jars span all sorts of herbs, crystals, and other natural ingredients. Often you’ll see spell jars that call for salt, quartz, thyme, rosemary, black tourmaline, citrine, selenite, and lavender. But really the options are endless and are dependent entirely on the spell itself.

How to Make a Spell Jar, Step-by-Step

Making a spell jar comes with some upfront legwork. You need to decide what you’re making the spell jar for and what your desired outcome is. This could be prosperity or good luck, perhaps you’d like to encourage happiness in your home or want to ward off negative energies when you have less-than-ideal guests coming over.

Once you’ve decided on the purpose, you have one of two paths you can take. You can search out a prescribed spell jar recipe. These can be found online or via spell books like The Jar Spells Compendium by Phoebe Anderson.

Your alternative option is to come up with the spells yourself. This will take some research on your part to determine what different herbs and crystals mean. However, I think in the long run this is a more meaningful way to go about creating spell jars. It causes you to really consider what you want and determine which ingredients will best work toward that outcome.

1. Cleanse Your Space and Your Spell Jar

After you’ve gathered your supplies, spend a few moments cleansing your space mentally and physically. You should cleanse the spell jar itself. You can do this by lighting an incense stick and twirling it through the jar, allowing the smoke from the incense to fill the jar.

This process allows you to set your intentions with a clear mind and space.

2. Meditate on Your Intention As Your Add Each Ingredient Individually

Now that you’ve cleansed your jar, it’s time to move on to adding the ingredients. As you add each ingredient, meditate on your intention and what you’d like to manifest by creating the jar. It’s best to add crystal and heavier items first but the order is completely up to you and your intuition.

3. Add Additional Pieces (Swatch of Cloth, Written Note, Etc.)

After adding the main ingredients to the spell jar recipe, you can move on to any additional steps. This could include ripping up a cloth, writing a note and adding it to the jar, or any other step entailed by the spell jar recipe.

4. Light a Candle

Now that you’ve added all your ingredients and completed any additional parts, like writing a note, it’s time to move on to light a candle. You should select a candle with a color that coordinates well with the intentions of the spell jar recipe.

This candle should be allowed to burn all the way down before you move on to the next step.

Note: Never leave a lit candle unattended. You can find small candles with a short burn time if you don’t have much time to dedicate to a spell jar recipe. Alternatively, while not generally recommended, you can put out a candle after a desired amount of time.

5. Seal Your Jar With Candle Wax

Now you should seal your jar with candle wax. You can do this with a wax kit or by lighting a candle and allowing the wax to drip over the top of the jar. This effectively seals the jar and seals the ingredients in. The color of the candle wax should be similarly coordinated with the spell jar as done for the candle in step four.

Now that your spell jar has been sealed, it’s time to mentally end your ritual.

6. Find an Intentional Location for Your Spell Jar

Depending upon the spell jar recipe used, you may want to keep your jar on you. For example, a good luck spell jar would be good to keep in your bag when you’re out and about. A happiness spell jar on the other hand would be better in a common area of your home.

Common Spell Jar Recipes

Common spell jar recipes include:

  • Prosperity
  • Abundance
  • Self-love
  • Happiness
  • Creativity

We’ve collected a roundup of the most common spell jar recipes that you can take a look at in our spell jar recipe guide.

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