Spell Jars, Spell Bottles and Candle Magick: When to fix, repair, throw away or start over?

Spell Jars, Spell Bottles & Candle Magick: When to fix, repair, throw away or start over in your witchcraft magick spells.


Has a jar for a sugar spell ever broke?

Have you ever had to put out a candle because of interruptions?

Have you had a spell bottle or spell jar that leaked?


What do you do then?


When should you fix, repair, throw away or start over when it comes to spell jars, spell bottles and candle magick?


We’re going to cover spell jars, spell bottles and candle spells and what to do when you get interrupted or something goes wrong with your jar or bottle.


First, let’s look at spell jars and spell bottles.


Leaking or Loose Lid on Spell Jar or Spell Bottle


Let’s say that your spell jar or spell bottle is leaking.

What does that mean for your spell?


This could suggest that the energy of your spell is “leaking” and not directed exactly at your target or intention for the spell.


Do you need to start your jar or bottle spell over?


Not necessarily.

This will depend on how much of your contents leaked out of the jar or bottle.


If it’s barely noticeable that any of the contents are missing from the bottle, then it’s somewhat safe to say that not much is “lost” from your spell.


In that case, if only a small amount leaked out of the jar or bottle, you can re-tighten the lid on the jar or bottle.

After re-tightening the lid, anoint the lid and bottom of the jar or bottle with an oil that matches your intention of the spell. (For more about oils, check out Oils in Witchcraft and Hoodoo.)


Place a candle on top of the lid of the jar and light the candle.

If you can, match the colour of the candle to the intention of your spell or use a white candle if the colour you need isn’t readily on hand.

(To know more about colour and magick, check out Colour Correspondences for Candle Magick and Spells.)


Another way to re-tighten a spell jar is to use tape around the edges of the jar such as hockey tape (which sometimes comes in different colours.)

Durable tape (such as hockey tape) can be ideal in binding and sealing something in a spell.


However, if a larger amount of the contents from your jar or bottle leaked out of the jar,  you may need to start over or redo the spell and add more ingredients to “top up” the spell jar or bottle.



Broken Spell Jar or Spell Bottle


If a spell jar breaks or cracks, then the magick and spell in the bottle is shattered and “broken.”


This means the spell jar will have to be disposed of and replaced without reusing anything from the spell jar for magickal purposes (except glass, but we’ll cover that further on.)

Depending on the intention of the spell, you can bury the jar on your property (to attract/protect) or off your property (to banish/repel).


Spell bottles are often sealed with wax and sometimes copper wire, so they are effective as long as the “seal” isn’t broken completely.


Sometimes drippings of the wax on a spell bottle can break off, however the spell bottle still works and is effective if the top of the seal on the bottle is still intact and unbroken.

If the wiring of the spell bottle or the top of the wax on the spell bottle becomes broken or damaged, then the spell bottle can be retired.


The spell bottle can be buried on your property or off your property (depending on the purpose of the spell bottle.)


If a glass spell jar breaks due to dropping it, getting knocked over, etc., the broken glass from the jar can be used to make a Witch’s Jar.

A Witch’s Jar is a jar filled with sharp objects such as nails, broken glass, knives and often urine from the witch (vinegar or alcohol can be a substitute) often used for protection of the home and witch.

The Witch’s Jar can be buried under the porch of the front entrance or placed near the front or back entrance of the home.


Interrupted Candle Spells and Magick


What happens if you can’t supervise a candle for the entire duration that it burns?

What about extinguishing 7 day candles?


Sometimes life gets in the way that we can’t leave candles burning due to children, pets or when having to run errands or do work.

Candles in spells can be lit, snuffed out and then re-lit again later when you have the time to devote to the spell.


When extinguishing a candle in the middle of a spell, be sure to snuff out the candle with a candle snuffer or a small plate instead of blowing the candle out.

Before extinguishing the candle, take a moment to reaffirm your intentions for the spell and that you will come back to the spell when you are able to.


After extinguishing the spell candle or candles, you can leave them in the same place (as long as the candles won’t be touched) until you can come back to finish the spell.

If you can’t leave the candles in the same place, move the candles to a safe area where they won’t be touched and are out of sight.


When you’re ready to continue the spell again, you can anoint the candle again before lighting it.

Light the candle and pray over the candle for a few minutes to reaffirm your intentions for the spell.

Let the candle burn for as long as you can.


If you have to extinguish the candle again for any reason, repeat the steps above.


This process can be done for larger candles and 7 day candles which may be difficult for some people to leave candles burning for an hour or longer.


Lighting and re-lighting candles can be done during a waxing moon phase or waning moon phase over the course of a few days leading up to the full moon or dark moon.


This can create an escalating effect and carry your spell to be more effective over a longer period of time.

Timing the candle to finish by the full moon or dark moon can be the finale for your spell.



Have no worry if your spell isn’t done in one night or if your spell jar or bottle leaks a bit, or if your jar breaks completely.

Life happens, but as a witch there’s almost always a fix.

Almost everything can be repaired and fixed, but sometimes you have to start over – and that includes spells and magick.


Stacey and the Tarot Pugs



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22 thoughts on “Spell Jars, Spell Bottles and Candle Magick: When to fix, repair, throw away or start over?

    • This would probably require starting over completely. If you feel that the odds of the candle burning through the bottle was unlikely (but it happened anyway), it may mean that the intention was too heavy handed and too much forcefulness was put into it and that a gentler approach may be needed next time. If you feel later that the material (bottle cap) used wasn’t safe enough for the candle, then it may mean nothing was wrong with the working but just a ‘malfunction’ of the bottle. However, because the working was done and if there is a hole at the top of the bottle this means that most of what what energetically contained has been released in a disorganized, fluid or misdirected manner. So the working with new materials (and maybe a different bottle type) would likely need to be used. In a second attempt, try a more relaxed approach to the working if you feel your energy was too tense or fixated on an outcome.🐾


  1. Can you open a jar to add things to it? I also noticed my name paper resurfaced and isn’t completely submerged in the honey, could this cause it to not work?


    • I generally feel that it shouldn’t be opened but “sealing” it externally may add more emphasis such as sealing with candle wax, herbs and/or an oil on the lid and where it seals/closes around the opening. Praying over it (however you like, hoodoo uses psalms best suited for the working) or leaving it in the sunlight or moonlight (depending on the moon phase and your type of working that matches it) may also add extra emphasis to strengthen the working. Trust how you feel about these steps and/or use a divination tool to decide what may work best to resolve it. If all else fails or you feel these steps aren’t enough or you don’t feel confident in the original working or adding additional steps, it may be best to start over with new materials. Depending on the working some hoodoo uses molasses which can be stickier than honey and can keep the name paper in place due to its viscosity or even using tape to fasten the name paper to the bottom of the jar may be effective to really keep someone (or something) fastened in place (that is if you don’t want them to go, leave, etc.) and then adding the honey on top of the name paper/tape combo. If considering molasses, be sure to check its properties first before using in place of honey (just to be safe and sure.) Hope that helps!♡ Stacey and the Tarot Pugs


  2. Hi, I have a question. I have this friend, who is a fighter and before very important fight she selaed up the jar with wax and placed all her energy in it. She did lose her fight, but now, she is always sick and cant manage her health properly. Jar is still sealed up, so my question is, would it be helpful, if she brokes the jar and practically realeases her energy from it? Is there some complicated part about the spell, she should know about? Like some backlash or something? Thank you kindly for your answer.


    • I would suggest deactivating the jar, disposing of the ingredients and focusing on restoring health first. Try a 7 day cleansing or all purpose candle and a 7 day health candle to burn together to help restore health and clear up any energetic “debris” that may be affecting your friend. Protective crystals like obsidian and black tourmaline can be carried while doing this working for the duration of the 7 days. After that, a new jar can be done to help with future endeavors. Hope that helps!


      • Hi, first of all, thank you very much for your help and quick answer! 🙂
        But, what do you mean by deactivating jar? Because it is not safe to open it or break it, because it could do more harm than help. I made vitality/energy jar for her, but I sense she should make it for her own.


      • If a jar isn’t or didn’t work as intended, deactivating can mean such as mentally dissolving the energy of the jar (kind of opposite of when putting energy into it). This can also be disposing of the jar such as burying it or storing it away if intuitively felt correct to do so. It may be not a bad idea for your friend to make her own as we often know ourselves and our needs best and she may have a good sense of how much vitality/energy she needs and exactly how. As the written words at the Oracle of Delphi “Know thyself.” A jar made by your friend may be a nice addition to the one you made to add extra effort and support combined.🐾🙏💜


  3. I was burning a fully dressed a road opener candle and I accidently knocked it over. The wax went everywhere and the candle out. Should I start another one or pray over it and relight it?


    • For myself, I would probably re-bless, and dress the candle again as if starting over again and then relight the candle. You can take note how the candle burns to see if it is burning as intended to see the effectiveness. Intention and concentration are the most important factors, so if enough intent is made while redressing (with herbs, oil, etc.), it could still be as effective.🐾


      • Thank you! Did as you suggested. It is burning great! Wish I would have found this site earlier. Had a fully dressed Lovers Amante novena candle with a small but steady dancing flame that I snuffed out in less than 24hrs because of the flame. I just thought it meant love was not strong enough but I was later told I should have let it burn the full seven days. Who knew??

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    • I would presume that it wouldn’t be effective especially since honey jars and magickal items are best effective when cared for and secured in a special place such as your home, office or someplace you frequent or visit. Discarding an item whether intentional or not would likely deactivate it. Throwing away something will often deactivate it unless it is a spell to rid yourself of something then throwing away the item is part of the spell. Throwing away something intended to draw something towards you for to sweeten something or someone in your life will likely deactivate the jar – especially if it’s the jar is now in a place such as a garbage bin which likely will end up at a local garbage dump or if you left it someplace and can’t retrieve it (which could fall into someone else’s hands) or if you don’t know what has happened to it or where it is now. It would be best probably to start a new one which won’t negatively effect the previous jar so you could create a new one as a replacement.🖤🐾


  4. Hi…I have a question, I was working on a money spell jar. In the process of adding my coins like your supposed to daily, and move it around so the coins jingle a little as one states the incantation and/or intention my bottle cranked on one side a small piece of the glass came flying out. Obviously the mason jar is now broken…..should I restart the spell in a different jar from scratch? And what should I do with broken mason jar?


    • It would probably be best to start over. Some practitioners would say to bury the jar on your property, but if that’s not possible or you don’t agree with with burying broken objects in the ground, it could be possible to empty the car’s contents and recycle the glass (after cleaning it well) which some may say is more environmentally friendly – if the glass is recyclable. The contents such as in the jar, if they are organic could be buried on your property or some place that you could visit and designate as your “positive” burial space i.e. things you want to still work for you. (If you wish to bury something to get rid of, then bury it somewhere off your property that you will not visit again or dispose on a garbage that’s not on your property that will be taken away by the city/town/municipal garbage service.) Reusing or recycling a magickal object is the same idea for repurposing wax from candles burned on top of jars such as to melt the wax again to make a new candle (so long as the wax is used again for the same purpose as before such as money spells, protection magick, etc.), instead of just burying the wax or throwing it away. I think as practitioners we have to sometimes adjust to thinking environmentally, repurposing items, recycling, etc., as our world is changing environmentally as well. Hope that helps!💜🐾


  5. Hi, thanks for this post! I did a freezer spell about three months ago on a girl who kept harassing my boyfriend and afterwards she started being really nice to me and she also got a boyfriend of her own so I think it did something. Anyway today she broke up with her boyfriend and just now I opened the freezer and the jar slid out (it’s never done that before) and a bit of the lid cracked. It was still possible to put the lid back on and nothing leaked out. I put the jar in a freezer bag and put it back in. I think this was some kind of sign for it to happen on the day of her breakup. Do you think because the lid is still on and it’s still frozen and it’s now in the bag as well it’ll be ok or should I dispose of it or redo it? I’m a bit worried about her starting to become a stalker again!


    • My intuition says that particular jar’s purpose may be done and over based on the previous circumstances and conditions that were surrounding at the time. If you’re worried of concerned that what happened previously may happen again and you would like to work to prevent it from happening this time around, it may be better to redo the jar since there is likely new or different energy, thoughts and/or circumstances since the original/first jar was made. This may be especially due to the fact that this girl had a boyfriend, but broke up recently and thus may change the dynamics a bit than the first time around when she was harassing your boyfriend. It may be best to do a new jar now that recent circumstances have changed which may or may not influence her decisions or how she behave. Even if it is the same as previously, time has passed since the first jar and it looks like things have changed ever so slightly since then or have added a new dimension to it. Hope that helps!🐾


      • Thanks so much for the quick reply! I couldn’t find any info on things like this anywhere else! One last question, if I dispose of this jar how should I do it? I’m really worried about unfreezing it.


      • This idea came to mind as normally disposing of something frozen will naturally thaw through the normal methods such as burying it off your property or throwing it into a body of water such as a lake or ocean (if available to you.) Another method may be a coffin box which these can be found online and now that Halloween is around the corner, craft shops like Michael’s may have some crafted wooden or decorated coffin boxes available. If the coffin box is big enough for your jar, you could place it in the box or if the jar is too big, empty it’s contents into the jar (if it has liquid in the jar or needs to be thawed first you can thaw it a bit and place in a ziploc bag then place into the coffin box – I feel it’s not as so much important how the contents get in the box, but that they end up in there) and then the box is nail closed with nails (carefully) and can be buried some place remotely off your property that you feel will be a good place to do so. A coffin box will put the jar contents to rest and if this person name had been added, can work to bind them and remove them from your life. For more info and to see if this feels right for you, search “witchcraft hoodoo coffin box” which you may find some info or where to get a box. The jar that contained the contents (if the contents were removed) would also be buried to remove that from your possession and lay that to rest too. If you do a new jar and want to get rid of the old one, it’s best to dispose of it and after doing so walk away without looking back. This is why it would be best to bury it some place you don’t visit or usually travel near and where it is least likely to be disturbed and ultimately forgotten. Hope that helps!🐾


  6. I was wondering if I used a jar for a pervious spell and the spell didn’t work or I feel like it has served its purpose(money spell) could I reuse the jar for another spell? If so how do I deactivate the jar in order to reuse it?


    • If the jar is for something positive to draw towards you, then it may be ideal to reuse the jar (as an environmentally friendly way). But if it’s used for jinxes or curses, it would be best to dispose of far away as possible. As you mentioned it’s for money, it may be possible to empty the contents and bury those someplace where you would normally bury things that you want to give thanks, respect or have close to your property and cleanse the jar with holy water or Florida water (or water that has been prayed over). If the jar is made of glass and can tolerate warm to hot water, if you can place it in a boiling pot of water with cleansing herbs and herbs that are for your new purpose for the jar (e.g. such as money herbs or other herbs for your intent) to cleanse and infuse the jar with its new purpose. Carefully remove the jar after boiling the jar in the pot of hot water (it’ll only need to be in the water for about 5 to 10 minutes – or the same amount of time to sterilize any jar or bottle), allow to air dry upside down on a cloth or paper towel where it won’t be touched or disturbed. It should be ready for it’s new purpose. This method may work best for only positive jar spell work – curse / hex or jinx jars will need to be disposed for good after their use is no longer needed. 🖤🐾 If the jar has any wax on top of it, this wax can be collected and melted down to create a new candle for the same purpose as an environmentally friendly alternative to burying the wax.🖤🐾


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