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?
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.
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