I have found the honey jar to be a very effective tool. Like a crystal, they contain an immense amount of energy and intention that just keeps amplifying and amplifying and reverberating through the cosmos.
Below is a recipe of how to put together and work a honey jar spell. Feel free to add on and take away whatever you see fit. You do not HAVE to use a candle if you don’t have one, or if you don’t want to. In fact, some old school ways of doing sweetening spells made it impossible to even place a candle on top of the vessel that held the sweetener.
This tells us that it is not necessary. As times change, so do elements of magick. New technologies, and new inventions etc. bring new or varied ways of performing certain workings. This one is no exception.
Waxing moon, you can tweak it according to what you're using the honey jar spell for. Legal in Libra, social clubs in Gemini, etc.
CHOOSING YOUR HONEY JAR RITUAL CONTENTS:
Deciding on the contents is basically the ‘meat’ of this magickal working. While there is no limit to what you can choose to include, it’s important to select things that will help you work toward your ultimate goal. I like to choose things from the following categories:
A photograph, hair, nail clippings, blood or other personal item is crucial to your spell. You could also use a name written on paper. This should be of the person you are casting the spell on—so if you’re casting the spell for yourself, you’d use your own picture, item or name. If casting the spell for a friend or on someone else (such as a spell to get a bully to leave you alone), you would use their photo, name or item.
WRITTEN INTENT OR PRAYER:
There is a lot of power in words, so I always find it helpful to write my intent on something and slip it into the curse jar. If you are seeking the aid of a deity in your jar spell, you can write a note to them asking for their assistance.
Generally, the bottle should contain some liquid, but which liquid you choose depends on your intent.
Urine is used for protection jars and jars to break a curse, but can also be used for manipulative spells over others.
Honey, sugar water or some kind of nectar is used when you want to compel someone or something. This is because if you were seeking to make friends, to be more persuasive, to soothe over hurt feelings, etc., you’d want to ‘sweeten’ their disposition.
Ammonia is used for ‘cleansing’, when you want to banish negativity or malevolent entities, or when you wish to start anew with a ‘clean slate’. Safety note: never burn candles on ammonia and do not place ammonia jars near heat, as it can be explosive and flammable.
Tinctures, infusions, oils, etc. can be used for a multitude of purposes, such as blessings for health or prosperity and the like. Naturally, you should choose something based on your intent—for example, a money spell might include a tincture, infusion or oil made from money-drawing herbs like cinnamon or mint.
Water can be used, but I don’t really recommend plain water. At the very least, you can make a herbal infusion with it to give it more of a boost. I personally think heavily salted and blessed water can be good for purification purposes, but beyond that, I would avoid plain tap water.
Like with liquids, there are different types of solids that you can choose from based on your intent. You can be pretty creative with this! Here are a few examples:
Heart-shaped glitter or confetti might go into a jar spell to draw love. You might even tie a ribbon around the whole jar to hold on to love, or to bind someone.
In a money-related jar spell, you might include some coins (preferably with the year of your birth printed on them).
If I wanted to break the writer's block, I might make a jar spell with a small pencil and roll of paper wrapped around it.
HERBS AND CRYSTALS:
Two items that are both magically powerful and easy to come by are crystals and herbs. You can find a variety of them anywhere, and they are able to carry the energy that you’ll want to put into your spell. Below, I include a quick reference chart for herbs and crystals that you can refer to if you’re new to working with them.
That said, I highly recommend studying up and familiarizing yourself with some basic herbs and/or crystals you might have access to (my chart only scratches the surface). The more you work with herbs and crystals and get a feel for them, the more skilled you will become at spellcraft.
At the end of the day, just use your noggin and think of things that give off the kind of energy you’re interested in raising. They'll be even better for your spell if they're personally meaningful to you (vs. only using items that are commonly associated with your goal).
CRYSTALS AND HERBS YOU CAN USE IN THIS RITUAL:
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Obsidian, jet, black tourmaline, smokey quartz.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Clove, dragon's blood, garlic, hot pepper.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Jet.
- Herbs, Flowers, Roots: agrimony, knotweed, spiderwort, witch hazel.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Sodalite, tiger eye, turquoise.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Mint, orris root.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Onyx, clear quartz, selenite.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Angelica, bloodroot, boneset, mandrake, salt, sage, rue.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Agate, emerald, garnet, malachite, peridot.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Apple, cucumber, fig, ivy.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Agate, amethyst, jade, sunstone.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Coriander, dogwood, eucalyptus, galangal root, ginger, rosemary, sage, thyme.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Aventurine , flourite.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Benzoin, dittany of Crete, nutmeg, rosemary.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Amber, calcite, copper emerald, lapis lazuli, moonstone, rose quartz.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Adam & Eve root, apple, basil, beet, catnip, clove, laurel, lavender, marjoram, rose.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Gold, malachite, moss agate, pearl.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Cinnamon, ginger, orange, patchouly, vervain.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Amazonite, blue lace agate, rhodochrosite, silver.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Cumin, lavender, violet.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Fuschite, gold, hematite, ruby.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Allspice, oregano, vanilla.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Amber, carnelian, citrine, malachite, petrified wood.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Angelica, cypress, frankincense, mugwort, sandalwood, wormwood.
INTENT: Psychic Abilities
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Lolite, jet, malachite, moonstone, quartz, turquoise, silver.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Acacia, gardenia, mugwort, tuberose, yarrow.
- Crystals, Gems, Metals: Moss agate, pearl, peridot, rhodochrosite, sapphire, turquoise.
Herbs, Flowers, Roots: Pansy, rose, valerian.
NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list, but there should be plenty of suggestions to get you.
- A jar with a lid.
A pen or pencil.
Candle dressing oils.
Candles with the appropriate color energy.
Herbs that have the energetic flow of what you want to conjure.
Honey, sugar, or something else sweet (syrup, nectar, molasses etc. anything you have on hand. If you know what your target prefers, you can use that. Otherwise, use what you like.)
An item representing the target. A business card or promotional item, a piece of natural paper with the target's signature, a photograph ( chewed on chewing gum, curios, fingernails, hair, menstrual blood etc.) NOTE: (if you have no idea why someone would use these optional items chances are you shouldn’t use them. If you’re curious, do some research into bodily concerns regarding magick.)
An image of yourself or your business. (This is optional, it'll work as well without this bit.)
Clean and cleanse the jar well. You can reuse any jar, just be sure to soak and scrub the label off completely, wash it well and cleanse it of any former influences. Charge all items toward your intent. Declare the purpose of each item by saying something appropriate. For example "This business card shall represent the mortgage company." "This photograph represents my family" "This jar shall contain my spell" "The sweetness of this honey shall sweeten the disposition of those who taste of it.
NOTE: Remember, just as you cleansed and consecrated your spell jar, so you must do with the items that you plan to fill it with. If the objects you have chosen are not spiritually clean (i.e. on an energy level), your spell will be less likely to help you attain your goal.
Take Your piece of paper. Tear the paper so that it is small but not tiny. If sweetening a particular person towards you then write the person’s name on the paper. If sweetening certain “forces” toward yourself, write your name and the attributes that you wish to sweeten your way. This is a good time to do a crossover and cover if you wish. Which is to say, your name written atop of person that you wish to sweeten toward yourself. Draw an unending circle around what you have just written. Lifting your pencil only after the circle is complete. Fold the paper. Speak your petition aloud. Fold the paper again. Speak your petition aloud again. Do this three times.
Place the representation of the target inside the jar and tape the representation of yourself outside the jar so that the image of the target is facing the image of yourself. Now pour the honey or sugar or whatever into the jar completely covers the target object but leaving a small space so that when your items go into the jar, the honey doesn’t spill down the sides of the jar. Taste a bit of the honey and say something appropriate three times, like "As this honey is sweet to me, so will your thoughts of me, let honey flow from your lips as you speak of me. Listen with delighted ears as I make my request and fulfill it with joy in your heart ” Repeat this incantation 3 times.
Add in all the items that you have ready to go into the spell. Many folks wish to breathe three of their breaths into the jar at this time. It is yet another way to enclose your own energy into the jar to further the spell. After you do that, place the lid tightly onto the jar. Sit with the jar in your hands. Spend a moment meditating on your intentions and all the goodness that you just did.
Clean up your area and place the honey jar on your altar, somewhere nearby or wherever you choose and dress your candle with the appropriate oils, place it on top of the jar lid, light the candle and let it burn all the way out, keep it there until it's done its job. If for some reason you must extinguish the candle before it burns out, do so by licking your fingers and smashing the wick between your fingers. Alternatively, you can use a snuffer if you have one. Never blow your candles out. Be sure to shake or swirl your jar in between candle lighting to prevent stagnation.
Over the course of time, you can recharge the spell by repeating your intention while adding another candle or tealight when one burns down or while opening it up and add a few more drops of honey (or whatever sweetener you used) while repeating your intention. You can perform this periodically if you want, approx three times a week or more depending. Over time, after you begin to see the results, you can space out the candle usage if you wish until the honey jar has it's done its job.
Now that you’ve completed your honey jar spell, there are a few different options for you on what to do with it. You can bury it, hide it, toss it in water, keep it on your altar, or dismantle it. Which you choose depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.
ONLY BURY THE JAR IF...
- You are seeking permanent protection or to break or repel a curse. This will stand sentry on your property and protect you (or on the property of the person for whom you cast the jar spell). If you don’t have land of your own, you can bury it in a flowerpot of soil left by your doorstep.
You want your jar to be a ‘magnet’ of sorts to continue to draw things to you (attention, health, wealth, etc.). Bury it on your property or the property of the person you’re casting for and be done with it.
You are trying to rid yourself of something (or rid the person you’re casting for of something), like a disease or bad habit. Bury the jar at a crossroads, don’t look back, and (ideally) never return.
You are casting a spell on another unbeknownst to them (but remember your ethics!). Bury it on their property—ideally somewhere they cross over every day, like beneath their doorstep.
ONLY HIDE THE JAR IF...
- You want to bury it, but burying it is not an option. In this case, just hide it deep in the home somewhere—inside a wall, in the junk closet, or wherever it won’t be disturbed.
You plan on dismantling it sometime in the future, which will disengage the spell when done properly.
ONLY TOSS THE JAR IN WATER IF...
- Using it to banish or exorcise any entities, or if you are working with any ‘questionable’ entities. Running natural water sources will purify it and protect you from their return.
It’s successfully removed a curse, a disease, a bad habit, etc.; this is an alternative to burying it at a crossroad.
NOTE: If it floats, puncture the cap with a hole or tie it to a weight.
ONLY KEEP THE JAR ON YOUR ALTER IF...
- Your goal is an ongoing one that you’d like to keep working on. You can continue to burn candles over the mouth of the jar or shake it while saying your chant to keep it working for you.
Alternatively, if you have a shrine to your God/dess and sought their aid, you can keep it there. Again, shake it occasionally while chanting to keep the power going.
This is actually a good option for spells that are going to require a great deal of time and effort—for example, if you were to do a jar spell to help you pass tests, you might keep it on your altar all through college. You might repeat your chant, burn a candle or shake it the night before exams. This is better than making a new spell for every exam.
ONLY DISMANTLE THE JAR IF...
The spell's power is no longer necessary and you’d like the effects to stop. For example, if you cast a jar spell to attract love, you might have had many interests for a while. Now, you are getting married and you don’t want to attract any more potential lovers. So you would dismantle the spell.
To do this, remove the contents and bury them at a crossroads or into running water, clean the container and dispose of it. With proper cleansing, you could re-use it.
I hope that this was informative and helpful. If so, tell me in the comments below. Share with us all the pictures of your jars and how they worked for you.