The kinds of protection and shielding spells used in various cultures and magical traditions vary based on what is perceived as a magical threat in each culture or tradition.
For instance, in cultures where the evil eye is a major magical threat, there are hundreds of styles of apotropaic amulets and spells to ward off the effect of the eye.
On the other hand, in cultures where a major form of hostile magic consists of throwing magical powders or dusts on the ground for victims to walk over, then the types of protection will be aimed at immunizing or shielding one from getting hurt when stepping in that mess. In other words, in order to understand a culture’s protection spells, you have to understand that culture’s spells of animosity and destruction.
Taking the broadest view possible, it can be said that protection spells and charms take on a variety of forms, and that these include:
- shielding through spiritual invisibility
- attracting good spirits who will shield you
- attracting good spirits who will fight on your behalf
- setting up cross-me-not barriers
- reflecting back evil to the specific sender
- repelling evil generally
- killing or nullifying evil where it lays
This page about protection and shielding spells is a shortcut providing links to all of the Lucky W Amulet Archive pages depicting and describing apotropaic and protective amulets and talismans from around the world — plus complete instructions (in the sections marked with a *) for dozens of simple folkloric protection spells in both the European American traditions of witchcraft and braucherei and the African American hoodoo tradition, collected during the early 1930s from the inhabitants of Adams County, Illinois, by the amateur folklorist by Harry M. Hyatt.
I also maintain the Lucky Mojo Free Spell Archive, a web site cataloguing spell-work in general. At that site you will find archives from usenet posts circa 1995 to the present detailing many more spells for personal and household protection from several magical traditions.
Folks seeking a structural understanding of the role apotropaic charms play in folk-magic may be interested in a brief essay i have written on how luck, religious devotion, and the need for protection overlap in the making and wearing of amulets.
PROTECTIVE CHARMS WORN ON THE PERSON
(Note: Not everyone uses these for protection, but they all do have protective qualities.) all-seeing eyeanchorangelica rootbluestone and laundry bluingcat’s eye shellcord charms intended to decaycorno (Italian horn) charmcrucifix knife key ringdeities and saints for protection and luck Devil’s shoestring roots (shown above)charms and spells against the evil eyeeye-in-hand amuleteyes-all-over amuletgood luck coinshamsa hand amulethorseshoe key ringJohn the Conquerormano cornuto amuletmano fico amuletpowerful hand of Godmojo hand or conjure bagojo de venado amuletThai penis amulets (palad khik)protection talisman amulet cast in Pewter“Protection From Evil” by Henri Gamacherabbit footrattlesnakesilver dimes (and other silver)skullvulva amuletsabracadabra amuletabraxas amuletcrescent & hand amuletbuckle of Isis* protective charms worn in Adams County, Illinois
PROTECTIVE CHARMS AND GOODS DEPLOYED ABOUT THE HOUSE
Archangel Saint Michael spiritual supplies Ashes of Psalms 91Bathing and Floor Washing Chinese Wash Charm Vials and Charm Flasks Devil’s shoestring Roots (shown above)Evil Eye Charms And Spells Fear Not To Walk Over Evil spiritual supplies* Fiery Wall of Protection spiritual supplies Four Thieves vinegar Horseshoe Horseshoe Wwall Plaque Horseshoe-and-Eyes Charms Jinx Killer Spiritual Supplies
Nepalese Wall Guardian Masks Peace Water* Protective House Charms from Adams County, Illinois Protection spiritual supplies Red Brick Dust Salt* Uncrossing Spiritual Supplies
Van Van Spiritual Supplies Roman Hand of Power
HOW TO PREVENT A WITCH FROM RETURNING TO YOUR HOME
magical uses of salt Peace Water* protective spells against returning witches from Adams County, Illinois
PROTECTIVE SPELLS TO BE SPOKEN UPON MEETING A WITCH
charms and spells against the evil eye* protective spoken spells from Adams County, Illinois
HOW TO KILL, TURN BACK, UNDO, OR PREVENT A BEWITCHMENT OR A HOODOO SPELL
apotropaic charms and spells against the evil eyeblack hens, hen eggs, and hen feathers against evil workFear Not To Walk Over Evil spiritual supplies* Fiery Wall of Protection spells Jinx Killer spiritual supplies
Reversing spiritual supplies
* Uncrossing and Jinx-Breaking spells
* protective hex-breaking spells Adams County, Illinois
PROTECTIVE CHARMS AND SPELLS FROM ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS
The following documentation on protection spells comes from the book “Folk-Lore From Adams County Illinois” a 723-page collection of folkloric material gathered by Harry Middleton Hyatt in the early 1930s.