Mojo and Spell Bags
A Mojo or Spell bag is a collection of Magickal ingredients bundled into a small pouch or bag for the purpose of conducting spells.
Time to touch on yet another subject that is widely debated in the Magickal community. The parameters and rules related to Spell and Mojo Bags depend on the path/tradition you follow.
Some traditions have very relaxed rules, while others are measurably more rigid. I recommend you do your homework and decide for yourself what works best for you, in your path.
I take the stance of caution and firmness when I create and use Mojo/Spell Bags. Not only do I feel that a Mojo Bag should filled with very specific ingredients related to the intent, I also feel mojo bags need to be hidden at all times. Yes, even from the creator, and especially from the person for whom the spell is intended. Unless, (and here is a grey area) the spell bag created, is intended to be handled by the person for whom the spell is planned.
Hide the bag. Keep it secret. Keep it safe.
(I know some of you got a chuckle out of that.)
Here is my reasoning behind hiding the bag. When you perform a spell, you must forget about your working until the working is finished. You should not dwell on it, as you will take away from its intended flow, and disrupt the energy you send forward. I have a whole rubber band philosophy about this I will go into later.
Basically, if you see the bag too soon, you will be reminded of the working. You will consciously and perhaps subconsciously, begin thinking about the outcome, the process, the need/desire, and so on.
“Did it work?”, “Should I have done XYZ instead?”, “Was the incantation long enough?”, “Why is it taking so long to manifest?” and so on. So it is best to hide your bag in a place even you are unlikely to find it.
Here is further consideration for my methods. After you have forgotten your spell and bag, and you do happen to find it again… you will be finding it by chance. You have fully left your spell to the universe, allowing it to guide the working without hindrance. To me when you are ready to find the bag again, it is at that time that your spell is complete. In essence, the energy has been sent to work on your need/desire making the spell complete.
Want the short answer?
Yes, burn the bag and everything in it. The only exception are the nails or other objects that might not burn. I allow them to remain in the fire until very hot, then I will reuse them as needed.
Okay, so you have the short answer, now allow me to explain why. In my practice, I do not reuse or recycle fabric and herbs, spices, etc. from one spell to the next. Fire is an effective cleanser and a great way to completely remove energy related to Spell and Mojo Bags.
Some Witches, I being one of them, are very sensitive to the energy infused into objects. This is why you will not see too many antiques or 2nd hand items in my home. I find many of these items hard to connect with and in most cases, disruptive to my own thoughts and energy flow.
Now there are other methods of cleansing that may allow you to recycle your cloth, twine, and other such items. If you are successful in removing the previously infused energies, then by all means do what feels right to you.
However, I do not recommend reusing herbs, spice and other such ingredients. Perishables are just that, perishable. Once they are depleted just get new herbs for your bags.
Mojo Bags for Any Purpose
So what is your need? What is your desire?
Mojo or Spell bags can be used for just about any purpose. I think the most common uses are protection, money, and cleansing spells. The key is to fill them with items that are very specific to your intent. In addition to herbs, spices, and resins you can fill your bags with bone, hair, paper, amulets, chain, and more.
You will also want to use colors and scents that are specific to your need and desire. Don’t be afraid to use different types and colored cloth. I prefer cotton or linen, some prefer flannel, while others like leather or wool.
As with most Magickal practices you should experiment and try a variety of ingredients and methods.
I invite your feedback. Tell me what you think.
How has this post helped you, and if you were inspired. I love to know what my readers are up to, and how you put my thoughts and experience to use in your world.
If you have any suggestions on subjects for future posts, give me the scoop! I’m listening. Don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list so you don’t miss future posts!
© 2014, The Magick Kitchen