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Author Topic: Protecting Property  (Read 3306 times)

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Protecting Property
« on: March 25, 2012, 12:06:07 pm »
I'm looking for some folk magic-y, "hiding in plain sight" ways to protect one's home and property. I can and do set energy wards around my place, but I wanted the reinforcement of physical tokens as well.

Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do. So burying a witch bottle full of rusty nails and urine in the front yard? Yeah, that's right out. It's not that I'm afraid of the neighbors... I just don't want them up in my business.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 12:28:10 pm »
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Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do.


Is it landscaped or can you plant whatever you want there?  I'm thinking brambly things, like roses or thistles.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 12:57:56 pm »
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I'm looking for some folk magic-y, "hiding in plain sight" ways to protect one's home and property. I can and do set energy wards around my place, but I wanted the reinforcement of physical tokens as well.

Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do. So burying a witch bottle full of rusty nails and urine in the front yard? Yeah, that's right out. It's not that I'm afraid of the neighbors... I just don't want them up in my business.

Karen


Witch Bottles were not only buried in the ground.  You find references to them being placed above entryways, near or above windows, inside or behind fireplaces, etc.  The same type purpose can also be instilled in constructs that sit upon a window sill or above a door jam.  It's like my wife has two little kitchen witches figurines that sit near the stove that act as protectors in the kitchen.

I've also seen razors placed above the window sills or doorjams to protect a home.  Sigil type patterns weaved into throw dollies that sit on tables beneath lamps and such.  Heck even sigils or powerwords that are afixed to the top or bottom of doors, windows even around pipes.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 01:44:51 pm »
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Is it landscaped or can you plant whatever you want there?  I'm thinking brambly things, like roses or thistles.

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This was my thought, too. I have some thistle growing by my front door.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 02:03:53 pm »
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I'm looking for some folk magic-y, "hiding in plain sight" ways to protect one's home and property. I can and do set energy wards around my place, but I wanted the reinforcement of physical tokens as well.

Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do. So burying a witch bottle full of rusty nails and urine in the front yard? Yeah, that's right out. It's not that I'm afraid of the neighbors... I just don't want them up in my business.

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We have a collection of little figurines - mostly gargoyles - that we place over all openings to the outside and make wards.  some are very tiny and don't really show on the window or door frame.  The one for the kitchen window sits on the top of the part that slides up (the window opens by sliding the bottom half up)and is several inches tall.
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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 06:13:26 pm »
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I'm looking for some folk magic-y, "hiding in plain sight" ways to protect one's home and property. I can and do set energy wards around my place, but I wanted the reinforcement of physical tokens as well.

Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do. So burying a witch bottle full of rusty nails and urine in the front yard? Yeah, that's right out. It's not that I'm afraid of the neighbors... I just don't want them up in my business.

Karen

 
A very folksy one: Purple Deadnettle tossed about the perimeter. If it happens to take and grow, it's little (littler than it looks in the pic) and only in spring does it pop up. It grows around the edges of farm fields among other places.

Since Henbit and Ground Ivy often grow in lawns in the spring and both are purple, the purple dead nettle probably wouldn't get a second glance. Once it dries and is mulched in it'll be invisible anyway.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012, 08:00:16 pm »
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I've got a Devil Pod/Bat Nut perched up on top of my front door lintel, facing outward -- it's small and my door frame is high and deep, so it's not even visible from the ground.

http://www.luckymojo.com/batnut.html

If you're not into Hoodoo, there are all kinds of other apotropaic objects that work on the same principle, like Gorgon heads, gargoyles, etc.  For more godly protection, Hermes and Janus are traditional doorway guardians, or if you're cool with Christian symbolism, hanging a representation of St. Michael behind the door is common in Eastern Europe.  Another good general protection thing is a little salt sprinkled in the four corners of your home, but that obviously has to be replenished fairly often.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 02:42:21 am »
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So burying a witch bottle full of rusty nails and urine in the front yard? Yeah, that's right out. It's not that I'm afraid of the neighbors... I just don't want them up in my business.


Try placing small 'protection' stones either at the corner of the property or at the corners of the house itself.  Alternatively you can just use 'found' stones and, with a magickal Sharpie, draw the appropriate rune/letter/symbol on the bottom.  Mush the stones into the earth a bit and they shouldn't be spotted or disturbed.  

The great thing is you can do this any time of the day while just puttering about in the yard.  Stop and tie your shoe, place a stone.  Pull a weed, place a stone.  Full Moon?  Place stones while everyone's sleeping!  You won't be spotted with a shovel and a dubious looking bottle, so no awkward questions, hopefully.

For the house, there's the good ol' horseshoe over the door trick.
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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 03:48:33 am »
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I'm looking for some folk magic-y, "hiding in plain sight" ways to protect one's home and property. I can and do set energy wards around my place, but I wanted the reinforcement of physical tokens as well.

Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do. So burying a witch bottle full of rusty nails and urine in the front yard? Yeah, that's right out. It's not that I'm afraid of the neighbors... I just don't want them up in my business.

Karen

 
I'm glad somebody asked this question. I learned some really neat ideas. My fiance and I just bought a house, so I've been looking at different idea for protection. Thanks!  :)

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 05:30:33 am »
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I'm glad somebody asked this question. I learned some really neat ideas. My fiance and I just bought a house, so I've been looking at different idea for protection. Thanks!  :)

 
It looks fluffy as hell, but The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes is very useful.  There's a big chapter on protection spells with lots of good ideas.  Illes comes across as rather silly in her other work, but like Cunningham, she's a good and thorough collater of folk magic.

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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 06:51:33 am »
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A very folksy one: Purple Deadnettle tossed about the perimeter.

 
I have those in the garden for years - yes they are small - I never knew what they were. Thanks for making me wiser. ;)
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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2012, 02:19:52 pm »
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A very folksy one: Purple Deadnettle tossed about the perimeter. If it happens to take and grow, it's little (littler than it looks in the pic) and only in spring does it pop up. It grows around the edges of farm fields among other places.
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I've been wondering what those plants were for years; they come up in my yard every spring, front and back.

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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2012, 06:19:00 pm »
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I'm looking for some folk magic-y, "hiding in plain sight" ways to protect one's home and property. I can and do set energy wards around my place, but I wanted the reinforcement of physical tokens as well.

Note... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class)....

 
Everybody's already brought up most of the things I thought of!

One that hasn't been mentioned, though, is decorative garden stakes.  I was delighted, years ago when I was still with ex-hubby and living in the townhouse (around here, they're all townhouses), to find one shaped like a sunflower (with a butterfly, which very much pleased The Cat's Aunt, who was the coven maiden and an amateur lepidopterist).  The primary intent was to make the townhouse - which was in a large complex containing several long rows of townhouses - easier to find for ritual guests, new students, etc, but it took on a protective aspect without me (or, AFAIK, anyone else) doing anything specific to charge it with that function.

Probably other garden "decor" could be used similarly, though I don't really see flamingoes being particularly well-suited to the purpose.

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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012, 06:32:29 pm »
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... I live in a rowhouse (like a townhouse, but a bit more lower-class) and don't want to get the neighbors interested in or suspicious of what I do....

Karen


No worries, you can work the most wonderful magick without the neighbors ever even getting a hint of what you're up to! ;)

Its hard to make suggestions about what you can do if we don't know what your power symbols are.  Your "religion" is listed as Wicca so the Pentacle and triquetra might be a good place to start.  I would suggest doing an intense magickal working protecting the entire structure where you live followed by some symbol that reminds you the house is under protection.  For example: salt scattered around the home's perimeter... Or pentacles inscribed over the windows and doors.  You might also hang spheres in the rooms to denote a shielding of your home and all within it.  There are MANY ways to shield, Karen. Find the one that "feels" good to you.

Here are a couple of sites you might visit: http://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/defense.htm  http://www.magickofthought.com/2011/10/effective-magickal-shielding-part-1-of-4/
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Re: Protecting Property
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2012, 01:09:55 am »
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One that hasn't been mentioned, though, is decorative garden stakes.  I was delighted, years ago when I was still with ex-hubby and living in the townhouse (around here, they're all townhouses), to find one shaped like a sunflower (with a butterfly, which very much pleased The Cat's Aunt, who was the coven maiden and an amateur lepidopterist).  

Oooo... I like this.  I'm a sucker for yard decor.
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