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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bottle Spells in the Hoodoo Tradition

Hoodoo Protection Bottle
This type of magic consists of spells which have been sealed inside bottles or jars. The jars themselves can be plain or they may be decorated with paint, ribbon, cloth, charms, decoupage, or anything of an aesthetic value. From the type of bottle used, its color, the herbs, roots, curios, condition oils,  petitions, etc...that are placed inside of them----everything about bottle spells speaks to the nature of the work being performed. For example, a bottle spell to hotfoot (or drive away) an enemy would traditionally be made from an old used bottle of hot-sauce; whereas a bottle spell for healing may be made from a pill bottle.

Arguably, the most popular form of bottle-spell is the witch-bottle for protection. Witch-Bottles consist of bottles which have been filled with broken pieces of mirror, pins, needles, razors, and other sharp instruments. In some cases, depending on the practitioner, herbs or other curios may be placed inside the jar before it is filled with the individual's urine and sealed. The bottle is then secretly buried on the property of the person who made it (usually near the front door) in the belief that it will attract and destroy any evil that is directed towards them.

What you do with your jar largely depends on the nature of the work. They may be kept on an altar where they are worked at regular intervals, they may be buried on or off your property, they may be thrown into running water, they may be left at a crossroads or some other variation of disposing of your work.

Types of Bottles & How to Use Them

A Honey Jar

Honey Jars

Honey Jars are a type of container-spell which uses sweeteners such as honey, syrup, molasses, etc… in conjunction with the burning of a series of fixed-candles for the purpose of compelling an individual to favor your petition in business, love, or court-cases.

A typical honey jar is created using a small glass container, such as a baby-food jar, that has a metal lid and filling it with honey. Depending on your specific intent as well as what herbs, curios, and/or personal concerns you have available, additional items may or may not be placed inside the honey. At the very least, a written petition should be placed inside the honey. The jar is then sealed and a prepared candle is affixed to the top of the lid.

The candle is lit as one’s prayer or petition is made and then allowed to burn itself out. The following day, and each successive day for a total of seven days, a new fixed candle is burned on the honey-jar to heat up the situation and get movement on your issue. After the first seven days, a new fixed candle is burned three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Theoretically, honey-jars work on various principles including sympathetic magick and correspondences.

Sympathetic magic is a concept which states that “invisible bonds connect all things.”  It can be divided into two distinct subcategories. They are:

  • Homeopathic Magick holds that “like attracts like.” While making the petition for a honey jar, the practitioner will often ask that the individual it is intended to affect will become as sweet to the practitioner as the honey is to the taste.
  • Contagious Magick holds that “things once in contact with one another continue to exert an influence on one another after they have been separated.” When available, the personal-concerns of the individual the honey jar is to affect will be included in the jar so that it will have a more powerful affect on him or her. Examples of personal concerns include: blood, hair, semen, photograph, handwriting, etc….

Correspondences refer to the relationships that can be used for magickal workings. They make use of how things relate to one another. It is helpful to think of correspondences as a list of possible ingredients from which you can make selections. Correspondences are present in the form of the herbs and or curios, if any, that are included in the honey jar as well as the color of the candle chosen and the type of condition oil with which it is anointed.

The term correspondences can also refer one’s choice of time in which to work the spell. Choices include the Moon Phase, Moon’s Sign, Day of the Week, and Hour of the Day. Most honey jars are worked for positive purposes, therefore they will often be begun while the moon is Waxing, or growing in size. The reasoning for burning the candle on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays has to do with the planetary correspondences attributed to those days of the week as well as their associations.

  • Monday: The Moon, emotions
  • Wednesday: Mercury, Communication
  • Friday: Venus, Friendship and Love

As most honey jars are worked for love and friendship, the burning of the candles on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays is to communicate the emotion of love and friendship to the individual and have those feelings returned in the form of having one’s petition granted.

Although most honey jars are worked on individuals, I have seen instances in which honey-jars have been worked on inanimate objects/concepts such as “Prosperity” in order to get that concept to favor the petitioner. In other instances, I have seen honey-jars worked on entire cities.

In the first instance, the petition was written on a two-dollar bill which was wrapped around a lodestone fed with magnetic-sand. The jar included herbs for money drawing and increase such as cinnamon, chamomile, thyme, and basil to name a few. Finally, green candles anointed with Money-Drawing Oil were burned on top of the jar three times per week.

As you can see, honey-jars are a powerful tool to sway others to your cause and win favors in business, love, or even court cases.

Vinegar Jars

Vinegar Jars are a harmful type of bottle spell used to sour a person's life. They are usually created by placing the individual's personal concerns in a jar along with your specific herbs, curios, petitions, etc... and then filling the bottle about 3/4 of the way with vinegar. Similar to doll-baby, you ritually call that person's spirit into the bottle and then shake it everyday or on certain days, moon-phases, etc..calling their name and affirming that their life will become "as sour as this vinegar".

It is important that you safely store your vinegar jar when not in use as the gases in the vinegar have been known to build up causing the bottles to explode. I usually place mine in a minimum of three ziplock bags and store them in the storage shed off my patio.

Hot-Foot Jars

Hot-Foot Jars are used to drive away enemies and other troublesome individuals. They are typically made from bottles of hot-sauce. In fact, one Rootworker taught me the following hot-foot spell to drive off an enemy. Purchase a bottle of Texas-Pete hot sauce. When the moon is full, write your enemy's name 13 times backwards on a piece of paper, roll it up away from you and insert it in the bottle. As the sun goes down, take the bottle and shake it several times calling the person by name saying "John Brown, as another day is gone and can never return may you leave this place and don't come back!" Do this every day for 12 days as the moon wanes and on the 13th day you toss that bottle in running water.

Break-Up Bottles

These types of bottles are used to bring about the end of a person's relationship. Although they are commonly used on romantic or married couples, I have known folks to employ these types of spells to break-up friends and even business partners! In addition to the personal concerns belonging to the individuals, break up bottle usually contain an assortment of herbs and curios that are thought to make people argue and fight such as pins, needles, nails, red-pepper, black-pepper, black-cat hair, and black-dog hair. Similar to a  Hot-Foot Jar, you would shake the break-up bottle at regular intervals calling on the two individuals to argue and fight until they separate from one another.


A Peaceful Home Jar
Bottle-spells are a versatile type of magic which can be adapted to virtually any purpose. Everything placed inside the bottle as well as the bottle itself will speak to the nature of the work being done. They may be plain or decorated as in the Peaceful Home Jar (at left) which has been decorated with verses from the Holy Bible.

In addition to the types of bottles and jars listed above, you can find bottle spells for virtually any condition including Love-Me, Boss-Fix, Follow-Me, and Un-Crossing to name just a few.

How you use your jar will depend on the purpose of the jar. They may be kept worked at regular interval, they may be buried, they may be thrown into running water, left at a crossroads, a graveyard, or some other variation of disposing of your work.

Happy Hoodooing 


Angelique X Stacy said...

So much great information!! I have quite a collection of Baby food jars (let me know if you ever need any..) and the protection jar is just what I need these days. It's funny how that works, something is going on you need help with and then all sorts of great posts like this pop up when I need it. Thank you!!

Carolina Dean said...

Thank you for your comment. I think I am good on jars, but if I run out I'll shoot you an email.

.......... said...

Hi Dean, i love your blog. Its full of information about magicks where it opens up my eyes about it.

Btw, About the Break-Up Bottles spell, where can I get it? Any additional things i need to add in such as Vinegar to mix with all the things you mentioned in your post to shake it? (I read somewhere that vinegar is recommended to be added in for the break-up bottle spell in order to sour the relationship)

How long we need to shake it? Is it shake until the two individuals fight and break up?
Which day and time is the best? Is it just do it everyday at night time?

For the bury part, is it necessary to bury it once we have obtained the final outcome?
If there is no way to bury at the 2 individuals doorstep, or graveyard or not able to left it at crossroads or even running water, then where shall we dispose it?
Need your advise on this before trying it out.


Unknown said...

Very informative post on how to use jars in various spell workings. In the case of honey jars, how would you go about creating one to attract a boyfriend/girlfriend, but not a particular individual. Would it be along the lines, as you mentioned in the blog, on doing it for an inanimate object? For example: "boyfriend" instead of "John Doe"?

Carolina Dean said...

@.......... You can certainly add vinegar to the jar if you want, but keep in mind that you will not only sour the couple's relationship but also both individuals lives. If you're trying to break them up so that you can have one of the couple for yourself, you might not want to go that route.

I suggest you keep the bottle around and every time you get angry at something...anything...such as someone cutting you off on the road, the grocery clerk not bagging your groceries right, shake your bottle making your petition.

Once the couple have broken up, you DO need to dispose of the bottle either by burial, tossing it in water, or leaving it at the crossroads.

Carolina Dean said...


I would make a list of those qualities that I desire in a mate (both physical and non-physical). Anoint the paper with a spiritual product designed to draw an unknown lover such as "Come to Me" for straight folks and "Lavender Love" for gay one. Wrap the petition paper around a small lodestone dressed with the same oil and fed magnetic sand and place this in the honey jar.

Mark your candles with the phrase "unknown lover" or "my lover" and dress it with the same condition oil and burn one each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

.......... said...

Hi Dean...I love your sense of humour!!! That's a great idea too..

(Btw, i don't know why my name was not appeared but with so many dotsss, i am "Cic")

Dean, will the bottle spell manifest if we do it ourselves where we are not a rootworker/ spell caster and have no ideas about the right way to practice magick?

My questions:
1) For the petition, can i write it on any types of paper? Any special way that is compulsory to follow when write a petition for this spell?
2) Where to get those ingredients that you mentioned?
3) Do I need to do any "cleansing", "protection" for myself before doing this break-up bottle spell? And after it has successfully break up the couples, do i need to perform "cleansing" & "protection" on myself again?
4) Have you tried this bottle spell before? Mind to share your experience in brief? :p

thanks ya...:)

Carolina Dean said...

Do me a favor, go to my website and read everything.

Creole Moon said...

I so love the peaceful home bottle you made. I know I told you before (at least I think I did) but I stumbled upon your post today looking for something else and it was a pleasant reminder of how creative you are and conjure can be.

LawSuth said...

Do you happen to know of any book or reference to bottle spells? I'd been given one that'd worked and I'd like to explore the subject.

Thank you~