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I really dig on some container magick. I really, really do. When so much of the rest of spellcraft feels ephemeral, container magick gives you something tangible in the end– something that may not only be functional, but mysterious and beautiful at the same time.
Since I already do a lot of container magick, I’m not going to do anything particularly groundbreaking (for me) today. Instead, I want to talk a little bit about a box I already have. I may be a bit vague in some parts, but a little secrecy’s a good thing here. The less others know about the things you do to look out for yourself, the less they can do to screw it up for you.
It’s not a large box, and it’s made of a very particular type of wood. The inside is painted black and covered with shards of mirror. The outside is left unpainted, decorated with protecting and containing symbols. Inside, I have a mixture of banishing herbs and soem found objects placed in there to trap and entangle. There are also a few slips of paper.
Each of these slips of paper has something written on it– a situation, a thing, a name. Most of them are names, which isn’t saying a whole lot. There aren’t many things I’ve seen fit to box up.
Whenever something threatens me, it goes into the box. This isn’t meant to hurt anything or anyone, just to put it or them out of my mind and neutralize the influence the situation has over my life. When I’m upset, anxious, or feel threatened, writing something on a slip of paper and putting it into the box to be forgotten is as cathartic as it is magickal. I don’t have to worry much anymore– the box got it, and whatever it is isn’t coming out any time soon.
This isn’t the only means of box magick. I have some ideas kicking around to create a bank that’s essentially prosperity container magick. I’m also working on a way to rework the idea for love or healing. All told, box spells are pretty versatile and can include as many or as few components as you wish.
Do you regularly use boxes in your practice? How do you use them?