You’re Done With Your Spellwork, Now Dispose Of It


You’re Done With Your Spellwork, Now You Need To Dispose Of It…

Knowing how and where to dispose of your spellwork after it has done its job is a fairly important part of performing any sort of magickal work. When this very simple step of the magickal process is left out, that residual energy can build up and create some undesirable effects.

When we perform a spell or ritual, we are essentially doing the following two things:

  • First, we are manifesting and raising energy to be used in our spellwork. This is usually accomplished through the use of chanting or recitation of prayers but can be done any other way you prefer or have been taught. That energy is then channeled into or otherwise contained within our working in some way. This could come in the form of a mojo hand, a jar spell, or through the use of a doll or some other item.
  • Second, we give that energy a goal and we try to direct it as to what we want it to do. We typically do this through the use of gestures, wording or physical manipulation of the materials we are using. For mojo hands, we may insert a petition paper inside of them and even speak to them daily. If creating a jar spell, we would shake it to get the energy moving as we speak our intentions to it. You get the idea.

So, you raise the energy to be used, you infuse it into the spell to give it life and then you give it a goal. The spell then goes to work trying to achieve the goal and it either succeeds or it fails.

When the spell is complete and it has done its job, regardless of success or failure, you need to clean up your workspace and properly dispose of any materials used in the spellwork. There is absolutely nothing worse than built up energy that is not actively being put to use.

Once again and in short, not disposing of the remnants of your spellwork when you are finished with them is a recipe for disaster.

Not every item that you use in your spellwork will always need to be disposed of, however. Anything that you are using simply as a tool to facilitate your work should not need to be disposed of. These items would include things like:

  • Knives to cut herbs
  • Censers used for charcoal or incense
  • Bowls or glasses used to hold liquids
  • Any other tools that are not actually part of the spellwork

Spellwork Disaster In A Nutshell

Okay, so what happens when you don’t adhere to proper disposal methods? Let’s break it down just a little and see what we are dealing with.

First of all, it is important to understand that the energies you work with in magick are like magnets or beacons of light to other unseen forces around us.

You’ve completed a spell but never bothered to physically clean it up afterward. So the items that have this residual energy on them, left over from your work, just sit there and collect all kinds of energy as the days go on. It picks up energy from emotions, activities, mental states, etc… The good and the bad. Energy is very much like a sponge in this way. But also like a sponge, it can only hold so much. And when it is full, any excess being poured onto the sponge will just overflow onto the surface it is sitting on.

So here you have these spellwork remnants sitting there in your workspace with leftover energy from your spell all over them. Over time this energy will begin to suck up all kinds of energy in your home. Not every energy in your home is going to be of a positive nature. There is also the energy of stress, depression, fights, etc… But worst of all, when that ‘sponge’ begins to overflow, all those nasty energies get put right back into the environment. And worst of all, it will latch itself to other things as well as people. Needless, to say, this is rarely a positive experience.

This idea is commonly known as the Law of Contagion. This is also why it is a great idea to regularly clean and cleanse your home, but it is even more important to do so before and after you perform any spellwork.

How To Dispose Of Various Spellwork Items

When we dispose of spellwork materials, we do so in a way that is meant to symbolize the ‘sealing in’ or locking down of that work. We make a statement that we have performed this working and would like to send the energies found within it, out into the world to further go to work for us and our goal. Sure, we could just throw our materials in the trash can when we are done with them and essentially it would fine to do so if that is what you choose to do. However, you won’t reap the added benefits of symbolically sealing it in and releasing those energies with a proper send away if you just trash it.

Remember, magick is all about your intentions right down to how you release your energy out into the world.

Candle MagickCandles

Candles or candle wax can be disposed of in a variety of ways depending on what the candle was used for.

For instance, if you just finished a novena with a glass encased vigil candle and you want to properly dispose of it instead of simply throwing it in the trash you can leave these on the steps of a church or other hallowed grounds.

Maybe you just got done working a road opener candle to open up more opportunities for you. Why not leave it at a crossroad? That candle you did last week for attracting a partner? Yep, you guessed it, keep it under your bed. Candle for protection? No problem, bury it in your front yard. Or if you want to go all out, you can bury one at each of the corners of your house.

When in doubt, leave on hallowed ground.

Petition PaperPetition Paper

Petitions are prayers, goals or names written down on a piece of paper and included in some spells as a way to further focus the energy on the overall goal. Petition papers are a tricky subject when it comes to disposal because they are extremely versatile.

Petitions are generally burned and then it is the ash that is disposed of in some manner. This typically takes place in the form of the practitioner gathering the ashes in their hands and blowing or scattering the ashes into the wind in some fashion.

Some people like to hold the ashes in their hands and blow it to the four cardinal directions. Other people like to toss it over their shoulders as they walk away from the site where they’re disposing of their items. Alternatively, you could also freeze your petition papers if trying to stop someone from some sort of action.


Water In SpellworkWater

Some spells revolve around infusing or using various types of waters for different things. Water used in your spellwork can be disposed of in a larger natural body of water such as a lake, river, ocean or even a creek, making its disposal extremely simple.

For example, if the spell was to draw something to you, you would dispose of the water in a creek or river that runs towards the direction in which you live.

If however, your spellwork was for pushing something away, you would dispose of the water in a body of water that runs away from where you live. Another way to dispose of water that has been used in your spellwork, and this is probably by far my favorite way of disposing of my water, is to take it to the base of a large tree and feed the water to the tree. The idea behind this specific way of disposal is that the tree can then take that energy filled water and transform it further into growth and positivity.

There are of course thousands of other common materials used in spellwork and even more ways to dispose of them. I have used these three simply as examples of a general disposal and, hopefully, give you some ideas for you to build from for your own disposals.

Final Thoughts

Most of the time when you are disposing of your spellwork, you can choose to either take this advice that I’ve given you or not to take it at all and just do it your own way. However, there are indeed times when you should probably ignore my advice on disposal.

Whenever you are disposing of offerings that you have made to spirits or other entities or are performing spellwork or other rituals in accordance with a specific religious protocol. In that scenario, you would simply follow the disposal protocol as your religion or path specifies.

In conclusion, these disposal methods are great for general use or whenever you are unsure of the best way of disposing of something. Having said that, however, the advice in this blog post are just the very basics of proper spellwork disposal and everyone has their own preferred way of doing things. If you find that any of these methods do not work for you, feel free to modify them to better suit your work or do it completely differently.

In closing, just remember to always dispose of your spellwork remnants properly and stick to a solid home cleansing routine and you should be fine.

8 thoughts on “You’re Done With Your Spellwork, Now Dispose Of It

    • Matthew Levi says:

      There are many ways to get rid of the residual energy that is left over either in the bath water or in the surrounding environment.

      My absolute favorite way to dispose of water that was used in a cleansing is to water a tree with it. It’s simple, effective and beneficial to both the tree and yourself. By watering the tree, you are giving it nourishment. The tree is taking in this stagnant, left over energy and turning it into a beneficial fuel for its own growth. You can look at this as a “spiritual recycling” of sorts I suppose.

      As for the residual energy left in the environment… This is where it can get a little tricky, or simple, depending on how you view it.

      On one hand, it is important to note that you will never be able to completely clear any area or any living being of every small speck of negative energy. For one, the universe needs the balance. And for two, it would prove to be nearly impossible and would more than likely drive you mad. Think about all the minute particles of dirt or dander that you miss every time you physically clean your house. Sure, you can get it really REALLY clean if you tried, but there will always be a little dust here or dirt there. Stick to a good cleansing routine. Cleanse anytime you perform a large working, and on a basis of at least once every 2-4 months or so.

    • Matthew Levi says:

      Glass vigil candles can come in really handy, even after you use them in your rootwork.

      Personally, I like to repurpose them. If you used it in a money spell, I would suggest using the glass container as a piggy bank of sorts and keep it on your money altar. All that residual energy that’s caked on there can be really powerful… And built up even more.

      Fill the bottom of it with money drawing herbs and powders, a couple of pieces of Pyrite, and maybe even a Lodestone. Every so often when you have some spare pocket change, toss it in there to keep it working and growing your money.

  1. Evie says:

    I used a black hex breaker novena classed encased 7 day candle however it didn’t burn all the way to the bottom and went out. I tried to relight it but it went out again. How should I dispose of the unfinished candle

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