Spell Jars for the Modern WitchDive into the magickal world of spellcrafting with fifty unique and customizable spell jar recipes, using everything from crystals and candles to tarot cards and herbs to heal, protect, and manifest your desires with Spell Jars for the Modern Witch by Minerva Siegel.

Spell Jars for the Modern Witch will guide you through the entire process of jar spellcrafting—creating spells inside sealed containers—from setting your intentions, to cleansing your ritual space, to building and activating your spells. This blog post will briefly walk you through the six steps of creating a spell jar and highlight a spell jar recipe to help you manifest self confidence. Get ready to start your spellcrafting journey!

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The Six Steps to Creating a Spell Jar

There are six primary steps to creating a successful spell jar: set your intent, gather the ingredients and tools you’ll need for your spell jar, prepare your spellcrafting space, assemble the spell jar, activate the spell, and seal it. Let’s take a closer look at each step individually.

Step One: Set Your Intent

In order for your spell jar to be effective, you have to begin with a very clear goal. Are you looking to create a spell jar to stop nightmares? Attract new friendships into your life? Boost your creativity and focus so you can nail a major presentation at work? This isn’t the time for generalizations or ambiguity.

For example, saying you want to build a spell jar to attract love isn’t quite specific enough. The crystals, flora, and other ingredients and tools you should use change based on what type of love you’re looking to invite into your life. Do you want to find long-lasting, romantic love? Are you hoping to strengthen familial bonds and connections? Attract new best friends and platonic soul-connections? Visualize a very clear image of what this spell jar’s success looks like to guide and inform the whole creation process.

Step Two: Gather Ingredients and Tools

Once your intent is set and you’ve chosen the exact goal you want to accomplish with your spell jar, it’s time to select a jar and begin deciding which ingredients, tools, and other implements you may want to include in your spellcrafting session.

I encourage you to put a good amount of thought into this, and be thorough. Make sure you have everything you need when beginning your spell to avoid breaking your concentration to fetch something in the middle of it. This would be disruptive and could affect the spell’s viability.

Step Three: Prepare the Spellcrafting Space

Most spellcrafters agree that it’s important to energetically and spiritually cleanse the immediate space where you’ll be performing spellwork. This ensures that no unwanted energies will interfere with or muddle your spell. Essentially, energy cleansing is basic spiritual hygiene. There are several different methods that can be used to accomplish this, and I encourage you to experiment with them! Try out different methods, or combinations of methods, to figure out which ones feel best to you. You don’t have to stick to any one method, either. Feel free to change it up depending on your mood or the intent of the spell jar. Four different methods you can use to spiritually prepare your ritual space are sound cleansing, smoke cleansing, space cleansing with visualization, and space cleansing with crystals.

Step Four: Assemble the Spell Jar

It’s time to build your spell jar. I often start by adding the written intentions to spell jars (if applicable), because that helps to set a solid tone for the rest of the spell jar’s creation. After that, the ingredients are usually added from heaviest or bulkiest to lightest, but that’s not an absolute must-do. If I’m creating a spell jar that uses dirt, I usually add the dirt first to create a base for the other ingredients. When making spell jars that use Moon Water, I usually add that ingredient last to submerge all the contents of the spell jar fully. There are no hard-and-fast rules to the assembly of spell jars, so please feel free to assemble yours in the ways that feel most appropriate to you, and in alignment with your own intuition.

Step Five: Activate the Spell Jar

After your spell jar has been assembled, and is full of magickal ingredients and intent, it’s time to give it a concentrated boost of magickal energy to activate it and set its power into action. There are several ways of doing this: through visualization; by using athames, wands, or clear quartz points; by simply shaking the jar; or by adding essential oils to the spell jar. Sunlight and moonlight can also be used to activate spells. Sometimes, activation can be performed after the jar is sealed. For example, if the activation method involves shaking the jar and its contents, it’s best to do this after the jar is sealed. However, sometimes spell jars can be activated by adding essential oils to the contents, so you’d have to make sealing your spell jar the final step in that instance.

Step Six: Seal the Spell Jar

There are a few different ways to seal your finished spell jar. Outer and inner wax sealing, sealing with tape, cloth sealing, and using sigils to seal the spell jar spiritually are the most commonly used methods, but copper electroforming is another great option that’s best used on spell jars you know you’ll want sealed permanently.

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Spell Jar Recipes:

Now that you have the very basic steps to creating a spell jar, it’s time to dive into the creation of spell jars! You’ll see a lack of listed quantities in this spell. That’s because the quantities of ingredients are up to you! You’ll have to consider the amounts you have on hand, along with the size of your selected jar. The beauty of spellwork is that it’s so customizable. Use these spells as a guide, but remember that you’re allowed to deviate from them in any way your intuition guides you.

A Spell Jar to Manifest Self Confidence

Have you been feeling insecure lately? Self-critical? We all go through periods of self-doubt and doldrums. If you’ve lost a bit of your self-confidence, this spell jar will help you hold your head high again and bring back your confident strut. It will remind you of your best qualities and show you what a powerful, strong, capable person you really are.


  • Orange candle
  • Your preferred lighting tool, such as matches or a lighter
  • Paper, pink, red, and/or orange preferred
  • Writing tool, pink, red, and/or orange preferred
  • Mirror
  • Crystals that promote inner strength, power, and fortitude, such as amber, bloodstone, carnelian, garnet, and red jasper
  • Ginseng
  • Peach pit
  • Dried lemon slices, lemon zest, or lemon oil
  • Valerian


  • Light the candle.
  • Write powerful self-confidence affirmations on one side of the paper. Make them personal, and tailor them to any issues that may be blocking you from achieving confidence. For example, if the words and opinions of others have negatively affected your self-perception, you could write something like, “I am strong, powerful, and deserving. I don’t need everyone to love me because I love and respect myself.”
  • Look into the mirror and read your affirmations aloud to your reflection. Repeat them until they really start to resonate with you.
  • On the other side of the paper, list your favorite things about yourself. Are you compassionate? Great at a hobby or skill? What’s your favorite physical feature? Write it all down!
  • Read your list aloud to your reflection.
  • Add the amber, bloodstone, carnelian, garnet, and red jasper, or your crystals of choice, to the jar.
  • Add your written affirmation and list to the jar.
  • Add the ginseng, peach pit, lemon ingredient, and valerian to the jar.
  • Seal this spell jar using your preferred method.
  • Activate the spell by placing in the sunlight for an hour.

Keep this spell jar somewhere you’ll see it every morning, such as at a vanity, on a bathroom counter, or at the beverage station where you prepare your morning coffee or tea.

Want to learn more about spell jars including but not limited to magickal color, crystal, number, and astrological properties; how to best time the creation of your spell; the power meaning of certain herbs, flowers, and other natural ingredients? Buy Spell Jars for the Modern Witch by Minerva Siegel for more spell jar fundamentals and amazing spell jar recipes to try like a protection from nightmares spell, a financial abundance spell, or a successful job hunting spell!

This article was adapted from the book Spell Jars for the Modern Witch by Minerva Siegel
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