This page about protection and shielding spells is a shortcut providing links to all of the Lucky W pages depicting and describing apotropaic and protective amulets and talismans -- plus complete instructions (in the sections marked with a *) for dozens of simple folkloric protection spells collected by Harry M. Hyatt in Adams County, Illinois, during the 1930s. I also maintain the Lucky Mojo Free Spell Archive, a web site cataloguing spell-work in general. At that site you will find archives from usenet posts circa 1995 to the present detailing many more spells for personal and household protection from several magical traditions. Folks seeking a structural understanding of the role apotropaic charms play in folkmagic may be interested in a brief essay i have written on how luck, religious devotion, and the need for protection overlap in the making and wearing of amulets. The kinds of protection and shielding spells used in various cultures and magical traditions vary based on what is perceived as a magical threat in weach culture or tradition. For instance, in cultures where the evil eye is a major magical threat, there are hundreds of styles of apotropaic amulets and spells to ward off the effect of the eye. In cultures where a major form of hostile magic consists of throwing magical powders or dusts on the ground for victims to walk over, then the types of protection will be aimed at immunizing or shielding one from getting hurt when stepping in that mess. In other words, in order to understand a culture's protection spells, you have to understand that culture's spells of animosity and destruction.

(Note: Not everyone uses these for protection, but they all do have protective qualities.) all-seeing eye anchor angelica root bluestone and laundry bluing cat's eye shell cord charms intended to decay corno (Italian horn) charm

Illinois PROTECTIVE CHARMS DEPLOYED ABOUT THE HOUSE ritual bathing and floor washing Chinese Wash charm vials and charm flasks Devil's shoestring roots (shown above) charms and spells against the evil eye * Fiery Wall of Protection spiritual supplies Four Thieves vinegar horseshoe horseshoe wall plaque horseshoe-and-eyes charms Nepalese wall guardian masks .crucifix knife key ring deities and saints for protection and luck Devil's shoestring roots (shown above) charms and spells against the evil eye eye-in-hand amulet eyes-all-over amulet good luck coins hamsa hand amulet horseshoe key ring John the Conqueror mano cornuto amulet mano fico amulet powerful hand of God mojo hand or conjure bag ojo de venado amulet Thai penis amulets (palad khik) protection talisman amulet cast in Pewter "Protection From Evil" by Henri Gamache rabbit foot rattlesnake silver dimes (and other silver) skull vulva amulets abracadabra amulet abraxas amulet crescent & hand amulet buckle of Isis * protective charms worn in Adams County.

ILLINOIS The following documentation on protection spells comes from the book "FolkLore From Adams County Illinois" a 723-page collection of folkloric material gathered by Harry Middleton Hyatt in the early 1930s. Illinois PROTECTIVE SPELLS TO BE SPOKEN UPON MEETING A WITCH charms and spells against the evil eye * protective spoken spells from Adams County.Rootwork" by Harry Middleton Hyatt.Witchcraft . Illinois return to the top of this page PROTECTIVE CHARMS AND SPELLS FROM ADAMS COUNTY.Peace Water magical uses of salt * Uncrossing and Jinx-Breaking spiritual supplies Van Van brand spiritual supplies Roman hand of power * protective house charms from Adams County. hen eggs. and hen feathers against evil work * Fiery Wall of Protection spells * Uncrossing and Jinx-Breaking spells * protective hex-breaking spells Adams County.Conjuration . Illinois HOW TO PREVENT A WITCH FROM RETURNING TO YOUR HOME magical uses of salt Peace Water * protective spells against returning witches from Adams County. IMPORTANT: If this is the first time you have encountered Hyatt material at this web site. please take a moment to open and read the supplementary page called "Hoodoo . . Illinois HOW TO UNDO OR PREVENT A BEWITCHMENT OR A HOODOO SPELL charms and spells against the evil eye black hens.

Illinois in the early 1930s." Negro. "If you take a dime around each ankle. and Holy Ghost." Negro. "To keep a person from hoodooing you." Negro.) was counter-balanced by a relative lack of interest in feet and foot-tracks in the German material. "If you wear a dime in the heel of your shoe. "Grave dust is what a witch uses to hoodoo you. For instance." Negro. doorways." Negro. 9544. you can't be hoodooed. 9593.and similar -approaches to magical protection taken by Hyatt's German-American and African-American informants from]. paths. your enemies cannot put a spell on you. 9562. rabbit feet. and you will conquer her if you get some and wear it. no man can poison you. 9547.As you read through these spells." German. [Comments in brackets are mine -. "Take a dime and put red pepper over the dime. 9543. . "Keep a penny in your pocket and you cannot be bewitched. etc. and you will not be hoodoo." Negro." Negro. Son. although informants from both cultures recounted almost identical spells employing salt and/or recitation of the phrase "in the Name of the Father. you can't be hoodoo. socks." the heavy African-American emphasis on foot-track magic (working with shoes. for ease of comparison. then wrap it up in brown paper and wear it in your shoe. compare the different -. 9591. 9545. "If you will take a dime and bore a hole in it and wear it all the time on you somewhere. but sorted the spells by type. keep red pepper in your shoe all the time. "If you keep a silver dime in your mouth. I have retained Hyatt's original entry numbers. return to the top of this page PROTECTIVE CHARMS WORN ON THE PERSON 9542.

because her grandfather. Negro. An old woman eighty years old [born before 1855] said she was never bewitched or her people. "Put a piece of rattlesnake skin in your shoe to keep the witches away. 9620. the Three Kings' Day. Caspar.B. and would put the same letters over the stable door so no one could bewitch the cattle. always on the 6th of January.9594. 9536. 9599.M. [According to German folklore." Negro. [These are "frizzled fowl" or "frizzly chickens" -. "If you hang a bottle of bluing down a fireplace. then her father. January 6th. "If you wear a piece of rattlesnake skin in your clothing. 9621. put it in your shoes." German. "If you will wear black pepper and salt in your shoes." Negro." Negro. you cannot be put under a spell. and Balthazar -.B." Negro. over all outside doors before sunup. "Carrying a rabbit's foot keeps all evil away.M.] 9530. "If you keep chickens with the feathers turned back the wrong way." German. so the witches could not get in. it will keep Satan away. would put the letters C. put some red pepper in the brown paper. return to the top of this page PROTECTIVE CHARMS DEPLOYED ABOUT THE HOUSE 506. you can walk anywhere and not be hoodoo. "Wear your pockets inside out to keep the witches off. -were the names of the three magi or kings who brought gifts to the infant Jesus in the stable on the 12th day of Christmas. "If you think someone has put something down for you to walk over." Negro." Negro.C. 9619. black frizzled hens are considered especially efficacious in rooting out of the dirt any powders that have been laid down around the yard by enemies. and when you walk over it. Melchior. you take a piece of brown paper.] .birds with twisted and deformed feathers. 9624. it will do you no harm. you will never be hoodooed.

9592. "If you put a piece of silver under your head [while you sleep]. then sweep it up and burn it. the witches will not bother you . and you will keep away all evil. a witch will never come under your door. burn sulphur and salt every day." Negro. no one can harm you or bewitch you. 9669. put a tablespoonful of vinegar and a tablespoonsful of sulphur in a little can and keep that in the house. return to the top of this page . "Take a sack of salt and make a cross on it and put it under the front doorstep. "If you think someone is hoodooing you. put a horseshoe over your door and they can't hoodoo you. "To keep your enemies out of your house. it will keep your enemies away." Negro. 9663. "If you sprinkle black pepper and salt around your house. I never go to sleep without the scissors under my pillow. 9589. 9646. and I have been doing this every night for years." Negro. "I always keep red pepper in the house so I will have good luck and not be hoodooed. open with the points to the head. I was bewitched years ago." German. 9671. "I always keep onions in the house to keep the devils out." Irish. 9570. place a dime under the fireplace." Negro. 9595. open with the points to the head of the bed. and I have never been bewitched since that time. 9629. "If a person try to hoodoo you in leap year. and open the door and your trouble will blow out. and they will never bother you. 9571.9550. and someone told me about putting the scissors under my pillow. "If you will put a pair of scissors under your pillow." German." Irish." Negro." Negro. "To keep the witches out of the house." German. "If you put a horseshoe over your door with the point down.

just as soon as they leave." Negro. "If someone comes to your house and you think they are a witch and you don't want them to come in.and they say they will never come back again. and if she is a witch." German. When they leave. take salt and sulphur and mix good. "If someone comes and you don't want them to come back. sprinkle salt all around the chair they were sitting on and put a little on the seat of the chair. and they will not come back. 9636. "If you don't want anyone to come back when they leave the house. "If someone come to your house you don't want them to come back. Son and Holy Ghost. 'In the Name of the Father." Negro. they cannot step over the shoe. move on' -." German. 9652.' And they won't. "If someone come to your house and you don't want them to come back. "If someone comes to your house and you don't trust them. 9645. throw some salt on their back. return to the top of this page PROTECTIVE SPELLS TO BE SPOKEN UPON MEETING A WITCH . and throw that on their back as they are leaving and they will not bother you again. as they leave throw a handful of salt after them and say. and they can't do you any harm. 'In the Name of the Father. take a broom and sweep it out the door. 9643. lay an old shoe in the door. Don't come back. If someone comes to your house and you think they are putting an evil spirit on you." Negro." Negro 9628. "If you don't want enemies to come around your house and put a spell on you. 9639.HOW TO PREVENT A WITCH FROM ENTERING OR RETURNING TO YOUR HOME 9627. Son and Holy Ghost." German." Negro. put salt and black pepper on the carpet. 9673. throw a handful of salt at them and say. wash your front door every Monday morning with pee.

and she can't harm you. The one that has a spell over you will come and ask for forgiveness. Beat it to a powder. the Son and Holy Ghost' and you will be able to sleep better. Drink it. 9558. . "If you think you are bewitched and can't sleep." German. say. This will cure you. walk backward six steps. and she will not be able to step over the broom." Negro. German. "If you think someone is a witch and you do not want them to bewitch you when you meet them on the street. take a little holy water and sprinkle it around the room three times and say. 9576. boil a beef heart and while it is cooking. 9508." Negro. 9567. 'In the Name of the Father. Mix the powder with whiskey. 'Kiss my a--' three times under your breath. say under your breath. run and put the broom down in front of the door and say. and you meet them. return to the top of this page HOW TO UNDO A BEWITCHMENT OR A HOODOO SPELL 9507. and say. and the spell upon you will be broken. 'In the Name of the Father. "If a witch comes to your house. Do it by smoking. kill a lizard." Negro.9574. spitting right and left. cursing them] while you are burying it. 9575. "Kiss my a--' all the time until they get out of your sight. keep sticking it with a needle." German. "To overcome a hoodoo. Son and Holy Ghost. "If someone bewitched you. saying 'John over John' and 'John the Conqueror' and they can't hurt you." German. "If you think someone is trying to hoodoo you or do you some harm. put a piece of red flannel in hot water on the back of the stove and let it boil. 9667. and bury it [prongs up] so they will walk over it. using their name [abusing their name." German. get a two prong fork and go to a crossroad where they walk.' and they will swell up and just pop open and die." German. "If you think someone is doing you harm. 9578. the witch will have the same pains. 'Kiss my a--' three times. "If you are bewitched. "If you see a witch coming.

" Negro." German. you take a handful of salt and call their name and throw it over your right shoulder and they will not bother you. put red pepper and salt in all four corners of the room. one pint of your urine. "If you think someone has a spell on you. 9623. "If you think you are hoodooed. Then throw the can and all away and your hoodoo spell will be off. "If you think someone is bewitching you." Negro. and take that picture to the woods where the trees are very thick and nail the picture on a tree. "If someone is bothering you and you don't want them to. and if you have the right one." Negro. It will take the spell off.9598. take one pint of salt. Put that in a can on the stove at twelve o'clock at night and cook until it burns. 9675. one pint of corn meal. draw the picture of the one you think it is. . 9626. the spell will be broken.