Binding

A binding spell is a spell that symbolically ties the target up restricting his, her or its actions or keeping him or her (or it) tied to another individual, object, place or situation.

Types of Binding Spells

A binding spell can be positive or negative.1.

A positive binding spell joins two things together. For example, if you were particularly fond of a ring, you might bind it to you so that it wouldn’t get lost or would always return to you. You could bind a pet to you, to be a familiar or just a lifelong companion. Or you could bind a spirit to an object (like a genie in a lamp). You could bind yourself to a place so that you will always return there or you could bind yourself to your job so that you do not lose it. Two people can be bound together as well. One form of this is known as handfasting.

A negative binding spell is one that takes something away, usually someone’s ability to do something. Someone may cast a binding spell on someone who is hurting or harassing them to make them stop. You may cast a binding spell on yourself to help you break a bad habit, to stop calling that guy who is just using you, to stop going to the bar, to stop biting your nails.

It is important to note that not all bound situations are the result of spellwork. A person can bind themselves with their own fears, loves, obsessions. Individuals who spend a great deal of time together can become bound without any outside manipulation. You can be bound by guilt, by obligation, by fear, by love, by a promise. There are many ways binding can happen, naturally, accidentally or on purpose; the result is the same.

The Ethics of Binding Spells

Binding spells have ethical implications. They always involve restricting or controlling someone’s actions but in some cases, everyone involved has consented and in other cases, an individual may be deemed dangerous enough that restricting his or her actions is a necessary evil. Some traditions forbid binding spells altogether while others embrace them wholeheartedly, but most make the assessment on a case by case basis.

Binding Spells

Binding spells usually involve symbolic action of binding, wrapping, tying or otherwise containing a representative object. In handfasting rituals, the hands of the two individuals to be bound are usually literally tied together with a cord or ribbon. The freezer spell involves placing a taglock or representative image of the target in the freezer to “freeze” their actions. Other spells involve nailing or pinning a representative image or taglock to a surface, sealing it inside a container or wrapping it around with cords. Spirits are usually bound to a container that is symbolically sealed with wax or wrapped around with a cord.

Some binding spells, those which bind two individuals together, involve the exchange of body fluids. A kiss, braiding together locks of hair, smearing blood on an object you wish to bind to you, etc.

Unbinding

Many witches create protective binding spells with an “off” switch to end the spell when the danger has passed, but some spells are meant to be permanent and these can be trickier. Unbinding often involves a physical reversal of the action of the binding spell, untying or cutting the cords, removing the symbolic object from the container it was placed in, etc.  If the spell involved an exchange of body fluids, it may be more difficult to undo the binding. If an object was involved (rings, locks of hair braided together, etc.) this object can be destroyed to undo the binding. These should be followed up with a generalized cleansing.

If the spell object is not available or if the binding has come about from some method other than via a spell, a more involved cleansing or banishing spell may be necessary. An astral exercise involving the cutting of the energetic bonds can be effective for those who have the skill and ritual baths are also useful here. A combination of methods may be required over a period of time to achieve full relief from a bound condition.

Recommended Reading

Binding Spells and also Unbinding Spell at Spells of Magic

Binding Spells at Everything Under the Moon

Unbinding Spells & Rituals: Breaking Invisible Ties at Art of the Root

How and When to Use a Binding Spell at Wicca and Witchcraft at Exemplore

Cutting the Ties that Bind (Binding Removal Magick) at Shadows Magick Place

Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World by John G. Gager (Amazon)

Protection and Reversal Magick (Beyond 101) by Jason Miller (Amazon)

Banishing, Binding, Cursing & Hexing: Beginner’s Guide by E.M. Fairchild (Amazon)

Magickal Protection: Defend Against Curses, Gossip, Bullies, Thieves, Demonic Forces, Violence, Threats and Psychic Attack by Damon Brand (Amazon)

 

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15 thoughts on “Binding

  • December 27, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    I binded myself to my silver ring by blood

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  • April 9, 2020 at 7:03 pm
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    what are some negative things that could happen if one does a binding spell? Like unintended consequences?

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    • April 11, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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      Every action has a consequence, whether magical or not. Absolutely something negative could happen if you attempt to place restrict another person’s activities. You have to decide if the end justifies the risk. Maybe it does. Maybe it doesn’t.

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  • April 17, 2020 at 11:14 am
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    Is binding someone with their worst nightmare possible if yes then will I also have to face any consequences ???how dangerous can the consequences be ????

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    • April 21, 2020 at 2:25 pm
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      *sigh* Whatever energy you work to create will cling to you to a certain extent. So whatever energy you are sending out, you get to keep some of it. Whatever it is. At least for awhile. And no, you’re not describing a binding spell. A binding spell restricts activity. Look, we have articles about curses and things, if you’re trying to hurt someone with no repercussions, I can’t promise you there won’t be and I can’t promise you there will be. You could be a lucky bastard and get away with all sorts of things, there are slippery people like that. Other people get caught up in their own junk all the time.

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  • May 28, 2020 at 1:09 am
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    I wish to bind my adult son from causing harm to himself and others. He argues constantly on social media, so much so that I get messages from people he has offended with screen shots of his messages. They are just terrible.
    I don’t want this to be permanent, but I need him to stop, for himself, my family and others.

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    • June 14, 2020 at 6:48 am
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      You can do a binding spell with an exit clause or termination condition. when you write it, be specific about the behavior you wish to bind and say “until thus and such”. Remember that magick works best when backed up by mundane actions. Someone needs to talk to this person and people should be encouraged to call him out on his behavior as well. If he’s an adult, it is not your responsibility to monitor his social interactions anymore, so you can tell these people who are sending him screenshots that they also need to tell him how offensive he is. Otherwise, he can say you’re just a busy body and dismiss you out of hand. Group efforts always work best.

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  • June 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    So… Binding the cops from the US would prevent them from attacking the protesters?

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    • June 14, 2020 at 6:41 am
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      If the combined will of the people performing the binding was stronger than the combined will of the cops to attack the protesters. Theoretically. Yes.

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  • June 24, 2020 at 7:27 pm
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    My step daughter and mother n law are doing witchcraft on me I can’t find a job I don’t have money I need a car I feel ugly I’m gaining weight my period prolonged and I can’t have babies I got my cards read and I was told that someone is doing strong witchcraft on me. So I decided to try and do a bond or bind on them to stop what they’re doing to me. Is binding or bonding use for that ?

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    • June 29, 2020 at 7:37 am
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      Yes, but you will also need to cleanse yourself of the energies they have already sent to you. I liked to do an egg cleansing and a saltwater bath and perhaps a dusting of cascarilla and/or a charm of some sort to protect you from further energetic attacks. A binding will only help prevent future attacks, it does nothing for what’s already happened. Remember that people can send you negative “curse” energy without even knowing it, so the best thing is to find out the root cause and repair the relationship if possible. Otherwise, you could spend your whole life trying to bind people.

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  • July 3, 2020 at 6:11 am
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    How would 1 person that was bonded with someone through a needle with blood on it loosen. Also I don’t know if this is the part of the bind that was against my will that they are some how rorturing and tormenting me with it as it feels like some one is digging a knuckle in the middle of my back. And is trying to enslave me through it how can I get it unbinded and is that part of a binding spell? Also they can see my every movement. I’ve been a victem of my brother and his friends how can I stop this. Please help

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    • July 3, 2020 at 11:50 am
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      You will need to do a cord cutting ritual. It’s rather complicated so you’ll want to talk to someone local. Give your local metaphysical shop a call for a reference.

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  • July 3, 2020 at 6:35 am
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    Can some1 be bonded with some1 else against their will and if so is their a way to know who bonded their self to you?

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    • July 3, 2020 at 11:50 am
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      If someone is bound to you, you know it. I can’t imagine not knowing who it was. It’s hard to miss.

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