Need a sprinkle of magic in your summer? Known in Voodoo as “gris-gris,” or to Native American’s as “medicine bags,” these good ol’ fashioned spells in a bag are sure to bring some magic into your life! For me, charm bags have some nostalgia surrounding them.
Growing up with my Grandma referencing her astrological charts and talking to spirits with her pendulum, I became very open-minded to all things woo woo. Though charm bags weren’t Grandma’s thing, I stumbled upon some magic books at a young age and was hooked. I created my first charm bag during middle school, in hopes to improve my relationship with my Mom. Like any good teen, I argued with her a lot. I’m not sure if it was the intention or true magic but our relationship did improve from that point forward!
This summer season, entertain your inner child by creating a custom charm bag (or two)!! I’ve got everything covered for you, from the container to its contents, a prayer to empower your charms, and even some printable “recipe” cards to have as reminders!
When choosing a bag it’s important to pick an appropriate color that reflects the purpose of your spell, lucky for you I’ve done all of the work on these details! Don’t have all of the herbs or all of the crystals for each one? Don’t fret, using one or two from each category is fine. Remember, the intention behind your charm bag is the most important part.
Bag Color: Red, black, or gold
Herbs: Betony (protects against malicious fairies), cedar, cinnamon, mint
Charm: Shell (to symbolize a hard protective surface) or a piece of a broom (to brush away negativity)
Prayer: “Minions of the dark now quit this place, for only light will I embrace.”
Imagine protective energy pouring into the bag and creating a force field of light around you as you place each item in the bag.
Bag Color: Silver, gold, or green
Herbs: Nutmeg, clover, ginger, fenugreek
Charm: Moss; both Spanish and Irish moss are known to bring luck. Also, a horseshoe figurine.
Prayer: “Fortune smile on me this day, may all I need come my way.”
Imagine your hopes and dreams coming to you easily and effortlessly as you place each item in the bag.
Bag Color: Red, Pink
Herbs: Lavender, rose petals, a stick of cinnamon for passionate love
Gemstones: Rose quartz, copper, pink kunzite
Charm: Maple leaf; the sap of the maple tree makes sweet, rich syrup. So, the maple leaf symbolizes a rich and full love. Or a triangle object to represent the love in the union of a mother, father, and child.
Prayer: “By air, earth, fire, and sea. Bring love to me.”
Concentrate deeply on the kind of love you want to bring into your life as you place each item in the bag.
Bag Color: Yellow, blue
Herbs: Peppermint, St. Johns Wort, Thyme
Gemstones: Amethyst, sunstone
Charm: Toadstone or something to symbolize the sun. The sun is the heart of the solar system and provides life to all living things on Earth, so it is a preferred talisman for health.
Prayer: “Keep my mind and body strong and fit. Strengthen both my heart and wit.”
Visualize yourself at your perfect physical and mental health as you place each item in the bag.
Carry your charm bag in your pocket, display them on an altar or prominent place to remind you of its intention, or gift it to a friend. Just like your crystals, you can set your charm bags out in the light of the full moon to give them a good cleaning. Whether it be for protection, luck, love, or health, have fun in the childlike wonder and playfulness of creating your charm bag!
Cassie Uhl is a published author, artist, intuitive, and founder of Zenned Out. She created Zenned Out in 2012 with the mission to build a brand that normalizes spirituality. In 2018 she self-published her popular and interactive Goddess Discovery Book series. In 2020 her writing and art became more mainstream with Understanding Auras, Understanding Crystals, and Understanding Chakras, published by The Quarto Group. Her writing style and art combine to help marry accessibility with deep spiritual topics. It is her goal to help others understand and live spiritual practices that can change the world. Inspired by her open-minded grandmother, Cassie has been meditating and working with her energy since her teenage years. She received her 200hr YTT in 2012 with a focus on breathwork. Now, her work focuses on energy work, journeying, mediumship, death midwifery, and healing through traditional Celtic shamanic practices.