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Renowned Animal-Protectors
  • Cats: Artemis, Bastet, Freya, Hecate, Lilith
  • Big Cats (Tigers, Lions, Leopards, ETC.): Dionysus, Durga, Hathor, Kybele, Sekhmet
  • Dogs: Artemis, Hecate, Ogun, Saint Roch
  •  Horses: Anat, Demeter, Epona, Poseidon, Rhiannon, Rla-mgrin (Hayagriva)
  •  Toads: Agwe, Heket
  •  Snakes: Athena, Ezili Freda Dahomey, Lilith, Mami Waters, Simbi, Lady Asherah
  • Cows: Brigid, Hathor, Hermes, Isis, Lakshmi, Maeve, Shiva
  •  Fish: Atargatis, La Baleine, La Sirene, Yemaya
  •  Pigs: Demeter, Seth
  •  Animals in General: Aphrodite, Artemis, Baba Yaga, Faunus, Hathor, Lilith, Saint Anthony (for missing things: "Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony, come around, something's lost and can't be found.")

(1) Animal Candle Protection Spell (Illes 111)
1. Find or create a candle shaped to resemble your companion animal.
2. Carve the animal's identifying information, protective runes or other symbols on it.
3. Anoint the candle with Protection Oil and burn.
If the candle is too cute to burn, get two. Maintain one permanently, while burning the second.

(2) Animal Image Protection Spell (Illes 111)
Use an actual photograph of your pet or if unavailable, choose something, another image, statue, or candle bearing a strong resemblance for this spell.

1. Paint protective runes, hieroglyphics or other symbols onto the image.
2. Anoint with Protection Oil.
3. Keep the image in a sage, discreet spot, touching up periodically with Protection Oil.

(3) Animal Conjure Bag Protection Spell (Illes 112)
Create this charm for any companion animal that sheds teeth.

1. Collect the animal's baby teeth and place within a conjure bag.
2. Add a coin minted in the animal's birth year if known, otherwise substitute a lucky medal or charm plus a tag with the animal's name or initials scratched into the metal.
3. Keep the bag in a safe place for protection.

(4) Charcoal Charm Bag (Illes 112)

1. Place charcoal in a little pouch.
2. Attach to your pet's collar

(5) Egg Cleansing Spell (Illes 112)
1. Rub the animal with a whole, raw egg in its shell, working from head to tail and down, rather than up, the legs.
2. Flush the egg down the toilet for a house pet; otherwise, dispose of the egg outside the home or barn.

(6) Hair and Wax Protection Spell (Illes 113)
1. Collect one hair form the head and one from the tail of every animal you wish protected. (Substitute feather from head and tail for each bird.)
2. Melt wax.
3. Add the hairs to the wax.
4. Remove the wax from the heat source and allow it to harden.
5. If possible, now lead all the animals needing protection around the perimeter of their home, in a sunwise direction. A minimum of two people is required for this: the person leading the parade holds the block of wax in one hand and a sacred image in the other. The person bring up the rear drags an axe on the ground behind. 
6. When all animals have safely returned home, bury the wax in a safe, secret place.

Perhaps instead of leading all of your animals around the house, a combination of this spell and the house protection spell from Urban Primitive, (Kaldera 30), can be used. (1/27/07)


(7) Midsummer's Salt Water Spell (Illes 113)
Take the animals to the ocean and bathe them in the waves. If this is impossible, asperge with salted water or other magical formula water.

(8) Magic Incense Protection Spell (Illes 114)
Burn elecampane roots, mugwort and Saint John's Wort to calm animals and protect them. 

(9) Mugwort Protection Spell (Illes 115)
Hang bunches of mugwort on gates and field boundaries to protect the animals within from malevolent magic and spiritual danger. 

(10) Protection Altar Spell (Illes 115)
1. Make an image of your pet the focal item of the altar.
2. If you are requesting assistance from a specific spirit, surround the image with items (candles, images, incense, offerings) that will call that spirit.
3. If you are unsure whom to ask for protection, request it from the animal's guardian spirits: place four white candles in the corners of the altar, with the animal's image in the center. Burn them with frankincense incense. 



Assorted spells to protect domestic animals from malevolent magic:
  • Build your barn near birch trees
  • If the barn is already standing, transplant birch trees nearby
  • Adorn the birch trees, or other nearby trees, with red and white ribbons
  • Surround the barn with lilies and primroses (maintain them, replacing as needed)
  • Bury a hatchet, sharp side up, under the barn's threshold, so that the animals must walk over it as they enter and depart
  • Horseshoes protect animals as well as humans. Post them over the barn door. The Hungarian method is to draw a horseshoe over the barn door using black chalk
  • Keep a piece of real silver in a dish or bucket of water, out of reach of the animals. This may be a small charm or a real silver coin. Once a week, sprinkle the animals with this water, then replace with fresh water
  • Sprinkle the animals with Rose of Jericho Water once a week


*Note: Remember Illes' work is for historical reference and is not suggested for use!!

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