pandoras box is an example of a containment spell

How to Use Box Spells for Manifestation

The universe wants to hand you a great big gift and it's all wrapped up in a box. In this article you'll learn about the magic of boxes, box spells, and more. If you'd like, you can check out this article as a podcast by subscribing to Magic and the Law of Attraction. Or you can check out a video of the podcast at the bottom of this page!


You may know about bottle spells, bag spells, and charm bags. Box spells are their own category of spells and they have a very magical energy.



Key Concepts About Box Spells

There are some key concepts that go along with box spells. Keep these concepts in mind when devising a spell. Once you understand them you can create effective box spells. The first key concept is concealment.


Box Spells Include an Element of Concealment

Box spells have an air of secrecy around them. Have you shaken a gift wrapped box to guess what the present is inside? That concealment is delightful. That concealment also keeps out prying eyes. If you need to keep your magic a secret for some reason, a box spell is a great fit. A box spell is a wonderful way of keeping prying eyes away from what you're working on magically. 


Encapsulation is Key With Box Spells

Box spells also have an element of encapsulation. Think of encapsulation as creating a protective bubble around something: you're taking something and you're wrapping it up. When you encapsulate your spell, you're keeping in what's meant to be there and keeping out what isn't. Keep this in mind when crafting your box spells!


Boxes Represent Structure

Another aspect of box spells is structure. Most boxes have four sides. That number four is important in magic. Think of the four seasons. Consider the four directions. Remember the four elements. We see that four show up time and time again. In numerology four represents structure. If you need to do a protection spell you can put something inside the box and symbolically protect it from the outside world.


Or we can put something in a box and protect the outside world from what's inside. Think about, for example, "Pandora's Box." In that legend all the evils of the world were contained in a box. Which leads us into our last key concept, containment. 


Containment Magic is Powerful

The last concept may be the most important when talking about box spells, and that is containment. A box spell is a container spell. Like a genie in a bottle, we are keeping something inside so that we can have control over it. It can also be about us holding it together, or having healthy boundaries. The main point of a box spell is that the magic won't dissipate or diminish. It's really holding something for the long-term.


How Box Spells Differ From Other Types of Magic


Box spells can be very different from some other kinds of magic. They tend to be about longer term work more than many other spells. Think about a cleansing bath. We do that at the moment we need to cleanse something and then go back to our life until our next cleanse. With a candle spell, we light a candle, we send the energy out there and we give it a big burst of power, like sending off a rocket of desire. But a box spell is for longevity. Something that you want to hold on to and keep the energy going, day after day. Some examples of what topics could be good for a box spell are:

  • Commitment
  • Protection
  • Prosperity
  • Peace in the home
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Well-being


Different Kinds of Boxes

There are many different types of boxes you can use in your box spell magic. Of course, you can use a little cardboard box or maybe a box that some special jewelry came in. An ornate box could also work great or a regular cardboard box that you would prefer to keep hidden and put away. And, you can also use cigar boxes. 


Creating Box Spells With Cigar Boxes

Cigar boxes are amazing. I love working with a cigar box for a box spell for two reasons. First, it's got room for quite a few things. Second, it's got that old-time feel. Using a cigar box always reminds me of the 1920s and 1930s, a period of time that I'm in love with.


We can think about that cigar box as giving that old-time flavor. Cigar boxes are pretty sturdy as well and you can use them for many, many years. I have cigar boxes that belonged to my dad. He didn't smoke cigars, but he used them for decades for storing nuts and bolts in his garage. I have some of those that I keep and they're precious to me because my dad used them.


Cigar boxes can last a long time, they're super sturdy, and they have that nice little flap that opens and closes. You can turn a cigar box into an altar or just a place to store magical items. That can be a lovely way to work with them.


Working With Wooden Boxes

Another kind of box you might think about is a wooden box. Now, cigar boxes are often wood boxes but you can get other kinds of wooden boxes. These include treasure chests, engraved boxes, decorated boxes, or boxes with a hinge or lid on it. There are some very beautiful wooden boxes out there that you can work with!



Working With Ceramic Boxes

Ceramic boxes can also be perfect for box spells. That's one that people don't often think of. So those little trinket boxes, those little china boxes that you get, can be really lovely for a box spell. Best of all they look beautiful when put out and nobody needs to know what's inside. You put your spell work inside, and it can just look beautiful on a shelf or on an altar, and so on.


Other Types of Boxes for Box Spells


I have seen candles that are actually boxes. Yes, it's true. There are candles created with a hollow interior and you could put things inside. That combines a candle spell with a box spell, but you could just use that wax box by itself without burning the candle.


Jewelry boxes can also be transformed into spell boxes as well. So you might find one at a junk store or thrift store. You may not want to use it for your jewelry but you can use it for a box spell. If it has a little musical music box in there, then you can add yet another magical element to your spell!


Another super-out-there creative kind of box are edible boxes. You might have seen boxes made from chocolate or sugar. Those are perfect for spells where you wish to sweeten something, for example.


So start to get creative and think about different kind kinds of boxes that you can use for your box spells, not just a cardboard box. 


What to Put Inside of Your Box Spell 

So once you've got the box that you're going to be working with, we have to think about what we're going to put in those boxes. There are so many things that you can put into a box. Remember that the box spell has the essence of something that's going to be long-lasting. So you don't want to put something in the box that's going to go bad like food.


When thinking of putting something in a box, the first thing that springs to my mind is a petition paper. You can write out a petition of what it is that you want and what it is that you want the box to do. Petition papers can be as simple as you writing out your wish and putting that paper in the box. That's it. But you can also get very elaborate with your petition papers.


The Magic Wishing Box Spell

One of my favorite spells is the magic wishing box. I talk about this in Episode One of my Magic and the Law of Attraction podcast, "How Does Magic Work?" At the end of it, I give a recipe for doing a magic wishing box. All the wishing box is, is a box that you're putting in slips of paper with your wishes on them. These can be petitions, images, pictures or keywords, anything that represents what you want to manifest. That box becomes the place to manifest the things that you want.


Now, you can add more than petition papers. You can add more to it – things like crystals or herbs and roots can go into a magic spell box. Dried herbs, dried roots are the ones that you want to use in this case. You don't want something getting moldy and rotten in there. So you can put something that's already dried inside.


You can also add talismans, things like coins or charms. The sky is the limit when it comes to the ideas of things that you can put in your spell box as long as they're things that will be long-lasting.


So, when we think about a general box spell, what do we do with it? We put our petitions of what we want, add a few crystals, put in a few herbs that support our, what do we do with it?


treasure chests can be box spells



What To Do with Your Box Spell

The first place that comes to mind for putting a spell box is on an altar. If you have that cute little box, you can put it out on your altar. Your spell is going to marinate and charge up on that altar. The more time you spend working at your altar, the more energy and magical power your spell gets.


You can also keep it somewhere in the home that's hidden. You might want to put it away in a drawer so that nobody else sees it or knows about it, or you might want to put it in a place where that seems appropriate to the spell.


You might want to have a box spell for abundant business and keep it someplace at work. A box spell for love and attraction could be stored in your bedroom. You can hide it away in a drawer, cupboard, or closet where it is safe from others.



Burying a Box Spell


You could also bury a box spell to keep it extra safe. You can bury it on your own property or bury it on someone else's property if you're working on another person. If you wanted to do a spell to bring prosperity into your home, bury your box in the front yard to invite abundance into your home. If you have prosperity and you want to keep that prosperity, then bury it in your backyard where it's going to stay. Dig a little hole, bury it there, and then set it and forget it. There's your box spell for all eternity until some archeological dig finds it ages from now!


You can also give a box spell away to someone. Either tell them not to open it, or let them open it if you're giving it to them freely. Either way let them know what's inside and what it's for. Such as "I made this box spell for you to have peace in your home." Or, "I made this magic box so that you have a prosperous business." "Congratulations on your new job. I want you to have success. Here's your box spell. Put this in your drawer at work." That can be an entirely other way to work with a box spell. 


The Treasure Chest Spell Box

A favorite of mine is the treasure chest spell. Pirates would gather loot together and put in the treasure chest. They would then bury it somewhere for safekeeping until they could come back and get it at a later time. You can do a treasure chest spell as well. Put your treasures (treasured talismans, coins, your special lucky, charm, etc) inside of a chest and then put it on your altar.


I always think in a treasure chest spell, it looks great to have a box that has that rounded top like a treasure chest. This will really amplify your work. That shape alone invites abundance in. Once you put those magical things in there and get them charged up and going, that magic is going to take off.


Creating Mirror Box Spells

A mirror box is a reversing spell, or it can also be a reflection spell. Mirrors in magic reflect back what's sent out, so if you look in a mirror and you say to yourself, "You got this," that is reflected back to you. That's a real positive, reflective spell.


But we can also face the mirrors the other way and reflect or deflect something negative. That's another way of working with mirrors. We can use a mirror box to contain someone who's troubling us. Let all their negative energy bounce off the mirrors and back on them. That's a reversing spell.


So here's what you need to do a mirror box spell:



The beeswax is important because you'll want to create a poppet representing the person, yourself or someone else, who you want to reflect the energy back to.


You can do this spell for yourself if you'd like. You could magnify your success or amplify your good luck. If that's what you want you'll make the poppet represent yourself, and put good luck items in the box with it.


Another powerful way to work is to use a mirror spell to deflect negative energy. It's clean and easy. You're not doing anything malefic or harmful to anyone else. You are redirecting their negativity away from you and back to the source.
So create a poppet and then use a glue gun to glue mirror tiles to the inside of the box. It's almost like you're creating a little house of mirrors in there. Once those have cooled and dried, you place the poppet inside the box and close it.


What to Do With Your Finished Mirror Box Spell

You don't want to keep a reversing box spell in your home, you want to bury it. Traditionally we would take this mirror box spell and bury it in a graveyard. But you could also bury it anywhere off of your property where it won't be found.


So, there you have it. A bunch of delicious ways that you can use box spells to make some amazing, long-lasting magic.


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