How and When to Use a Binding Spell

Updated on June 3, 2019
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Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years.

There are two common types of binding spell: one is to bind two people together in a love spell; the other is to bind or restrict someone’s actions. Binding spells must always be used with caution and with a great deal of thought beforehand.


Binding Lovers Together: Why You Shouldn’t

I would never recommend using a spell to bind two people together. It can cause untold misery and complications later on down the line. The one exception is when a couple embark on a ‘year and a day’ hand-fasting where the ritual is specific and the period is limited. The couple can renew their vow year on year if they wish.

A friend of mine decided that it really was a good idea to work binding magic on a man she had been dating for a little over three months. She was convinced he was the One. She wanted to make sure that they stayed together forever. She explained to me that it was important that nothing should come between them. A few years later, when it was patently obvious that they weren’t suited, they were caught up in a legal wrangle over property. They could not escape each other. Eventually, she remembered the binding, and had to work several ‘detangling’ spells before they could part permanently.

Someone else I heard of decided to kindly work a binding on her son and new daughter-in-law on the occasion of their marriage. It caused chaos. Her easy-going, gentle son became controlling and jealous. His young wife was heartbroken that her husband so openly distrusted her to the point that he tracked her whereabouts constantly. He couldn’t bear to have her out of his sight. The divorce was horrendous, but thankfully they hadn’t had any children.

Please be aware, I don’t provide binding spells for lovers. Too risky, and I have a reputation to maintain.

Binding a Bully, Tormentor, or Controller

There is nothing worse than when someone decides to target you, frighten you or control you. You feel frustrated, powerless, even terrified. It may be someone at work, your relationship partner, even a parental figure. So there are certain circumstances where a binding spell is absolutely the right thing to do. Examples are:

  • A work colleague who needles and picks fault constantly, making life a misery.
  • A teenage bully is tormenting your child.
  • An ex boyfriend or girlfriend who is unable to move on and tries to harass you into getting back with them.
  • A partner who tries to control your every move - a binding spell can spell can be used to restrict them while you extricate yourself from the relationship.
  • A stalker or neighbor who spies on you.
  • Anyone who tries to harm you or your kin.
  • Someone who attempts to put you out of business.

When Not to Work a Binding

There are circumstances when you shouldn’t resort to binding someone.

  • When you are angry.
  • When you want revenge.
  • When the person has mental health issues.
  • When someone is acting out of character.
  • If you are overreacting.
  • If you are a young teenager.
  • When you are breaking the law.

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

— Wayne Dyer

Think About a Less Powerful Spell or Action

There are other magickal techniques which are not as powerful as a binding spell. They place the power back in your hands rather than sending out negativity to the perpetrator. Remember that there may be a karmic price to pay by binding someone. Here are a few alternative suggestions.

  • Work a protection spell.
  • Carry a protective crystal, charm, or talisman.
  • Empower the person being bullied by teaching them a positive mental outlook.
  • Use the Feng Shui technique of placing a mirror in your home to reflect negative vibrations right back to their sender. You can also carry a small hand mirror in your purse to do the same thing. If that’s not practical, then visualize yourself surrounded by a reflective bubble.
  • Work a neutralizing spell on the other person, rather than a binding. It takes all the oomph out of their negative intentions. Imagine watching an angry person scream and shout, they are quite frightening at first, but then you begin to notice how idiotic their antics are and you see the funny side. Their ire has turned into powerlessness.


It Has to Be a Binding

So you’ve read right through the article and you still think that a binding spell is the answer. Before you begin…

Binding Spell Precautions

In most cases, wait several weeks before casting a binding spell. Explore all other non-magickal options first. For instance, in the case of a school bully, talk to the teaching staff. Or don’t - very often children are able to work things out between themselves. An over-zealous parent jumping in with a bit of witchcraft can make things worse and might possibly hurt your child even more.

Do a basic risk assessment. To work out all the possible consequences of a binding, really stretch yourself to visualize the possible negative effects. It might be a good idea if you are adept at tarot, to do a quick reading on the outcome. Another tool that is helpful in a risk assessment is a mind-map. You can use it to map out consequences of a binding, both on yourself, the person you are binding. and also if you are casting the spell on behalf of someone else. No one can cover all the bases but give it a good try.

Be sure in your heart that you are doing this for good. Your intention must be pure. You don’t want any physical or mental harm to come to this person; you simply want their vindictive behavior toward you to cease.

Don’t do a binding spell if the other person is familiar with magick. If they realize what you are doing, they will send it straight back at you. Find another way.


How To Cast a Binding Spell

Items Required

An object to represent a human figure: doll, clothes-pin, sturdy twig, wooden spoon, cardboard cut-out… you get the idea. It’s a bonus if the surface is suitable to write a name on. This object is called a ‘poppet’ or ‘effigy’. You can find out more about using poppets here: Sympathetic Magic and Working with Poppets.

String, cord, ribbon, strong thread, 12 - 24 inches, depending on the object being used. The exact measurement isn’t important, it just needs to be long enough to be wrapped around the poppet several times.

Working the Binding Ritual

If you wish, you can cast a circle, but it’s not necessary.

Write the name of the person you wish to bind somewhere on the poppet. If the surface is unsuitable, don’t worry, simply say, “I name you, *their name*.”

Sit for a moment and work through some emotions. This is what gives energy to the spell. You can do this any way you like. One suggestion is that you think of the negative effect this person has on you. Really feel the pain or fear they cause you. Then imagine the relief if they stopped. Imagine how free you will feel once they stop their bulling or stalking or whatever it is. Get that emotion whooshing up and down your body. Try to hold it there while you perform the spell and speak the words.

If you are right-handed, hold the poppet in your left hand with the cord in your right. Place the end of the cord against the effigy, hold in place with your left thumb and begin to wind the cord very slowly around the poppet.

Speak, whisper, or shout these words as you wind the cord:

*Their name* you gotta stop
Your cruel behavior, I’ve had enough
No longer will you cause me trouble
Or Karma upon you will be treble
As I bind you, I am free
You never more bother me.

Repeat the verse three times and then say once:

As I intend, so must it be.

Don’t worry if you get a word wrong. It really doesn’t matter. It’s all about your intention and the energy behind it. Tuck the end of the cord into one of the turns.

Put the poppet away somewhere safe. One day, you might want to unwind the cord, make up a little neutral unbinding spell, and dispose of the doll carefully.

Please ask any questions you have regarding binding spells.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

© 2019 Bev G


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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      8 days ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Thato, so let me get this right, you've cast a spell to bind yourself to someone who is not interested in you?

      This is why people with very little experience should not be messing around with spells.

      I advise you to reverse it as soon as possible as you could do harm to both of you. He won't come back, but the long-term effects could be damaging.

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      8 days ago

      Hi Bev G, so like I did a binding spell on my ex boyfriend and he has girlfriend so I am wondering when will he come bck and what are the signs i should look for?

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      12 days ago from Wales, UK

      Personally, I wouldn't. I'd keep it somewhere safe so I could reverse it when the time is right.

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      Lily silly 

      12 days ago

      I just got binding and I put them in a peanut jar! Is it okay if I . Bury it

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      7 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Karla,

      I think if it were my mother, I'd be considering the same course of action.

      Use the instructions given above and just think it through first. Try to work out the possible consequences and be prepared to 'undo' the binding if it turns out not to be the case.

      You might try putting some psychic protection around your family first.

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      Karla Shaine Laurente 

      7 weeks ago

      My mom's being attacked with black magick by someone very envious of her. My mom doesn't know anything about these things but it look so clear that it was indeed a curse of some sort. Would it be okay if I'm the one to do this binding spell?? Also please help.. i don't know what else to do. The doctors aren't any help and her situations keep getting worse

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Rose, I can categorically say with the utmost confidence that you haven't been bound by your family. At least not in a magical way.

      You must begin to direct your life in the way you wish it to go. You are not a victim of anything or anyone.

      This might help you:

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      4 months ago

      I'd like some advice please even someone's number who can help me.

      I've realised recently that I'vebeen bound since I was a teenager by my family and their friends. I'm still stunned by this level of evil , to me it's akin to taking someone's life - slowly.

      All my life l blamed myself for my failure - at everything! I had no friends, little money, made the wrong choices it seemed, couldn't sustain a relationship.

      I've been betrayed constantly & felt suicidal depression - with no relief in sight. Meanwhile my sisters all married, had children, money, friends ,traveled, & enjoyed crafts etc.

      I have had some relief from going to church, but but l feel like it's never going to end & i know that I don't deserve it.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello Druantia, I would work the binding ritual as described in the article. Just change the wording to fit your situation - insert the family member's name instead of 'me' and 'I'.

      There's another one that can put distance between the two people: It's down toward the bottom of the page.

      The key is to be completely confident that the spells will work. May not happen straight away, so give it a little time and, meanwhile, try to persuade your family member not to focus on their tormentor.

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      4 months ago

      Hi Bev G,

      If there were a person who was causing great stress and anxiety because of jealousy and vindictivness to a member of your family. A person who could potentially destroy that family members reputation and career through lies. How would you deal with a situation like that??

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      5 months ago from Washington Court House

      This is quite an article. I have not dabbled in the witchcraft area of dpells before, but it sounds quite interesting.

      I am glad to see you point out all the dangers of creating a binding spell first. I will definitely not be starting out with one such as this.

      Great read.

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you, Michael. I am sure the binding technique is common to many cultures and faiths. It bothers me quite a lot that people think they can do this kind of thing without thinking it through. I suppose I am trying to make readers consider all the options and only use binding as a very last resort. Blessings in return.

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      Mike Parkes 

      5 months ago

      Bev G, I enjoyed your article on binding. I have a Christian background and remember all of the uses of "binding", and it was usually used to bind evil forces. It is interesting to see how it can be applied within witchcraft as compared to what remember in the church. Binding seems to point out how exasperating life can be sometimes trying to live at peace with this world. Blessings!

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      5 months ago from Wales, UK

      Agreed, Mr Happy. If you have to bind someone to you, that love isn't worth having. xx

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      I don't know about the UK but in Romania people pay thousands and thousand of euros for things like this: binding spells, love spells, love potions, etc. I personally think that's hurting (as in desperation). Either someone loves You, or they don't. If we have to go out and snare people into a relationship, that's just wrong in my books but hey: "to each their own".

      I wouldn't do it for myself and I wouldn't do it for others and it is not about the consequences. It is about mingling into the Intent of others. I do not go there because as You wrote: "There is nothing worse than when someone decides to target you, frighten you or control you."

      Well, I wish You are having a lovely day - all the very best to You and thank You for your indepth article. May Wakan Tanka walk with You.


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