Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.
For most of us, January is one of the coldest months of the year. Most of us spend a lot of time indoors, huddled up with dreams of spring. It’s when our Pagan ancestors would rest, regroup, and focus mainly on their survival through the long, cold season.
January is also known as the Wolf Moon, and it’s the perfect month to work with the powerful spirit of the wolf. Wolves, by their very nature, are very territorial animals and highly protective of their ‘pack’. Inviting a wolf into your home as a guardian spirit is a potent way to cast a protective sphere around your entire property, and your family within.
You don't need to wait until January to perform this wolf spell.
While the January moon is ideal, any waxing crescent to the full moon will be fine—particularly when the moon is in Cancer.
You Will Need:
- 1 tbsp myrrh
- 1 tsp patchouli
- 6 dried bay leaves
- Picture or statue of a wolf (print and use the image above if desired; framing it is a good idea)
- 2 white pillar or taper candles
- Self-igniting incense charcoal
- A bowl with raw meat (an ounce or two will do)
- Meditation music—optional (CD player, Mp3 player, whatever gadget you like that plays music)
NOTE: If you can’t make raw incense, or don’t know how to use it, just burn an incense cone or stick of myrrh.
Set up an altar or place on a table for your magical work. Place the wolf figurine or framed image before you. Put a white pillar or taper candle on either side. To the right (or left, if you’re left-handed) of the wolf figurine and candle, place your censer. On the other side, place the meat.
Cleanse, consecrate, and charge your herbs to aid meditation and bring visions. If you’re not familiar with this process, you should learn about it here before you proceed.
Add the myrrh to your mortar and pestle. Ground it going deosil (clockwise). Add the patchouli, which should already be pretty loose. Keep grounding to blend it with the myrrh. Crumble in the bay leaves and ground them into a powder with the other herbs.
Place a small bowl of herbs near your censer. Light your charcoal and you’re ready to begin.
How to Cast the Spell
If you like, you can perform your usual rituals and rites—or you can just get to the spell if you prefer. If you’re casting it within a ritual, proceed with your usual ritual until you are ready for spell work. Otherwise, proceed as follows:
- Light the incense charcoal and the candles. Dim the overhead lights.
- Sprinkle some incense on the coals.
- Sit down and relax for a few minutes, focusing on your breath.
- Stare at the wolf’s image and allow it to completely engage you. Think of the Two candles as the gate posts—the threshold to the spirit world.
- Go into a meditation, turning on the music if desired.
Visualize yourself walking down a forest path at night. In one hand, you carry a torch. The torch burns bright with ethereal light—the very essence of the element of fire. As long as you carry this torch you will be protected, warding off any and all malevolent spirits. In your other hand, carry the plate of meat in order to attract a wolf spirit.
The forest is alive, and occasionally you catch a fleeting glimpse of curious onlookers. In the distance you hear the haunting cries of the wolf, prowling and hunting in the night. Above you, in the sky, hangs a perfect crescent moon.
Eventually, when you’re in a deep meditation, you’ll come to a clearing in the woods. Sit in the clearing and call to the spirit of a guardian wolf. You may have to sit and wait for a while.
When a wolf spirit comes, talk to it. Tell it your situation and that you’re welcoming it to share your territory in exchange for its protection. Invite the wolf to dwell in the image or statue, noting that it would be free to come and go whenever it desires.
If it does not agree, thank it for its audience and bid it farewell. Wait for another.
When a wolf does agree, make it an offering of the plate of raw meat and treat it with respect.
Take your torch with you and return home. The wolf may walk with you or may creep behind you keeping its distance. It may be talkative, or it may be silent. There’s no telling the personality of the particular spirit you encounter.
Return to the present moment.
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Blow out the candles and let the incense safely burn out. Carry the wolf figure around the home, inside as well as outside—all the way up to the boundaries you want it to protect. Once you’ve welcomed the wolf spirit and given it the grand tour, place the image or figure somewhere prominent. Preferably, create a small household guardian shrine with candles, flowers, perhaps a small bowl or cup for offerings. No one has to know it’s a shrine—it can look just like a decorative little area on a shelf or side table somewhere.
Soon, introduce the other members of the household to the wolf figure. Again, you can be discreet if you’re worried your family will think you’re crazy. Just point at it and say, “Do you like my new wolf picture/state? He’s our new watch dog. He’s going to protect us.” You can make it sound like you’re joking if you like—but you know the truth. However, if your family is open to your beliefs, let them know about the wolf and his purpose so they can honor him as well.
And don’t forget to occasionally honor the household guardians. Once a month, you might light a candle and make an offering to the wolf (they love meat in particular). The longer you make your wolf feel at home, the longer he’ll stay and do his job.
Addendum: Letting Your Wolf Go
As I am revising my articles, I realized I never mentioned what should happen if you choose not to continue your relationship with your guardian wolf. It's not a good idea to simply stop making offerings and honoring him, as many guardian spirits can see this as offensive and rude. Some can even get testy and may cause problems in the house. You did, after all, invite him—he expects to be treated as a guest, not a slave.
If for any reason you're ready to sever your relationship with your guardian peacefully, repeat the spell, go into meditation, and talk to your wolf again. Thank him for his help but tell him that you are setting him free so you can both go your own ways. When you're done, dismantle your altar/shrine.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Camilla on May 01, 2020:
Thank you for your guidance since I was a child there’s a wolf spirit that’s always walked by my side. Some years ago before I started witch grafts I seek the help of a witch for cleansing since then I don’t see my protective friend how can I do to help my wolf to find it’s way back home plz help me thank you
Jo on April 17, 2020:
OK, this is going to sound really weird, I am part of a wolf spirit, named Moon, who I tried to summon. They did not become part of the statue because they are a part of me. I'm doing this at home over quarantine, can I do it with just a lavender candle burning and a picture/statue? Also, how can I avoid parents while doing that? Is it possible to summon demon wolves? And, most importantly, does the wolf speak in wolf and you understand them, or do they speak in the langudge I speak or is it like a mutual communication?
Evan on January 11, 2020:
It works. I don't know about the protection part, but I definitely conversed with a wolf. One question. Can the wolf talk to you in a dream? My friend claimed that two different wolves helped her, and, well, quite frankly I do not believe her.
Vanessa on June 26, 2019:
Shadowmoonwolf1 on April 18, 2019:
hi i am looking for the right spell like something me and my wolf can work together but i believe the spell is working?
Audrey on November 11, 2018:
Im just starting this and i dont know what to do i have a person in my family whoose a witch but im keeping what i do a secret i just need help
Miseria Nurva on November 06, 2018:
If you used a wolf pendant instead of a statue or picture, could you carry it around with you and keep your wolf near you where you go?
Laine Everett on November 01, 2018:
I have always loved wolves and respected them. I want to summon a wolf for its companionship, as well as protection, but also it's guidance. I believe wolves have a more overall way of thinking. When there is an injured animal in the pack, they normally kill it, not only so the pack retains its strength but also to save it suffering. They can guide us because they see and understand things n ways we can't, and I really need that right now. I'm new to Wicca and Witchcraft, but the reason I'm even trying it is that I feel my soul/spirit is broken or split into different parts. They're all a part of me but can't seem to function as a whole. I have a lot of different friend groups and I feel each "piece" of my spirit fits with each group. I want to try and learn from a wolf, the way they function as a whole, even when they re individual members of the pack. I'm going to have trouble summoning a wolf because I have to do so secretly because my family does not know, nor would they approve, that I am Wiccan. Help?
vasilis on June 25, 2018:
hi there!!! Can i see my wolf spirit gurdian??
Annika on May 05, 2018:
I use an old portable lap desk as an altar. I can’t have it out all the time, and the only statue I have doesn’t fit inside the portable desk. Is it ok if I store the statue on my nightstand or dresser? I was thinking the windowsill might be a good place to keep it because I am trying to summon a bird spirit.
logan on November 28, 2017:
will you be able to physically see the wolf/spirit you choose?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 07, 2017:
Hi Eileen; you can summon spirits of any animals, but I would say consider choosing the right one for the job at hand (for example, if you were looking for a household guardian, as I was, don't choose an animal that runs away at the first sign of danger, lol).
I like wolves for this purpose because wolves and humans have, since ancient times, worked in this way together. Dogs were first domesticated because ancient man realized that by leaving scraps out for wolves, the wolves help 'guard their territory'; and wolves are hesitant to 'bite the hand that feeds them'.
You could certainly altar the spell for a different purpose (you don't have to summon an animal to be a guardian of the home; and doesn't have to be a wolf). Same technique, different image/picture, in your meditation, go into the habitat of whatever animal you seek.
The only thing is being clear on what you want the animal to do, and do your research on the animal well to approach it respectfully, to decide the offerings to give, etc.
Hope that helps. :o)
Eileen Griffiths from everywhere and nowhere all at once on November 02, 2017:
Can you summon other spirit animals, like say a tiger or even a lion? If so, which animals are best to avoid summoning as a spirit animal and which are best to summon? And would you be willing to write an article on summoning those animals?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 06, 2017:
I personally believe when you make an offering to a God/spirit/etc., that the essence/energy of it is absorbed. Eventually it'll need to be disposed of, I usually leave it overnight (I've found plastic wrap no problem, either, I usually cover it later in the day or when I go to bed). Cooked or raw is fine, since I usually give from our dinner it is cooked. :o)
Felixvz on July 06, 2017:
Hi when you go to make the offering, does the wolf actually eat it, or is it more symbolic? If it is symbolic, should we dispose of the food in any particular manner?
Also, cooked or raw?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 17, 2017:
Hi Toria; I usually return offerings to the earth (bury, throw into water, etc... as long as not harmful to environment, of course).
Toria on December 15, 2016:
This is a wonderful spell, I am wondering what do you do with the bowl of meat when you are done?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 02, 2016:
Hi Tear; nothing is ever essential. Take everything as a suggestion and work with it to make it your own.
As for what you do with your wolf-- that is something you should discuss with the wolf you find ;o) if he's okay with it, it doesn't matter what I think.
Tear on November 02, 2016:
Hi again, I have decided to do this spell but I have to ask are the bay leaves and mryth essential? Am i able to do it with out herbs if not any other herbs? I know this might sound a little odd, but when I was younger I used to pretend I had spirit pet and I would pretend it would follow me around just like a normal pet except I'm the only who can see it? Would it be offensive if I did the same? I dabble here and there with spells and am not really a devotee per say- I'm looking for more of a companion wolf to keep me company and if it could offer protection I would be more happy. I would like to sincerely bond with my wolf. Should I strictly use this spell for protection or if im looking for companion would it be alright! Please do reply soon! Once again thanks!!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 01, 2016:
I like to return things to the earth if they are biodegradable, so I would bury it or toss it into running water as long as it would not harm the environment. If there is no way to dispose of it safely in the environment, I would throw it in the garbage. But that for me would be a last resort for any offering. :o)
Tear on November 01, 2016:
Out of curiosity after the spell, how do I clear the meat? Do i just throw it away or? Please help thanks.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 18, 2015:
Sounds like a cool party, Lizzy. Very nice.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 17, 2015:
Ah--kibble! That I can do. I'm sure my cats would not mind. But, neither could I guarantee they would not eat it themselves..or the neighborhood cats either, if it were an outdoor ritual. ;-) The same would go for meat, actually.
And we don't have guests very often; we can't afford to entertain. Our two annual parties, one in summer and one near the winter solstice, are both pot-luck affairs.
(The summer one is called the "burn your own burger bash." So those who want meat bring their own. I don't cook it; the smell of it cooking nauseates me. We just fire up the BBQ, and everyone cooks their own whatever-they-brought; the winter affair is a dessert pot-luck pig-out!)
I am a staunch vegetarian (for every reason there is), and have been so for over 30 years. My friends know this. If I do have someone over for dinner, they know they will get a delicious vegetarian meal that is something different from what they normally eat. ;-)
You mentioned incense in your list of supplies--that's why I mentioned it myself. ;-)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 16, 2015:
Hi Lizzy; my way of looking at it, I'd just get some meat. Like I don't drink wine at all but when certain sabbats come that we honor Dionysus, I get a small bottle of wine (they have like, 1-cup servings now for like $2, which is cool-- just enough for an offering at the altar). That's part of the sacrifice for me... kind of like if you're inviting a guest over to honor them, it's not about what you like; you go out and get what they like.
I know some people have an ethical issue with meat, but wolves don't. So I would get meat (or even chicken livers or something like that at the store), and freeze small portions in baggies for monthly offerings. One package could last a year. Or I'd get a box of kibble or something, and put a scoop out every month in a plate and put the rest away in a tupperware in the closet. I suppose some milk, buttered bread; I'm thinking along the lines of what my dog likes. Scrambled eggs? He loves vanilla ice cream, and peanut butter, so maybe that?
I can't say for sure but I've just never met a wolf spirit that particularly cared for incense; I think it might be too strong for them. I know they like food, but again that would be something I'd encourage people to take up with their individual wolves.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 16, 2015:
Hmmm... I love wolves, and I already have a couple of wolfie pictures and a figurine (cast from the ashes of the Mt. St. Helens eruption).
But,.. hmm.... what substitutes? I don't buy meat at all...and patchouli wreaks havoc with my hay fever. My favorite incense sticks that don't affect me are vanilla, sandalwood, and sometimes violet. I burn them inside, usually to over come household odors that "happen" from time to time..burned or spoiled food, kitty accidents, etc...
Voted up and interesting.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 07, 2014:
Thank you Nell Rose. I'm glad to hear you're going to give it a try, it's been very beneficial for our home. I also love pachouli's rich, Earthy scent. I made a patchouli-based aphrodisiac brew once and it drove my husband (then boyfriend) wild, so now whenever I burn it he gets frisky. It's like Pavlov's dog. Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 07, 2014:
Carolyn, thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I always loved images of wolves, they're so beautiful. Mine is a statue of a wolf's head that came into our lives in a very odd and unexpected way, but turned out to be a boon. Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 07, 2014:
Thanks CMHypno. Household guardians are something I've always found very beneficial-- the wolf has always made me feel my home is secure, we don't live in the greatest neighbhorhood. I'm glad you enjoyed, thanks for commenting.
Nell Rose from England on January 06, 2014:
This was a gorgeous spell! I love it! and yes I am definitely going to try it, patchouli is actually my favorite smell of all time, so its good all the way! lol!
Carolyn Emerick on January 06, 2014:
I enjoyed this very much and felt like the images and even the amazon capsules enhanced the piece. Upvoted, shared on HP as well as elsewhere :-)
CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on January 06, 2014:
What an interesting spell and way of calling wolf spirit in to protect your home. And the picture of the wolf is gorgeous!