You Shall Not Pass! A Defensive Protection Spell

If you read the title in Gandalf’s voice, you’re doing it right. You Shall Not Pass! is what I call an “active defensive spell”. It’s a security system. Essentially, it’s a passive, dormant spell that sits an only activates when someone or something happens outside of what you’ve programmed. It’s one of my favorite and most used protection spells ever.

This spell can be cast on any object, but it’s best used for a stationary object, like a doormat, door threshold, or fence. Check the notes for an incomplete list of ideal enchant-able objects for this spell.

Shout out to one of my tumblr followers for the doormat idea and the reminder that this is a spell I haven’t shared yet. I didn’t name you, in case you want anonymity for safety reasons, but if you want full credit, just let me know and I’ll happily add you.

You Shall Not Pass by This Crooked Crown

What you’ll need:

  • An object to enchant
  • General active defense (spell base):
    • Black pepper
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Paprika
    • Ivy (or any climbing vines or vine plant)
    • Rose thorns
    • Rose petals
    • Rue
    • Hydrangea
    • Your finger or toe nails
    • Your hair or blood
    • Plant from the property
    • Salt
    • Sand
  • Against thieves, theft or trespassing:
    • Rosemary
    • Thistle
    • Heliotrope
    • Juniper
    • Cactus
  • Against jealousy, envy, or gossip (ie nosy neighbors)
    • Rue
    • Pepper
    • Hydrangea
    • Heliotrope
    • Clove
    • Slippery elm
  • Against deception or for the truth: (ie, solicitors)
    • Snapdragon
    • St. John’s Wort
    • Calla lily
  • Against bad luck, negativity, evil, or malevolent spells, witches, spirits, or witchcraft:
    • Bay laurel
    • Betony
    • Cyclamen
    • Dill
    • Garlic
    • Juniper
    • Patchouli
    • Rue
    • Snapdragon
    • St. John’s Wort
    • Thyme
    • Vervain
    • Yarrow
    • Chives
    • Roses
    • Rosemary
    • White birch bark


Select ingredients from each list above. You can have as many or as few as you’d like. Try doubling up (like snapdragon or roses). The flowers of petals may be the easiest to procure but try to get the vines or stems of the plants too.

This spell does call for finger/toe nails, blood or hair, and plants from your home. This is totally up to you but the nails are your own strength and magic for the spell. The blood or hair is the “alarm” part of the spell. And the plants from your home are to connect the spell to the location itself. If live in an apartment without plants, maybe grab some dirt or a stone from the property. If that’s not doable, try to get a bit of dust from your home.

Mix the ingredients together and reduce to as fine as a powder as you’re able to get.

If the object to be enchanted is a vertical object, like a door, skip the powdering. Just mix the ingredients together and add 2 cups of hot tap water to the ingredients. Let steep 1 hour and strain. You’ve now got a concoction.

Either way, while you powder or steep your ingredients, stand over the ingredients and think of the people you want “allowed” into your space – friends, loved ones, neighbors, church folks, mail carrier, girl scouts selling cookies, etc. Also think of people you do NOT want, like door to door salesman, thieves, ex-lovers, and so on.

Sprinkle your concoction or powder across the object to be enchanted and say,


None shall pass

this [object] unwanted or unbidden

Trip the trespassers, track the thieves

Ban the disdained, dismiss the shifty

None shall cross my [object]

That I do not want to pass


Sweep or brush the object off, as desired and toss the rest of the ingredients in the garbage or compost. You could bury the remaining ingredients on your property, if you desire.

For the spell to work, you should feel a sudden awareness or conscious thinking about the object when something unwanted it coming near it. That’s the “trigger” to let you know something’s nearby. It doesn’t matter if the spell “alerts” you through this trigger, because the spell will automatically register those you don’t want and go to defend against them.



Here’s an incomplete list of objects you can enchant using this spell:

  • Doors
  • Door frames
  • Windows
  • Windowsills
  • Porches
  • Fences
  • Property lines
  • Doormats
  • Windchimes
  • Mailboxes
  • Yard decoration like statuary
  • Yard furniture like chairs or tables
  • Cars or vehicles
  • Driveway stakes (like the reflective ones to mark the end of a driveway)
  • Outdoor lights
  • Doorbells
  • Sidewalks or walkways
  • Driveways
  • Gates
  • Railings