Warning – this article contains strong, unfiltered opinions.
Banishing is defined as getting rid of unwanted energies, and that can be in the form of quitting a bad habit, such as smoking, or expelling bad energies from your ritual space, full-on exorcisms or getting that creep from the office to leave you the hell alone. It can be a theological hot potato in some traditions, as it contravenes the free will of the recipient. If this holds true for you and it feels wrong, then don’t do it – nobody is putting a gun against your head – but please realise that there are many branches and paths in witchcraft who do things differently. There is no central authority, such as, say, the Vatican like it is for Catholics. There is no one guru or singular spiritual leader. You could say that witchcraft and paganism is a “non-prophet disorganisation.”
My take is that if someone hurts you, harasses you, or threatens you, they forfeit their “free will” because their shenanigans impede yours. Stating that you can’t banish someone is like saying you cannot throw a murderer in prison: “But their free will!” Boo-hoo – my heart bleeds(!) It is right and proper for a wrong-doer to forfeit their freedom to hurt someone, and it is a great injustice and a massive insult to many people that said wrongdoers have been permitted by hand-wringing, Rede-screaming do-gooders to continue to perpetuate their own brand of misery with no repercussions. The bastards had their precious free will when they actively chose to wrong you. Actions have consequences. Karma is real, but it takes its sweet time; how long did it take for R Kelly to be brought to justice after abusing minors for decades?! As a witch, you have the power to change frequencies and vibrations, hence the speeding up of karma – that is literal magick – what’s the point of having this power if you don’t use it? It is also worth noting that it is always those with no power that try to dictate how to use yours.
With all this in mind, let’s get down to the business of banishing:
Plagued by bothersome spirits? – whatever you do, don’t run for the sage; it will only aggravate them. Instead, tell them, firmly, to f- off and leave you alone.
Invoke the Elements – cleanse your space by reiving it in the names of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. This is a great opportunity to bust out the sage, as you can waft the smoke in all the cardinal directions as you do so.
Anoint a black candle with banishing oil (use the code REP10 for a 10% discount), visualise who or what you want to banish, light the candle, and allow it to burn itself out.
Write the unwanted person, habit, or thing down on a piece of paper, burn it with a black candle anointed with banishing oil and then blow the ashes into the four winds.
It isn’t too difficult to banish. Clear visualisation and strong focus will ensure that any spells of this nature will work.