Whenever I look at my Good Vibes Jar, I feel a little bit of warmth inside. It seems so simple in its design, but my Good Vibes Jar (GVJ for short) holds in it bits of sacred herbs, crystals, personal intentions, and was bathed with essential oils. With this combination, I have something benefiting to me that's small, portable, and a pleasure to have nearby.
The ingredients I used for my GVJ relate to things I wish to invite into my life, alongside with what speaks to me on a spiritual level. My mixture of sage, rosemary, amethyst, frankincense, etc is what I needed in my jar, but every person's GVJ is different. This can be by its contents, or its desired affect.
DIY for Your Own Jar
Here is a quick DIY guide on how you can make your own GVJ!
Part 1. Know What You Want
Determine what you want to draw in to your life. Is it just good vibes in general? Are you in need of good dreams? A protected home? Perhaps a sense of calm instead of anxiety? Whatever the goal you wish to manifest, determine what it is and use that to guide you on what ingredients to use.
Part 2: Gather Your Ingredients
After you know what you want to have happen, gather your ingredients! This can be with herbs, crystals, positive notes/affirmations, a keepsake of the last time you felt the way you wish to feel, oils, etc. If you're unsure what kind of herbs, crystals and oils you should use, I made a quick (though detailed) reference below. Remember, you can also put in your jar words of affirmation, keepsakes that carry with them the energy you wish to have, etc.
White Sage - White sage (Salvia apiana) is sacred in many Shamanic and Native American belief systems and is used in smudging, and other, ceremonies to purify a place, person or object. This is considered the strongest and most potent herb to use when driving away negativity, malicious spirits, or other such negative energies. Some even call it “the Clorox Bleach” of the spirit world. Ultimate Removal and Warding off of Negativity and Bad Spirits. Protection. Blessings of Health and Prosperity. Clearing of Spaces, People, and Objects.
Sweetgrass - Sweetgrass is the sacred hair of Mother Earth and is used as a smudging tool to purify peoples’ auras, cleanse objects, and clear ceremonial areas or healing spaces of negative energy. Sweetgrass can also be carried or worn as a protective amulet. The Sweetgrass is typically braided in 3 strands, representing either representing love, kindness and honesty or mind, body and spirit.
Juniper & Cedar - Juniper/Cedar is an excellent purification plant. It can be used to cleanse ritual spaces or magical tools. It is strongly protective and dispels negative energies and entities. It is often used as incense in healing rituals and to purify rooms and spaces. During meditation it helps focusing and concentration. It has also been associated with prophecy and divination. Do NOT ingest if pregnant.
Palo Santo - Palo Santo is a sacred wood that comes from the magical Palo Santo tree, native to the coast of South America. Its name literally means holy wood, and it is just that. When it is burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing power. Traditionally, it is burned by Incas, indigenous people of the Andes, Shamans and medicine people for spiritual purifying, evoking protection, energy cleansing and healing Purifying. Connection to the Divine. Creativity. Love. Good Fortune. Energy Cleansing. Considered Holy. Inspired creativity, infuse blessings, bring love and fortune.
Herbs from Home
Holy Basil - A Natural Antiseptic. For Happiness, Love, Peace, Money, and Protection. For Mental Stability. Also Used to Protect Your Home or Business. Balance Energies and Chakras.
Rosemary - Ultimate Protection. For Fidelity, Blessings, Purification, Exorcisms, Remembrance, Love, Meditation, Remembering Past Lives.
Peppermint & Mint plants - Purification. Healing strength. Helps against headaches. Used for good luck, attract money and prosperity. Helps to keep flies away. Gives energy, a sense of peace after an argument, and can be calming, too.
Alfalfa - Greatly Used for Prosperity, Money-Drawing, and Financial Health. Attract Animal Spirits. Protect Home from Poverty and Hunger.
Cinnamon - To Sanctify a Space. To Enhance Your Spells. Aids in Healing Spells, Used to Draw Love, Happiness, Success. Money, Power, Lust (Male Libido), and Protection.
Mugwort - Strong Uses for Women. Protection, Divination, Astral Projection, Lucid Dreaming, Magickal Vision Work. Do NOT Use When Pregnant. Used to Induce Trances.
Blessed Thistle - Used for Protection. Vitality. Strength. To Raise Energy. Breaking of Hexes. Purification. Is Historically Considered Holy.
Chamomile - Peace. Love. Tranquility. Attract Money. Good Luck. Purification. Removal of Bad Spells. Release and Removal of Negative Emotions. Meditation Incense.
Lavender - Protection. Purification. Relaxation. Strengthen Love. Fertility. Happiness. Calming. Ward off the Evil Eye. For Spells Regarding Love, Good Luck, Cleansing, Attraction, Healing, and Dreams.
Bay Leaves - Used for Protection. Vitality. Strength. To Raise Energy. Breaking of Hexes. Purification. Is Historically Considered Holy.
Calendula Flowers - Protection, Inspires Optimism. Prophetic Dreams. Attract Success. Dispel negativity. Increase psychic powers. Help in Legal Matters.
Yarrow - For courage, attracting love, psychic power, exorcism, form lasting relationships. Its scent is said to help dispel glamours and to see things more clearly. For divination, enhancing psychic abilities, cleansing auras, and to see things from your love’s point of view.
Raspberry Leaves - Helps to bring good luck in marriages, to attract and hold a lover, invokes fertility, protection for businesses, and pregnancy protection.
Just like the herbs above, these resins have magickal properties associated with them. My favorite is 7 Archangels, Frankincense, and Golden Copal.
7 Archangels - A Blend of Resins Intended to Invite the Archangels into Your Life and Space. Aids in Sending Your Prayers to Heaven. Used for Cleansing and Purification.
Benzoin of Sumatra - Purifies and Sanctifies Spaces. Used During Imbolec and the Autumn Equinox. Gives Focus and Concentration. Good for Astral Work. Promotes a Generous Spirit.
Frankincense - Purify Energy. Clear Away Negativity. Bring Positive and Loving Energy. Fertility Offering. Power of Creation. Calming. Removal of Energy Blocks. Is a Good Substitution for Frankincense if None is On Hand.
Sweet Myrrh - The Sacred Incense of the Bible. Introspective Meditation. Heal Personal Sorrow. Connect with the Dead. Protection. Nurtures Wisdom. Rid of Negative Energy. Is Rarely Used Alone. Blend with Other Resins.
Dragon’s Blood - For Protection, Banishing Evil, Love, Sexuality and Sealing of Magickal Intentions. Greatly Used to Enhance the Power of Spells.
Golden Copal - Purify Energy. Clear Away Negativity. Bring Positive and Loving Energy. Fertility Offering. Power of Creation. Calming. Removal of Energy Blocks. Is a Good Substitution for Frankincense if None is On Hand.
There are SO MANY crystals out there in the world; so much so that I cannot cover them all in a small blog post. So, I'll only mention some of the most commonly used ones, and ones that I personally love to work with:
Amethyst - Aids meditation and used for scrying. Helps to cleanse, purify and heal the mind, body and spirit. It helps to balance emotions and prevents nightmares and irrational fears. Is also a sobriety stone. Helps those suffering from insomnia, oversleeping or bad dreams. Wearing it helps to protect travelers against theft and harm.
Amazonite - Associated with filtering out stresses, healing traumas, and soothing energies in the home and workplace. Its spiritual power is personal truth and for the ability to communicate that truth to others. Is also known as The Stone of Courage or Stone of Truth. Is also known to promote good luck, and achieve that which you set your mind to.
Angelite - Angelite is a stone that promotes a spiritual communication with the angels, with your higher self, and with the spiritual realm. It's also known to help you communicate with your loved ones who have passed on. Its energies provide healing to your guilt, loss, grief, and emotional pains. Primarily works with the throat and 3rd eye chakras.
Aventurine - For prosperity, wealth and calm. Harmonized and heals emotional trauma. Also considered lucky, and draws in money. Boosts psychic gifts, heightens self-confidence, and aids in healing properties for the heart chakra. Is a great harmonizing stone. The green sends to you calming vibrations.
Black Obsidian & Apache Tears - Obsidian is a very protective stone. Used to guard against all forms of negativity from a person, object or area. Protects against psychic attacks. Obsidian cut into the shape of an arrowhead is a powerful protective amulet. Obsidian is also useful for grounding.
Black Onyx - Another powerful protection stone that absorbs and transforms negative energy, and helps to prevent the drain of personal energy. Black Onyx aids the development of emotional and physical strength and stamina, especially when support is needed during times of stress, confusion or grief.
Black Tourmaline – This is, you guessed it, for protection, repelling negativity and for cleansing. Also known as Schol, it helps to clear, cleanse and unblock any blocked energies at home or within yourself. Blocks EMF from electronics, and repels black magick, negative energy Etc. Used to make a power grid.
Carnelian - From the Quartz Family, Carnelian holds the properties of courage, endurance, motivation, leadership and creativity. It is also associated with romantic desires, connected to the lower 3 chakras, and is known as “The Singer’s Stone”.
Citrine - Protection stone that dispels negative thoughts and energy, ward off nightmares. Brings wealth and abundance, and it provides positive energy. It can be used to cleanse other stones. Removes toxins and helps digestion.
Clear Quartz - A healing stone that clears negativity, relieves pain and fevers, promotes better memory and concentration. Balances emotions, facilitates clairvoyance and divinatory abilities. Aids in meditation. Induces prophetic dreams. Protects against psychic attack. Receives, amplifies, and transmits energy. Purifies the aura and soul.
Labradorite - a feldspar gemstone composed of layers that reflect light in iridescent flashes in beautiful colors of blues, greens and gold. It protects against negativity, aids to reduce stress and anxiety, and is said to be helpful when dealing with addiction. It is calming, and wonderful for emotional wellbeing.
Selenite Rose - Also known as Desert Rose, Gypsum Rose, Selenite Rose, Rose Rock, Gypsum Rosette, and Sand Rose. This mineral forms naturally from the earth and is a combination of selenite and barite. Will help you stand your ground and confront any hardship. It will show you how to commit to a project with confidence despite the numerable obstacles. Helpful to strengthen meditation and affirmation. Aligns and activates the chakras, and can be used to remember past lives. Brings mental clarity and insight.
Tiger’s Eye - Balances energy levels and the metabolism. Aids energy flow throughout the body. Reduces cravings and addictive behavior. Protects from psychic attacks and psychic vampirism. Used in prosperity rituals. Aids in grounding.
Part 3: Place Items in Jar
We are now getting into the ritualistic part of making your jar. When putting your items in, do it in order of how you want your good vibes to come to you.
As an example, if making a GVJ for good dreams, put in an item for cleansing first, then an item for protection, then an item for good dreams, then an item for calm, then more items protection, and have the final items be for cleansing. You are basically coming full circle with your ingredients.
You can also think of it as a sandwich. You have the top crust, then the sauces, then the cheese/lettuce, then the yummy goodies, then some more sauces, then finally the last layer of crust to keep it all in.
Part 4: Final Prayer/Meditation/Blessing
Once you have finished putting your GVJ together, you will want to seal it, and bless it with either a prayer, meditation, or ritualized blessing. When sealing your jar, some people recommend doing so with wax, or the mason jar's lid.
Personally, I prefer to cover my jars with colored tissue, and tie it shut with twine. I prefer this because I want the energy of my jar to be able to freely leave and reenter the jar. I do not want it caged or closed off, or sealed in so that it cannot "breathe". Plus, it is nice to occasionally pick up the jar and take in a breath of its scent through the tissue.
So, I seal my jar with the tissue, and as I tie my jar closed, I say in my heart a prayer for the light of above to guide me, protect me, and be present in what I wish for this jar to bring.
And that's it!
All you have to do now is place your jar somewhere you feel it would benefit at best. For me, I placed my jar next to my desk at work so I will always see it. It is also closest to the door, thereby being the first thing anything (or anyone) coming in will come across.
If you make a GVJ, share a picture or comment with us!