Shades Below Grimoire: Banishing Spells

First published on ParaYourNormal (November 2,2015)

**NOTE: Although based on existing spells, the spells in the Shades Below series were created for entertainment only. They are not intended for use in performing actual magic.**

In a city like San Francisco, there’s no shortage of things that go bump in the night. In my urban fantasy series, Shades Below, those things don’t always play nice.

The heroine of Season Of The Witch (Shades Below, #1.5), is a black witch named Georgia Clare. Georgia has been around the demimonde a few times, and has a few tricks for dealing with its rowdier inhabitants. Banishing spells are a handy tool, whether she’s dealing with a pack of panicked ghosts or an infernal creature that just won’t quit.

Spells differ depending on a variety of factors; belief system and preferred tools being just a couple of them. Over the course of my research, I found a lot of different banishing spells. As with all magic, their effectiveness depends more on the practitioner than the spell or ingredients themselves. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, if you don’t pour your entire well of intent into your spell, its potency will be drastically reduced.

That said, here are a couple of Georgia’s go-to banishing spells. Happy reading!

← Banishing Spell #1 →


“Better do a nine-crystal grid. Tourmaline, onyx… fuck, maybe some jet, too. Now, where the hell did I put that smudge stick?”

Cyrus’s brow knitted. “That bad?”

Georgia glanced at them on her way back to Lena. “It’s a doozy, all right. Can’t remember the last time I saw this many in one host.”

Durbin’s eyes bugged. “What did you say?”

Georgia looked at him for the first time. “Ghosts, genius. She’s been inhabited by ghosts.”

– A World Apart (Shades Below, #1), L.J.K. Oliva


Tourmaline (powerfully grounding; cleanses and purifies negative energy)

Onyx (powerfully grounding, banishes negative energy)

Jet (absorbs negative energy, protects against psychic attacks, auric-clearing)

Red candle (good for dark defense)

Banishing oil

Sage smudge stick


In the name of the Lord and the Lady,

I order you to leave this (man/woman).

By my will, I command you.

By my power, I banish you.

Be gone from this vessel, and this house.

I call you by name, (insert name of entity), and I order you to leave this (man/woman).

So mote it be.


Light red candle.

Using 3 of each stone, set up a nine-crystal healing grid (find a tutorial here).

Dab Banishing oil behind each ear, on the insides of each wrist, and over the heart.

Light smudge stick, dab out the flame, trace the body of the patient in smoke.

Recite incantation.

Blow out candle.

← Banishing Spell #2 


She leaped to her feet. The creature’s eyes locked on her. Georgia swallowed the terror that welled in her chest and sprinted for the altar. She skidded to the floor in front of it like a baseball player sliding into home, yanked open one of the drawers and fumbled for the first items that came to mind.

The creature roared again. A blast of superheated air hit the back of her neck. Georgia braced for the feel of teeth around her throat.

“Right here, ugly!”

She turned in time to see Darius’ massive fist catch the creature square in the nose. The creature yelped, then retaliated with a swipe of an even-more-massive paw. The blow swept Darius clear off his feet. He flew backwards and hit the wall with a dull crunch, then sagged to the ground with a wheeze. Flecks of paint and drywall fluttered to the floor around him.

But he’d bought her the time she needed. Georgia held up her black candle and flipped her Bic lighter to life. She touched the flame to the wick. The creature’s eyes widened.

– Season Of The Witch (Shades Below, #1.5), L.J.K. Oliva


Black candle


Black, the color of protection.

Black, the color of night.

Black, the color of silence.

Black, the color of stillness.

With black I banish thee.

With will I banish thee.

Return to the night.

Return to the silence.

Return to the stillness.

Be gone from this place.

With black and with will, by my power and by the power of the Lady,

I banish thee.

So mote it be.


Light black candle.

Recite incantation.

Blow out candle.


Thanks for reading! Cast on, witches…

Published by L.J.K. Oliva

L.J.K. Oliva writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, with a heavy dash of suspense. She likes her whiskey strong, her chocolate dark, and her steak bloody. Most of all, L.J.K. likes monsters... and knows the darkest ones don't live in closets.

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