I am an insomniac. I do not fall asleep unless I feel safe enough to turn off my brain – I’m paranoid enough that this is not easy. I started experimenting with sleep safety spells and dream wards as soon as I learned of their existence. Some of them worked for a while but eventually stopped, others were completely useless (as was the valerian tea I tried). One night, about eight or years ago I was dead tired and couldn’t sleep and just got completely fed up with myself. I decided that any job worth doing was worth overdoing and came up with the ultimate in sleep safety spells and I’m going to share it with you.
I’m quite adept at visualization and do this entirely by visualization. If I say “cut a circle around the room” I mean visualize it in your head, and if I say “say ...” I mean say it in your head. If you’re not the mental magick type, you can do everything physically and out loud – I only do that when I’m totally freaked out and need as much power as I can get.
Begin by selecting the area you wish to protect – your bed, bedroom, house, entire property, etc. I typically include my entire house in these wards.
If you feel the need to do so before doing energy work, ground and center. I’ve been doing this spell every night for the last eight years, so it requires no prep for me.
Build a ball of energy in the center of the space you’re warding. Charge this ball with the power to drive out any negativity lingering in your space. Visualize the ball expanding outwards until it encompasses your entire space and creates a sacred circle around it while saying “Safe within the circle round, thrice sealed, thrice bound. Repeat two more times.
Starting in the north, cut a circle around your space while saying: “Power of earth, ground me and hide me from all that would do me harm.” As you cut the circle, fill it with dark green earth energy. Once the circle is cut, visualize it creating a sphere of glowing green earth energy surrounding you. Envision tree roots growing around the sphere, creating a solid shield of earth.
Starting in the east, cut a circle around your space while saying: “Power of air, alert me to any incoming negativity and give me the wit to deal with it.” Empower the circle with glowing yellow air energy and let it grow into a sphere. Envision swirling winds creating a solid shield of air.
Starting in the south, cut a circle around your space while saying: “Power of fire, protect me mind, body, and soul. Give me the strength and will to do what I must.” Empower the circle with hot red energy and visualize it growing into a sphere. Envision flames dancing around the sphere, creating a solid shield of fire.
Starting in the west, cut a circle around your space while saying: “Power of water, heal me mind, body, and soul and strengthen my correct intuition.” Empower the circle deep blue energy that grows into a sphere. Envision sheets of rain creating a solid sphere of water around you.
Starting back in the north, cut a vertical circle going up above your head. When you get to the ceiling pause and say, “Goddess, watch over me and protect me.” Envision a sphere of silver energy starting above your head and slowly pouring around your space, creating a solid shield of divine energy. Continue the circle down the opposite wall and pause when you get to the floor. Say: “God, watch over me and protect me.” Envision a sphere of gold beginning beneath the floor and growing slowly upwards until it creates a solid shield of divine energy. Complete the circle.
Starting in the upper northwest corner of the space, envision a bold Chinese dragon flying in a crosswise circle (northwest to southeast and back around the bottom) around the space. Starting in the upper northeast corner of the space, envision a Phoenix bird flying in a crosswise circle (northeast to southwest and back around the bottom) around the space. Say; “Dragon and Phoenix, encircle me.”
Starting in the west, cut a vertical circle above your head towards the east. As you complete the circle say: “By my Lady’s will my circles are sealed.” As you complete the circle envision the entire space being filled with divine energy. Give it a few moments to sink in.
Say: “Circles protect me this night. When I wake you will dissolve into the walls, continuing to lend your protection to me and mine. Stay in this space as long as it’s mine.” (After a while you won’t need to add this last bit, it will be firmly in your unspoken intent.)
That is the long version of what I do every night. I started off doing the long version every night, but after a few years I adopted a shorter version for most nights. In the short version simply envision all of the circles and empower them appropriately without stopping to say what they’re for. On a sleepy night I can do this in two minutes flat and it has never failed me.
If you decide to try this, keep in mind that these are pretty heavy duty shields and you will have to modify them depending on who’s coming and going in your space, what spirits/entities you want to have access to you, and what kind of dreams you want to have. If you clamp down too tight you might not dream at all, and if the wards are too loose then they’re not worth the time of putting them up. Experiment and see what works for you.