What Is Cord Cutting?

Bright Blessings, Witches! Today we are tackling the subject of cord cutting. What is it? Who can perform it? Does it really work? Are there different ways to do it? All of this and more will be covered, so let’s dive in!


First things first, what are these cords we’re talking about cutting? To answer this we must realize and accept that everything is energy. From your favorite coffee mug to the post office to that stranger who smiled at you on the bus to your lover to that skein of yarn you’ll use one day – EVERYTHING is energy.

Every person, place, and thing has their own unique energy signature. These signatures form energetic strands. These strands of energy connect you to them and exist at the subconscious and unconscious levels. They can be positive, negative, or even neutral.


Both parties involved in a positive energy connection mutually benefit from the relationship. These subconscious cords can be found between anyone who engages in a positive exchange, like those between intimate partners, close friends, children and their parents, siblings, etc.

Energy travels to-and-fro via cords between two connected things. Depending on the type of relationship, the energy exchange is typically balanced. Exceptions to this can be found in parent/child exchanges as the adult provides much more than they receive from the child.

The saying “Relationships take work” is perfectly demonstrated here. The energy cords connect two things, and as such they require tending and nourishment from both parties. This is to keep the exchange positive, supportive, and flowing.


When an energy exchange is problematic, unequal, or rooted in fear, these connections are known as ‘cords of attachment’ or ‘unhealthy cording’. Taxing and troublesome relationships tend to develop unhealthy cording when desires go unmet. As a result, one party starts to resent the other, the balance in the relationship is thrown off, and the energy flow becomes blocked.

Here are a few ways that cords of attachment or unhealthy cording manifests:

  • Low or No Energy
  • Feeling Stagnant or Stuck
  • A Decline in Your Immune System
  • Regularly Developing Flu-Like Symptoms
  • An Inability to Make Decisions
  • Symptoms of Depression or Unexplained Sadness
  • Negative Talk in Regards to Another
  • Indulging in Addictive Behaviors

While negative energy cords are most commonly the catalyst for performing a cord cutting ritual, positive energy cords can benefit from the procedure as well.


As aforementioned, these energetic cords are invisible. They are perceived in the mind’s eye, psychically. Some practitioners believe that how strongly the connection comes through is indicative of how strong the attachment is and the emotional effect on the relationship.

Trained energy workers report that energy cords vary in how they feel when performing rituals to help clients sever ties. This can range from harsh twine and thick rope to metal chains and barbed wire. When performing the cutting ceremony, it’s common for the practitioner to envision a corresponding tool to effectively end the energetic channel of emotional ties.


It is thought that our energy cords work from our energy centers, or chakras. However, not all cords are connected at the same place between two parties. For instance, an energy strand that attaches from one person’s crown chakra on another’s root chakra could be seeking to disrupt feelings of security. On the other hand, we could see an energy cord connecting two people in a loving relationship at the heart chakra.

Other reports of connecting cords being attached at the joints in order to puppet the target like a marionette is not unheard of. Like much in life, it varies.


Simply put, you could be due for a cord cutting ritual when something is no longer serving you – whether that be at all or serving you in a way that doesn’t suit you. Again, this can be in connection to relationships, people, a place, a habit, etc.

Making space for the new is an important facet of our existence. Without the new, we subject ourselves to becoming stagnant in our progress as human beings. One way to make space is via cord cutting. It is here that we regain lost energy and restore energetic boundaries that serve only our highest good.

It is through our senses that we most often interact with the world. However, we also engage energetically. When thought of in this light, we are constantly carrying the accumulation of energetic cording from encounters during our entire life. Without cutting the cords that no longer serve us, we end up maintaining that energy. Over time, we end up in an energy deficit and wonder why that third ice coffee of the day isn’t working anymore.



Whether we realize it or not, every single one of our relationships impacts our overall wellbeing. This is due to our brain functionality. It cannot differentiate between mental and physical irritants. Whether the source is conscious or subconscious, the brain doesn’t know the difference and in turn can trap us in a holding pattern – until we detach ourselves from the negative cords and cleanse the positive ones.

The easiest way to identify which cords need cutting and which cords need cleansing is to perform a self-assessment.

  1. Am I experiencing any of the symptoms listed above under Negative Energy Cords?
  2. Do I feel like I have to walk on eggshells around certain people?
  3. Do I feel guilty taking time for myself?
  4. Do I feel like myself?
  5. Am I being disregarded or disrespected in any of my relationships?
  6. Am I engaging in any self-destructive behaviors?
  7. Have things been feeling “off” lately?

It will be pretty obvious once you have your answers whether or not you need to cut energetic ties. But remember: THE ONLY PERSON YOU CAN HELP IS YOURSELF. We cannot fix other people. Concern yourself with your own wellbeing and removing the energy blocks in your own life.


There are two camps of thought when it comes to this question. Some believe that only energy workers, Reiki masters, seasoned practitioners, etc. can perform these rituals. Others say that anyone can carry out the procedure.

I believe it boils down to personal preference. If you feel like you can do it yourself, then go for it. After all, it is YOUR energy cords and YOUR attachment. Performing a self-driven ritual feeds the act with the emotional energies from your connection. But like I always say, DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH before trying new rituals.

Conversely, having a professional worker who is well-versed in cord cutting has its benefits, too. Through trusting another’s experience with the procedure, all you have to do is allow the energy to be restored to you. There’s no second-guessing your own ability, which in turn can negatively impact the outcome.

It’s important to note that when trying to sever a negative cord from your life, the low vibrations of the energetic connection is what makes it hard to remove by yourself. If you feel like doing this by yourself results in no change, you may wish to seek out the services of an experienced worker.


Some of the different ways in which cords can be cut include:

  • Candle Ceremonies
  • Spiritual Baths
  • Practical Magick Rituals
  • Visualization Exercises
  • Reiki Practices
  • Sound Therapy
  • Meditation

I believe the cord cutting method most commonly known is the candle ceremony thanks to social media. I’ve seen countless TikTok videos framing two candles wrapped and connected midway down with string. The string gets set on fire when the candles burn down, allowing the cord to be severed. However, as we see above, this is not the only way to cut energetic cords.



When we do energy work on positive relationships, the cord is never severed so there is no wound left behind that needs healing. The benefit of cleansing a positive cord is that it removes emotional barriers from the connection, releasing you from conscious and unconscious limits within and without the relationship.

After the ritual is performed on positive energetic cords, it’s pretty typical to feel energy returning to you. The relationship in question could receive a boost in interest, connection, and overall symbiotic benefits.


When cord cutting is done on negative relationships, readjustment is to be expected. If this relationship is with a person currently in your life, you can anticipate the bond to be put back into balance or to be ended completely. Either way, it’s best to prepare for an adverse reaction from the other party.

It’s best to acknowledge that behavior – both functional and dysfunctional – evolve as ways to cope with things. Destructive behavior generally serves as a way for the unhealthy ego to keep painful feelings like low self-esteem, insecurity, and jealousy unconscious. So when you detach from the cycles of low vibrational energy ties, the other person’s insecurities come to the surface.

The disengagement process brings with it a huge release, but also the possibility of anger, irritation, and lashing out. It’s in these moments where you must remain vigilant in setting healthy boundaries and continuously reinforce them. If you do not, the unhealthy cording process will begin again.


  • Feeling lighter, both inside and out
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Crying or sobbing
  • A rush of energy


When we look at cord cutting as a way to heal and regain our energy, the benefits go beyond wishing to get rid of your ex. From cleansing your positive connections to moving into a high vibrational state of being, we could all do with a little cord cutting, don’t you think?

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever performed a cord cutting ritual or have had a professional do one on your behalf!

Published by Pie

Pie Ankiewicz is the Resident Witch of Printable Witchcraft and sister-site Candle Cross Coven. She is a seasoned Eclectic Witch whose practice spans over three decades. Residing in Massachusetts, Pie designs printable Book of Shadows and grimoire pages, blogs about the Craft, and teaches others how to pursue being a practitioner.

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