Basic Magickal Protection

Magic works. This is the first thing you have to learn. If you don't believe that magick gives you the power to reshape the universe, you're wasting your time. Because if you believe a spell or ritual won't work, it won't, period. And if you do believe in the power of magick, then you need to realise that when you use it you are putting your hands on the same forces that move the tides and spawn tornadoes. And that by doing so, you have the potential to harm yourself or others. I have often compared working magick to rock climbing. It takes years of study and practice before you're ready to try it. It is fairly safe, if you know what you're doing and take appropriate safety precautions. At the same time, a mistake can ruin your whole day or worse.

In this article, I will outline a few basic techniques for protecting yourself and your home. While these are essential while working magick, they are also useful anytime. For example, there's no better night's sleep than in a room that's been magickally shielded to keep out psychic noise.

Let's start with Shielding

This is a technique for creating a magickal 'force field' around your person or a place, to keep out unwanted energy. This could be psychic 'background noise', nasty astral critters, or magickal energy directed at you. Many people do this unconsciously all their lives. Others of us have to learn how. The method I use is to visualise a 'net' of energy around the area to be shielded. Remember to 'see' it in 3D, a sphere rather than a circle. (This is where those visualisation exercises come into practical use.) I generally use my personal energy to power it. I visualise negative energy being absorbed by my shields and flowing up to the universe and drawing good energy down through me and into the earth. ("Ground and Centre" here.) I visualise it as porous, though, so that energy I send can pass through. With practice, you will be able to shield yourself instantly, without thinking.

Ihave found that exhaustion or alcohol quickly erodes my ability to shield, so keep this in mind. Once you have shields, there is lots of nifty magick you can do with them.

Warding is a similar technique

Idefine a Ward as a Shield anchored to a physical place. Instead of using your energy, though, you let Earth energy flow upward to power it. With practice, you can create a stable, Earth-powered shield. This leaves more energy for spell work, or allows you to drop your own shields and recharge. Reinforce the visualisation regularly, and it can be permanent, to protect your Circle or home. I tend to anchor wards with physical objects-a stone, carved runes, etc. But it is the visualisation that really matters. If the mental image fails, the shield will fail, no matter how many runes you carve.

Occasionally, when going about my daily life, I will feel a 'tickle' at my aura as some kind of psychic energy contacts it. Other times, the hair stands up on the back of my neck, and I quickly raise my shields. And on rarer occasions, I feel a sudden energy drain as my shields (thank the Lady and Lord) go from stand-by to maximum power before I know what's happened. In these situations there are a few shielding tricks I use.

First is the mirror

Ivisualise the outside of my shields as a perfect mirror, reflecting any energy back to its source.

 Next is making the inside of my shields a mirror

Iuse this to contain any psychic energy I might be emitting, hopefully making myself psychically 'stealthy'.

Last is the 'iron wall' or 'stone tower' visualisation Changing the thin energy shield into a massive fortress. This requires a lot of power, but when huge waves of negativity are breaking over you, it really helps.Now on to a few active techniques. If negative energy keeps coming at me, I don't sit back and continue to shield until exhausted. The ancient warriors knew that any purely defensive battle is doomed, if it goes on long enough. Invoking the Lady and Lord is probably the surest and simplest defence. Malevolent entities (whether astral or earthly) tend to avoid the presence of the Deity. In fact, the nastier they are, the faster they run. The most basic technique is calling White Fire. This is the Light energy of the universe, the silver-white of the Moon and the fire-white of the Sun, the sum total of the magickal Elements. Let it flow in from all around you until you feel like a ball of lightning, then send a directed bolt of it back into the universe asking that it be changed to healing energy for the earth. While the mind alone is all you need to do this, I find my sword/athame is a perfect tool for this. (I feel the Wiccan Rede does not prohibit self-defence, but that's another article, too.) If this doesn't work, you can still call on the Lady and Lord in their warrior/protector aspects to help you.

~ So, good luck as you study the Craft of the Wise ~