Magickal Protection is a discipline of magick. It is a discipline which must be studied, practiced and learned. As in learning any new skill or discipline, you must begin at some point and progress. During your learning you will advance or enhance your abilities and be able to do more and greater things. What I consider to be more advanced techniques of magickal protection by no means leave the new or beginning student helpless. I consider the "more advanced" techniques to require more practice at manipulating energy. ("Advanced" techniques require a bit more practice and different way of looking at things.)
Think of what I have said in general terms. If you were in band or took music/voice lessons, did you immediately start trying to play "Flight of the Bumblebee" or sing "Carmen"? If you didn't then why didn't you? After all, can't you just sit down and start playing like a master? If you played baseball as a child, did you start playing little league or did you start playing for a major league team? I know that these questions sound a bit ridiculous but it is any less ridiculous to expect to start your magickal workings by attempting magicks which are usually performed by people who have been working with magick for many years? Simply put, magick takes practice
Magickal Protection is exactly what the words imply - using magick to protect yourself and your surroundings. To be a bit more specific, it is the molding of universal forces according to one's own will resulting in an "etheric" shield being placed around an area. Magickal protection is very much the same as putting burglar bars on your windows and doors, security and surveillance systems around your home. Your magickal defenses will warn you of approaching danger, allow you to identify it and will keep the danger out.
Magickal Protection can take many forms: purely mental/auric, ritualistic, physical or any combinations of these. Each form of protection has advantages and disadvantages along with different time requirements. These forms mentioned herein are only a few possibilities that you have to choose from.
This introduction is a selection of writings on Magickal Protection which is used as supplement in The Mystic Gryphon's class on protection. In addition, it is part of a larger work which will eventually become an entire book as soon as the author gets finished putting everything on paper.
Magickal Protection is essential for anyone who aspires to the Craft or subjects relating to the Craft. A Witch, or any practioner of magick, as a servant of the Light, has the potential to attract negative influences which will try to stop your work or progress. Also, a Witch, or practioner of magick, has the potential to have negative energy directed at her/him by more unscrupulous entities. We also have the potential to walk into a negatively charged area. Poverty stricken areas usually have a higher concentration of people putting off negative emotions such as worry and fear. Negative emotions or energy attract a certain form of creature which feeds off the negative energy and tries to promote the conditions or feelings which create it. Negativity build up can occur anywhere, a home where there is a lot of fighting, around prisons, etc. It is imperative that you know how to shield yourself from the influence of such negative forces. The potential for exposure to negativity is not limited to a Witch or a practioner of magick but to everyone. It seems, however, that as you become more advanced, stronger if you will, that the potential for these happenings increase. I propose the reason for this is that as you become more in tune with the universe and energy surrounding you, you begin to vibrate at higher levels. On the etheric level, your astral form will begin to "glow" more brightly and thus the potential for attracting attention increases. This is not to say that anyone will definitely attract unwanted attention but the possibility does exist.
As we move along the magickal path, we will meet many entities and forces. These forces can be broken into three categories of intent: good (positive), neutral, bad (negative). By far, you will meet more good and neutral forces than bad. This is the same as everyday life, you meet people who are good, neutral or bad. Since there is a possibility for meeting a bad or negative force, should we be worried? Yes and no. Be worried to the point of being aware that something can happen is good - it means that you know that something could happen and are that much more prepared to handle such an encounter. If you spend all of your time looking for ambushes and traps with every step you take then this might be a little extreme or bad. Forewarned is forearmed. During our workings and travels, we learn to recognize these classes of forces, how to find them and how to avoid them. When meeting any force you have several options: talk to them, ignore them and walk away, take an aggressive stance if you feel threatened, try to reason with a more unsavory force, etc. Whatever you do will return three fold, do unto others as you would have them do undo you. These are statements of truth. For the most part, meeting and being friendly is the best choice but unfortunately it does not always result in a friendly response. As with meeting people on the physical level your options for encounters are the same on the Magickal levels.
Magickal Protection can be thought of as a martial art. Learning such an art provides you with a means to defend yourself (defense) if needed and if all else fails, an offensive form which you can use to defend yourself. The techniques presented here will help to keep negative forces away from you and teach you how to get rid of them.
Magickal Protection can be resolved into two basic categories, physical and non-physical. Non- physical protections involve shaping of energy into a shield and wrapping it about yourself, object/place or another person (but only with permission). Physical forms of protection involve the use of crystals, herbs, symbols, talismans, etc. to hold protective energies about you or an area.
I like to call these the "down and dirty" forms of protection. These forms can take the least amount of time/preparation and include several "instant" forms which you can use if you get caught "with your pants down." In addition, some of the techniques can be used as an offensive weapon if you have no other choice. It is always best to try to avoid a confrontation and for the most part, if you have shielding up, most things will leave you alone. However, there are times when you are left with only two choices: fight in response to an attack or get pounded upon.
The sphere of light is the most basic and fastest of all shielding techniques. This is not to imply that it is inferior to other techniques though. The sphere of light is as strong as your will and the energy that you put into it. Of course, the question would be, "Well, if it is so good then why should I learn other techniques?" Simply put, with any technique of defense, there is a counter to it. So, the more techniques you know, the better able you are to defend yourself if the need ever arises. The sphere of light is an extension of your auric form. The method of creation is very simple.
Visualize yourself, see a small white dot at your center, watch it grow outward until it surrounds your entire body, feel/see the sphere solidify into an impenetrable shield through which nothing can enter (unless you will it). Once your have the form visualized, allow the shield to turn transparent (like looking through glass) - the shield is there and protecting you. Know that while you are in this sphere of light you are protected and safe.
When learning this technique, take time to slowly construct the form. Be sure to have it completely surrounding you (top, bottom, front, back, sides). (A friend of mine has the worst problem protecting his feet. He is about 6'2" but I think that his higher self has not yet adjusted to inhabiting a body that size. Every time his calls up his shield it stops about two inches above his ankles. He has to stop and concentrate on the shield a moment to expand it to a size large enough to include his feet.) Practice setting the shield and turning it transparent. As you practice, you will eventually arrive at the point where you can call this type of shield instantly. This is the level you wish to attain. Do not worry about the time it takes to call this shield when you are beginning, just keep practicing and eventually it will become reflex.
This is the basic form of the sphere of light. The sphere of light is always with you, calling it into form just strengthens your perception and the form itself. We all have this form of protection from the moment of birth until the moment of death.
The sphere of light is a starting point to the other non-physical shielding techniques. You can add various attributes to your shield to increase the effectiveness. I will discuss some of these attributes below. This list is by no means all inclusive, anything that you can imagine as an attribute can be added to your shields.
Brick wall shields
This technique involves surrounding yourself with a brick wall. Each brick is made up of a positive memory or image. Be sure that the shield completely surrounds you (top and bottom included). When building the brick wall, NEVER use negative emotions. It is very tempting to try to use negative emotions to build a brick - it is usually easier to remember negative things than good ones. (When I was first exposed to this technique about 1986 and when I much less experienced, I tried using negative emotion. The bricks built nicely and held until my teacher picked up on one of the images and threw a full life version back in my face with the added impulse that I was to blame and was a worthless piece of SHIT. True, this is not a nice thing to do to someone but it is a VERY effective way to keep someone from making the mistake again. That experience also showed me that I was not ready to transmute negative energy into positive energy.) The problem with a negative emotion is that someone else can pick up on the image and then enhance it while returning it. This will cause your shield to crumble very quickly and enhance feelings of self loathing which is extremely detrimental to magickal workings. The brick wall is a very effective technique and a very time consuming technique. It is also very difficult to maintain the various positive images in the blocks. Of course, when you put a positive emotion into a block it becomes extremely strong. Many people do not feel comfortable inside this type of shield, it is very confining.
All of the non-physical techniques are based on the sphere of light. In addition to attributes, you can create a shield made up of many different shields, layering then one on top of another. It is not uncommon to maintain more than one shield. For example, you may put up a bright white shield close around your body, a black shield on top of that and then an invisible shield on the outer layer. The outer layer will make things ignore you. If something does get through this idea, they are confronted with blackness through which they can not see. If something presses further, they are hit with blinding white light.
Working with multiple shields requires practice. First, be sure that you can maintain and call one shield. When your are comfortable with one, you can add a second and so on. You may wind up with many layers of shields each one doing a different thing.
When learning to shield, maintain the image of the shield as long as is comfortable - if you start feeling weak or dizzy then let the shield fade out and take a rest. You are building up magickal muscles when you learn the shielding techniques. With practice, the shield is there longer and it becomes stronger until you are able to maintain the shield(s) all the time.
The sphere of light also can be used for other things. I tend to keep my personal shields extending anywhere from 1 inch to about 3 or 5 feet from my body. You can extend the outer layer of shields as far as you wish. An extended shield will allow you to pick up more information from your surroundings. It is possible to stand in a room, extend a probe shield outward to another room and know who is in it by reading the energy signatures. You can also pull your shields in tight to you (skin tight) and people will be less like to notice you.
You will notice that your personal shields define your personal space. Other people can instinctively sense the size of your personal shields and will usually not cross into them. In short, you can put up a clear zone around you.
strenghening the shield by calling upon other sources.
The sphere of light technique uses your own energy. You can however ask that other forces lend you energy to strength your shields. You can ask the Goddess and God force to strengthen your shields, you can call upon the elements, you can use symbols, etc. If you do call on outside assistance be sure that you do have a need, never command or expect and always thank anyone who helps you. It is always better to rely on your personal energy for shielding. Beware of getting into the trap of relying on energy from other sources. You know your personal energy. Of course, there are times when you need that extra bit of help.
tower of light shield.
This technique surrounds you with the light of truth, the light of the universe. Evil or negative forces can not bear this light. This method is usually non-mobile (doesn't move around with you although it can) and fixed upon your location. This technique strengthens and energizes your shield and yourself. It is a very effective method of protection.
1. Relax and breathe deeply. (Keep this up throughout the exercise)
2. Relax your whole body
3. Stand erect, arms at your side (can be sitting or lying down though)
4. Visualize the point of pure light within your center expand until it extends about 9 inches from your body.
5. See directly about your head, your crown chakrah, a globe of brilliant white light
6. From the globe, send a beam of pure light out into the universe, the collective unconscious, the source of all things, the sun, and ask that you be allowed to tap into its energy.
7. See a column of brilliant white light, the light of truth, flow down from the universe, completely surrounding you, filling you with its essence.
8. See the column edges solidify to the point where nothing can pass through them.
9. See the light of truth radiating from the you and the column. Know that you are surrounded by perfect love, truth and purity. You are completely protected.
10. Maintain the shield as long as needed. When finished, see the column of light turn transparent, fading from view - the shield is still present but can not be seen. See the light of the universe flow back up into the heavens and as it goes send a packet of energy back filling it with your gratitude and appreciation thanking the universal force for its help. See the line you sent out return to you.
tower of light fast method
You do not always have the luxury of spending lots of time building or calling a shield. It is unlikely that if something attacks that you could say, "Hey, could you hold off attacking me for a few moments while I put my shields up?" The fast method does not require preparation.
1. Call your sphere of light into being
2. Send the line to the universe asking for help
3. See the column of universal light surround you and solidify into a perfect shield
4. When done, let the light return, sending with it your thanks and gratitude.
Basically, you don't take time to relax, you put up your sphere of light and yell for help.
This is not a shielding technique but an application of the sphere of light. It is an offensive technique which will frighten away most forces which would want to cause you harm. Note, it uses energy at a high rate of speed. It is effective for getting rid of the lower shadow creatures (the pesky things that hide in shadows and feed off of negative energy but can not harm you.) It can be used to temporarily blind an opponent so that you can escape. The brighter the flash, the more energy is required.
1. Call the sphere of light into being
2. Visualize the sphere becoming intensely bright, bright as the sun, the light of truth, a magnesium flare, a flash cube. See this happen in an instant, a fraction of a second. See the sphere blaze brightly for a moment.
3. Let the sphere of light fade to invisible when you are finished.