This is just my thoughts on protection magic. I encourage anyone else who would like to contribute to please do so.
I have been thinking about curses and protection lately and being that this is the section for New Magicians I thought I would make a comprehensive post with my knowledge of protection magic.
If you want to know more I would suggest picking up Jason Miller’s Protection and Reversal Magic.
Section 1: So you think you’ve been hexed…
First off, curses are no joke and something I take very seriously. Curses can ruin or even end lives, so I encourage you to take them seriously as well. That being said they are less common than you think. Don’t get me wrong it can happen, but not every stubbed toe is a sign that someone hexed you.
Start looking for patterns. If you get a flat tire but everything else in life seems peachy keen…probably not a curse. If you get a flat tire, then twist your ankle while trying to fix it, end up in the hospital only to find that your insurance won’t cover twisted ankles and then get fired from your job because of all that…probably a curse.
Divination is key (as it often is). Learn to divine and see if you have been placed under a magnificent spell. If you can’t divine yet or you are afraid that your emotional state may effect your reading, get someone else to do it for you. I have done it a few times for some members and I know that The Wandering Fool is fantastic at reading Tarot, Rune, abd Bones so there are two resources for you. I would pay TWF before asking me though as I am a busy man ATM.
Section 2: With friends like these…
This is going to be a summery of Jason Miller’s daily practices for protection. He emphasizes that routine banishing, shielding, and offerings are key to defense, and often times those three are enough to ward of baneful magic. Banishing and shielding are easy enough to find on Google so I will talk about offerings.
Offerings to spirits is one if THE best ways to get them on your side. I would encourage everyone to begin working with your ancestors as they are very, very good at protecting thier own. As The Eye says “A glass of water and some light goes a long way”
Other than your ancestors I also encourage you to make meaningful relationships with other spirits. It doesn’t matter if they are Gods, Angels, Demons…etc. forge a good relationship. Sit and think for a while, trust your instincts…who are you most pulled to? Start there, find out all you can about that spirit and really emerse yourself in thier current. Read stories about them, learn what they like, try thinking like them. This should take more than an afternoon, I would say a good time frame is a week to two weeks minimum.
After you have mapped out this spirit the time has come to start working with them. Make an altar and say hello. Include things on the altar that the spirit would like. Spend time meditating and then light a candle, fall into a trance, and begin talking with this spirit. Ask questions, get answers, verify those answers (so you know they are who they say they are) and build that realtionship.
Section 2.5: A quick word on Hecate…
As many of you know I work a lot with Hecate (I’ll pause to let you all get over the initial shock) I have a great realtionship with Her. She, regardless of the tradition, is the Goddess of Witchcraft for a good reason. If you are in a pinch and don’t have a good realtionship with a spirit you can petition Hecate for help. She is not always the nicest, but She does have a soft spot for people in desperate need.
So I hereby authorize anyone reading this makes a authoritative gesture to petition Hecate for help in removing curses or dealing with Evil Spirits. All you will need is a green candle with Her seal scratched into it (look up primary seal of Hecate). Light the candle, fall into a trance and pour your heart out to Her.
Section 3: The tools of the trade…
Alright so you have a good attitude, you banish/shield/make offerings, and you have a great realtionship with spirits…but something is still amiss? Here are somethings I have found effective.
Algiz: This is a Rune from the Elder Futhark, you can look it up online or look at Defectron, Poete Maudit, Bodomite, or Nik01’s avatars. This is a rune that symbolizes a lb upside down tree. I have found that it calls down your higher power through its roots and bears the fruit in the form of blessings to you. Notice I said higher power, not the Norse Gods. I have found in my own workings and by talking to many others that anyone can use the runes. Runes are very powerful and while they come to us via one part of the world they are essentially magic technologies. I know of a mage who does not work with the Norse Pantheon, but uses the runes just fine.
Witch bottles: They work.
That is all I can think of now… But feel free to add anything.