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Magickal Protection - Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #55
February 01, 2017
Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #55
My Brother Channeled the Spirit of a Very Old Witch
This is the busiest season for me, with new students enrolling in the Wicca School every day and getting everything rolling for the 2017 class.There's also an exciting new project in development... if you're interested in magick, check out the Events & Announcements column, below!
Still, I've been making a very determined effort to keep up with all the emails and messages, and post in social media regularly.Which brings up something I'd like to tell you about. The other day, in a mad rush to find something to post of interest to Wiccans, I made a poorly-thought-out choice. I posted a graphic that showed Nature labelled as an anti-depressant, and a jumble of pills labelled basically as bad for you. I have never had such a vitriolic response to anything before! It had apparently hit on a raw nerve like ice cream on an abscessed tooth. It seemed like everyone who'd ever been on life-saving medication felt attacked or judged. :( I didn't take it personally, really. I knew it was a lot of pain and frustration and grief finding an outlet. But it was a terrible feeling, to have inadvertantly hurt so many people who've had serious struggles with health or mental health issues. Beyond this rational perspective, however, was the energetic of it. A LOT of hostile energy was being projected very intensely at me. Being incredibly sensitive to energy, especially since I'm ill and struggling toward health anyway, it was really dangerous for me. So I sensed into a process for a magickal shield to protect me from that sort of virtual hex. (I'll share that technique with you, in the Bonus Article column, below.) The thing I like best about this new technique is that it doesn't return harmful energy towards those who sent it, as some magickal shields do. I knew the people who'd sent it didn't really mean me harm, and they were hurt enough I didn't want to increase their suffering a jot! On the contrary, I wanted to help them as well. So, besides sending angels to help each of my "attackers," this new method helped heal and transmute at least some of their negative emotion/energy. I'm excited about this, because it's ideal for what's going on in the world today! The Earth needs as much negative Energy cleared away as possible, and this is a great way to not only avoid contributing to that Shadow ourselves, but to start clearing it from the world at large as well. Check it out below, as part of this special, magick-themed issue of the Silver Chalice!
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The long awaited Magick book has been re-created it's now an online magickal training course!* This is the first follow-up to the Year & A Day course. * After long consideration, I've decided to offer smaller courses rather than a whole 'nother year-long course to complete your 2nd degree Wicca Spirituality training. And the magick course will be the first one. It should be ready for launch this Autumn or Winter (Goddess willing). Stay tuned for more developments. I'm so excited about finally completing this! If you've been following the Silver Chalice, you may know that I've been working on this for many years. It's thrilling to be nearing the stage where I can actually share this world-changing information with you!! As well as intriguing insights into the nature of reality and magick, it's going to teach the practical techniques in things like (just to name a few) ...
|And of course, lots more (If you've studied with me before, you know what I mean! "Comprehensive" is my middle name! Though that's too long and tricky to spell, so I don't ordinarily use it. )|
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Spotlighting some of the Wicca Spirituality articles you may not have seen yet!
Do you need magickal protection? Do you feel like your life is cursed? Or suspect someone has put a curse on you?
There is a lot you can do to protect yourself!
This article discusses basic self-protection that will help no matter why things are going wrong in your life.
If your life is going sour, read on.Continue...
If you think that someone has, or might, cursed or put an evil spell on you, you need to know how to protect yourself from that harmful energy.
Some people (who don't know how dumb an idea it is) do cast evil spells on people. By definition, these people are not Wiccans, since Wiccans "harm none" and know that they hurt themselves more than they hurt anyone else.
You don't need to be Wiccan to protect yourself, either.
Here's what you need to know....Continue...
Highly sensitive people and Energy Healers are particularly susceptible to illness of body, mind, and emotions.
It's because you are bombarded daily with energies that affect you. And because you don't know how to keep yourself from energetic harm.
So you must take action to protect yourself!
These are not skills that our culture teaches, because our society is ignorant of energies and the needs of highly sensitive people.
It is crucial for you as a highly sensitive person to take care of yourself in the onslaught of these energy fields.
And it is vital for you as an Energy Healer to learn command of your mind.
This article will show you how...Continue...
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A magickal Shield is an Energy boundary that you build around yourself. Its purpose is to keep negative Energy from entering and infecting your Energy Field (that is to say, your body/mind and thus your life).
Shields are usually seen as oval or round, like a bubble that completely surrounds you and travels with you wherever you go.
They can be made as thin or as thick, as permeable or impenetrable as you desire.
They can be just outside your skin or beyond your reach, but more usual is at the distance of a normal aura... at roughly arm’s length all around you.
There are probably dozens if not hundreds of ways to Shield, so the methods given here aren't meant to be The Best And True Ways, but they're easy to do and suitable for most needs.
Here we’ll cover a few simple but effective protective Shielding spells you can do, and when to use them. But first, let's look at why Shields are important to Wiccans...
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Starting off, I'll say that I'm very in-tune with feelings and what's going on around me beyond my own two eyes. Some of the people who I tell about it call it being an empath, others being psychic, others tell me I need to visit someone to get a psychological evaluation.
However I've suppressed it most of my life because its a nuisance at times.
I recently visited Salem, MA. I purchased Tarot cards, a list of victims of the trials, and a pentacle. When we got back to [my brother's] apartment he decided to mess about with the Tarot cards.
Started normal... however thinking back on it, as soon as the pentacle and Witches list hit the table, things got weird.
Basically my brother (a skeptic), all of a sudden his Tarot readings were extremely accurate. Scary accurate.
The first one or two I brushed off, however when he decided to do a "random" layout with no pre-determined meaning it hit me. To start I all of a sudden got extremely dizzy, then another thing to note would be the fact that his "random" layout was an actual lay of cards used in readings.
I believe that my brother channeled the spirit of a very old witch.
So on the walk home, I kept getting this feeling of someone being by me. Not right over my shoulder but someone else around me watching and whenever I would look in that direction, there would be nothing. I just blew that off as nerves at first, but when I got back more things happened.
First when I was in the bathroom images flashed of a younger woman, with dark blonde hair, and she was mumbling. At that point I knew something was going on.
Then I went out to the couch to relax, but that feeling of someone being there was still apparent. I walked to where I felt something and I got an immediate feeling of electricity. Walked away because I didn't want to do what I call "opening the flood gates".
Of course there were a couple more times I got the image flash, but I eventually was able to make it stop. As write this now I feel the same feeling of uneasiness and get the occasional brush on my hands.
The main reason I'm telling you this is because I cannot tell if she's going to be malevolent or not, but she's quite adamant on making herself known.
I believe its a non-malevolent thing, however it is my brother and it worries me.
With that said, if she's non-malevolent I might as well keep her around and give her the attention she wants.
As for my brother, his skepticism is along the lines of disbelief yet opening himself and inviting anything around.
A. in USA
It is within the realm of possibility that your brother was channelling someone, but it’s FAR more likely that he’s just a natural at reading Tarot. They are designed to be accurate, after all. And the layouts are often fairly instinctive.As for the pentacle and list of murdered Witches, these aren't likely to have any effect whatsoever. Neither is a doorway into the spirit realm... at least not without active intention and magick to activate them.
And while people have a lot of superstition about Salem, it's actually just a town like many others that killed people as Witches.It's only real distinction is the level of out of control scapegoating that led to an appalling number of wild accusations including against anyone who opposed the trials ("obviously, only a Witch would question the trials of Witches"). The public shock over the wave of hysteria that led to more than 200 accusations and 20 deaths spurred the USA toward abolishing Witch trials and limiting the power of religion in civil law. So, yes, what happened in Salem is remarkable, if horrendous. No big supernatural witchy ghost-y power about it, though!
What I mean is, she’s more likely to want help than company.
This assumes that you have some experience with magick already. If not, I highly recommend that you either get some help from someone with experience or learn to do these things properly before attempting it yourself.
|Light a candle outside of the area that you will designate as sacred space.|
|Cast a strong Circle, after lighting the candle, and exclude it from your Circle. Of course, this includes inviting the Elements, as well as any guides, guardians, deities, angels, etc. that you like to work with. If you don't have any, or even if you do, I recommend calling on Archangel Michael, who is extremely powerful and adept at this kind of work.|
|Light a second candle inside your Circle, asking your allies to be there and keep you safe and clear from others’ energies.|
|Ask them to tell the girl very firmly and lovingly that it’s time for her to leave, as you do the same, with blessings... and ask them to guide her to follow the Light in the outer candle to her spiritual Home.|
|When you sense that she’s gone through into the Light, thank them all and open the Circle. Once she's gone into the Light, she can't or won't return to this plane.|
|Extinguish the outer candle, with thanks to the Divine, and then the inner candle.|
|It's also a good idea to cleanse the energy of your home and yourself, after, to remove any links that might possibly remain. Smudging is always good, in my opinion, but you could also rub sage leaves on yourself and your altar and doors/windows/mirror edges, or sprinkle salt around, or use sound (bells, drums, tambourines...) to shake up and clear the energy... or any other cleansing practice that works for you. (You might want to see the House Cleansing Ritual here.)|
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(Note: questions may be edited for brevity or clarity. No real names will be disclosed. For reasons of legality, all questions become the property of Wicca- Spirituality.com.)
Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will.
~ Dion Fortune
Nothing is totally impossible. Miracles are just events that are extremely improbable.
~ Richard Dawkins, biologist
To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.
~ Richard Bach
To attempt to manifest what you want, without passion, if it’s dead inside, is like dressing up a corpse.
. . . . of all hindrances to Magickal action, the very greatest and most fatal is unbelief, for it checks and stops the action of the Will. Even in the commonest natural operations we see this. No child could learn to walk, no student could assimilate the formulas of any science, were the impracticability of so doing the first thing in his mind.
~ MacGregor Mathers
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
~ Jesus [Mark 11:23-24]
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Thanks for writing!! I appreciate hearing from you! : )
However, I won't talk about the mortal level of things, but the spiritual, Divine's-Eye perspective instead. I hope you can understand what I mean, without getting caught in the world-level drama of it.One of the things that is going on with the Earth these days is what a psychic acquaintance of mine calls "the coming together of all the planes." Some decades ago she saw that this change will make all the lies and delusions impossible to sustain the truth will finally be seen. That's visibly what is going on now. For better AND worse! Let me explain what I mean...
Now that these shadows and fears and underlying rage are coming into the light, we are able to deal with them productively.
| When things speed up around you, remember to slow down.
This especially goes for your mind! When it starts whizzing around, focus on relaxing your body... and, if possible, your thoughts (meditation is great for that; try drawing or colouring a mandala if your mind just won't slow down).
|Take deep calming breaths breathe in through the nose, deep into your belly and pelvis, pause for a moment, and then exhale through the mouth. Nice and slow! Exhale with a descending "ah" sound. This calms your vagus nerve the body's primary means of communication with the brain. This automatically signals your body to release and let go... and your mind along with it.|
|Imagine you are slowing down to the speed of plant growth. Or like pressing rewind on a video. Slow down till you get right here. Being in nature helps with this a lot.|
|Shake. Yes, like a duck or deer after a near- miss. Shake it out! Shaking is medicine.|
|Learn pendulation: it's switching attention like a pendulum swing, between where you are feeling agitation in your body, and something outside you like a beam of light, the sky, a plant. (This and other helpful techniques were explained in the October/November issue of Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine. )|
|And the biggest one: Love what arises. Love the anger, the fear, the pain, in your body. Whatever arises, love it. See Matt Kahn for more.|
| If you are Caucasian, remember that probably the trauma you're experiencing is in part the death of the illusion of what the world is for many people of colour this is all not particularly new to see the world operating this way. 3
3 If you are a person of colour, I am aware of the limitations of what I am saying here and am sorry I haven't found a perfect way of saying it. Please advise as you feel moved, with gratitude.Like all deaths, there's a period of grieving that's required. When we are forced into grief, it's easy to get angry about it, and/or to fall into denial about it. (Those are 2 of the stages of grief, after all.) Otherwise, it can seem to overwhelming to deal with. Those are healthy responses up to a point as long as we recognise that these are defense mechanisms and we don't stay stuck in them or in defending them. Breathe through the grief; allow yourself to feel it and know that it like all things shall pass. (This and other helpful techniques were explained in the October/November issue of Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine. )
|Do what is yours to do; it is enough. Together we'll get through this challenge and heal the world as we do. 💖|
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