Even though I have been “dabbling” in the occult for over two years now, I never really gave much thought to protection magick. I don’t know if that makes me lazy, foolish, or whatever … I just always figured as long as I didn’t try to conjure up any demons or whatever, it wasn’t really necessary.
Lately, I have been doing much more reading and research. As a result, I have concluded that whether someone practices witchcraft or not, protecting themselves and their loved ones from negative energy, harmful spirits, and other potential threats in a world full of chaos and uncertainty just makes good sense.
I now believe that learning about and practicing some form of protection magick can provide us with a sense of safety and security, allowing us to move through the world with confidence and peace of mind.
Plus, considering that I am writing this as Grandma’s Grimoire to help guide my grandchildren should they decide to practice magick, I want to err on the side of caution.
Just as when I teach them to cook, I teach them to wash their hands first and know where the fire extinguisher is located… I think it is wise to learn and teach them the basics of protecting themselves when practicing magick.
Don’t Dismiss the Magick in Your Magick…
I recently read Protection & Reversal Magick, by Jason Miller, a book recommended during a class I recently attended at Solace Farms.
In the introduction, Jason says the reason he decided to write the book is because he feels that the Internet is flooded with spells, articles, and other information assuring the readers that there is really no need to bother with proper herbs, instructions, or really anything “because it is only your intention that matters.”
And he decided that he needed to be a dissenting voice against what he saw as “a dismissal of magick itself.” He argued that no, writing the word “galangal” on a scrap of paper and putting it into a mojo bag is not at all the same thing as actually using the root.
He said that witches and magicians of the past would not have bothered to painstakingly write grimoires if the intention was all that mattered.
(Yes, the intention matters, maybe even more than he is willing to admit, it’s just not the only thing.)
He goes on to assert that Magick is real and anything real has dangers. When you drive a car, you wear a seatbelt and learn the rules of the road as well as how to drive defensively. Yes, it can be dangerous, but you have taken reasonable precautions and feel that it’s worth the risk.
It’s the same with Magick. If you want to practice it, he believes you should take precautions to ensure that you are reasonably safe. His book is intended to provide the reader with protections and protocols, not to make people fearful or paranoid.
However, he does point out that Paul Huson, in his book Mastering Witchcraft, warned, “The moment that you set foot upon the path of witchcraft, a call rings out in the unseen world announcing your arrival.”
The author also warns that many modern books understate the dangers (or pretend that there are none at all), in order to make witchcraft more acceptable to mainstream culture … in other words, so they can create a market for their books and supplies.
I will admit that his intro gave me quite a bit to think about … after all, I had come to believe that the only thing that really mattered was my intention.
After reading his book and doing some more research, it made me realize how little I know and how much there is to learn.
But, it did not dissuade me. It made me more interested in delving deeper. And, I want to start over and scrap pretty much everything I have “learned” over the past two years from reading dozens of feel-good witchcraft blogs and books.
It made me want to learn from more people like him; people who have devoted decades to studying practical magick.
It made me delete half the pages and posts I had already written for this grimoire, as I can see now that I am not yet qualified to write about them until I learn more.
Above all, I want to write something that is useful, helpful, and authentic. And, I want to do it in a responsible way, which means I need to incorporate protection magick into my daily practice.
Getting Started w/ Protection Magick
Sources of Attack & Identifying Symptoms of Attack
The first chapter of Jason’s book talks about recognizing sources of attack. After all, you need to know what you are defending against in order to use protection magick effectively. He says that his experience tells him that attacks are generally from one of four sources:
- offended spirits
- entering unprepared into places of power and being negatively affected by their ambience
- missteps or broken vows
- attacks from other practitioners
He talks about how to identify attacks and symptoms of attacks. Finally, he says that he believes that as long as we take some measures to protect ourselves, we should be fine. In fact, he says we will be “better than fine because not only are you protecting yourself from unwanted magickal influences, you are also strengthening your mind and spirit in general.”
Daily Protection Magick Practices
According to Jason, serious practitioners of magick do something that clears the mind, fortifies the spirit, and gives some protection against assaulting forces every day. Developing a regimen of regular practices of meditation, banishing rituals, and offerings will strengthen our natural defenses so that minor assaults are automatically deflected.
- Meditation: Keeps the mind clear. Can, by itself, fend off many types of mental attacks.
- Banishing rituals: Clears your personal aura and frees your home from negative energies and hostile spirits.
- Offerings: Helps build a good relationship with the environment and serves as an olive branch to malevolent spirits.
Since I already practice meditating and I make regular offerings, I am most interested in learning more about the banishing rituals. He suggests the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (LBRP) and that was one that I participated in during the Protection Magick class I took at Solace Farm. I will admit, that it did seem pretty powerful, particularly done as a group, but I can’t really see me doing it on my own or in my bedroom.
He mentions a few others that I plan to try to see if they resonate with me.
Personal Protection & Protection for the Home
In the next three chapters, he says that once you have established a regular regimen of meditation, banishing, and offerings, you should feel much more grounded, clear, and aware than you were previously, and most attacks and intrusions will roll right off you. However, there will be times when you need to take additional measures, such as:
- cleansing and protection baths
- amulets, talismans, and charms
- floor washes
- powders and dusts
I realized that I do practice some of these measures, so maybe I have learned more than I thought!
There is much more to the book (I am still reading it) and I encourage you to read it or others that offer practical advice for protecting yourself when practicing magick. I am sure I will do another blog post on this topic as I learn more.
One more thing…
I want to point out that over the past two years, I have had no “scary” experiences or any reasons for concern. That is actually quite surprising because I was brought up to be very fearful of the occult, as were many people.
I don’t want to scare anyone away from learning or going down whatever path they choose to explore.
Here is another video that I think is worth listening to on this topic:
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a Grandma. I was fortunate to have two wonderful grandmothers while I was growing up and I have many happy memories of each of them. Today, I live in a “Grandmother’s House” where my husband and I enjoy lots of time with our family. In addition to my role as Grandma to seven grandchildren, I am a daughter, a wife, a mother of three grown children, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a writer, an artist … and a witch.
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