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Protection Magic

This article was written by Natalie Harter
posted under Pagan

Protection magic is always a popular topic in magic circles. Many feel that people who are attuned with the world of magic emit a brighter energetic “shine,” and are more visible, and therefore susceptible, to the less beneficial energies and influences in the world. If you are tapped into the current, you are bound to attract some not-so-helpful energies from time to time. Being more open and receptive to the world can sometimes be a difficult thing.

The trick is knowing how to protect yourself. Just as in our emotional lives, putting up an impenetrable shield is not really an option. Sure, you’re protected, but you’re also closed off from all the good things in the world. Emotionally and magically speaking, you can put up a fortress to keep the pain away, but you also keep away the joy, and end up feeling a whole lot of nothing, which is about as detrimental to your well being as being ransacked by bad spirits.

Many magic workers believe, at one point or another, that they are on the receiving end of a psychic attack or curse of some sort. But, as Christopher Penczak puts forth in his excellent primer on the subject, The Witch’s Shield, somewhere around 90% of what we consider to be external psychic attacks really stem from ourselves. Now why, you might ask, would I really want to curse myself—that’s just silly. But think about it: with all the self-deprecatory commentary most of us have running in our heads, some of that stuff is bound to manifest. Of all people, magic workers believe in the power of thought and intention. Conversely, no one can live perpetually shielding himself in white light, and only thinking happy thoughts and making positive affirmations. Your shadow has to come out somewhere, and if you’re trying hard to repress it, it’s bound to come out in ways that aren’t convenient. As in all things, balance is key, which is why we also take a balanced approach to protection magic.

An Elemental Approach
For those times when you’re feeling “not quite yourself,” and are left questioning whether some thing harmful, either from yourself or from an external source, has entered your space, try the elemental approach set forth in The Witch’s Shield. In a state of fear and confusion, we are in danger of acting rashly. Instead of being reactionary and potentially harmful, Penczak instead presents a balanced and healthy approach to protecting ourselves from malevolent forces.

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