Magical Roots Day 6: Shielding

Published August 8, 2017 by Lunapo

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A psychic shield is one of the best, strongest, most basic tools any witch of any practice can have. I will never forget when, about three years ago, when my local Rune Guy spoke to his class at Pagan Pride Day about shielding while working with Runes. Up until that point, I had envisioned shields as something different. I can’t really describe what, just different. It was not something I really understood or something I ever did.

That changed over the next few months, after that newly gained insight. Things became very tense at work and I sheilded myself daily to keep myself from drama. I used it in my practices up until I became pregnant with Witchling. (All energy work stopped at that point…I didn’t have enough to use…)

Tonight, in raising a shield, I started as I normally do with grounding. I visualize a yellow, blindingly bright light, very small, floating just within my chest. With each inhale, it grows larger and expands again and again until I am in a carry yellow bubble. At the same time, I am seeing the outer walls of my home growing with thick vines (think Seeping Beauty growth).

Between the two, I am personally guarded and my home is guarded while I am working inside.

A gift in return

Published August 8, 2017 by Lunapo

Over the past few years, I have been gifted feathers by our avian friends every so often. We set out bird feeders to thank them, and in return end up with more feathers. 

This summer, when my mom asked to do a bird feeder craft with the kids, I thought that was the perfect thank you. 

Mom found the recipe for a bird feeder wreath. We made a paste from plain gletatin and flour, then added the bird seed. We placed cranberries I to the bottom of the bunt pan and topped it with cranberries as well. 

Our feathered friends seemed to love it!

Hanging day

Hanging day

The next day

It unfortunately didn’t make it through the first major rain storm since hanging and is now a “melted” pile of seed in the ground. But still yummy for friends to enjoy. 

Sad empty ribbon

“Melted” seed a week and a half later

Magical Roots Day 5: Energy work

Published August 7, 2017 by Lunapo

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I used to use energy work as one of my main ways of Magick, sending a glowing orb of healing energy, honey/amber in color, to anyone who needed positivity, strength, healing. I still use this when someone asks for prayers/positivity/etc. This energy work was from before I started working with herbs. My herb work has superceded the majority of my energy work because I’m able to physically present someone with an herb sachet blessed with the spell. This physical token, I felt, carries more weight than the energy itself because, if nothing else, there’s a physical reminder. 

But, as I write this, I realize when I bless the herbs to place into the sachet, I am visualizing the same glowing honey/amber orb going into the herbs. 

Part of the challenge was to raise energy and place it into our heart chakra. 

(Pausing writing to complete challenge.)

Tonight, after bed time I went right for my altar to do some energy work. 

Lined up Tyr- Earth, Odin- Air, Loki- Fire, Heimdall- Water, Frigg and Thor at their pillars

After grounding with my root chakra activated, and my crown chakra followed in suit, I centered with breathing (still not for 5 minutes) and activating my heart chakra, I rubbed my hands together until they felt warm. I then pulled them apart and I could feel my palms warm and tingly. I moved my hands further apart and the tingly got smaller, like stretching dough. It got wider on my hands as I moved them closer together. I worked closer until I could visualize the energy ball, seeing it’s color. Tonight it was a dark orange to rusty red. I stretched it out again, this time feeling warmth throughout my palms. I got the ball just wider than my shoulders and started moving my hands around in a circular motion: left hand moved to the top, then right as yhe right hand moved down and to the left, then back again and over again. I got as high as my head and as low as my navel, still just wider than shoulder distance. As I did this over and again, the color faded from deep orange to light pink. My palms began to lose their tingle, I brought the ball in and pressed it into my heart chakra. At first, I felt nothing and thought I held on so long I lost the energy. Then, my heart fluttered, “skipped a beat” if you will, and got all excited. The energy moved through my body and faded into myself. 

First time I’ve visualized energy that’s not a honey/amber color. 

Magical Roots day 4: Intention

Published August 6, 2017 by Lunapo

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Intention is one of my biggest points. 

I have taught classes on intention when doing spells at Pagan Pride as well as a class for CotE. 

According to the dictionary, a spell is “a word, phrase, or form of words supposed to have magic power”. If we look at the definition, we learn something interesting about spells: they really are not all that complex. They are actually quite simple. “A word or phrase…supposed to have magic power”. Any word or phrase which you give power to becomes a spell: a wish before taking a test, a hope that the meeting with your boss is positive, a curse to someone who just cut you off on the highway. They are all spells because when you say them, you give power to them. Anything, everything, you do can be considered magickal. So, if life is magick, daily living is the spells that make the magick happen.
The definition of intent- and all variations of the word: intend, intention, etc- are “state of mind when something is done, purpose, the end or object; goal”. Our intent is the most important thing we have when we go into spellwork. It not only is the most important, but the most basic; the most primal.

My intention for this experience is to go with Magickal practices which I have developed over my ten years of practicing and intertwine Frigg into my established practices. 

Magical Roots Day 3: Centering

Published August 6, 2017 by Lunapo

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This one is the toughest for me. The challenge itself is to take 5 minutes and focus on breathwork. 

The issue I have is making 5 minutes. Yesterday morning, I was happily awoken to Witchling asking to go potty. Happily, because he is new to full-day potty success and was waking dry but would empty his bladder in bed unless he was immidiately brought to potty upon his very  first waking stirs. During’ rest time yesterday, I chose to nap. After need time last night, I chose to cuddle Hubby and watch murdering people shows (Dateline/48 hours). I grounded as I typically do while laying in bed before sleeping, but I never got to Centering as sleep took me over. 

Each evening, as I pour out my daily Frigg libations to the garden, I center then, but it’s not minutes as I have the Littles with me and need to be aware of where they are…and they don’t have spans of 5 minutes to center with me. 

Magical Roots Day 2: Grounding

Published August 4, 2017 by Lunapo

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My main form of grounding is to open my Root Chakra. Note- my root is from my feet.

Ideally, I stand in the grass, soil, sand, etc with my shoes off and open my Chakra, feeling my own roots press down into the Earth and intertwine with her energy. 

Basically this

Tonight, CotE had their Full Moon ceremony. It was conducted in a small grass field along a Greenway outside of a local park. Right before calling quarters, I took off my shoes and let myself sink in. During the lovely meditation about the Moon woman offering a piece of comfort to us in our hands, my left palm grew warm and tingly. 

Grounding in the best way led to a strong visualization and a successful Moon meditation. 

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