Magical Roots Day 6: Shielding

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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.

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Magical Roots Day 5: Energy work

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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 My herb work has superceded the majority of my energy work because I’m able to physically present someone with an herb sachet blessed with the spell.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. 

Science and Spirtuality

Yes, I am one of those people who will quote physics to explain my spirituality.

I know many of the more scientific-minded than I can ever hope to be roll their eyes at folks like me. In my previous post, I quoted the physical law of energy conservation- energy is not created or destroyed, it just changes. A shoddy study was done years ago which “proved” there is a significant change to our bodies when we die. But this study was done so poorly, it proves nothing in the end.

 

Everything can be explained away by the use of energy as the body once again becomes one with the Earth. The atoms that make up our cells that make up our bodies return to their celestial home. These same atoms made up stars millions of years ago, crashed into Earth on a cosmic traveller, and become one with our planet- eventually creating us and everything around us. Then…where do the atoms come from in the first place?

So maybe I am misspoken when I say our life energy isn’t destroyed in death, merely transferred to something else. That while we, in body, cease to exist, we, in spirit, continue. But we, at an atomic level, continue to exhist as well.

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All that has been and all that is is part of us.

Damn.

Just for shits and giggles…we are made up from stars and all of the universe is within us. But also, all of biological history is within us. There is this wonderful exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Science which shows the common DNA between different species. One is a human, another a chimp. I know there is a shark, an insect- bee I think- and a bird. More than half of the lights are on for each of the species. We share DNA with every living thing. Every living thing.

 

 

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Science is a powerful thing. It’s awe inspiring. And it really is spiritual in nature. At least, for me it is.