Symbols of Protection Against Evil Symbols of Protection Against Evil Omens, curses and hexes that foretell the coming of dark forces, evil spirits, bad luck and negative energies are rooted in ancient superstition and folklore. As a result of these long-held, widespread cultural beliefs most regions around the world have come to rely on various protective symbols to ward off evil, and invite the positive forces of the universe into your life. Here are a just a few of the most commonly seen magical protection amulets, sacred talisman and their historical origins ...
Evil Eye Protection SymbolsAncient Talisman ArrowWear an arrow head amulet on a silver chain for protection from illness and to guard against the evil eye. In ancient times, it was believed sleeping with an arrow pulled from a human body worked as a love charm. American Indians believed that wearing a highly polished arrowhead as a talisman was a symbol of male strength. It would deflect negative energy, protect them from their enemies and absorb their power.. It would also defend them when they entered the happy hunting grounds after death. Italian Horn or Unicorn's Horn and Leprechaun's StaffIntroduced by the Druids; the horn is associated with good luck and good fortune. It is also used to ward off "Maluka" or the Evil Eye.
Cat's EyeThis gemstone removes obstacles and hindrances from your life, and will ward off the evil forces of Black Magic, spirits, and protect you from the Evil Eye. HandsIn just about every Mediterranean country, charms in the shape of human hands have been powerful symbols of good luck. The ancient Etruscans and the Greeks wore lucky amulets representing a fist with the thumb tucked beneath the fingers. Similar charms with the index finger extended were believed to have power to ward off the evil eye.
The "Hamsa" or Hand of FatimaDepicts an eye centered on an open five fingered hand and encourages good luck or helps defend against bad luck. In Muslim countries, the hand is made in honor of Fatima, the favorite daughter of the prophet Mohammad. Fatima was one of only three women worthy of entering heaven.The thumb represents the prophet himself; the first finger represents Fatima; the middle finger her husband; and the others her two sons.
The "Devil's Horn"In many countries, but especially in Italy, the evil eye is thwarted with the so-called "devil's horn," the fist clenched with the index and little fingers outstretched.
Horseshoe Some claim, a horseshoe pointing up for is for protection against sorcery, bad luck and the evil eye.
Onyx Wear or carry black onyx to avert danger, misfortune, and bring you courage, strength and spiritual wisdom. It is said to dispel negative energy, defend against the evil eye and control passionate desires.
The Eye of Horus or the "All Seeing Eye"An ancient symbol, once associated with the occult and now used in modern witchcraft to grant wisdom, prosperity, spiritual protection and good health, It can also increase clairvoyant powers, protect against thieves, and the evil eye.
SapphiresUse these gems to encourage harmony, peace, and contentment. They protect the wearer from misfortune, fraud, enemies, violence, the evil eye, and psychic attacks.
Seal of Solomon or The Star of DavidUse for protection against enemies, the evil eye, and spirits. It will bring good luck in all aspects of your life. This symbol dates back to the bronze age. Before becoming a prominent symbol of Judaism, the six pointed star was used by alchemists and was said to have been used by Druid priests as protection against evil ghosts.
SnakeWear a rattlesnake's rattle to increase wisdom and sexual power, it also protects against the evil eye. The Evil EyeAlso Known as The "Maluka" The Evil Eye is one of the oldest, worldwide superstitions, dating back over 5,000 years, even before civilizations such as the Egyptians and the Mesopotamians. It was widely believed by the Ancients that certain evil or spiteful people could cause sickness and death merely by casting their Eye on another person. Curse > noun 1. an appeal to a supernatural power to inflict harm on someone or something. 2. a cause of harm or misery.Source- Egyptian-Witchcraft.com/Curse Symptoms of The "Evil Eye" Curse:1. Headache and neck pain and heavy eyelids.2. An acute nagging fear or sense of dread: everything seems to go wrong.3. Stomach pains with dizziness and nausea. Throughout the years, many have called the Evil Eye a foolish superstition. However, it continues to influence many people around the world even today. Ancient Amulets and Gemstones of ProtectionAmber - strengthens the aura, balances the yin and yang. It attracts compassion, protects against evil influences, accidental injury and brings good luck.
Four Leaf Clover - Wear or carry for good fortune. It is believed to be one of the most powerful natural amulets. Sacred to the trinity, used by the Druids as a charm against evil, and to obtain clairvoyant powers.
Garnet - Balances yin and yang energies, for psychic sensitivity, sexual energy, meditation to attract soul mates. Place under your pillow to ward off bad dreams and evil spirits. Engrave with a lion to attract good health success, and protection when traveling. To attract a lover wear a heart shaped garnet in a red velvet charm bag over your heart.
Lapis Lazuli - Attracts love, and friendship, aids in meditations. Often used for love spells and to ward off negative energy and evil forces. It is sacred to the goddesses; Aphrodite, Venus and Isis. Pearls - Used for love charms, healing, to protect against fire, and to ward off evil.
Pyramid - Wear or carry to improve work habits, increase energy, improve psychic awareness, attract good luck. Crystals shaped in a pyramid will balance emotions, bring wisdom. When placed under a bed, it protects against psychic attacks, bad dreams and evil spirits. it will also speed healing, cure headaches, and insomnia. Breaks unhealthy habits.
Scarab Beetle - Symbol of the renewal of life. Wear the scarab beetle for good luck and protection against evil forces. Scorpion - Repels all evil and negative forces. Guards against enemies.
Topaz - Stimulates the intellect, increases courage, happiness, longevity, beauty, intelligence, protects against injury or attack. A Topaz bracelet worn on the left wrist will keep away evil spirits and all forms of magic.
Turquoise - Used as a protective charm for horses and their riders, attracts good luck. To protect against evil influences, carry a piece of turquoise in a blue charm bag on a Wednesday. A carved piece brings good fortune into the house. It is often used as an evil eye counter-charm. Turquoise is known to absorb negative feelings and possess a strong healing vibration.
Unicorn - Ancient symbol of chastity and protection, used to promote fertility, increase sexual magnetism, pierces the plans of enemies, keeps the wearer safe from evil forces. Taken from: http://health-buzzer.com/Sexual_Health/sexual_health/---16032013
One way your higher self speaks to you is through appearance. Whether you see a physical animal in the wild (or in an unlikely spot), come across an unexpected image of one, or meet one in a dream, consider this a message. The following list shows signs nd omens that correspond to various animals:
Ant: work, diligence; biting predicts a quarrel.
Beetle: good fortune; the larger the beetle, the better your luck.
Butterfly: transformation, change for the better
Cat: Meeting a black cat brings improved fortune and freedom of troubles.
Cricket: domestic bliss
Crow: Wisdom, hidden knowledge, magick
Deer: swiftness, gentleness.
Dog: Something new on the horizon (unless it's a black dog, which predicts misfortune.)
Eagle: Examine a situation closely; keep your eyes open.
Fish: Abundance, fertility, the potential for miracles (note the specific type of fish and it's condition for more insight.)
Fox: beginnings that get of the wrong foot; a need for cleverness or craftiness.
Frog: Matters of love or health (the condition of the frog will tell you more)
Hare: be cautious.
Horse: good news, perhaps involving travel, is forthcoming.
Lamb: peace and harmony.
Lion: authority, courage, ferocity (when necessary to defend something you love)
Lizard: disappointment of lack of closure
Monkey: playfulness or flattery (not always good results)
Mouse: difficulties, often of other financial nature
Owl: wisdom, messages, and news; pay attention to your inner voice in reacting to these missives.
Pig: worries; insensitivity.
Snake: treachery and betrayal, or jealousy
Spider: fate's hand at work in something, creativity; you may be caught in a web of your own making.
Tiger: courage, competence, tenacity
Toad: death of this creature portends increased tension.
You might choose to keep a journal of your animal sightings (or include them in your Book of Shadows) and your impressions regarding them. Date the entries. Write what happens after the animal's appearance, to see if the future unfolded as foretold.
This article was contributed by Roseblood_13
Because of the very nature of Magick, each working should be highly individualized and personal. Even if following a traditional spell, it should be tailored to your specific needs to be most effective for you. Understanding the basics of Spell Construction will enable you to formulate your own specific, effective spells for any purpose you desire.Preliminary planning is necessary. The very first step is to decide precisely what your desired end result is to be. Before you can start, you must decide where you are going. You must be very explicit. It is important, also, that you choose your time carefully. You should take into consideration all Astrological implications, energy currents and Moon phases. The Moon is the astronomical body closest to us and, therefore, has a profound influence upon us, it is very important to choose a time when the Moon is in an astrological sign which is appropriate for your working. For example: Aries/Action -- Enthusiasm, Taurus/Renewal -- Sensuality, Gemini/Communication -- Curiosity, Cancer/Emotion -- Nurturing, Leo/Vitality -- Determined, Virgo/Organizing -- Studious, Libra/Balance -- Cooperation, Scorpio/Sexual -- Philosophical, Capricorn/Authority -- Ambitious, Aquarius/Innovation -- Social, Pisces/Sensitivity -- Idealistic. Bear in mind that magickal workings for gain, increase or bringing things to you, should be initiated when the Moon is Waxing (from Dark to Full); when the Moon is Waning (from Full to Dark), it is time for magickal workings of decrease or sending away. The highest energy occurs at the Full Moon and, therefore, this is the most powerful time for magickal workings. The New Moon is the next most powerful time for Magick. Whenever possible, follow Nature's own energy flows. There is a natural time for starting things (a planting time), for maturing things (a growing time), for reaping things (a harvest time) and, of course, a time for rest and planning. Flowing with these currents will make your magickal work much easier. Remember to plan your project for a time of uninterrupted privacy. It is important that you have no distractions. Generally speaking, it is best to work as late at night as possible. A time when there is less frantic energy is most appropriate. You might consider Midnight or later. In choosing a place to do your magickal working pay particular attention to your needs, for you must be comfortable. Your place should be private, quiet and secure. If at all possible, set aside a special place for this purpose only. An unused room, a special corner of your bedroom, a quiet, secluded spot in your garden. A place that is yours. A place that you can come to whenever need arises and that is as free from intrusion of others as possible. Prior to the night of your magickal working, gather together the things that you will need. All of the things used are tools. They have no inherent magick. They are to help you create a mood. If correctly made and used, they will trigger primitive responses from deep within you. They should be chosen with care. Consider the purpose of your ritual and choose your tools accordingly. If your magick is to be sexual, your candles, oils, incenses and so forth should bring forth a sexual response. If the desired result of your Magick is tranquility, then the tools should make you feel calm, peaceful and serene. Any candles you might use should not have commercially added fragrances as these may not be appropriate for your working. Prior to your ritual, prepare yourself and your equipment by any means necessary to clean and purify. Historically, people have fasted, followed meticulous and detailed bathing practices, practiced chastity and used many other methods. Most often a ritual bath is the preferred method. A bath frequently utilizing candlelight, fragrant herbs, bath salts or sensuous oils. A sumptuous hot bath, special bathing preparations and appropriate lighting, combined, can create the soothing effect which will help in the very important step of relaxing and clearing the mind completely of all mundane thoughts and experiences of the day. Your ritual bath should, also, begin to set the specific vibrations conducive to your purpose into motion. You must not only cleanse and purify but must also begin to create the type of energy necessary. Once your purification process has been accomplished, you are now ready to begin. Proceed to the special place you have previously chosen in which to perform your magick. If at all possible, you should make use of the primitive responses set into motion by a well chosen piece of music. Your music should start slowly and build to a rousing climax. As you use your oils, light your candle or incense (or utilize any other tool you have chosen), you should begin to further intensify the energy that you have set into motion around you. A high degree of intensity is vitally important. The Altered State of Consciousness that you must reach is not a meditative state. Anything that interferes with your ability to concentrate upon, reach and control the high energy state necessary to perform magick should be avoided, such as screaming children, a sink full of dirty dishes, use of alcohol or drugs, etc. Do not scatter your energy by attempting to do more than one magickal working at a time. Remember that Magick is the manipulation of energy, a thought is a form of energy and a visualization is an even stronger form of energy. Your visualization can be a method used to intensify further and direct your will. Your visualization can be the method by which you control the magickal energy you have produced. You must know what you want. You must see it. You must feel the high energy flow. You must direct it. One of the most important elements in the practice of any form of Magick is the Universal Law of Cause and Effect. This means that whatever you do (or don't do) you cause something to happen. The most important consideration is the Universal Law of Retribution. This means that no matter what you do, it comes back to you in like kind. It is the nature of things that as you send something out it gains momentum, so that, by the time it comes back to you, it is three times stronger. If you do something nice for someone, someone will do something nicer for you. "As you weave and spin your spell, Three fold return the tale will tell."
This article was contributed by BalanceLight
A good time for cleansing and dedication of an altar or shrine is in January or February. Supplies: bell, goddess candle, god candle, dedication candle (white for new beginnings), feather, cup of water, bowl of soil or sand, and sage or sandalwood incense. In preparation for this event, take a cleansing ritual bath or smudge yourself with sage. You may or may not cast a circle, whichever you prefer. Ring the bell to signal the start of the ritual. Light incense. As you recite the following, light the goddess candle. "With the help of Goddess now, an altar here I so avow." As you recite the following, light the god candle. "With the help of God so strong, an altar here will soon belong. God and Goddess they do see, an altar here soon to be." As you recite the following, wave a feather over the altar. "With the help of breezes soft, spirit of Air and East aloft." As you recite the following, light the dedication candle. "With the help of warmth and light, spirit of Fire and South be bright." As you recite the following, sprinkle the area with water. "With the help of liquid clear, spirit of West and water here." As you recite the following, sprinkle the area with soil. "With sun-warmed soil to help things grow, spirit of earth and North do show." "I cleanse this space of things that were, space now to be here where spirit will stir. I dedicate to elements all, this space as altar I do call. This altar cleansed and new to me, let love and magic both to be. As I say, so shall it be." Ring the bell to signal the end of the ritual. If performing and cleansing of tools or spells, perform them BEFORE ringing the bell. If you cast a circle for this ritual, remember to close it.
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Our auras can absorb negative energies depending on the personal circumstances that we find ourselves in. We can pick up negative energies from situations and also from the people around us. So cleansing our auras are a must if using magick. Hot Bath Have a hot bath with 3 tablespoons of sea salt or ? cup of baking soda. As you relax in the bath, imagine the water is penetrating all the layers of your aura, drawing out all the negativity and leaving it bright and cleansed. Hot Shower As the water washes down over your body, imagine the negative energy in your aura being washed and drained away. You should start to feel the brightness as the aura begins its cleansing. Walking in the Rain (my favourite) As in the shower, walking in the rain and imagining the negative energy in your aura being washed away brings wonderful results. Smudging the aura Use a smudge stick around your aura. If you can ask someone to do this for you it is more beneficial as they can walk completely around you.
Smudging is an ancient native American tradition which involves the burning of a sage or sweetgrass wand. Many cultures now use this method. The idea is that the smoke draws out the negative energy, and as the smoke clears it takes away the negativity and neutralises and purifies the aura. Brushing the aura White feathers can also be used to brush the aura in a similar way to the smudge stick. This can easily be done by flicking the feather all around your body in outward motions to brush away the negativity. The fingers can also be used in the same way, rather like a comb, brushing away the negative into the atmosphere. Imagine that all the little bits of negativity that you are brushing away is being swept into a container of any kind. When the container is full, imagine it going deep into outer space and emptied. This will then be neutralised within that time frame. Positive breathing Deep breathing is another good way of cleansing the aura. Choose a nice quiet place where you won't be disturbed.
Seat yourself comfortably. Take deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. After a couple of minutes of deep breathing, imagine that you have a ball of pure white light above your head. Imagine this light becomes brighter, and you may even start to see gold within the light. Imagine this light growing larger and brighter and then bring it down slowly towards your head, allowing it to penetrate the aura and feeling the brightness and lightness of this beautiful light as it works its way down your body. You may feel a little light headed as the light moves through your body. This is normal and it will pass. Envision the light as it continues to move down your body and through the soles of your feet. Imagine then that you have roots beneath your feet and the negative energy is flowing down through these roots deep into the earth. The energy that has been drawn away will then be neutralised in mother earth. Now imagine the roots turn bright white, they may even sparkle with flecks of silver and gold. This is the pure clean energy you now imagine as it moves back up through the roots, up through the soles of your feet and into every part of your body, radiating outwards so that your whole aura is filled with this pure white light. When the light reaches the top of your head, allow it to move upwards into the material world. You should now feel totally revitalised. All the negativity in your energy field is sucked up as the light moves over your aura.
This article was contributed by Divine Spirits.