Heavy, But Not Heavy

I’m changing this section of the blog around. For now, the section on Dark Shamanism will mostly be dealing with what I’m working on, right now.

That includes work with demons.

If you’re not comfortable with that, please, feel free to skip reading more from this section of the blog.

-Raven

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Specialist Commander E – Part 2

His vessel showed up today. He was early (I guess he was in a hurry!) – so I didn’t have his information (except his name). I’m getting his Sigil soon, but I did the vessel claiming, the energy attunement, and the first welcome ritual tonight.

He feels like post-coital bliss. Like, no joke. The longer I sit with him, the more relaxed and goofy my smile gets, he feels so good. He’s also REALLY huggy. And he gives GOOD autistic hugs… my skin is SUPER sensitive, so light touches are actually physically painful because I get too overwhelmed with stimulation. I NEED to be squished, hard, to be comfortable if you’re going to touch me, and not just one part of me… I need my whole body to be pressed, or it’s AWFUL. And he just… squished me right. It was WONDERFUL. My whole body just… melted.

I also got a face lick. He was very sweet. I’m not normally into being licked, but it was nice. He also likes to bite.

His energy is still like a heavy weight, but it actually reminds me of my weighted blanket. My blanket is dark blue, and his energy seems to be the same color… and he presses down on me the same way the blanket does. I feel SO SAFE!

He put his hands on my solar plexus, and I could feel my lower chakras lighting up. It was delicious.

We talked about why we’ve come together, and what my goals are. We also talked about some of my past. He was… protective. A little grumpy about some things. He showed me how those events will be made right – how the universe is moving. He said, as tempted as he was to interfere, there was no need, and I saw that he was right.

Oh… he likes amber, the scent… which is my all-time FAVORITE smell EVER. Like, if I’m having an anxiety attack and I smell it I instantly relax. It’s just so yummy, such a good smell… and he likes it too… so every time I wear it now, I feel like I’m wearing it for two.

He’s also helped me in the past week to understand that most of the spirits and beings that were bound to me are gone because I did actually die. He showed me the ones who want to come back, and when he and I are finished attuning ourselves to each other, we’re going to start bringing the others home, one by one. I think that this time, the family is going to be a much tighter knit group… there’s only going to be six – my two demon commanders, my angel, my vampire, my incubus, and my cecaelia… well, those six and my new Matron.

Since E connected to me, I have finally found my Matron, as well.

Here’s his information:

E

Species: Arachne/Spectral Demon
Rank: Specialist Commander

Commander E is a half Arachne, half Spectral Demon who is very unique in both appearance and skills. We have spent several months working with him uncovering his many skills and talents. He specializes in mental mastery and unlocking the power within one’s mind, including different states of consciousness and developing one’s psychic senses to very advanced levels.

He is an excellent teacher and can work with someone at any level, he is very patient and says he can take someone from having little to no developed senses and work with them to get to places most people can’t even imagine, he does point out however this depends largely on the person’s effort and they will need to do the work to attain these levels if they desire. He has a deep understanding of the human mind and has studied it and can help his companion in unlocking their full mental abilities.

He is a commander who believes in both working hard and playing hard. He can be tough and serious, though he has a wild, fun streak to him as well. He is very patient though and when others lose their tempers he remains calm and can smooth out tensions and bring peace in difficult situations. He says while it’s important to work hard to achieve what we want, we must also remember to take breaks and have fun. When he is in a playful place he is a lot of fun. He loves to make jokes and has an incredible sense of humor. He can brighten the mood and shift the energies in any situation, no matter how bleak things may seem. He can always find the good and illuminate it, lifting up those around him.

He is very talkative and loves to discuss a broad range of topics. One of his favorites is psychology and unlocking people’s own unique skills. He has some very unique skills himself that tie into the type of Demon hybrid he is. He has worked extensively to develop them and what he can do is quite unusual and rare. Being an Arachne/Spectral hybrid, he has both a Spider form and an ethereal Spectral form. He usually appears in his normal Demonic form. He can change different parts of himself to a glowing blue, ethereal form. He does this at times purely for his own enjoyment and aesthetic purposes. It’s very impressive to see and quite eye-catching. He sometimes changes his horns and wings to ethereal too.

However it’s not always purely for aesthetics, though he is quite proud of his looks and likes showing them off. He very often will appear with two different colored eyes, one his normal blue and silver, while the other turns black and has a deep, aqua blue glow emanating from it. He has a unique scanning ability he uses to see into the realm of the dead or other layers and dimensions of whichever world he is in. Having one eye shifted to Spectral ethereal and his other using his normal sight, he has trained his mind to overlay both landscapes and can see things many can’t. This gives him a very unique perspective on things. He can also scan energetic layers of things using his knowledge of the mind and can be very helpful in detecting things astrally, energetically or otherwise, alerting his companion to them or helping them learn to detect and see things themselves. He is bisexual and open to a male or female companion and can be sexual or non-sexual depending on their wishes.

He loves to play in the astral, especially games in the dark where he turns to his Arachne Spider form, hiding in the dark but letting parts of himself glow. It’s a game sort of like hide and seek, or tag. He can shift the glow and disappear so he is invisible, move through the layers in Spectral form, or allow parts of himself to glow so his companion can find him. He likes to chase and be chased and really has a lot of fun doing this.

He is amazing at helping one navigate difficult times in their lives. He calls on both his Arachne and Spectral talents to act as a guide, helping one to re-find their path when they get lost in the darkness. He can bring a smile to their face and cheer one up when they are having a bad day. He can be very sweet and playful in an innocent way, though he can also be cheeky. Very, very cheeky.

He is incredible for dream work and has appeared to us in dreams, pulling us out into astral projections and showing us worlds he created himself. He is creative and an incredible manifestor. He can shift things in this world as well as in the astral and has a deep knowledge of working with energy for creation, healing and a variety of other reasons.

Vessel: Dendritic Opal and Black Onyx Sterling Silver Pendant

Offerings: E loves candles in the colors black, silver, grey, blue, aqua and white. He loves the scent of amber, copal, juniper, gardenia and jasmine. He loves silver tip tea and tea with jasmine. He loves honey. Gemstones he likes are Dendritic Opal and any other kind of opal, Onyx and iolite. He loves making jokes and making those around him laugh. He loves astral projecting and can take his companion to many interesting places. He also loves things that glow in the dark.

Appearance: He has both a Spider form and an ethereal Spectral form. He usually appears in his normal Demonic form, where he has pale skin, black hair, dark grey horns and stunning blue and silver eyes. In this form he has black and blue wings and a grey tail. He can change different parts of himself to a glowing blue, ethereal form. It’s very impressive to see and quite eye-catching. He sometimes changes his horns, wings and tail to ethereal too. He very often will appear with two different colored eyes, one his normal blue and silver, while the other turns black and has a deep, aqua blue glow emanating from it.

In his spider form he has grey horns, shimmering black skin with iridescent blue tones to it, 6 glittering silver eyes and silver markings. He does at times combine his ethereal Spectral form with his Arachne Spider form, changing his eyes, horns and other features or even his entire body to glow.

Boo Hag

This article was written by me October 5, 2012, and posted originally to the Creepy Hollows forum.

So if you’ve been reading my posts for a while on the public forum, you know I run a coven, and that we have both a public venue, and a private venue.

About a month ago, through the public venue, I was contacted by one couple (J and A), with a request to come to a public meet. I told them when the next public meet was, and they came.

J is just… Ick. Sucking black aura, and… some kind of foul stickybrownblack taint that I couldn’t quite put into words, and still can’t. Has yellow overtones, but not that pleasant air/intellect yellow, but almost pus-yellow. NASTY.

His wife A is… well, she’s a codependent empath, and a wreck. I’m sure I don’t need to say more.

My first assessment was that J is a psychic vampire, with no control. When he asked for training, I directed him to http://www.kheperu.org/index.html since I don’t deal with those issues. I DID offer to help his wife A to deal with her own psychic mess… but she’s so… insular? Introverted? That she never actually took me up on the offer. *shrugs* Whatever.

Having seen the mess the two of them were in, I made the recommendation to the coven that we keep an eye out, and offer assistance if needed, but that they shouldn’t be welcomed into the inner circle until they got their collective s#it together. I do NOT want a psyvamp in my coven. We’re packing a little too much tasty heat for that, lately.

The Mother of my Coven, R, took over taking care of the situation. She’s also Warrior, so she’s good for that sort of thing.

Oh, so you understand the structure… I am Maiden, and titular head of the Coven (it’s my baby – I started it over four years ago), R is Mother and Warrior, and S. is Crone. Between the three of us, we run the thing. The men trade off being Hunter and Guide… we’ve yet to find who really fits, so we’re waiting for those pieces of the puzzle to come along. S and I are air – she’s shadow, and I’m light. Sh and A are Earth, A is light, Sh is shadow. M and K are water – M is light, K is shadow. We’re still looking for the two for fire…they’re coming soon, but we don’t know who they’ll be. And R is Spirit shadow, but we’re still looking for Spirit Light. T, Rn, and Jf are our Black Dogs. Oh, and we’re not a religious coven… we’re strictly a Magickal Emergencies coven.

Anyway, that’s the basic layout… back to the story… R, as she went along, discovered that no, J is NOT a psyvamp… he’s actually being RIDDEN. We’re talking a multigenerational blood-curse, BA entity. J is an amplifier, so the entity has been using him to amp up the energy in those around him, and eating that energy THROUGH him… and it’s been with him so long that he actually thought it was just him in there. Only suddenly, the entity decides that… it’s done with him. Here’s this tasty baby, all light and innocent, just waiting. So the entity has decided to suck J dry, and when he dies, the entity will be released to jump to the next in the blood line – said infant.

SO… First step… WTF IS this thing? It’s not a demon. Did some research. He’s creole. Ok. Now we know where to look. We find… BooHag.

Oh, and their home is FILTHY – physically AND psychically… so we cannot just evict this entity from J… we have to clean, then cleanse, the entity’s NEST (their home) too, so that the entity CANNOT COME BACK.

Here’s the following research (all comments made by me to R in the process of scheduling cleaning, cleansing, exorcism, etc)… Just in case you ever need it.

“boo hag
a ghost or spirit that lurks around your house looking for someone to ride and take your skin. you may feel some weight on your back. They can enter through cracks in the wall or small crevices. The only way to get rid of it is to burn it by putting some needles in a jar and a little bit of dry skin, sleeping with a fork under your pillow, putting a broom by your door boohags will stop and count the straws,and putting a gun next to your bed boo hags can’t stand the smell of gun powder.Boo hags will steel your skin and take your breath so you cant talk out or scream. So when you wake up you might feel light headed or weak.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo_Hag

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/05/boo_hag.html

Salt and pepper on the skin, sparklers or fireworks work, also open COLD IRON scissors under the bed. (Steel will work, but DO NOT use plastic ANYWHERE.) Put a large broom at every entrance (including windows), and little brooms beside every sleeper. New unused brooms. Can get them cheep from walmart right now because it’s Halloween.

A full cleaning, cleansing, clearing, banishing and REFILLING of him and his house. Again, the house NOT being CLEANED FIRST, the cleansing etc WILL NOT STICK… which means we’ll have gone through all this effort for nothing.

Also, perhaps we could find broomstick charms to hang on necklaces for the infant and Jon.

Actual Exorcism… mix equal parts gunpowder, salt and black pepper, and throw it on the victim.

So.. gotcha a name, and how to fix it.

NOTES:
The cleaning of the house… they have to wipe down the walls and clean out the cupboards – wipe down the insides and the doors, everything. They have to REALLY clean the house. Or they’ll end up reinfected in a month. If it’s not clean, I won’t bother doing this. I’ll protect the kid, and walk away.
They’re also probably going to have to do this cleansing every moon for a really long time… because it’s a generational bloodcurse, and the boohag may just be waiting in the background, for them to slip up and stop doing the cleansings and protections. The moment they let their attention slip, the moment they start letting their house get filthy physically and the psychic cleansings stop working, it’ll be back.
If at all possible, ALL FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE CLEANSING, the physical AND the spiritual. If Amanda does ALL of it, and he just sits around, it’s not going to work. The kids have to help by doing what they can, too.
I get that a baby can’t help, but the ones that can, MUST.
Even if it’s not actually helpful. lol
The ACT OF THEM BELIEVING they’re helping will provide them with protection.
Finally, they need to totally abstain from drugs and alchohol for six months after the exorcism – a boohag can use intoxication to reinfect.
The fact that this is multi-generational suggests that substance abuse is a BIG part of the problem, too. It makes it REALLY easy for the boohag to hop from body to body. It’s probably the catalyst to make the next target become the next vessel… until the target makes the right misstep to make itself vulnerable… The Boohag might wait to take full possession of the baby, only INFULENCING, until the baby makes the right wrong decision to jump into her. If that makes sense.

ALso… say the boohag destroys Jon… is it possible that the boohag maintains itself by inhabiting the ENABLER until the chosen vessel is READY? Is it part of the process, by influencing the mother to set the baby up so that when the baby gets old enough, the child will MAKE those missteps. Essentially keeping the cycle going by making sure that mom keeps dating fucked up druggie guys, which will screw up the kid.

I mean… it would be really easy to do. Just like… someone who comes from poverty and uneducated people, family who puts ZERO emphasis on education… the children don’t graduate from school because they end up staying home to do the housework and take care of the other children… they stay in poverty, they have no impetus to do anything else, they start drinking and doing drugs right away, they don’t go to college, they don’t improve themselves, and their parents encourage it… so they end up victims of things like this. It’s just easy. And then they go and do it to the next generation.

If the mother is INFLUENCED to set the baby up to fail like this… then the baby will be prime rib when it’s old enough to fall.

A lot of the time, when people talk about being cursed, they’re not actually cursed, so much as there are fucked up people creating more fucked up people. If you put the right dominoes in the right spots, you knock down the next person just like YOU were knocked over. It’s not so much a curse as it is a setup.

Also, a jar full of pins under the bed or beside the bed of anyone you wish to protect from this thing. Forgot to mention that.

AND – if you’re going to throw a handful of salt, pepper, and gunpowder at someone… take sensible precautions.

Finally… burning some exorcism herbs are a good idea here while you deal with evicting the entity from both the body and the home, followed by a lemon uncrossing spell, followed by smudging the crap out of both the house and the people, especially the victim, followed by a ritual cleansing bath for the victim that includes cleansing herbs and seasalt, followed by the burning of sweetgrass to bless the house.

Aftercare should include all the above on a monthly basis, plus the pins, scissors, brooms, etc as a precaution, plus wards, shields, a permanent protective circle, the appropriate crystals and metals scattered throughout the house to support the wards, shields and circle, possibly a few protective runes on the walls of the home, copious amounts of moon water for blessing the inhabitants of the home on a regular basis… you know, the usual. Oh, and a devil’s trap or several dozen. Just to be sure.

In the case of these two individuals, I chose not to recommend spirit keeping. She’s got four kids (the husband included) to look after, and she’s so squashed I doubt she’d do well by a spirit, even if a spirit would be good for HER. Second… he’s one of those people who just sits on his butt all day playing video games – he doesn’t cook, clean, or help with the kids. He doesn’t work (admittedly, he IS disabled). I wouldn’t normally have an issue with that – I’m disabled, so I understand. However, I still manage to do SOMETHING every day. He just plays WOW and mooches. And while he’s not currently using, he’s been to jail for meth – using, making, dealing. GRRR.

However… if you run across a case like this on your own… you may want to include keeping spirits, or various spelled items as a boost to what you’re already doing, and on an individual basis of assessment, that might be a good idea, or it might be a bad one. Use your best judgement.

Oh… and if you’re going to do something about something like this… make sure you’re not wasting your breath, your energy… in this case, I wouldn’t have even bothered, except that there was a baby in the mix. These two adults are their own biggest problems, and I’m more likely to let them sink, because they’re not worth my energy… but the infant… that’s an innocent. That IS my job. That IS worth my time and energy.

So… there you go. If you ever run into a BooHag… now you know. *plays The More You Know themesong*

 

The Inner Landscape Part 2

MagickFromtheMysts wrote:

The second will be a meeting space of some kind, where guidance can be sought – no guidance should ever be deliberately brought in – that is, you should never summon a spirit, ancestor, god, guide, or other metaphysical entity into your soul’s home. If they have permission to be there, they will be able to arrive at the meeting place set aside for such things. If they do not have permission to be there, there are reasons and unless you are very skilled and very comfortable with your ownership of your garden, you should not invite them.

darkwing wrote:

This is interesting : )
Can you explain more about the risks and maybe examples of the negative effects of inviting entities to the garden? And what to do to remedy those effects?

 

OK… I want to start out by saying, I’m sorry.

I have been practicing magick my entire life. Magick is so second-nature to me that sometimes, I fail to recognize what actually constitutes advanced practice, and what is safe for general consumption.

When I first read your comments, I had a strong emotional reaction, because to me, the risks are self-evident, and the remedies also. As an author, I have failed my audience and I deeply regret that.

However, having opened this can of worms, I think it’s best that I participate in the damage control, simply because this post is already out here, and people have already read it.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to grow.

That being said, on to the meat of your questions.

THE RISKS –

I’m not sure what you know about Possession. The image that you are exploring in this concept isn’t just your imagination. It is literally an image of your soul which you can interact with. Those interactions have consequences. Your Inner Landscape IS YOUR SOUL. If you invite something into your soul that does not already have an invitation, it’s possession.

Possession can ONLY occur when you agree to it, BECAUSE it happens to your body and your soul. I know that sounds like blaming the victim, but it really isn’t. Just because you’re tricked into saying yes, didn’t know what you were doing, does not make you less a victim. Also, most beings are not interested in possessions because bodies are freaking messy. When I say that possession requires permission, I mean that absolutely, because this is your body, your soul, your spirit, you… you have complete control over permissions about what happens. You own yourself – no one else does.

Exorcisms, believe it or not, are actually mostly theatrical, to convince the person under the influence that they actually do have control and that they have permission to say NO. The moment the victim says no, the possession ends. Needing to believe that a god is on your side and supporting you saying no is sometimes an essential part of taking back control. The fight over control can be dramatic, because the person possessed isn’t just fighting the entity, but also themselves. In the most damaging cases of possession, the victim is almost always a deeply spiritual person who has been convinced by years of training that they are a victim to the spiritual forces in the world, that they do not have control over their souls or their bodies or their fate. These people need theatrics to convince them that they have a power on their side which gives them permission to fight back.

This is also why many exorcisms are unsuccessful. If you already believe you have no power over what happens to you, if you already believe that only external beings have the right to say what happens to you, then it becomes a question of who you believe is stronger. If you do not feel enough support from your faith, the exorcism will fail because you believe that the entity possessing you is stronger than you and your support.

There are sacred experiences of possession – by Loa, gods, etc. These experiences are based on very specific general terms for the practitioner undergoing such possessions, and if you choose to allow something like this, setting healthy boundaries are very important. As a person who has been Morrigan’s Horse a time or two without understanding that I needed to set boundaries, I can attest to the fact that if you are not careful to talk with the possessing being, and set those boundaries, the experience is decidedly uncomfortable, as are the results.

As a person who has been possessed by a being that was NOT a deity, I can also say that the experience is uncomfortable for everyone involved. Long term possession ends in the destruction of the body simply because the possessing being wants OUT. It’s as much a trap for them as it is for you.

 

Everyone that enjoys a human experience has a spiritual crew that works with and for them. This crew includes ancestors, guides, and deities. It includes messengers and teachers, both of the temporary and long term varieties. Your crew and your own soul, who both know most about your journey through this lifetime, know what you need most to experience and learn, and what you do not. Access directly into your soul image is strictly limited by both your crew and your soul to keep you safe, and prevent you from being drawn out of your journey. I’m not saying that possession isn’t part of the journey for some people, but I am saying that it can be a distraction, and possession by some beings, especially long term possession, can be destructive enough that you end up having to start all over again. Sometimes, that’s what people choose – the movie about Emily Rose expresses that quite clearly. She chose to die possessed because she believed that being possessed and losing her life would strengthen the faith of other Catholics. Again, you see CHOICE.

 

When you are in your Soul Garden and you are interacting with the deepest essence of yourself, with what is really true about you, when you meet a guide there, whatever that guide appears to be, it is something that your soul and your spiritual Crew have decided is safe for you to have in your garden. The invitations are temporary, and job specific. Sometimes, the guides are actually aspects of your own self. Sometimes the experiences and lessons of the guides allowed into your Soul’s Home are difficult, even painful, but they will always be absolutely necessary to your growth as a person, and to your healing.

Shamans and healing practitioners can gain access to your Inner Landscape. Again, it’s with permission. They cannot enter without it – even if they mean well. This protects you from beings and people that will alter your core self against your purposes. MANIPULATION OF THE SOUL IMAGE CHANGES WHO YOU ARE.

Just think about that for a moment. I’m sure you will understand how dangerous inviting something in that did not already have permission can be. Inviting something into your soul image is literally giving permission for things to change, even corrupt, the essential you.

 

As to how you remedy the effects of a corrupted soul garden – that’s simple, and at the same time, so complicated I’m really not sure how to explain it. The concept of absolute control is difficult for most people to comprehend, but in your Soul Image, you have that. Unequivocally, you own yourself. This means that if the soul image is corrupted, while others who have permission can enter your soul garden and help you fight back, ultimately, it’s you that must do the fighting, and you that must clean up your house… and because soul images are so deeply personal, how you do that will also be specific to you.

If someone or something entered my soul garden and the consequences were not acceptable to me, my entire garden would rise up and fight back. The very roots, the weather, my whole being would fight to remain whole and uncorrupted. Whether the source of that corruption would survive to be evicted or not, whether I would survive or not, the very landscape of my soul would fight. But, I’m familiar with my landscape. I know how to make it fight. I’ve worked with it long enough, it’s instinctive. So are my boundaries, my protections.

If your image of your soul is a car, and something breaks, you have to think like a mechanic to fix it. If your image of your soul is a cave and something enters that does not belong, how would that cave, or anything in it, fight to evict that thing? If your image of your soul is that of a planet, would you use the lessons from the movie Avatar to fight? You use what you know.

The issue here is that imagery of the soul, and reactions of the soul, are so terribly personal and based on your experiences and understanding of yourself and your universe. It’s YOUR language that you’re speaking there.

To explain how personal, I’m going to use an example from a book on dreams I read so long ago I cannot quote the source. The example goes like this:

You have a dream where the color blue is a major figure. Blue, for most people, has a standard meaning of healing or tranquility. However, in your past, you experienced a tragic car accident. The car that destroyed your life at that time was blue. In your dreams now, the color blue always has that attached emotional burden – blue means tragedy and trauma to you. This is how your language forms.

When I say you have to do research, I don’t just mean that when you see a bee hive in your soul home that you look up the meaning of bees in dream symbology and what a bee totem symbolizes, what that guidance might suggest to you… I also mean that you should look to yourself. If you’re highly allergic to bees, then bee means something different to you than it does to most of rest of the collective unconscious. If you saw someone die, or saw someone seriously hurt because of bees, that meaning will carry over.

In psychology, the term is Media. All words, all images have media attached. I’ve used this example before, but it fits here, too. When I say Knife, and say Kitchen – immediately the image of knife has a load of media attached which is very specific. Knife on its own can have a multitude of images, feelings, baggage, but the moment you add a secondary media to it, the meaning codifies into something recognizable and solid. When I say Knife and Alley, the meaning changes. When I say Knife and Table, the meaning changes again. When I say Knife and Artist, without a third word, there is a load of possibilities. I could say Knife, Artist, and Wood, and you immediately get meaning from that which is specific again. If I say Knife, Artist, and Movie, then again, another host of possibilities occur.

All of these meanings are attached to the word Knife, to the image of a knife. All these possibilities. Which means that Knife means all these concepts. That’s media. And every word, every concept, every symbol – colors, stones, plants, objects, people, deities, EVERYTHING, is laden with its own media. The trick when working with dreams, and with your soul image, is to understand your own personal world of media, and how it is similar to the collective understanding of media, and how it is individual to your own experiences – where it differs.

Once you are able to understand your own personal language, you are capable of doing anything you wish in your Soul Home. If you have a phobia of bees, you know when bees appear that you are confronting that phobia, the roots of it – where the phobia began – you are being confronted with that media, for a very specific reason. The eviction of those bees from your landscape will involve you using your ability to manipulate your inner landscape and the media involved. If you feel the color blue expresses trauma, when you see something in your soul garden that is blue, it is an invitation to work with that trauma. Say your image is that of a sunlit forest, and as you’re walking, you come across a swath of blue material caught on the undergrowth. Are there more patches and do you follow that path? Do you unravel it? Do you take it and dye it? What do you do? Why? What does that swath of blue material mean? Why is it there?

You see, now, why defense of the garden is SO individual that I cannot explain it beyond these general terms, I’m sure. However, the more you work within your Soul Home, the easier such things will become.

Every step is the beginning of another journey. Walk brightly and with beauty.
-Raven

The Inner Landscape

It has been referred to as the Soul’s Garden, the Soul Home, the Inner Temple, the Inner Landscape, and many other ways. It is, in essence, our internal record of our deepest selves made manifest by imagery.

There are many ways to reach the Inner Landscape, and many layers to the landscape itself. There are also some commonalities among all landscapes.

The usual approach to entering the inner landscape uses a visual access point, such as a cave, tree knot, tunnel, doorway, or other symbolic entrance, with the express intent of entering the Self. In varying terms, this is called Entering the Dreaming Way, Journeying, The Journey to the Underworld, The Journey through the Tree of Life, etc. Always it is referred to with the idea of gateways leading to a myriad of realms, our current state of awareness being only one of an infinite multitude. Your entrance into your inner landscape must be of your own devising, because it is YOUR landscape, so individual to yourself that only you can find your own gateway to it, though if you are used to a journeying process, while the doorway will be unique, the mechanics will be the same. For the sake of those new to the process, journeying is the act of using the mind to travel. It is not a difficult process – as long as you have daydreamed, you have traveled. Controlling how you travel, when, and where you go is the challenging aspect to begin with. Intent must always be the guide.

It is simplest to visualize a doorway – any door image will do, though I personally prefer to make my doorways unique and appealing to my aesthetics – that either symbolizes your travel intentions, or bears symbology upon it. For instance, a door with a window, whose view looks out into the place you wish to travel to; a door with a tarot card upon it that symbolizes the aspects you wish to face; a door with the appropriate symbols for the realm – sephiroth, elemental, runic, etc. The realms and your own grasp of cosmology and symbolism are all you need. The chakras, energy centers throughout the body centered around nerve clusters, have also been used as symbolic gateways, with the two most often used being the heart nadir over the thymus glad, and the mental eye, centered over the pineal gland. A visualization of a spiral staircase, or even an elevator, with floor numbers which represent layers of the self, or layers of reality as understood by the traveler, will also work. The shamanic version is even simpler – any dark opening into the earth such as a cave, into the depths of a tree through a hollow, even a tunnel that you dig for yourself, will do – as long as your intent for where the opening will lead you is clear before you begin your travel.

Once you have your doorway and you have set your destination clearly in your mind, simply enter. You may have to go a distance, or you may simply arrive immediately at your chosen destination. You may need to wait for the door’s permission to cross – there are realms that require specific rituals, there are guardians to be appeased, challenges to be met, but for the Inner Landscape, travel and arrival should be fairly simple. If you are unused to journeying, moving beyond this step in the beginning is not recommended.

Your Inner Landscape is a reflection of yourself. It should be instantly recognizable. It is also malleable to an extent. Your psychological and spiritual challenges, perspectives, and behavior will be described through the imagery you find there. For instance, a person who is closed off, highly protective of themselves, may find themselves in a small, defined and confined space, such as a closed cave. The structures do not have to be natural. I met someone who’s soul garden began as a metallic half-domed structure, including the floor, which was all of one piece. The internal space (there was no exterior) was completely empty. It took this person a lot of emotional work to change this image into something more open and workable. I have read descriptions of other Inner Landscapes which included barren moons, deserts, English gardens, rainforests, ocean reefs, and even once an exotic nebula.

For most people, the area will also include several structures. The most obvious of these structures will be some form of protective barrier, which keeps the soul’s home from being interfered with by others who do not have your best interests in mind. The second will be a meeting space of some kind, where guidance can be sought – no guidance should ever be deliberately brought in – that is, you should never summon a spirit, ancestor, god, guide, or other metaphysical entity into your soul’s home. If they have permission to be there, they will be able to arrive at the meeting place set aside for such things. If they do not have permission to be there, there are reasons and unless you are very skilled and very comfortable with your ownership of your garden, you should not invite them. The third aspect will be a place of travel to other realms. This place may not be immediately obvious if you are not yet familiar with other realms or with journeying.

There are several things to be noted about the soul’s home aside from its general appearance, which will indicate where you are on your spiritual journey, and what work you should be focused on at this time. Firstly – this is YOUR space. It is absolutely malleable to your will. If ever you find something in your inner landscape that you do not feel comfortable with, you hold absolute control, and can effectively evict such problems. You are absolutely defensible there, simply because your own consciousness holds such sway. Secondly, this is a place for deep reflection and healing. Any changes you feel need to be made, as you make them, will change yourself – likewise, what occurs in your own life will be reflected in your self-image here. If you do find something which you evict, be prepared for the experience in your waking life.

It is important to pay attention to correspondences here. Because the language of the unconscious is so symbolic, anything and EVERYTHING in your Inner Landscape is a message. Animals, plants, stones, metals, constellations, weather – whatever you discover in your Soul’s Home, whatever draws your focus, it will have meaning for you. Even size and location have meaning here, so pay close attention and take the time to discover yourself, and your own language. Research what you find draws your attention most, and you will find that it has a unique bearing on your current psychological, emotional, and even practical life.

It is NOT advisable that  you begin to make changes when you enter your Inner Landscape for the first time. It is best that you explore and research what you find as much as possible before beginning to make changes, if you feel so moved. Do not be surprised if, as you begin to work with your Soul Image, drastic emotional shifts occur. Be prepared for them. As you come to recognize your true self, and whatever issues you have that are preventing your growth, as you begin to address these, rapid – sometimes even violent – shifts can occur. Be gentle with yourself when these moments happen. Acknowledge them, process them, and do not resist them. The more you work with your Soul Image, the more it will change, becoming richer as your understanding of yourself and your own language grows, and as you deliberately begin to make changes.

Journeying into your Soul’s Home is deeply meaningful, and working within it is extremely enriching to your spiritual and emotional life. The Inner Landscape is a place to meditate and commune with yourself and your deepest needs, desires, and experiences. It is a place for you to come to an understanding of who you are, where you are in your life, and where you are going – and it is a place to heal your deepest hurts from. It is a place of strength and growth, a place to honor yourself and your journey, a place where your true self is expressed and where you can begin to control, eventually, how you interact with both yourself and the wider world, spiritually, emotionally, and literally.

Welcome Home.

-Raven

Soul Retrieval

Throughout life, we all go through things that affect us at a deep level. Some events affect us more than others. Sometimes, something happens that causes a shift in our perception of reality, and changes our personality, even if just in a small way. When this happens, if the event is traumatic, in essence, a piece of the Self has been lost during that experience.

Soul Retrieval is a Shamanic practice that allows a person, when they are ready, to go back to the moment of loss, and recollect themselves. Because in Shamanism, healing is always two-fold – spiritual AND physical, Shamans recognize that there are times when a loss is so great, the physical body can become weaker, allowing dis-ease in. While it is always important to treat the physical issues one might have, it is also important to repair the spiritual health of a person so that they can better recover from their illnesses of mind or body.

Soul Retrieval can be done for you by anyone who has been trained. It requires Shamans to walk in the Other World, through time and space. They must go to the place and time where the original soul injury occurred, and they must collect that piece of you, bring it back into the physical world, and place it back into your body, your energy. However, they do not work alone. Not only are their spirit guides a part of this process, but YOU are the most important part.

During a Soul Retrieval, you are drawn back into the memory of the moment, with the Shaman. You may not actually see the Shaman working, because your focus is on yourself during the process. You may watch the events that caused the fracture, or you may arrive to deal with the aftermath. You must approach your old self, the piece of you that was lost, and you must convince it to come home to you.

Case Study:

Justin has difficulty asking for help. He cannot believe that other people are reliable. As a result, he often takes on too much in his life, and cannot admit when he has difficulty coping. He decides to seek a shaman. He tells the shaman when the problem first started. Ten years before, he was dealing with health problems. He had a bad reaction to a medication he was on – it made him extremely dizzy, and he kept losing his breath and falling. His boyfriend at the time was also going through some troubles, and was self-medicating in order to cope. One night, after Justin had taken his medicine, he collapsed in the kitchen while getting a cup of tea. The tea fell on him, and he was badly burned. He called out to his boyfriend, who was in the bedroom asleep. His boyfriend did not wake, because of his self-medicating. Justin was forced to crawl to his bathroom to treat his burns, and then crawl back to the kitchen to clean up the broken glass and spilled tea. His feeling of helplessness, coupled with his realization that he was on his own and had no one he could truly depend on, wounded him deeply.

He and his shaman discussed the event. In preparation for the Soul Retrieval, the room that they would use was cleansed, blessed, and sacred space was erected. Justin was smudged by the Shaman, and then he, in turn, smudged the Shaman. Justin was instructed to lie down on the floor on his back, in as comfortable a position as possible. A crystal was placed on his sacral plexus, the chakra where we connect to all people, places, things, ideas, and events. The shaman keeps a second crystal in their hands. Both the Shaman and Justin lay down on the floor, side by side.

The shaman did not bring a drummer to this event, so instead, they used a drumming CD, which had both single and double drumming, as well as a call-back drumming ending. As they lay side by side, the Shaman instructed Justin to listen to the drums, and to breathe to the rhythm. Justin entered a trance state with the Shaman, and their breathing began to sync up as the Shaman and Justin, on their separate journeys, came to the event that caused the fracture in Justin’s soul.

Justin arrived in the kitchen. He saw himself sitting against one wall of the kitchen, feeling lost. He sat down, and began to talk to his old self about his life in the here-and-now. Justin is married now. The man he is married to is very caring. He looks after Justin. Justin knows that whatever happens, his husband will be there, helping him. Justin mentions several experiences where this has proved true. He and his old self comfort each other with the understanding that things are better now, and the soul piece agrees to come home. They merge.

At this moment, the Shaman collects the soul piece in the crystal they have had with them on the journey. The shaman returns to their own body in the here-and-now. The shaman stands up, and walks to Justin’s head. He takes the crystal with Justin’s soul piece, and places it above Justin’s head. He then blows the soul piece out of the crystal, and into Justin’s body through his crown chakra.

Justin slowly comes out of trance with the sound of the call-back signal on the drumming CD. He has a very emotional moment. He is warned that he must nurture himself carefully over the next few days, while the soul piece reintegrates. There are times when a soul retrieval is successful, but a lack of self-awareness and self-care can cause the piece to be lost again, because integration takes time.

Over the next few days, Justin’s outlook changes. He feels more trusting of his husband, and is more willing to ask for help. After some time, it is as if he never had troubles with these aspects of life.

Soul Retrieval can also be done through journeying without a shamanic practitioner acting as a guide, though it is considered an advanced practice, and is not recommended for beginners. Traveling to a lost soul piece has its own trials, ones that the shamanic practitioner has been trained to deal with. Sometimes, there are tests and challenges in the journey, because the spirit and the subconscious throw up blocks. Soul Retrieval is not an easy, or smooth process. It can leave you feeling extremely emotionally fragile  and off-balance afterwards. This is why it is normally better to have a shamanic practitioner trained in soul retrieval and the necessary after-care to do this for you.

That being said, if you are comfortable Journeying on your own, and if you truly feel ready, and are being drawn towards a soul retrieval, it is important that you honor that recovery.

Case Study:

Jillian is having troubles with her heart. She has developed pulmonary hypertension – her anxiety causes difficulty breathing, and syncopated heart rhythms. She has trouble connecting with others.

Jillian is on the autistic spectrum, and it went undiagnosed for most of her life. She has trouble recognizing social signals, and does not cope with her emotions. She has extreme dissociative events. Because of the circumstances of her experiences as an undiagnosed child, she grew to believe that she was unlikeable. her extremely low self-confidence led to a series of relationships that only deepend her beliefs.

Eighteen years ago, Jillian had a child. Her autism made it difficult to care for the child – she was constantly loud, and always needed to be held. Because of Jillian’s autism, so much loud noise and so much touching was physically and emotionally draining. She was extremely stressed, and found it difficult to bond with her new baby.

However, it wasn’t the baby’s fault, so Jillian did her best to look after her child, and give what she could of the child’s needs, willingly experiencing the discomfort, despite the struggle waging inside herself. One day, while she was taking care of her child, Jillian looked into her eyes, and saw the child looking back at her. It was such a knowing look… as if she could see all the way through Jillian. Her child saw all the bad, and the good, and loved it all. She loved her mother.

Jillian had never felt such unconditional emotion from anyone. It changed her mind about herself. It changed her life. In that moment, she found herself beautiful.

Several years later, Jillian was dealing with extreme financial difficulties. She asked her family to take care of her little girl, and the family agreed. However, soon after, they received a job offer out of state. Jillian couldn’t afford to move, and she still couldn’t afford to provide a stable home for her daughter. Her family moved, and her daughter went with them.

This event was extremely traumatic. It resulted in an extreme unwillingness in Jillian to connect in a meaningful way to anyone else, ever again. Even people she knew loved her deeply, who gave all of themselves to her, only received the surface of her. She was unable to give, unable to love deeply, unable to share herself.

As she began to realize how damaging this was to her sense of self, she realized that she wanted to open up. She began working, through a series of meditations, to open her heart. Eventually, she had a breakthrough.

During a meditation, she found herself back at the moment she learned that her family was going to take her daughter out of the state, and that she would not see her daughter for a long time. She met herself at that moment. Her old self appeared to be burned, all over, skin, hair, teeth, eyes, her whole self blackened by the fires of loss. She huddled in the corner of her world, and keened. Jillian knelt down by her old self, her burned self. She began talking about her daughter, who is now nearly an adult. She talked about the times they spent together now, playing video games, sharing their favorite books with each other. It wasn’t enough. Jillian realized that her old self was holding onto the idea that only her daughter could love her, and only her daughter made her loveable, and that was why she couldn’t recover.

Several years before her soul retrieval, Jillian had been in a relationship with a man who was using her. She loved him, and didn’t really believe she was being used. However, as with all relationships, eventually, an event occurred that proved to her that her boyfriend did not respect her and did not care for her thoughts or opinions. She realized in that moment that SHE DID care. That she respected herself, enough that his treatment of her was no longer acceptable. She realized she no longer loved her boyfriend, but she also discovered that she did love herself, and she left him.

During her soul retrieval, Jillian realized that in order to recover this piece of herself and continue to heal, she needed to be honest. She explained to her past self what she had learned from her ex-boyfriend. She shared that sense of self-worth, love, and respect with her old self. Slowly, her old self uncurled from her huddled position. They embraced, and they merged, the soul fragment grateful to return to loving home.

As you can see, Soul Retrieval requires total honesty. If you are truly not ready for it, even with the help of a shamanic practitioner, it may not happen – or if the retrieval is successful, it may not last. Also, the work is not done, once you have recovered the fragment of yourself. You must nurture it, and care for the discoveries you make about yourself during the experience. You must honor the lessons.

Jillian, prior to her soul retrieval, had done considerable, intensive work on her soulscape. She had been working inside the soul home of her heart chakra, breaking down the walls, digging up the soil, preparing her soulscape for the garden to come. After her retrieval, she continued this work. She was finally able to take down most of the walls around her heart’s home, and slowly, those spiritual tasks began to change her in emotional and physical ways. She had less anxiety, her heart troubles and breathing issues slowly faded, and she began to work on her relationships with her friends and family.

Justin, on the other hand, did no real work before his soul retrieval, and after his soul fragment was returned, he continued to retreat from others. He became more determined that he could not depend on anyone other than himself, and as a result, suffered a breakdown due to stress.

These results are not due to the process – they are not due to whether or not you have an experienced practitioner helping you. Soul Retrieval, whether you are helped by someone trained, or you do it yourself, requires you to be responsible afterwards for the pieces of you that you bring back. It requires you to truly honor and care for those pieces, and to include them into your life in the here-and-now. If you do not, the problem will remain, and may worsen.

If you decide that you need a soul retrieval, it is your choice whether you learn to do it for yourself, or you contact someone with training. Before the actual retrieval occurs, however, it is recommended that you do some serious ground-work. This may require therapy, and a lot of personal spiritual work. Ultimately, your dedication to yourself will make the experience worth it.

Deepest blessings –

-Raven

 

Psychic Attack

This is a long one, guys. Bear with me.

I would like to start this post out with some cautionary advice. It is not unusual for people new to metaphysics, or, for that matter, general practitioners to some extent, to experience SOME symptoms of psychic attack. One of the greatest difficulties for a person diagnosing themselves is the fact that, when life is difficult and you are under a great deal of stress, the desire to ascribe cause to someone or something other than yourself or simply the general unfairness of life, is strong… and once you begin to believe that your circumstances are being controlled by some force outside yourself, the tendency towards hysteria is also strong.

Please understand – I am NOT saying that if you believe you are under attack, that you aren’t. I’m not saying that you’re being irrational.

I’m saying that when things go wrong, it is human nature to look for a cause, usually outside yourself. Only a few hundred years ago, an eclipse such as the one that will soon be upon us, caused people to assume that their gods were ending the world. We have always looked for gods, demons, forces outside ourselves, whom we pray have control of this madly spinning ball… because if no one is driving the bus, the cold hard terror we feel is unbearable.

So. Today I’m going to talk about the actual symptoms of psychic attack – how to truly diagnose it in yourself or another… and I’m going to talk about solutions.

A true psychic attack is a violation. If you’ve ever had your house broken into, you know that afterwards, there is a sense of not being safe in your own home. The place you retreat to, your den, your symbol of peace, your nest – is no longer yours. It is open to the universe, and the universe is random. Anything can happen now. “ANYTHING” is a very frightening word, when you are considering your own personal security. If you’ve ever had someone attack your body, you experience a similar shock. Your body is no longer yours – it is not your temple, it is your cage – and anyone can steal from you again, at any time. When I talk about psychic attack as violation, this is what I mean. Our spirits, souls, minds – those are ours. We might sometimes share pieces of them with others, but it is always OUR CHOICE what we share, or even IF. When you experience true psychic attack, just as with home invasions or a dominating physical attack, that sense of security is gone.

What is left behind after such an attack is what is left behind by any similar attack on that which you hold closest to you. There’s very little emotion after a psychic attack – there’s shock, and there’s desolation. The stark difference between the aftermath of an actual psychic attack, and the drama and heightened emotions that occur in situations where psychic attack is merely assumed to be the trouble, is so obvious that once you’ve seen it, you will always know the difference between a true psychic attack, and mere worry.

The first step in diagnosing psychic attack is simple. You do not call what’s happening a psychic attack. The reason for this is that the moment you call something a psychic attack, you exclude all other possibilities in your mind. It’s important to understand that the very act of observing a phenomenon can make it true, and by making one idea true above all others, your ability to consider those other potentialities is negated by your own emotional dedication to your perception of that truth. It’s absolutely vital that when attempting to diagnose psychic attack you do NOT allow your emotions to get involved. Even if you are the possible victim, you need to be willing to step back, and truly assess the situation to the best of your ability. Heightened emotions will cloud your judgement.

Once you have let your emotions lie still, begin with the facts that can be proven without a doubt. What are the things that are going wrong that has caused you to wonder if this experience is psychic attack? What are things that are NOT going wrong? If you remove metaphysics from the equation, what are some possible reasons why these things are going right, or wrong, in this experience? What abilities do you have to affect change in these situations – do you have control, even if it’s just over your reactions? How did these experiences come to be – break it down into steps. Finally, and I know no one really wants to talk about this, but it is important – is the person experiencing the potential psychic attack emotionally unstable, or mentally ill. If they are, does their instability or illness include experiences such as periods of paranoia, auditory or visual hallucinations, do they have delusions of either empowerment or victimhood? Are these contributing to their sense of being psychically attacked IN ANY WAY?

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CASE STUDY:
Sally believes she’s a victim of psychic attack. She recently lost her job, her boyfriend is drinking more and it’s causing some stressful confrontations. Her car broke down out on HWY 6 last night, and she had to walk to a gas station 4 miles up the road to call for a tow, because her cellphone died. Her teenage son got in trouble at school last week, and is at home on suspension. She feels stressed out all the time, like the world is on her shoulders. She had a fight with her best girlfriend about religion during a conversation started about how frustrated and helpless she’s been feeling lately, because her friend told her that it was “God’s Will” that all these things happen now… and now she thinks that her friend is attacking her.

Here’s the other side of things. Sally’s company hasn’t been doing well. It’s a local business, and times are hard. Sally is often emotional because of stress in her homelife, and that means that at work, she’s less efficient that usual, and her work is of lower quality. The company needs to let a few people go, and Sally is one of the ones chosen. She was offered a severance package, a list of potential employers, and a letter of recommendation.

Sally’s boyfriend is an alcoholic. He works temporary jobs around town, and when he gets paid, he drinks. He doesn’t cope well with life, because his childhood was a difficult one, so he drinks to feel better. Unfortunately, because his childhood was also a violent one, when he drinks, all the anger he feels, all the helplessness, comes welling out of him, and he can be dangerous. Sally stays with him because she feels that he is still a good person deep inside, who just needs to face his issues head on. She thinks that if they love each other enough, he can change.

Sally’s car is 16 years old. Because of her uncertain income, and her own lack of experience with cars in general, she does not provide regular maintenance to the car. Her warning lights have been on for awhile, but she is so distracted by so many other things, that she has been ignoring them.
Sally’s phone is on, all the time. She is very busy on many social media sites, and she uses her phone constantly. She often has to charge it twice a day. Because of the chaos in her life right now, she’s been less diligent about keeping a charger in the car.

Sally’s teenage son has been being bullied. Because of his homelife, he didn’t feel that he could speak up about it. Eventually, things at school built to a point where he became extremely emotionally reactive… and he decided to fight back. He was caught fighting, and was suspended for two weeks.

Sally’s best friend is a very devout Pentecostal. She believes that everything has the hand of her god on it, both the good and the bad. She also believes that if you don’t acknowledge the power of her god, then you are in danger. She believes it her personal duty to save her friend. Sally has been exploring new age beliefs, and her friend is afraid for her, and tells Sally that her whole church have been praying for her to stop “letting the devil into her life,” and that all these things that are happening are “God’s Will,” so Sally will see the error of her ways and change.

When you really break it down, when you REALLY look at the whole picture… you can see that Sally is NOT being attacked. She has made choices – she has ignored problems, she has avoided the things she is responsible for. When you make choices like that, the consequences are that those problems grow until you are forced to be responsible… most often at a time that is the least convenient for you.

Because Sally thinks that all these things are happening because her friend’s church is praying for her to change her ways, she gets to blame all of these problems, not on her own derelictions, but on that church, on those people. She’s not in control, so it’s not her fault any of this is happening. It’s all happening TO her, and someone with power over her is ruining her life.

You can see, when it’s broken down like that, how the belief in psychic attack can mean that you remove other possibilities from the table. You can also see that Sally LEPT at the chance to abrogate responsibility, to assign it to a God and a group of people “siccing their God on her.” This essentially means that she can continue to avoid her own responsibilities… which unfortunately perpetuates this cycle of psychic hysteria.

Conclusion? This is not truly psychic attack.

Now let’s talk about what IS a psychic attack.

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CASE STUDY:
Caitlynn is a very happy, extremely social person. She’s giving and kind. She’s respectful. She believes the best in people. She’s recently married and has started a business. Her friends are strongly supportive, she’s active in her community. She’s engaging and intelligent, and people often come to her for advice. She feels like an important addition to her group – she feels valued.

Caitlynn has some minor health issues. They are normally not enough to cause trouble in her life. She’s always been able to, even when her health isn’t the best, push through, and still enjoy her friends, her relationships, her life.

Suddenly, for no discernable medical reason, her health begins to fail in a major way. The doctors run test after test. She sees 8 specialists in two months. No one can tell her what is happening, or why. The problem continues, and slowly, she begins to have difficulty socializing. She starts to put things off at work, because she is too tired. Her beliefs about people undergo a radical change – she stops believing that people are basically good. She stops being giving. She stops talking. She stops praying. She stops doing any activity that she used to be passionate about. Her personality changes almost overnight.

Caitlynn begins having nightmares. In the dreams, she experiences violent attacks. When she wakes up, she has strange marks on her body. Scratches, bruises, and other odd things. She begins seeing things that aren’t there. Sometimes there are foul smells that she cannot find the cause of. Sometimes, her things move when she’s not looking. She starts to feel more and more disorganized. She has memory troubles. She feels a constant pressure on her chest – a sense of doom everywhere she goes. She begins having panic attacks.

Caitlynn is hospitalized, and again, the doctors can find nothing wrong with her. They prescribe treatments for her anxiety, and send her home.

Within a month of arriving home, Caitlynn is… gone. She sits on her couch and stares at the walls for hours, but sees nothing. Her husband and other friends attempt to communicate with her. She does not answer them, or if she does, she answers hours later. She feels as if she’s been swallowed by a darkness, and what she experiences has to filter through that, so that it takes her awhile to even recognize someone is talking to her. Many conversations, she simply sees no reason for, and will not participate in them. She forgets to eat, because she never feels hungry. She forgets to drink fluids, because she’s never thirsty. She forgets to bathe, because time has no meaning for her, so the normal patterns of life also have no meaning.

She feels nothing. She is desolate. She is empty. She is no more.

Caitlynn was the victim of a psychic attack. For most of the time she was being attacked, she didn’t believe she was under attack, which is fairly common. When she finally did try to get help, people did not believe her. Most people who are victims of true psychic attack have trouble getting people to believe them, partly because they have trouble believing themselves, but mostly because there are so many people who claim to be experiencing attacks who aren’t. It’s a bit like the boy who cried wolf – after so many people cry wolf, when the wolf comes, no one believes in wolves anymore.

This is the clear difference between people who THINK they’re being attacked, and people who actually ARE. What a person under attack goes through is deeply traumatic. It is a VIOLATION of who they are. The more severe the attack, the more likely that the person you knew before the attack will not be the person who comes out the other side. Some people die, literally… some, like Caitlynn, die a psychological death. Once you’re dead, it’s hard to come back from that. It takes a very long time… and if you do manage it… YOU WILL NEVER FEEL SAFE AGAIN.

Anything you associate with that period of your life will cause you anxiety. It takes enormous personal strength and willpower to be willing to pick up the pieces of the life-that-was, and try again. And it takes TIME. Your physical health, your emotional health, and your spiritual health must recover… and your personality must be rebuilt. Recovery can take years… and parts of you may never recover.

Now that you’ve seen the two examples, let’s talk details.

The symptoms of psychic attack are as follows:

  • – The victim feels a crushing weight upon his chest and a sense of fear and paranoia.
    – As the attack continues over days, weeks, or months, the victim is afflicted with nervous exhaustion. With that may come a physical deterioration.
    – Upon awakening, the victim discovers bruises which cannot be accounted for by any conscious waking experience. The bruises may have a definite pattern, depicting a form with some symbolic significance suggestive, for example, of evil.
    – Foul odors inexplicably appear. Strange footprints starting suddenly and ending just as abruptly are observed. Odd sounds and poltergeist manifestations occur.

Once you understand the real difference, including the most obvious sign, which is the emotional state (or lack of one) in a potential case, go back to that list of questions from the beginning of this article.

  • 1) What are the things that are going wrong that has caused you to wonder if this experience is psychic attack?
    2) What are things that are NOT going wrong?
    3) If you remove metaphysics from the equation, what are some possible reasons why these things are going right, or wrong, in this experience?
    4) What abilities do you have to affect change in these situations – do you have control, even if it’s just over your reactions?
    5) How did these experiences come to be – break it down into steps.
    6) Finally, and I know no one really wants to talk about this, but it is important – is the person experiencing the potential psychic attack emotionally unstable, or mentally ill. If they are, does their instability or illness include experiences such as periods of paranoia, auditory or visual hallucinations, do they have delusions of either empowerment or victimhood? Are these contributing to their sense of being psychically attacked IN ANY WAY?

Once you have answers to these questions, it is easy to see which cases are genuine, and which are not. This does not necessarily reassure those who are not being attacked but believe that they are. If you tell them that they’re not being attacked, they will most likely keep looking until they find someone who will support them in their belief that their problems are not their own fault. Be prepared for those types of people who will lash out angrily when you essentially question their way of life.

So. If a case is genuine, if a person is truly under psychic attack… what can you do?

  • 1) Stay grounded. It is important that you allow any negative energies that are around you or inside you a place to go that isn’t YOU anymore. Being grounded means that you can exchange energy with the earth, one of the most capable alchemists when it comes to transmutation of energies. Also, being firmly rooted will strengthen your own aura and energetic systems to be able to withstand the attacks, so they do less damage.
    2) ASK FOR HELP. Pray. Connect to beings who are helpful for you. For some, this includes angels and/or demons, spirits and entities that are part of your family, gods, guides, ancestors. Connecting with friends and family also helps.
    3) Practice daily cord-cuttings. Sever cords that lead to things that are not for your own personal highest good, cords that lead to that which will do you harm.
    4) Practice psychic shielding, preferably of a reflective type.
    5) Practice shielding those you believe might be behind the attack – but here’s the trick. Shield them with love and compassion. People so far gone as to desire to use their personal energies not to fix their problems, but to destroy you instead, NEED compassion. They need soothing. They need love. I’m not saying turn the other cheek – if you’ve got the know-how, and you’re sure of your target, by all means, have at – but if you’re not sure, this shield does no harm – it replaces the desire to harm with a sense of being understood, of being safe… things we know all people need, but most especially the unhinged. They were broken by life. We, with our own nicks and cracks, understand.
    6) Cleanse, clear, and rebalance your aura and chakras daily. Daily meditation also helps strengthen your focus and your will, making you a harder target to influence.
    7) Wear, and place around your home, in your car, and around your work spaces, crystals that help protect against or mitigate psychic attack, negative energies and entities. Remember to cleanse and recharge them regularly.

    Amethyst: Protective against dark energy.
    Banded/Zebra Agate: Good for general psychic protection and to prevent you from absorbing another’s negativity.
    Black Moonstone: Good for general psychic protection.
    Black Obsidian: Good for basic psychic defence.
    Black Onyx: A good aid to grounding.
    Blue Aventurine: Protective against psychic vampires.
    Blue Tiger Eye: Protective against negative energy for healers.
    Brown Tiger Eye: helps protect against unwanted spirits.
    Brachiated Jasper: A good psychic shield that returns negative energy to the sender.
    Calcopyrite: It is generally protective against psychic attack.
    Carnelian: Protective against psychic intrusion.
    Chiastolite: One of the best for all-round psychic protection.
    Citrine: Helps clear negativity caused by ghosts.
    Clear Quartz: it is protective against negative energy and will transmute it to positive energy.
    Garnet: Good for general protection.
    Green Moss Agate: It will protect your aura from negativity.
    Hematite: Good for grounding and general protection.
    Howlite (Natural): Protective against unwanted ghosts and phantoms.
    Kyanite: It is THE anti-negativity stone. It doesn’t just repel it, it destroys it.
    Lapis Lazuli: An all-round protective shield.
    Mookaite: It is protective against negativity. Mookaite should also be carried when dowsing.
    Red Jasper: A good psychic shield that returns negative energy to the sender.
    Red Tiger Eye: Protective against the evil eye.
    Rhodonite: It can be used to ward off negativity and psychic attacks.
    Rose Quartz: Another good stone to help with grounding.

    8) If you’re in the dark and experiencing symptoms… turn on a light. If you’re indoors and the sun is out, go outside. Sunlight is best, but light in any form will help decrease the intensity. If you do go outside to stand in the sun, go barefoot and stand on grass, if you can. This will allow the sun to cleanse your aura, and the earth to transmute the energies you don’t want, as you ground.
    9) Get involved in some kind of physical activity. Get yourself focused on the here and now, get yourself focused on your own body. Walking, doing housework, gardening… anything is better than curling up in a ball and waiting for the kicking to stop. Such activities will also strengthen your aura and empower you.
    10) There are foods that help support people undergoing psychic attack. Raw fruits and vegetables and nuts are best. Also make sure you are properly hydrated. Water is conductive. The more water in your body, the better your energy conduction – in other words, the more power you have available to protect yourself with.
    11) Listen to music that uplifts you, inspires you, moves you, makes you want to dance, or sing, fills you with joy.
    12) Commit random acts of kindness, gratitude, and generosity. When you bring others a sense of happiness, that happiness is shared back to you. It coats your aura in another layer of protection.

Now that you know things that you can do that help… Here is a list of things you absolutely should not do.

  • 1) Keep your hopes up – do not entertain negative, hurtful, destructive, or despairing thoughts. If you notice them happening, turn your mind to positive thoughts. If you’re under attack, hope is the first thing they try to take. Don’t let them.
    2) Do not get drunk; do not abuse drugs; avoid hallucinogens! Avoid people who get extremely drunk. Drugs and alcohol weaken the mind, however temporarily, and make you an easier target.
    3) Do not do mind-numbing tasks. Don’t spend five hours tumblring or fbing, or watching tv. Stay alert as much as possible. When you’re not paying attention, it’s easy to sneak past your protections.
    4) While it may work on occasion for some, in general it seems to be a bad thing to have the attitude that one is a lost and helpless little sheep in need of rescue. This kind of “I’m lost and helpless, save me” attitude attracts wolves or sharks. If you must express that sentiment, try to wait to express it to someone your heart tells you will actually help you – don’t broadcast it.
    5) Do not tune into bad news, do not listen to depressing/angry music, do not let your spirits tune into negativity.
    6) Don’t panic! You are not alone. Others have survived these trials – you can too.

This concludes this lesson on psychic attack. We have covered what it is, and what it is not. We have covered what you can do to determine whether a suspected psychic attack is real, or not. We have discussed what you can do during a psychic attack to protect yourself, and we have talked about things you need to avoid during those times because those activities can make you more susceptible.

I look forward to your questions and comments.
-Raven

Spell to Protect another Spell from Damage or Destruction

“Neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor air,
Nor any element between,
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night,
Nor sun, nor sprite, nor meddling God,
Nor demon, angel, or denizen of places between spaces,
Shall stay this spell from the swift completion of its appointed purpose…
I bind this spell by might of Three…
By Spirit, Astral and my own Body.”

Written by K. Christmas.

Sagittarius Full Moon (lover’s moon) Meditation

This meditation was jointly written by R and I. 

Ground and center – connect to the core of yourself, your solar plexus chakra. Imagine that this chakra expands, fills your entire body with yellow light. See that light touch your root and your crown. See that light plunge into the earth, connecting the core of you to the core of the earth through the root chakra. See that light plunge into the universe, connecting the core of you to the core of the universe through the crown chakra. See the core of you connect to the core of the universe through the crown chakra. Take three deep breaths. The first breath relaxes the body. The second breath relaxes the mind. The third breath relaxes the soul.

In your mind, imagine that you find yourself in a land of shadows. It’s warm, safe, familiar, even though it’s dark. You know that, today, joining the shadows is not a scary thing, but actually something to be desired. You look down, and find that your toes are turning into shadow, and blowing away. This isn’t a frightening thing, but a comfortable experience… you feel totally at peace. So your feet become shadow, and blow away. Your calves and shins become shadows, and blow away. Your knees and thighs become shadows, and blow away. Your root and womb become pure light, as your hips and buttocks become shadows, and blow away. Your solar plexus becomes pure light, and your body around it, your stomach and back, become shadows, and blow away. Your heart becomes pure light, and your chest and shoulders become shadows, and blow away. Your arms become shadows, and blow away. Your neck becomes a shadow, and blows away, leaving the brilliant blue light of your throat behind. Your face becomes shadow, and blows away, leaving behind your psychic eye, shining light in the darkness. Your crown becomes pure light, and your head becomes shadows, and blows away. Your body is shadows, and is blown away, blending with all the shadows around you, leaving behind only the brilliant light of your chakras, clean and pure.

You find yourself in a deep, dark cave. The ground you walk on is covered with rocks, so many sharp and jagged points that it’s hard to find your way through the cave to the center… and you almost don’t want to proceed… but you know that it is important that you continue. There’s a close feeling, a pressure, it’s warm and moist, uncomfortable. You pick your way through the rocky debris, moving towards a source of light, coming from the ground in the center of the cave. The light is red, the shadows made very dark. You see your own shadow thrown up against the wall, and you are drawn away from the center, to touch the wall where your shadow stands.

The wall is damp, slick and wet when you touch it. You touch the shadow, and feel as if a hand is touching you. When you touch it, you realize that it speaks to you, in that small voice which we all have inside of us. The shadow tells you something about yourself… a negative belief or behavior you need to get rid of. When you accept that it is time to let go of this negativity, the wall gives way and your hand eases into the rock, to allow you to take hold of that negativity. You experience a slight pain, as if your hand had sunk into your own body, and then a slight relief when your hand is released from the rock, now possessing the negativity. Suddenly, a sharp pain makes you look at the hand now released from the rock. As you look at your palm, a large boil rises from it. You know that the boil represents a sour spot in your soul. As it rises from the center of your palm, it crystallizes and becomes a rock – an unopened geode, encompassing the entire self-destructive trait. Within you, you sense the emptiness where that negativity once lived – a gaping hole inside of you, which makes you feel lighter, a relief, and with a sudden revelation you realize that this is true freedom. You walk to the center of the cave, where you find a fissure, filled with lava, the source of the light. You throw the stone shard that is the negativity you need to release, into the lava, shouting “I release you! I am Free!” You watch the stone piece melt, becoming lava. You reach into the lava, and take a handful of the glowing light, and walk back to your shadow on the wall. Once again, you reach out to touch the shadow on the wall, and your hand sinks into the wall. You can feel your hand sinking into you, as you fill the hole in wall, in yourself, with the hot, glowing lava. You fill yourself with white-hot light. You know that what will bloom in the emptiness where darkness once dwelled will be something of the light, something beautiful, something healthy and pure… you will gain a positive trait in exchange for your negativity.

Knowing yourself truly free, feeling lighter and happier, you leave the cave, thanking the elements of earth and fire as you go.
Slowly, you coalesce from shadow into solidity. Your head becomes solid. Your face becomes solid. Your neck becomes solid. Your shoulders and your arms become solid. Your chest becomes solid. Your back becomes solid. Your stomach, your womb, your hips and your buttocks become solid. Your thighs become solid. Your knees become solid. Your shins and your calves become solid. Your feet become solid. Your toes become solid. You are completely solid, full of light. You ground and center. You take three deep breaths. The first breath awakens the soul. The second breath awakens the heart and the mind. The third breath awakens the body. You awaken, and open your eyes, refreshed, relaxed, and free.

Magickal Need

All magick is based on need. You need something, so you cast for it. Of course, this does not mean you have to need something to make that something happen, but it does help. No, need-based magick requires you to BELIEVE that you need something. You must suspend your disbelief and become utterly convinced, in that moment, that you need this thing you are creating to be, more than you need the very air you breathe. 
Don’t get trapped by the idea that you must have a need before a spell will work. No, you merely need to have the perception of a need – and that is easily created within the mind, as with all perceptions. However, approach this creation of the sensation of need with caution. There is a fine line, which must not be crossed, whereby there is a feeling of need, without there being an actual need. Do not create the loss of the thing you are casting for by becoming too much involved with the need of that thing – need it to already be, without needing it because you don’t have it. One mindset tells the universe to pay attention and convinces It to give you what you’re asking for… the other tells the Universe you actually want to not have it. 

Wiki on Patrons

Patron (or Tutelary) Deity 

A tutelary (also tutelar) is a spirit or deity in the position of a guardian, patron or protector of a particular place, geographic feature, person, lineage, nation, culture or occupation in polytheistic or animist religion. Both tutelary and tutelar can be used as either a noun or an adjective. An analogous concept in Christianity is the patron saint, or to a lesser degree, guardian angel.
Contents [hide]
1 Tutelary genius, protecting spirit, familiar spirit
2 By culture
2.1 Near East and Mediterranean
2.1.1 Ancient Greece
2.1.2 Ancient Rome
2.2 Asia
2.3 Americas
2.4 Africa
3 See also
4 Notes
[edit]Tutelary genius, protecting spirit, familiar spirit

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Pierre A. Riffard[1] defines a tutelary spirit as either a tutelary genius (present ever since birth) or a protecting spirit (that can help in times of trouble) or a familiar spirit (a mate, who is a double of self, even though totally different).
a) A tutelary genius is a strictly personal deity or demon who has presided over the destiny of every man or woman, ever since birth, until the time of his or her death, when the spirit eventually disappears. Since childhood Socrates had been hearing the voice of his personal spirit or daimonion, prohibiting him doing things. "You have often heard me speak of an oracle or sign which comes to me, and is the divinity which Meletus ridicules in the indictment. This sign I have had ever since I was a child. The sign is a voice which comes to me and always forbids me to do something which I am going to do, but never commands me to do anything, and this is what stands in the way of my being a politician" (Plato, Apology of Socrates, 40 b).
b) The protecting spirit (guardian spirit, spirit helper) is a force, a soul, or a deity that helps the shaman or the magician. It can be an animal, a plant, a mineral or the spirit of ancestors. It can either be collective or individual. According to Michael Harner (The Sound of Rushing Water, 1968), among the Jivaro (Shuar people), "the tsentsak, these spirit helpers, or darts, are the main supernatural forces believed to cause illness and death in daily life. To the non-shaman they are normally invisible, and even shamans can perceive them only under the influence of natema [a hallucinogenic drink]. Shamans send those spirit helpers into the victims bodies to make them ill or to kill them. At other times, they may suck spirits sent by enemy shamans from the bodies of tribesmen suffering from witchcraft induced illness. The spirit helpers also form shields that protect their shaman masters from attacks. According to Jivaro concepts, each tsentsak has a natural and supernatural aspect. The magical darts natural aspect is that of an ordinary material object as seen without drinking the drug natema. But the supernatural and true aspect of the tsentsak is revealed to the shaman by taking natema. When he does this, the magical darts appear in new forms as demons and with new names. In their supernatural aspects, the tsentsak are not simply objects but spirit helpers in various forms, such as giant butterflies, jaguars, or monkeys, who actively assist the shaman in his tasks."
c) A familiar spirit is the double, the alter-ego of an individual. It does not look like the individual concerned. Even though it may have an independent life of its own it remains closely linked to the individual. The familiar spirit can be an animal, also called "familiar pet". A witch can have a black cat, or a toad, an owl, with which she exchanges information and signs. The medicine-man, in Australian aboriginal societies, also has his familiar spirit (his personal totem), which can be a snake, for instance. "A usual method, or explanation, is that the medicine man sends his ‘familiar spirit’ (his assistant totem, spirit-dog, spirit-child or whatever the form may be) to gather the information. While this is occurring, the man himself is in a state of receptivity, in sleep or trance. In modern phraseology [spiritism], his ‘familiar spirit’ would be the control [control spirit]" (A. P. Elkin, Aboriginal men of high degree, 1945, 48).
Mircea Eliade : "The Goldi [Nanai people in Siberia] clearly distinguish between the tutelary spirit (ayami), which chooses the shaman, and the helping spirits (syven), which are subordinate to it and are granted to the shaman by the ayami itself. According to Sternberg the Goldi explain the relations between the shaman and his ayami by a complex sexual emotion. Here is the report of a Goldi shaman.
‘Once I was asleep on my sick-bed, when a spirit approached me. It was a very beautiful woman. Her figure was very slight, she was no more than half an arshin (71 cm.) tall. Her face and attire were quite as those of one of our Gold women… She said: ‘I am the ayami of your ancestors, the Shamans. I taught them shamaning. Now I am going to teach you… I love you, I have no husband now, you will be my husband and I shall be a wife unto you. I shall give you assistant spirits. You are to heal with their aid, and I shall teach and help you myself…’ Sometimes she comes under the aspect of an old woman, and sometimes under that of a wolf, so she is terrible to look at. Sometimes she comes as a winged tiger… She has given me three assistants-the jarga (the panther), the doonto (the bear) and the amba (the tiger). They come to me in my dreams, and appear whenever I summon them while shamaning. If one of them refuses to come, the ayami makes them obey, but, they say, there are some who do not obey even the ayami. When I am shamaning, the ayami and the assistant spirits are possessing me; whether big or small, they penetrate me, as smoke or vapour would. When the ayami is within me, it is she who speaks through my mouth, and she does everything herself’." [2]
[edit]By culture

[edit]Near East and Mediterranean
Further information: Cities of the Ancient Near East and É (temple)
[edit]Ancient Greece
See also: Twelve Olympians
In Greek polytheism, Athena was the patron goddess of the city of Athens.
[edit]Ancient Rome

The walls of the city she protects are represented by the crown of Cybele
Tutelary deities who guard and preserve a place or a person are fundamental to ancient Roman religion. The tutelary deity of an individual was his Genius, or that of a woman her Juno.[3] In the Imperial era, the Genius of the Emperor was a focus of Imperial cult. An emperor might also adopt a major deity as his personal patron or tutelary,[4] as Augustus did Apollo.[5] Precedents for claiming the personal protection of a deity were established in the Republican era, when for instance the Roman dictator Sulla advertised the goddess Victory as his tutelary by holding public games (ludi) in her honor.[6]
Each town or city had one or more tutelary deities, whose protection was considered particularly vital in time of war and siege. Rome itself was protected by a goddess whose name was to be kept ritually secret on pain of death (for a supposed case, see Quintus Valerius Soranus).[7] The Capitoline Triad of Juno, Jupiter, and Minerva were also tutelaries of Rome.[8] The Italic towns had their own tutelary deities. Juno often had this function, as at the Latin town of Lanuvium and the Etruscan city of Veii,[9] and was often housed in an especially grand temple on the arx (citadel) or other prominent or central location.[10] The tutelary deity of Praeneste was Fortuna, whose oracle was renowned.[11] The Roman ritual of evocatio was premised on the belief that a town could be made vulnerable to military defeat if the power of the tutelary deity were diverted outside the city, perhaps by the offer of superior cult at Rome.[12] The depiction of some goddesses such as the Magna Mater (Cybele) as "tower-crowned" represents their capacity to preserve the city.[13] A town in the provinces might adopt a deity from within the Roman religious sphere to serve as its guardian, or syncretize its own tutelary with such; for instance, a community within the civitas of the Remi in Gaul adopted Apollo as its tutelary, and at the capital of the Remi (present-day Reims), the tutelary was Mars Camulus.[14]

Lararium depicting tutelary deities of the house: the ancestral Genius (center) flanked by two Lares, with a guardian serpent below
Tutelary deities were also attached to sites of a much smaller scale, such as storerooms, crossroads, and granaries. Each Roman home had a set of protective deities: the Lar or Lares of the household or familia, whose shrine was a lararium; the Penates who guarded the storeroom (penus) of the innermost part of the house; Vesta, whose sacred site in each house was the hearth; and the Genius of the paterfamilias, the head of household.[15] The poet Martial lists the tutelary deities who watch over various aspects of his farm.[16] The architecture of a granary (horreum) featured niches for images of the tutelary deities, who might include the genius loci or guardian spirit of the site, Hercules, Silvanus, Fortuna Conservatrix ("Fortuna the Preserver") and in the Greek East Aphrodite and Agathe Tyche.[17]
The Lares Compitales were the tutelary gods of a neighborhood (vicus), each of which had a compitum (shrine) devoted to these.[18] During the Republic, the cult of local or neighborhood tutelaries sometimes became rallying points for political and social unrest.
[edit]Asia
Chinese folk religion, both past and present, includes a myriad of tutelary deities. Exceptional individuals may become deified after death. Guan Yu is a well-known tutelary from the Three Kingdoms period.
In Korean shamanism, jangseung and sotdae were placed at the edge of villages to frighten off demons. They were also worshiped as deities.
In Shinto, the spirits, or kami, which give life to human bodies come from nature and return to it after death. Ancestors are therefore themselves tutelaries to be worshiped.
In Hinduism, tutelary deities are known as ishta-devata and Kuldevi or Kuldevta. Devas can also be seen as tutelary. Shiva is patron of yogis and renunciants.
Thai provincial capitals have tutelary city pillars and palladiums.
Tibetan Buddhism has yidams as tutelary. Dakini is the patron of those who seek knowledge.
[edit]Americas
Native American religion, (see also Animism, Shamanism) has extensive and varied systems of zoomorphic tutelaries, (also known as power animals). In Mesoamerica these tutelary power animals are called Nagual in the Aztec language and Uay in the Maya language.
[edit]Africa
In many of the animistic African religions, tutelaries appear in a variety of forms. The Binou cult of the Dogon people of Mali have totems around their villages.
[edit]See also

Look up tutelary in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Look up tutelar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Animal spirit
Animism
Familiar spirit
Genius (mythology)
Genius loci
Nagual
Patron saint
Power animal
Totem
Uay
[edit]Notes

^ Pierre A. Riffard, Nouveau dictionnaire de l’ésotérisme, Paris: Payot, 2008, 114-115, 136-137.
^ Mircea Eliade, Shamanism. Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (1968), Princeton University Press, 2004, 72, quoting Leo Sternberg, Divine Election in Primitive Religion, Congrès International des Américanistes, 1924, 476 ff.
^ Nicole Belayche, "Religious Actors in Daily Life: Practices and Beliefs," in A Companion to Roman Religion (Blackwell, 2007), p. 279.
^ Ittai Gradel, Emperor Worship and Roman Religion (Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 104–105.
^ Michael Lipka, Roman Gods: A Conceptual Approach (Brill, 2009), pp. 20–21; Gradel, Emperor Worship and Roman Religion, p. 116.
^ Frank Bernstein, "Complex Rituals: Games and Processions in Republican Rome," in A Companion to Roman Religion, pp. 231ff.
^ Jörg Rüpke, Religion of the Romans (Polity Press, 2007, originally published in German 2001), pp. 132–133.
^ Lipka, Roman Gods, pp. 23–24.
^ Gary Forsythe, A Critical History of Early Rome: From Prehistory to the First Punic War (University of California Press, 2005, 2006), p. 128.
^ Rüpke, Religion of the Romans, p. 132, citing Macrobius Saturnalia 3.9.
^ P. G. P. Meyboom, The Nile Mosaic of Palestrina: Early Evidence of Egyptian Religion in Italy (Brill, 1995), preface (n.p. online) and p. 160.
^ Lipka, Roman Gods, pp. 126–127; Clifford Ando, "Exporting Roman Religion," in A Companion to Roman Religion (Blackwell, 2007), p. 441.
^ Lipka, Roman Gods, p. 123, citing Lucretius, De rerum natura 2.606–609.
^ Ton Derks, Gods, Temples, and Ritual Practices: The Transformation of Religious Ideas and Values in Roman Gaul (Amsterdam University Press, 1998), pp. 100, 105, 108–109, noting that "local elites … were well aware of the mythological tales connected with the various Roman gods, and in the choice of a tutelary god for their civitas or pagus opted deliberately for a deity who, in all his aspects, was most in keeping with their own perception of the world."
^ Valerie M. Warrior, Roman Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 28–29.
^ Martial, Epigrams 10.92, as cited by Warrior, Roman Religion, pp. 29–30.
^ Geoffrey Rickman, Roman Granaries and Store Buildings (Cambridge University Press, 1971), pp. 35, 52, 57, 313–314.
^ Gradel, Emperor Worship and Roman Religion, p. 11; Robert E.A. Palmer, The Archaic Community of the Romans (Cambridge University Press, 2009), p. 81 online.

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Traveler

We all have our own ways of getting around Astral – as many denizens as there are, are there methods to travel. I have a sister who passes through Void to get where she’s going. If you were able to pass through the space OUTSIDE space, the space that particles from atoms blink to when they’re not here, that would be how she moves.

If you’ve ever seen Mary Poppins, and remember the scene where they traveled through a chalk picture on the pavement, if you remember the end sequence, when the rain hit the drawings and everything melted into colorful streaks, that would be what traveling with me looks like. Like everything melted… because I travel through time and space at the same time, you see streaks of light that are either paused, or hurried up.

I call it "fetching" because that’s what I do… I drop into this place where there is no time, but all time is before me, I choose the moment and the place, I and reinsert myself there, almost in a pulling motion – I pull time and space to me, and pull myself to the moment I want.

It’s being in all places at once, in all times at once, and then deliberately choosing to remove my consciousness from one moment and place it in another. Of course, I stay connected to it all, and can even have a broad awareness if needed, but mostly I’m just focusing on the time I want in front of me, the place I want to experience. 

Do you travel the Astral, in dreams, mediations, or another way? How do you travel?

Evening Devotions

A Prayer to Themis
By Willow Myst (slightly adapted)
Themis, great Goddess of Justice, I thank you for your presence with me every day.
Help me to continue to focus my thoughts on what I wish to create in my life. 
Let me be reminded of how my actions affect not only me, but also all of creation.
Because of your continual guidance, I am aware of both sides of issues,
I unconditionally accept that there is more than one way to view the world,
And I take the steps necessary to reach a state of equilibrium.
Your power to cocreate balance, order and harmony in my life
Brings me to peace with my world and myself.
I graciously accept your presence in my life.
Guide me. Bless me. Light up my life with your divine presence.

A Prayer to Hades
By Selqet
Hades, Great God of the Dead, I need to feel Your presence.
I need to be reminded of You.
Assist me to remember Your lessons;
That Death is not something to fear, nor the ultimate loss,
That in the end, it is the cessation of pain,
And the return to me all that was lost.
Let me remember also that wealth is not merely the money in my pocket,
But is a life well lived, the friends I have, the kindness of my heart.
Because of your presence in my life, I have discovered what really matters,
And I strive to live a life that shows those important ideas to others.
Your power to cocreate wealth, love, and a life wellspent
Brings me to peace with my world and myself.
Thank you for showing me the key to my hidden riches.
Guide me. Bless me. Light up my life with your divine presence.

Evening Prayer
By Scott Cunningham (slightly adapted)
O Gracious Goddess,
O Great God,
I now enter the realm of dreams.
Weave now, if You will, a web of protective light around me.
Guard both my sleeping form and my spirit.
Watch over me
Until the sun once again
Rules the Earth.
O Great Goddess,
O Gracious God,
Be with me through the night.
Lend me health, strength and love always.
Assist me with the challenges ahead.
Share Your divine wisdom.
Remind me to respect all things.
Remind me that the greatest power of all is love.
Blessed Be.

Purification Ritual for Cleansing And Clearing The Chakras

NOTE: Do this entire exercise once a day for at least one week. After that first week is up, do the full ritual once a week, and as a daily exercise, ask your guides which parts of the ritual you need to do each day – for example… Having done the full exercise every day for one week, I sit down with my guides and ask them, "Do I need to do the balls of light? Do I need to do the vibrational healing? Do I need to connect my chakras – and if so, which ones? Do I need to balance the energies between my chakras, and if so, which chakras should I work on? Do I need to do a heavy cleansing and clearing of my chakras today? Do I need to work on raising my vibrations? Do I need to re-shield my chakras or my auric body?" The answers to these questions will dictate what I do that day.
I have also found that grounding and centering before and after each section of this exercise makes it much more efficient.
Bright blessings… and Good Luck – I hope you find this ritual useful in your healing and growing.
Selket

Run a bath with cleansing herbs.
Soak in the bath for about five minutes before beginning the ritual cleansing. Use this time to connect yourself to the Vibrational Healing Universal Love Light ("I am now connecting to the Vibrational Healing Universal Lovelight with unconditional love.") (Yes, you really do have to say it that way.)

Ground and center.

While in the bath, use vibrational healing (for this, use the mantra Hamsaha Sohum). Start at the crown chakra, and work your way down, using the mantra 27 times per chakra, then drawing the energy downwards with four fingers to the next chakra 9 times using the mantra Shreem.

To reiterate, connect to the energy, place your left hand on your stomach over your belly button, place your right hand on your crown with your middle finger in the depression at the top of your skull, circle your middle finger clockwise saying Hamsaha Sohum 27 times, then using four fingers draw the energy down nine times to your third eye while saying Shreem each time you draw the energy down. Then cup your third eye with your right hand, palm over the gap between your eyebrows, fingers pointing towards the top of your forehead (I find that the heel of my hand fits perfectly between my eyes, resting on the very top of my nose), and say Hamsaha Sohum 27 times, then draw the energy down with Shreem to your throat chakra, move your right hand sideways back and forth over your throat, caressing the front of your throat with your fingers. When working on the heart chakras, circle clockwise from shoulder to shoulder, down to the edge of your rib cage with your right hand while saying the first mantra. For the solar plexus, cup the area as if you’re pregnant and resting your hand on the top of your expanded womb. When doing the sacral plexus, again cup your womb as if you were pregnant and holding the bottom of your expanded womb… for the sacral plexus chakra you may find that moving in clockwise circles around the area including your hips is helpful. For the root chakra, use your middle finger. Circulate clockwise, pressing upwards and inwards. Keep your left hand over your bellybutton throughout the whole exercise – you will have to lift it up when you draw the energy from your solar plexus to your sacral plexus, but that is the only time you should lift it up.

Ground and center.

When you have done this daily for one week, when you have completed Hamsaha Sohum AND Shreem, follow this with Kleem, drawing energy downwards from crown to root nine times using five fingers.

Ground and center.

When you are finished with your vibrational healing, reach towards the light you have connected to for this process and draw out of that stream of light a large white ball of energy. Draw this down into your crown and through all your chakras and the main channel that connects them all together, and out your feet and into the ground. Allow the ball of light to (spinning clockwise) cleanse and clear each chakra and channel as it moves through you. Now do the same exercise only draw the energy ball from the earth, up through your feet and out your crown. Ground both balls of light outside of you (do not draw them back inside you in order to ground them.)

Ground and center.

Drain the bath completely before getting out of the tub.

The next exercise is to reconnect all your chakras to each other, balance the energy flowing through them all, do a deep cleansing to clear them all of excess energy, blockages, and unnecessary connections, raise their vibrations and then shield them all.

You have twelve chakras:

Name           Color           Location                    Organs/Function

First Chakra (Root – Muladhara)
Red At base of spine

Physical chakra

Bones, muscles, lower extremities
Second chakra (Sacral Plexus – Swadhishtana)
Orange Region of pelvic cavity. Between navel and base of spine

Physical chakra

Reproductive organs, spleen balance
Third Chakra (Solar Plexus – Manipura)
Yellow Abdomenal region (navel)

Physical chakra

Digestion, adrenal balance, ulcers
Fourth chakra (A) (Heart – Anahata)
Green Heart region

Emotional chakra

Heart. lungs, immune system, thymus balance
Fourth chakra (B) (Heart)
Rose Heart region ( above the green chakra)

Emotional chakra

Heart. lungs, immune system, thymus balance
Fifth chakra (Throat – Vishuddha)
Translucent Blue Throat

Emotional chakra

Throat, upper bronchials, neurological, thyroid balance
Sixth chakra (Third Eye – Ajna)
Indigo Third eye, forehead between the eyebrows .

Mental/Spiritual chakra

Pituitary gland, facial area (eyes, nose,ears)
Seventh chakra (Crown – Sahasrara)
Violet Crown of head

Spiritual chakra

Pineal gland, brain area
Eighth chakra Silver Below the feet approximately 6"

Etheric chakra

Feminine energy, grounds to earth
Ninth chakra Gold Above the head approximately 6"

Etheric chakra

Masculine energy, connects to Source
Tenth chakra White Palm chakra of dominant hand

Etheric chakra

Protection, contains all color
Eleventh chakra Clear Palm chakra of non-dominant hand

Etheric chakra

Clarity and truth, contains all color
Twelfth chakra Black Outside layer of auric field and approximately 12" below feet

Etheric chakra

Provides experiences for testing, energy movement, and grounding; contains all color

For this exercise, you will need a pendulum, dowsing rods, tarot cards that you will ONLY use for chakra work, or some other form of divination that allows you to ask yes or no questions, and can inform you when the task you are working is completed. You will also need the assistance of your guides so before beginning be sure to ask for their presence during your cleansing/healing work.

Ground and center.

First connect to your root chakra. Say "I am now connecting to my root chakra. I am now releasing all excess energy from my root chakra back into the universe with unconditional love. I am now releasing all blockages from my root chakra back into the universe with unconditional love. I am now releasing all unwanted and unnecessary connections from my root chakra back into the universe with unconditional love." Do this for all twelve chakras, in this order: Root, sacral, solar, heart a, heart b, throat, third eye, crown, 8th chakra (six inches below root), 9th chakra (six inches above crown), 10th and 11th chakras (right and left palms), and the 12th chakra (12 inches below root). Use your dowsing rods to confirm that each task is completed before moving on to the next task or the next chakra. I find that cupping the energy you are releasing with your hands, raising your hands to your mouth and blowing the energy up and out towards the universe and away from yourself is very effective as a physical visualization.

Ground and center.

You will continue to use this same order for the following processes: reconnecting, balancing, cleansing, clearing, raising the vibration, and shielding, grounding and centering after each process.

Sink into the chakra you are going to work on – think of it as a new way to center. Once you are in the chakra, visualize connections, really FEEL those connections, feel the energy flowing, from that chakra to other chakras and back again, as you make them.

Say: "I am now connecting to my root chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my sacral plexus chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my solar plexus chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my green heart chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my rose heart chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my throat chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my third eye chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my crown chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my 8th chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my 9th chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my right palm chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my left palm chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to my 12th chakra. I am now connecting my root chakra to all my minor chakras." Again use your dowsing rods to confirm that each task is completed before moving on to the next stage.
 
Repeat this connection phase with each of your 12 chakras and your minor chakras. Remember to sink into each chakra before beginning, and to visualize and FEEL the connections as you make them.

Ground and center.

Now, do exactly the same thing that you did with the connections, only replace the word "connecting" with the word "balancing." Again, remember to sink into the chakra you are working on, and really FEEL the energy balancing between each chakra. This exercise will also help to clear the nadis or meridians, the channels between each chakra. If you feel it is necessary, make a separate exercise to purify the nadis. The three most important of these channels are the Sushumna, Ida, and Pingala nadis. Pingala regulates flow in the left side of the body. Ida regulates energy flowing on the right side. Sushumna is the central channel between the twelve major chakras that carries kundalini energy from the Root to the Crown.

Ground and center.

Now do exactly the same thing as before, only use the words "Cleansing and Clearing." Use the white light visualization if this helps. Remember to sink into each chakra, cleaning them from the inside out, whereas before, you were cleaning from the outside in.

Ground and center.

Again, just as before, but this time use the words "Raising the vibrations." See the outer lining of the chakra you are working on gain a golden ring around it. See your aura gain a golden glow. At this time you may also like to raise kundalini energy from the root to the crown in the same way.

Ground and center.

And finally, use the word "Shielding." Visualize the shields on each chakra, and visualize a shield over your entire aura. Say "Hreem" three times for each chakra shield, and when you shield your entire aura, shield from the bottom up, using the same mantra, three times on the left foot, three times in the middle, three times on the right foot, three times on the left of your waist, three times at your front, three times to the right side of your waist, three times to your back, three times to your left shoulder, three times to your head, and three times to your right shoulder. Draw this yantra symbol over the area you are working on, each time you say Hreem.


Ground and center.

Additional Note: You will be VERY bright when you are finished with the ritual, but the shield will dim that down so you don’t blind people who Look at you. Also, don’t be surprised if the shield makes you feel like you’re walking inside a ball. You are. It’s OK.