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Have You Done Any Protection Spells or Workings?

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, have you done any protection spells or workings for yourself and your family? Have you done any for the military forces or for the nation? How about something geared toward the biological/chemical threats? Have you participated in any of the calls for a binding spell aimed at stopping/finding those responsible? Do you plan to do something like this in your Samhain rituals this year? Have you asked your Gods/Ancestors/ spirits to watch over you, guard you or aid you in such magickal endeavors? Do you think that the recent events will change how you usually celebrate or participate in Samhain rituals?

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Faith Precedes The Miracle, After All You Can Do. Since Safety And... Oct 16th. at 1:12:16 am EDT

Kea Erisdottir (Frederick, Maryland US) Age: 37 - Email

Faith precedes the Miracle, after all you can do. Since safety and security are ultimately our own matter, we need to secure our physical lives and affairs ourselves. Prayer and protective magicks should be as much a part of life as anything else. While I certainly have made it a point to talk to Hermes, Heru, and others where travel is concerned, I'm much more inclined to pray that all travellers find Peace and safety in their voyages. Lots of people are nervous on planes and in airports with uniformed soldiers with loaded weapons around--I somehow find no reason to fault them in that.

On the 4th of October, I got on an American Airlines flight to Texas. The tenseness of everyone on the plane was noteworthy and I honestly had not expected it, given the uneventful and unanxious flight to Toronto the preceding week. However, when I saw the Dead roaming the crowded plane among the living, matters became a lot clearer. I spared part of my lunch for them, and generally wished everyone Peace. Needless to say, it was a terribly long flight for a lot of people.

Samhain is for the Dead. Coming closer to a difficult Samhain will necessitate some extra care, and make a little more effort than perhaps we have in the past. Few understand the need to care for the dead at this time and even fewer will actually undertake the intense work that may be needed to help quell the storms in the spirit world. Affirmation of Life also requires affirmation of Death and to avoid either is to neglect both. It is my firm believe that the spiritual costs of that neglect are much higher than most of us realize. We should strive as pagans to come to grips with what our obligations are to the dead and exercise them in this time. It will be how we deal with affairs such as this, and who we choose to work for, that will define pagans as a group and paganism as a religion.

Samhain upcoming, as well as in future years, have come into focus for me as a much more important time for the working for the Dead. Western Christian burial traditions are austere, and don't do the job, especially when there are no bodies to bury. Believe me when I say that it is likely that many of the WTC dead literally went up in the smoke--and a quick trip past a house with a POW/MIA flag out in front of it, a remnant of Vietnam, lets us all know that not having a body to bury denies many in our culture closure in times like these.

I have noted for myself that our lack of care for the affairs of the dead will ultimately leave us ill-prepared to care for the living. Both must be done together, lest we fail both groups. This goes double or triple in the wake of such a monstrous catastophe. The danger is in forgetting the balance, the acknowledgement, and the process of mourning. I find grief counselors to be a terribly predatory lot, and I always knew that funeral industry were only in it for the bucks.

The names of the dead and missing are many, both in the US and overseas in places like Afghanistan. Those who died to protect and aid the living should receive additional honor, as should those who left behind children. But we should also seek out the names of the undocumented aliens whose names may not be known, because they were not part of any employment roster. It's a very large task, but a worthy one, and we shouldn't turn from it. This is part of what we are. Finding ways to offer quiet comfort to the dead, so that they can get on about their business, is what Samhain is about. I pray we all do what is needed now, as well as in the future.

I Have Done A Protection Spell To Stop Any One Coming Between... Oct 16th. at 8:39:23 am EDT

Zoe (Wednesbury, England UK) Age: 14 - Email


Although I Tend To Be A Pacifist In My Every Day Life... Oct 16th. at 9:05:57 pm EDT

Kaicielia BlueDragon (Madison, Wisconsin US) Age: 25 - Email

Although I tend to be a pacifist in my every day life, I am far from a pushover. I really do wish there were a better solution for what happened than war, but I have to be realistic.
This is not the first time these people have attacked us. We have tried to have the people turned over for punishment, but it hasn't worked. It has been happening for years, and it keeps getting worse. I guess I just don't want to see what could possibly be worse than what happened on Sept. 11th.

I Have Been A Solitary Witch Since Yule Of 99, When The... Oct 16th. at 9:51:07 pm EDT

Green Oakgrove Pike (Chatham, Massachusetts US) Age: 18 - Email

I have been a solitary witch since Yule of 99, when the Spirits guided me, and I felt that "Coming Home Feeling". This is important because I really never took any fomral lessons from experienced witches/pagans/or shamans, so I've been relying on books, taking what I need and introscepting them through meditative thought. This comes to my spell, I usually do NOT prepare for a spell untill aobut 15 minutes before hand, which includes writting out the spell.
So there I was doing a negative energy releasal spell(including stress) for my eldest brother, who unfortunitely chose to go into the airforce, why I don't know. I was doing the power chant for the pinicle of hte spell, and a force not to my knowlegde of being divine or nature or spirit started to sway me gentelly back and forth. Needless to say it helped, I haven't talked to him yet, but I feel the vibes have worked.
I am opposed to all this BUSH related violence towards the Taleban, (I am an American, and that means I will fight for freedom) but there are other ways around the problem. The problem is that they are narow minded individuals that run our government, and ALMOST all governments. So they don't want the difficult solution. My celebratory coven is doing a full Samhaim ritual lasting all New Years Eve and into the morning. The energy raised wil help to find a safe solution to this horrific problem.

I Have Not Done Workings As Of This Day, But Yes, I... Oct 17th. at 10:32:37 am EDT

Dyana MoonRose (Morgantow, West Virginia US) Age: 23 - Email

I have not done workings as of this day, but yes, I plan on doing a ritual along with my Samhain celebration. Samhain is, after all, a holiday to remember those who have passed and to honor those people. I am greatly troubled by the loss of life, and that we are at war, but my main focus will be on well being of the spirits of those who have gone, and to help their families heal their grieving hearts.

I definitely will be doing a ritual for safety for our boys and girls in the military - I have a friend who is a marine and though he may not be called to service, I still worry about him.

I actually don't know if I will do a binding to help catch those who perpertrated this hideous crime, but it is something that I have considered.

I will be asking for protection from the Gods and spirits and elements, certainly. I am very afraid of biological warfare, more so than bombing. I don't know why but I am.

Yes I know these events will change the way I celebrate Samhain this year. I plan on composing a melody to honor those who suffered in this tragedy and playing it on Samhain night. I know it isn't much, but perhaps it will help someone.

I Have Been Wiccan For 8 Yrs. Now And I Have Never... Oct 17th. at 1:06:15 pm EDT

Nihilissa (Kansas City, Missouri US) Age: 23 - Email

I have been Wiccan for 8 yrs. now and I have never came so close to breaking "an ye harm none do as ye will" as I have in the past month. I have decided to put all this pent up energy towards "protecting" those in our home land rather than "harming" those who are causing the problem. I pray for Pres. Bush and the officials that they may think clearly and be able to think ahead to prevent anything else from taking place on our Soil.
On Samhain I have a practice of writing down that which I want to be forgotten or that which I don't like about myself and then buring it in the fire. This Samhain I will place a plate at my dinner table for all those lost in the WTC crash. I will also include the word "confusion" on my list to be put to the fire. They aim to confuse us, it is their goal. In a state of confusion no one can focus on the task at hand. Who knows what they are doing while all of our health department officals are running around trying to figure out the Anthrax scares? On my list of things I wish for in the next year I will add the word "clarity". We know that their true intentions are to kill all of us, but we are confused as to how they plan on doing it. I seek for us to have enough Clarity to clear the smoke and see the true thinkings of these sad people.

May the Goddess and God help us all.

I Plan To Do A Three-fold Ritual This Samhain Calling Upon The... Oct 17th. at 1:21:30 pm EDT

Moonfire (Montague, Massachusetts US) Age: 40

I plan to do a three-fold ritual this Samhain calling upon the Morrigan to inspire and protect those our people and allies but to seek out those responsible and bring them to justice, Danu to keep safe the innocent refugees, and Pan to send the opposing forces into confusion.

The Very Day Of September 11, I Was In Downtown Toronto. The... Oct 17th. at 1:53:04 pm EDT

Aminata-ken (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 22 - Email

The very day of september 11, I was in downtown toronto. The aura of fear I fealt was palpable to say the least. Don't ask me why, but I have always been fascinated by skyscrapers. I have always felt things for them and from them that no one else seems to, and I also believe that the old concept of "ship's spirits" applies to these magnificent structures. In other words, they have a lifeforce all their own. On that fateful day, so worried was I for my beloved city, that I invoked the Goddess and her angels to protect it. In my mind's eye, I immediately sensed a brilliant whitish yellow light around the roof of the toronto stock exchange tower, as if is gaurdian angel had arrived. I also sensed several beings, most notably Kali-ma on the roofs of several other buildings. A short while ago, I also performed a sypathetic protection ritual for the Aon Center in Chicago. As I live in Toronto, I used a picture of the building, and I burned several types of incense with magical properties such as bergamot, which gives protection from harm, and frankincense, which protects from evil. I also said a few short prayers asking the gods to place Aon center under their protection. I find all of these events very interesting, because for the longest time, I have been toying with the idea of a skyscraper blessing ritual.
On another note, concerning the lost souls of manhattan, I continue to feel the presence of the two towers of the world trade center- North and South Tower, respectively. The interesting thing is that they don't seem like your typical lost soul-although their physical bodies are dust, they still want to remain here, possibly as protectors of their city and it's people. At the first Bank Tower, in toronto, on the day of the attacks, I felt that aura of fear very strongly, as if the building itself were feeling it. I later recalled that the buildings of the world financial center were built by the same developers who built first bank tower, and that they too had been damaged in the attacks..
Blessed be,

The Day It Happened, In Fact Less Than Two Hours After The... Oct 17th. at 10:25:53 pm EDT

Johanna Maple (Albany , New York US) Age: 20 - Email

The day it happened, in fact less than two hours after the crisis happened, I went up to my college dorm room and lit candles and did a protection spell as well as asked for a blessing from the God and Goddess for all those involved with the terrible tragedy. This was not a written spell but one from my heart. I feel that those are the most powerful. In my college's Samhain ritual I am planning to have all those involved ask for blessings for all and possibly do a protection spell over all. I hope that all that were directly touched and even those inderectly touched are comforted in knowing that there are many out there praying for this cause and doing all that is in our power to help. Blessed Be to all of you.

As A Twenty Three Year Veteran Of The Craft, Protection Spells And... Oct 18th. at 11:54:27 am EDT

Colleen (Providence, Rhode Island US) Age: 36 - Email

As a twenty three year veteran of the craft, protection spells and workings have been part of my practice for many years. I regularly update and reinforce the protections I have on my home, and cast spells (general and specific) of protection for my family and friends who may ask for them. I believe that we must take a proactive part in our own protection. We cannot simply ask the God and Goddess to do it for us. Like everything else, we will only get out of it, what we put into it, hence the regular reinforcement of those spells.
When the U.S. began sending planes and troops to Afghanistan, I was literally working at a Ren faire in my area. I immediately found a quiet area backstage and did an off the cuff ritual (no candles, no circle, just me and nature) for the protection and safety of our troops, and the innocents in Afghanistan who may have found themselves in the line of fire. I have done something similar every day since then. Sometimes it's nothing more than a simple prayer before I go to bed, sometimes I keep a candle lit all day when I'm around the house.
On Samhain I fully intend to do a more detailed ritual of protection and prayers for peace to come quickly to our troubled world. I will also add some stronger protections to the ones already in place on my home and family.

Bright Blessings On All! My Response To This Question Is Rather Selfish... Oct 18th. at 12:26:01 pm EDT

Alice (Claremont, California US) Age: 40 - Email

Bright Blessings on all!

My response to this question is rather selfish. Yes, I have included this country in my nightly circle prayer, as well as my countrypeople and Afghan innocents far away. Other than that, I really only do a verse around my car when I leave the house (it's a 1970 Bug, so it needs all the help it can get).

The selfish part to this response is this...I and my two daughters have been planning for the last year-and-a-half to move to New York City. My ten-year-old's adoption finally became final in February, and I have had a decent job so I have been able to save some money (Wow, planning ahead like a grown-up), and my eldest graduated high-school. My eighteen-year-old even went on a trip to NYC with two friends in August, where she had some very clear-cut signs that it is time to move. I am waffling somewhat now about moving (mostly the fear of economic instability rather that blatant terrorism). We had been planning to move at the end of October, but I decided one more month of saving money is a good thing. Our current target move date is the end of November.

We are making an empty-handed leap into the void. I have no job, no apartment, and no one that I know in the city.

Am I crazy to move? My cards conflict (reflection of my psyche); The Crone (Motherpeace) upright being the outcome. Am I ignoring signs?

Thoughts and insights greatly appreciated.


Greetings. My Wife And I Did A Protection Spell With Some Friends... Oct 18th. at 2:19:22 pm EDT

Timberwolf (Cincinnati, Ohio US) Age: 36 - Email

Greetings. My wife and I did a protection spell with some friends who were being bothered by an old boyfriend. He has some psychic powers(as does she) and he had been able to walk around the apt. and get into her head while she was there or asleep. We did a binding on a personal item of his, and I wrote up a protective chant that we did on the night of the full moon in September. We also did one putting his name on a piece of paper into a baggie of water and freezing it. Except to get the remainder of his belongings from the apt., he has not bothered her since.

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