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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Question of the Week: 63 - 10/21/2001
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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| Like Most People I Viewed The Events On September 11th With Disbelief... ||Oct 19th. at 5:43:50 am UTC|
|ravensara29 (cornwall, England UK) ||Age: 45 - Email |
Like most people I viewed the events on September 11th with disbelief and horror. Living so far away did not lessen the impact of the images on my tv screen. I had so many conflicting emotions that any working would have been impossible. Now, just over a month on, I feel I can look towards Sahmain with a specific working in mind. I have read the views of other pagans and taken notes from some of them. I am very tempted to try a binding spell but my gut feeling is that this is wrong, it is coming from a need for revenge. I feel that the events are so monumental they are best left, so, apart from a protection spell and a working for peace and love towards all beings, I will leave Bin Laden to his own Karma.
Bright Blessings to all my brothers and sisters in the craft.
| Blessed Be. The Saturday Before 9/11, I Went Into A Little... ||Oct 19th. at 10:44:53 am UTC|
|Amaranth (Cape Canaveral, Florida US) ||Age: 34 - Email |
The Saturday before 9/11, I went into a little store to buy some school supplies for my daughter, and asked for no reason at all that I knew of if they had statues of Kuan Yin. They did, and I bought one, despite budgetary constraints. (The last time I bought statuary of any kind was over five years ago.) I have been working with her ever since, including for nine nights of magic which began 9/11. I have not bound bin Laden or any of his band, but instead concentrated on healing. Many have posted differences in the feel of the Earth's energy. While many healing strategies involve grounding and using Gaea's stability as an energy source, I haven't felt that this would be fair lately. Instead, I have been relying on "energy alchemy" - flooding pockets of negativity with as much white light/positive energy as required to transmute the illness/bad energy into useable, positive energy. No more grounding and letting Mama fix it - at least not for a while. I also sent energy to the rescue workers, comfort to the bereaved, clarity to our leaders, asked for us to learn whatever it is we're learning from this with as little harm to the universe as possible, apologies to the fey and elementals (this really disconcerted them), direction to the dislocated, focus and resolve to the members of our armed forces.
On the subject of bin Laden and the Taliban, rather than bind or punish them or accelerate their karma, I have been sending them emotional and spiritual healing as well, on the theory that their motivations approach the level of mental illness. If this mental illness, this snapped connection in their leaders' spirit is repaired completely, I believe continued acts of terrorism will become impossible. They will still have their accrued karma to deal with, just as we all do. I have a personal belief that love is at the core of us all, and that when we are in alignment with that core, all's right with the world.
Finally, if you have not read Isaac Bonewit's link about the magical impact of the terrorist attacks, please do. You can link into it from Vox's site. Just in case I'm mistaken and found it somewhere else, here's a brief summary. While being a sociopolitical statement about their desires, the attacks were also a blood sacrifice which opened a gate into our country. Therefore, after our Samhain rites, we must very decisively route anything negative back through that door and firmly close it. His words rang true for me, and I will be adding my own kick to make sure that door is shut tight.
| Dear Witchvox Im Not American. But, I Tried To Do A Protection... ||Oct 19th. at 12:58:00 pm UTC|
|Mo (Middle East, Qatar) ||Age: 14 |
Im not American. But, i tried to do a protection spell....but there are a lot of things i cant get here. I live in Asia. I am a wiccan and i just started. But I always try to de protection spells for all countries....to try to get peace. But i cant find any place to buy supplies here, i have to shop online and it takes too long for the supplies to arrive.
I wish that there was a wiccan group here. But there isnt and i cant talk to any wiccans anywhere here.
| As Of Yet, I Have Not Performed Any Protection Magick, But That... ||Oct 19th. at 2:09:19 pm UTC|
|Frog (Natchez, Mississippi US) ||Age: 32 - Email |
As of yet, I have not performed any protection magick, but that is not to say that I am without defenses. As I see it, the greatest danger we face is fear. Fear of what has happend. Fear of what might happen. And while fear may be a good thing, taken to deeply or in the wrong context, fear becomes paranoia. And with everything that has happened recently, paranoid is supplanting rational fear.
Attacks against my person I can and will defend unto my death, if needed. Attacks against those I love I will defend unto my death as well. But what about attacks against not the physical, but the psyche and the spiritual? That, I believe, is the greater enemy we face. It has been said that the objective of terrorism is terror. If we start to fear everything, including our mail, then terrorism has won. It is at that point when we slip from rational fear into paranoia. And the best defense against paranoid is common sense and a cool head.
I read Wren's article about "The Hall Monitor", and it made me think about the Guardians of the Watchtowers that I call upon during my rituals and how I envision them. Some may think of the Gaurdians as being arms, stalwart warriors, armed with swords and shields. Others may think of them as avatars, spirits of awe and might. And still others may picture them as being dragons. Personally, I envision the gaurdians to be more like gargoyles; fearsome, almost grotesque beings with a heart of gold that adorn medieval catherdrals. And why not? That was, in part, how the gargoyles came to be. That, and they also served as rainspouts, hence their onomatopoetic name (also related to "gargle").
Now why this little side trip into Achitectual Details of the Middle Ages? Well, a parallel could be drawn that the fear we face today from an enemy unkown and unseen, is much the same as the fear faced by those living 800 years ago. And like our ancestors, we too look towards faith and The Divine Spirit to guide and protect us.
And, yes, the recent events have changed, in part, how I will celebrate Samhain this year. In addition to honoring those loved ones that have passed beyond this realm, I will also honor those whose lives were cut all too short due to the events of September 11, 2001. I will also raise and send out healing energy to the surviors and the relatives of the victims. It is a small act, true, but it comes from the heart, and that is what is needed, now more than ever.
As as for protection, I will look for four gargoyle statues, each representing one of the four elements, and add them to my altar to protect my home from fear and other unworldly dangers.
| Our Group Paricipated In A Ritual For Healing After The 9/11... ||Oct 19th. at 10:50:18 pm UTC|
|Rain (Hubbard, Ohio US) ||Age: 39 - Email |
Our group paricipated in a ritual for healing after the 9/11 events for the people and the land.
As far as protections, yes I have as well as several of our group, for our loved ones and those abroad. I also have asked the goddess to watch over those who in innocence will bear the conflict in person as bombs fall over lands and villages.
I pray for resolve and for justice....knowing it will be hard to find. So much is at stake not just personally for usa...but politically and religiously as far as the lands we are presently hunting in for the terrorists.
As far as a binding...not as of yet...personally I am still soting thru some of the facts and feelings I get when I seek to see within the perpetrators...such as faces....because I keep coming back to the fact that the faces and names are not just from the area we now rage against....that of course could be due to the recent anthrax problems...I am not sure.
I was taken aback when it all happened..not so much that we could be attacked, being in the service prior, I knew it was a possibility, it was more the numbers...the absolute staggering amount of damage to life and land. It took days for me to truly assimulate it all. And then I shut off the television. Sadly majority of the media after the initial facts came to light have done naught but fan the flames of the fear they tell everyone will cause more damage than the threats...
| A Simple Spell That We All Can Do Was Shown To Me... ||Oct 20th. at 11:12:05 am UTC|
|Maeve (Laurel, Maryland US) ||Age: 36 - Email |
A simple spell that we all can do was shown to me by some of the folks from the Nomadic Chantry of the Gramarye here in Maryland. Actually, it's two variations on a theme. The first one is based on the Qabalistic Cross - like so:
Raise your right hand above your head and say "North Pole". Bring your arm down, pointing to earth and say "Key West". Then touch your left shoulder and say "Hawaii". Touch your right shoulder and say "East Coast" (Or pick a location.) Draw a circle around the four points saying "Peace and Protection, So Mote It Be. ending with hands in "prayer position" Do this a total of
The other is an Invoking Spirit Pentagram. Start with your hand at Earth. Visualize and say "Hawaii". Go to Spirit, and say "North Pole". Go to Fire and say "Key West". Go to Air and say "Attu" (Attu Island is the westernmost point in Alaska) To Water and say "Prince Edward Island" or P.E.I. (the easternmost point in North America) Return to Earth. As before, draw your circle "Peace and Protection, So Mote It Be", ending with hands in "PrayerPosition"
Repeat a total of three times.
(For those of you who might not work with Pentagrams, Earth is your Left
Foot, Spirit is the point above your head, Fire your Right Foot, Air
your left arm outstretched, and Water your right arm, outstretched.
Always come back to where you start)
I live in Prince Georges County, MD, which lost the most people in the Pentagon of any of the surrounding areas. Most of them were civilian employees. I was at an Internet research conference on 9/11, and the Pentagon attack happened right over my head while I was in the first session. Thank the Goddess that I didn't lose anyone I know personally, but a friend lost three co-workers at the Pentagon, and another friend has an aunt who worked in the WTC who was injured, but is thankfully alive and okay. I feel personally violated because the Pentagon hijackers were staying in a cheap motel a few miles from my home and took lessons at an air park where another friend takes flying lessons. Others learned how to fly near my in-laws' home in Florida, and the PA plane crashed near where I went to camp as a kid.
As for doing any kind of rituals of retribution or karmic justice, I believe that we do need to make sure that the deaths of thousands of innocent people are answered for on the metaphysical plane as well as the physical one. Bin Laden and his Taleban friends are responsible not only for the deaths of people in the US, but the subjugation and murder of women and religious minorities in Afghanistan, the deaths of people in Tanzania and Kenya, etc. This is a cancer on the body of humanity, and it must be surgically removed.
Please pray for all of the military who are involved in this effort, especially our Pagan military members. And, don't forget to take action in the physical world. Send money to the relief efforts, send letters and goodies to the troops, have your kids send in dollars to help the children of Afghanistan, buy some of the crafts that RAWA and other feminist groups are selling.
| Whhat Do You Plan To Do? I Plan To As Much As... ||Oct 20th. at 11:52:15 pm UTC|
|Perrin (Denver, Colorado US) ||Age: 24 |
Whhat Do You Plan To Do? I plan to as much as I can to stay out of the line of fire as much as possible. I have had some contact with the departed on 9-11, and they are afraid that this is playing into the hands of the father of flies. This may be the start of Rigammarrol, or Armegedon. The Talaban minister of defence was wearing a blue turban, & if any of you look at Nostradamous' predictions, an Arab with a blue turban starts the last war. I have had a lot of visitors lately, and Iam afraid to cast into the ether as I used to do. All my protections are vanishing without a trace, I am seeing visions of blood when I sleep, and torment beyond all sanity. If there is a hell I think we woke it up. I think if we are luckly some of us may live through this war, but then again our luck may have ran out. The moment we decide that old glitch has come up for air at last is the moment I am taking
my last breath. I may follow the black goat, but evne I don't wamt to end our time on this Earth.
The rats are loose in Bethlehm once more, but this time they have a leader.
| I Invite You All To Join Me In A Ritual Of Love... ||Oct 21st. at 1:34:13 am UTC|
|Earthfire (Seattle, Washington US) ||Age: 37 |
I invite you all to join me in a ritual of love and healing on Samhain night. Join your energy with all beings in ring of love and healing for the earth and all her children, both living and dead. Let us blast through the negative energy with the light of love for all.
As I read everyone's thoughtful and thorough responses, I keep returning to the idea of the incredible psychic resonance of the fear and pain of the dying on 9-11. Add that to the pain and grief of the city of NY, the pain and grief of the Pentagon and Washington, DC, and the collective grief and fear of our nation, I can't help but think that some sort of ripple- or tsunami- in the energy that we are all a part of must be horribly out of whack and breaking over us in a drowning force. All of this pain and suffering unleashed on the world is.... unimanginable.
As a junior high school teacher, I have been able to see first hand the effect on the children and on their behavior. They're more negative, anxious, and frightened. They're also more violent, having been involved in a record number of fights. I think its because of the energy that was released into the Universe by this event, and that we all feel.
I plan on doing some protective work for myself, yes, on Samhain, but also for the troops, and also for innocent victims of oppression all over the world. In addition I plan on sending energy back to the people of 9-11 to lessen their pain and fear, and in the hopes that somehow I can find a working that will do something to transmute the dark energy around us into peaceful and loving energy.
This is a departure from my regular Samhain ritual (I'm a hereditary solitary) in that rather than just my family, I've invited friends to come and remember their departed loved ones and their ancestors, and then I'm going to ask the ancestors to welcome and heal the spirits of those who are newly and suddenly among them. Then I plan on asking all spirits, whatever their plane of existence, to send the white light of love and healing to the earth and the people she protects. I invite all pagans to join me in channeling peace and love and healing energy to the earth and all beings on Samhain/Beltaine.
| Yes, I Have Been Doing Spells. Immediately After The Second Attack On... ||Oct 21st. at 6:06:11 am UTC|
|Destiny Shadowlynx (Chandler, Arizona US) ||Age: 37 - Email |
Yes, I have been doing spells. Immediately after the second attack on the WTC, I grabbed my athame and pointed it skyward while saying, "This must stop now!" A bolt of energy shot upwards and outwards. I have sent healing energy to the victims and the survivors of this tragedy. I've also added more wards around our home, two more Chaos dragons and three more Undead dragons. The binding ritual was a tough one though. After wrestling with the "harm none" in the Rede for about a week or so after the attack, I realized that if I didn't do something to bring these terrorists down, then what's to stop them from attacking us again? We cannot afford to sit back like sheep, expecting the Cosmos, Gods & Goddesses to "take care of it" for us. We have a responsibility for our safety and well being too. At that moment, I knew I had to become proactive, stop being afraid, and take action to bring bin Laden and other terrorists 'to justice'. They broke the Universal Law and now must be held accountable. On a Tuesday night during a waning moon, I lit a very large black candle inscribed with the symbols of Saturn, Mars, & Scorpio. I arranged some tarot cards over bin Laden's photo, put another photo of him with his name and any terrorists who think like him inscribed on the back, in a jar with four thieves vinegar, and sealed it shut with candle wax. Then I called upon Hecate, Kali, The Morrigan, Sekhemet, and The Furies, explained the situation to them, and then asked them to deal with bin Laden and any terrorists who think like him using whatever means they chose. I let the candle burn until it was consumed. On Samhain, in addition to our usual celebrations, I'm doing a follow up ritual which will include burning another large black candle and burying the jar upside down.
| No, I Haven't. But It Isn't For Lack Of Wanting To! It's... ||Oct 21st. at 2:40:12 pm UTC|
|Night MoonFlame (Tidewater, Oregon US) ||Age: 13 |
No, I haven't. BUT it isn't for lack of wanting to! It's actually for lack of knowing how. I'm like literally JUST starting on my path. But I'm getting a book for beginners this week so maybe I'll be able to do something then!
| Merry Meet All, This Samhain Will Certinally Be Different For Me And... ||Oct 21st. at 7:12:45 pm UTC|
|Wisper Dance (salamanca, New York US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
Merry Meet All,
This Samhain will certinally be different for me and my family. If 2 months ago you would have asked me about the current events, I would have been screaming BOMB, BOMB, BOMB...But on September 11, 2001, I had taken my daughter to NYC...We were a block away from the WTC, when something told me to turn around and go in the other direction, it was but a few moments before the first plane hit, then the second, then the intire building...that was a sight I will never forget, nor will my daughter. So now, I have done several spells for peace, to turn over the man responceable for all this tradigy, to keep our men and women safe as they protect this country, and to help all those familys to heal without bitterness, and last but not least to help all the lost sould cross over.
I have planed a full night for Samhain, I hope there will be many others that will be doing the same thing. It would be nice to turn them back, and have them release Bin Laden, but untill then there is a lot of healing to do right here, right now !!!!
Love and Light
| Other Than Prayers For The Departed, For Our Soldiers, For The Innocents... ||Oct 21st. at 7:19:46 pm UTC|
|Bryony Ravenwillow (Kansas City, Missouri US) ||Age: 33 |
Other than prayers for the departed, for our soldiers, for the innocents in Afghanistan, etc., I haven't done anything really magickal since 9/11. I am saving my energies for Samhain, which in my time zone occurs on a Blue Moon.
Prior to Samhain, I've been doing a lot of housecleaning, trying to get the house spic-and-span both physically and metaphysically. Though ordinarily I am not a 'clean freak', I have this feeling that everything must be cleansed and purified before I do anything of magickal intent. So I've been cleaning beyond the regular dusting and vacuuming.
I haven't yet written out my ritual for Samhain, though I've had several ideas, and it will probably be modified from the ritual I used last Samhain, one which I found very powerful and healing. I just hope that I can use the Blue Moon energies to a powerfully positive effect. I keep listening to the Lady and Lord and my own intuition to do the right thing.
Love and Light,
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