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Posted: Nov. 17, 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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| 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 |
I HAVE DONE A PROTECTION SPELL TO STOP ANY ONE COMING BETWEEN ME AND FRIENDS, AND ALSO A SPELL TO MAKE PEACE IN THE WORLD!FAT CHANCE OF THAT WORKING!
| 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 Had Just Moved Into A New Apartment The Week Before 9... ||Oct 16th. at 12:39:32 am EDT|
|Nelli (Mountain View, California US) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I had just moved into a new apartment the week before 9/11, so I did a warding as a matter of course before I moved everything in. It covers my entire living space. Several years ago, a lovely visualization was introduced into my imagination - sorry to say I can't remember what book it came from now - but it involves visualizing the outline of one's entire space, floor to ceiling, in a grid of blue lines of force. At least, I see them in blue - blue has always been a protective color for me. At any rate, as the events of the past weeks have unfolded, I have always felt that I have a secure "home base". I also routinely visualize that protective blue light surrounding myself and my loved ones. An interesting thing has happened to me since this thing began - I can no longer feel "right" about stopping with the people I love. I find myself expanding that protective visualization to strangers, to people I hardly know, to people I don't particularly like, until it surrounds the entire globe. In my morning chants, I have added the line "may all beings be safe from harm".
I am still ambivalent about binding, so I haven't gone down that road Workwise.
I think it is likely that I will spend this Samhain reflecting on the impermanence of life, and on how the greater world moves along, year after century after millenium. I think that the recent events have brought me closer to my own core truths. Things that are truly Important to me have come into clearer focus. I have even begun to take myself and my small life a little less seriously as a result of this global tragedy. I think that the same will be true for my Samhain celebration - this crisis has brought me closer to the deeper meaning of the holy days I celebrate. I also have an awesome Amazon Warrior costume, should I find a costume party to attend...:)
Love, peace and blessings to everyone, and may all beings be safe from harm.
| On The Evening Of 9-11-01 I Did My Blessings And... ||Oct 15th. at 9:20:48 pm EDT|
|B.Dawn Cates (Staten Island, New York US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
On the evening of 9-11-01 I did my blessings and a memorial for those who lost their lives . I lit three candles: White, Blue and Green.After the white candle was lit I said, For all those souls , human and non-human that lost their lives today in this attack may you walk in light and love, so mote it be. When I lit the Blue candle, I said.Divine Mother , Divine Father heal your children physically, mentally and spiritually and allow Justice to prevail not REVENGE.
Has I lit the third candle which is Green for our Earth, our home I called upon
The Morrigan with Anubus (Celtic Goddess of the battlefied, dead and the Egyptian God of the Dead).I usually dont mix deity but these names just rolled off my tongue/ to lead the dead to the outerworld and to protect our men and women in the miltary because my son is in the military.
That night in my dream I dreamed of The Morrigan and she was at ground zero-WTC
I asked her if we are safe? She replied in my dream, "My daughter there is more to come " .."this disaster is not from higher powers but from stupid, foolish men". I woke up after hearing that my son will be safe and not to worry about him because he is followering his destiny & good forces are with our Military .I plan on doing something on Samhain, with my sisters and brothers in The Craft ...and yes I will be calling upon my ancestors and upon Deity for Positive , healing endeavors. Brightest Blessings to all. B. Dawn Cates
| Not Being Terribly Into Spells, And Wards And The Such - I Can... ||Oct 15th. at 8:22:56 pm EDT|
|Elf (Lewisville, Texas US) ||Age: 36 - Email |
Not being terribly into spells, and wards and the such - I can say that the answer to that is "no, I haven't done anything extra-special in the wake of 9-11)."
People need to be aware and wary of their surroundings in the days to come. In the Nordic traditions that I work from, vigilance is the key to overcoming any tragedy or any possible foe. It's vigilance that we need to have as members of the Pagan community for the days to come. Vigilance against both the terrorists following a perverted view of Islam, and against our own country, in the chance that a perversion of our base-level laws can occur.
Tyr will provide the justice needed for the victims of this tragedy, but he cannot provide the protections we need to keep events like this from happening again. We, the voting community of America, are entrusted with that particular responsibility.
I say that I don't do any extra magickal workings in the wake of the 9-11 tragedy...that's only partially true. While I don't hold it as a magickal rite, as an ex-USAF combat veteran of the Gulf War, I light an extra candle every night for those who carry forth our military's force in the battle against OB-L. The candle is light in the hopes that the object is met, and that all come home safely. Bravo to these brave men and women and the "nasty" job that they do in the name of our freedoms.
| I Can't Say That I've Done Anything 'extra' Or 'unusual' As A... ||Oct 15th. at 5:27:59 pm EDT|
|AvaNadia (Boston, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 20 |
I can't say that I've done anything 'extra' or 'unusual' as a result of Sept. 11. I have double-checked the wards I have up around my own living space, and asked for the Goddess to protect myself and my loved ones, but I'd do that anyway.
I don't plan on doing any binding rituals or anything like that - I believe that those who committed and planned this act will get what's coming to them, without my interference. I'm just going to trust the Gods to take care of this one, and to take care of me.
| The Most That I Have Done Since My City & Country Was Attacked... ||Oct 15th. at 1:05:41 pm EDT|
|Trinity (Lake Grove, New York US) ||Age: 27 - Email |
The most That I have done since my city & country was attacked on September 11th, is helping to cross over the souls of the victims. THESE SOULS are the most important thing right now, not political spells or binding spells on bin laden & his gang. The confused souls in NYC & DC & maybe even PA should be getting the help from the magickal community at this moment. Many have crossed, but others have not. we can all try & help our fallen brothers & sisters by going to these sites in meditation & showing them where they need to go, by comforting them & telling them that by going on they will be alright! You cannot force them though. You can only comfort & enourage.
In college, 4 years ago, I worked at the Borders Books & Music at the foot of the WTC. Building #5, corner of Church St & Vessy Street. It is very easy for me to picture this neighboorhood in my mind. But even if you have never been there, find a picture. Look at it & in your meditation, place yourself there. Across from Building #5, is St. Paul's Chapel. ( This tiny chapel, by the way, that sits at the foot of the site was UNTOUCHED by the falling towers. Not one broken window.) This is where our first President, George Washington, went to Sunday Mass. You can make that a place to work from, in the little chapel yard. Yes, I KNOW, we are not of that faith, but at times like these, is it really that important? Most of the souls that are lost are going to feel more comfortable with that then our summerlands, or Vallhalla or whatever. If not that, use the "White Light" tunnel. It will take them to whatever "heaven" they percieve!
Another suggestion & one I have used, is guiding the souls onto "public transportation". In one of my meditations, I pictured beings of light behind the controls of subways, buses, Fire Trucks, Ambulances. The thought in most of those peoples minds was to GET OUT & GET AWAY. A lot of them may still be trying to do that. Guide them but don't force or lie to them. Tell them its time to go. I cannot stress the importance of the work enough!!! It can be tiring, but do what you can. The season of Samhain is upon us. Use this to the benifit of your work.
Maybe somehow we as a community can come up with a major goal, something clear & concise, something specific to aim our magickal will on, when it comes to Bin Laden & terrorists. Everyone doing different things, will not be as powerful as all of us working together!
Lastly, if you feel you must do SOMETHING, set up guardians at our borders. I have asked Thor, Norse god of thunder & lightning, protector of Midgard ( Earth) to stand & protect our country from more attacks. Stand & protect. I didn't ask him to bash bin Landen's head in ( which he would love to do & may do so on his own volition) but I asked for PROTECTION! Plain & simple! Its been going around that people were invoking Athena, goddess of justice & war ( amongst other things) To stand with our gov't to make proper, educated dicisions. Invoke & ask aid. Leave the how, what , why & when to THE GODS!
Be safe & love each other,
| I Have Done Nothing Since 9/11, No Rituals, No Spells, No... ||Oct 15th. at 10:17:28 am EDT|
|Andraste (New York (Manhattan), New York US) ||Age: 36 |
I have done nothing since 9/11, no rituals, no spells, no meditations. The nearest thing has been to set a candle in the window every night in memory of the dead. I've seen a lot of people talking about protection spells and the like but I just haven't had the energy for it. My mind understands how it would be a good idea, but my heart just hasn't been interested.
Maybe I'll start tonight, with the dark moon, a small cleansing ritual and a talk with the Lady.
| I Have Done Many Things Relating To 9/11: Firstly, I Agree... ||Oct 15th. at 8:33:13 am EDT|
|Lynne-Renee (rural STL, Missouri US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I have done many things relating to 9/11:
Firstly, I agree with Tarostar regarding certain Universal things. I believe more in the ripple effect of changing myself and helping others around me. Hopefully it can ripple outward from there.
Normally I believe in finding peaceful solutions.
This is different for me and I waited almost 3 weeks to get over the "need" of doing more. It didn't go away so I went beyond my first attempts.
The first attempts were for helping us get through shock and pain. To learn, and to be open. To not react through emotions alone. It is however almost impossible to not be swayed by these emotions as I am too.
Then, I went for justice. I did a "nailing" spell for bin Lauden and terrorists like him. This would include *any* who use terrorism. It was for capturing and bringing to justice. I do this with the knowing the same shall come to me. It is well worth being called on any wrong I may do to have a chance at stopping something like this. I don't practice terrorism but surely I've bullied others in my life.
This is the time to do what is right for you. If you can heal yourself, good. If you can help others, good. If you want to actively find a solution, good.
| I've Done Protection Work Since The Tragedy First Took Place, Not Necessarily... ||Oct 15th. at 1:30:13 am EDT|
|Morboriel Parthenos (Brooklyn, New York US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I've done protection work since the tragedy first took place, not necessarily for myself and my family but for my city as a whole. The outpouring of love and light which has been flowing here into New York the past month has been simply tremendous. I think I can speak for other Pagans here when I say it's deeply appreciated.
In my opinion, this Samhain will be particularly special, and extremely important. In the past few months, I have felt something in my heart about this Samhain that I could not explain. I now believe wholeheartedly that this is a golden opportunity for magickal folk to "do the Work".
In particular, there is a great need for comfort of souls, for lack of a better phrase. There are literally thousands of lost souls wandering aimlessly around this city. So many have become "earthbound", are confused, etc. The feeling is particularly strong around the lower Manhattan area, but it can be felt all over. So much wandering and confusion.
We have so many gifted people in our community, I believe it is our responsibility to aid and assist our nation, and this Samhain is such a prime opportunity. Whether it's the warriors among us who can work bindings and help bring justice to the cruel perpetrators of these acts, or the healers among us who will be helping to comfort the dead and perhaps help the earthbound among them pass on to the rest which awaits them, I believe we can and should do everything in our power this Samhain. Witches stopped Hitler from invading Britain in WW2. We know how strong we are, and in our strength and unity this Samhain we can work a magick like that the world has never seen before.
In this beautiful city, there is a shining Goddess of hope and freedom who stands in the harbor as a beacon of light to this nation, and her name is Lady Liberty. This Samhain I'm going to call upon her to bring healing and peace to the people who need it.
| Since I Was In 6th Grade I've Been Wanting To Learn More... ||Oct 14th. at 11:47:23 pm EDT|
|Shaje (Balto, Maryland US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Since I was in 6th grade I've been wanting to learn more about wicca and magick. As I've been maturing I've tried to take the time to read a little and purchase books that can help inform me about the practice. Since Sept. 11, 2001, I've been looking for spells that may help with spreading positivity, love and peace throughout all lands. I plan on doing a few protection spells for myself, family and friends and others I care about. I wish there was a more peaceful way to combat terrorism but there isn't. I just hope more innocent lives aren't taken and that if they are that them and those who lost their lives on Sept. 11th, their souls go to a higher level of consciousness can help us with ending this peacefully and that their lives were not taken in vain. I also hope that we all can and will learn from this to live our lives to the fullest while we're here , learn from one another and embrace diversity and not waste our time on useless trivia. There is much to celebrate in and of our diversity. That and our experiences is what makes us who we are and may become. We are all special and we all have the same basic needs therefore we are not as different as we think we are ONE.
| Hi!; I View These Calls For Magical Action, Because Of Political Events... ||Oct 14th. at 10:47:18 pm EDT|
|Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) ||Age: 59 - Email |
Hi!; I view these calls for magical action, because of political events,
in the same light as I do Pagan political activists calls to protest, at the drop of a hat, for the activist's pet agenda. I don't dance to anyone's political tune, nor to
anyone's call to work the Art, just because something in the World is askew.
I don't fear the World in which I live. Shit happens. I don't think Witches need magical protection from the World. That is a panic re-action worthy of Cowans.
Such calls to work the Art for political, economic, military and diplomatic ends
are much too vague and indefinite for the Magic to be effective.
It is just like those silly calls to do Magic, which run through the "Neo" community, for saving whales trapped in the ice, for punishing the idea of rape,
for protecting wolf packs from hunters, for healing Mother Gaea from strip mining,
etc., etc., ad nauseam infinitum.
Politically and ecologically motivated "magic" usually result in no change at all.
It is the proverbial pissing in the wind. Most especially, because it is pushed by some radical activist, just out to motivate bodies to form a power base for a
The best thing to do would be to stay off the "astral" and not stress the higher planes of being, at this kind of sensitive Time.
Witches are not workers on that side of the veil. Witches work comes later, as the human survivors need personal comfort and spellwork for their well-being.
Witches work with the Human, not the animal, vegetable, mineral or Cosmic.
Also, not with the political. Especially, as the political will make you more enemies than you really need.
Work with Humanity on the personal; one on one, basis. The Cosmos will sort itself out.
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