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Author: Kerr Cuhulain
Posted: May 18th. 2008
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Ward: To avert, repel, or turn aside danger, harm, an attack or an assailant. From the Middle English “warden”, Old English “weardian”, German “warden”.
A ward is an active psychokinetic shield. When energy is thrown at you, a ward will divert this energy, making it veer away from you. The magick Circle used by Wiccans is a type of ward: A unidirectional defensive “bubble” that we can use to protect a location or ourselves. Yet a magick Circle is not a solid wall. Those who have cast magick Circles know that you can walk through them. They will also probably realize that by doing so they will disrupt the energy of the Circle.
If you can walk through it, how does a Circle stop the in coming energy? Many of the old texts talk of surrounding yourself with the correct vibrations or light of a certain color, and this is a clue to the process.
Wards like this protective energy sphere, which is the Wiccan Circle, have a particular resonance. When the negative energy with a different vibration comes at you, it can’t get in because when it contacts this sphere it is disrupted. The interference caused as the negative energy reaches the protective sphere causes it to change frequency as it entrains with the frequency of the sphere.
I talk about this principle of entrainment in detail in my new book, Magickal Self Defense. In effect, your protective sphere filters out all frequencies other than its resonance.
Schrödinger’s Wave Equation tells us that reality is the result of interactions of waves of probabilities of different outcomes. Think of your protective sphere as a wave surface that you create to intersect with the waves of probability that your assailant sends at you. Thus the surface of this sphere is a place were these waves interacting to create a reality that you control.
In Magickal Self Defense, I describe several techniques that you can use to create wards. One of my favorites is what I call Pushing the Sky: If you are a novice, it may assist you at first to trace out the perimeter of the ward on the ground around you. This will help you visualize how far to let the energy ball expand.
Stand relaxed, feet shoulder width apart with your arms hanging relaxed at your sides. Turn your hands so that the palms face down and the fingers of each hand are turned inwards. Your hands will now be at right angles to your arms. Keeping the arms straight and hanging downwards, swing the hands inward so that the tips of the fingers are almost but not quite touching. Pause and sense the currents in the earth beneath you. Imagine yourself putting down roots and connect with these currents.
Now, with your hands still at right angles and your arms straight, swing your arms in a continuous arc upwards. As you do so, breathe in and imagine the energy flowing up into you. Pause with your hands over your head, fingers almost touching, hands still at right angles at the end of your straight arms, your head tilted slightly back. Hold your breath for a second. Then push upwards, as if pushing the sky. Feel the energy release and flow out of your hands, as if you are pushing it out. Imagine it cascading down around you like a fountain, forming an energy sphere that envelops you.
Once you have released the energy, let your arms fall in an arc to your sides, hands now relaxed and hanging normally. As you are doing this, you are focusing your will on this ward, causing the quantum potentiality to manifest this energetic sphere. Thus you are using your imagination to define the ward and your will to create it. If you have set a spherical ward like this up properly, you will notice that the temperature inside the ward seems to increase slightly.
To close the ward down, stand in the middle with your arms spread wide. Release the focus of your will, causing the energy to return to the unified field of quantum potentiality. Imagine the energy sphere collapsing in on itself. Gather the energy in, encircling it with your arms as if bringing it in to the position in front of your chest.
Absorb it into the dantian energy center in your abdomen (behind and below the navel), pressing your hands over this area for a moment. Let the surplus energy run out into the earth beneath you. Then take a moment to breathe deeply a few times, letting the chi within you come back into balance. When you take your shield down for any reason, prepare yourself for a sudden inrushing of energy. Be prepared to ground out the surplus so that it doesn’t build up inside of you and make you ill.
There is any number of ways to imagine this spherical ward when you are creating it. When creating your ward it may help if you imagine the surface of your shield as being a sort of grid or cage that captures the incoming negative energy and grounds it into the earth where it touches the earth under your feet. Alternatively you can visualize being surrounded by a “net” or a sphere of energy.
Another way of thinking of this form of defense is as a filter that protects you from unwanted energy. Your will selects what passes through the shield, because your will is setting the resonance of the sphere that surrounds you.
When you create this ward, imagine it to be capable of diverting incoming energy from all directions at once. Some authors recommend creating two layers: A tight core around your body and a secondary level about ten feet from your body. This secondary shield is intended to redirect objects before they can reach the inner core shield. I don’t find this necessary myself, but if it makes you more comfortable to do it this way, go right ahead. Actually, you needn’t create a very large personal ward. It can be just outside of the surface of your skin.
Once you get good at this, creating a ward like this becomes an unconscious process: You can create and sustain the field without consciously thinking about it. As your shield becomes self-sustaining and self-propagating it will become much stronger.
These shielding techniques take advantage of the principles of karma. You’ll notice that they are designed to not reflect anything back to the source. Your assailant will see nothing happening to you and will get the impression that their efforts are having no effect, which will hopefully be disheartening for them. At the same time they are setting themselves to get back the karmic consequences of acting in this anti social manner. Likewise, you will be doing nothing negative or destructive, which leaves you with no karmic debt.
Various ritual methods have been devised over the years to allow people to walk in and out of magickal Circles. The most common technique for creating a portal in a Wiccan ritual Circle through which you can pass without upsetting the balance of the rest of the Circle is commonly called “cutting a doorway”: Using your hand, or the Magickal Weapon that you used to cast the Circle, you outline an archway at the perimeter of the Circle. As you do so you imagine that the energy draws back around it so that it creates a portal. If this technique or something similar works for you, then go ahead and use it. You’ll find it easier working with the familiar in stressful situations.
Remember that as you create this portal you should focus your will on this portal to make the quantum potentiality coalesce into this portal. If you used a Magickal Weapon assist you to do this, lay it on the ground across the threshold and step out of the Circle. When you re-enter, pick up the Magickal Weapon and retrace the archway in reverse. Imagine the portal closing in on itself and sealing once again. Let the portal collapse back into the unified field of infinite probabilities once more.
The only problem with this “door cutting” technique is that while the portal is open, anything and everything can pass through it. This defeats the purpose of the ward. That is why I prefer to use a method that I call “slipping through” to get in and out of Circles. Instead of cutting a “doorway”, you allow yourself to shift into resonance with the energetic ward sphere briefly and slip through the matrix without disturbing it. To re-enter the Circle you simply do this in reverse.
Stand next to the part of the Circle that you want to leave or enter through. Reach out with your mind and sense the energy of the Circle that you’ve created. You may find this easier if you reach out with your hands until you encounter the perimeter of the energy sphere that is the Circle. Let the vibrations of the energy of the Circle entrain with your own. As soon as you sense that entrainment, simply step through to the outside of the Circle. You simply repeat this process to get back in. This doesn’t disrupt the energy of the Circle and it doesn’t create an opening to let negative energies get in.
Don't let fearful people, mentally or emotionally unbalanced people or intensely negative people work with you in Circle. Their energy can disrupt the defenses that you are trying so hard to erect. Here you are trying to block out negative influences with your ward and the interior is filled with negative influences from the people that you brought in with you.
If you have to bring such people into the Circle, for example, to protect them, then monitor the energy around you carefully. Have some emotionally stable and energetically strong people in there with you to help keep the energies in balance.
Location: Surrey, British Columbia
Bio: Kerr Cuhulain is the founder of Scáthach, a Wiccan coven and study group embracing the Warrior philosophies as outlined in his books Wiccan Warrior, Full Contact Magick and Magickal Self Defense. Scáthach focuses on creative expression and effective magick and includes both local and on line students.
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