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Tarot Spell for Protection
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This spell was originally designed to ward off psychic attack, but works just as well to protect oneself from threats of all kinds – be it an intimidating boss or bothersome neighbor. I’ve even had people tell me they have used it to ward off telemarketers – so it is really very versatile based on your intent. Just be very clear in your mind of exactly who or what you want to protect against as you cast the spell. Simply lay the cards down and say each part of the spell as you do so. Be sure to clearly keep in mind the intent of who you are keeping away as you do the spell. You may even want to state the intent before you do the spell – something like “The intent of this spell is to protect myself from my intrusive neighbor” or some such, and then do the spell. It never hurts.
While it is always a good idea to ground, center, and at least smudge or otherwise cleanse the area you will be working in – this particular spell does not require a full circle, tools (other than a tarot deck) , or any kind of ritual paraphernalia. Just you and your intent. You can use any tarot deck you want with this spell. By preference, use one that you feel a strong connection with. It was designed with the “Tarot of Dreams” deck, and therefore uses the card names for that deck. I have included the card numbers in case the names differ in your decks any. (For example, the Tarot of Dreams deck has a “Faith” Card) .
Before you begin you need to choose a significator card from the tarot deck that you will be using. To choose a significator card, choose the tarot card that you feel best represents you. If you are new to tarot, or do not feel strongly drawn to any one card – pick a card based on your astrological sign and age.
Traditionally the rods/wands are used for fire signs (Leo, Aries, Sagittarius) , Swords are used for air signs (Libra, Gemini, Aquarius) , Cups represent water signs (Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio) , and the Pentacles or Discs represent the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) . The King cards are used to represent and adult man, the Queen for an adult woman, Knight for a teenager, and Page for a child. So, if you were using this spell to protect a water sign child (say your young child, born in June) – you would use the Page of Cups.
Next, take the VIII Strength card, the I Magician card, the III Empress card, the XI Justice card and the Page, King, Queen, and 4 of swords from your tarot deck. Place the rest of the deck aside; you will not be using it.
What you will be doing is placing your significator card down first, and then placing each of the other eight cards down in a square around it. As you place each card down you will say one part of the spell.
You will place the Strength card down first, to the lower left of your significator card. This forms the lower left corner of the square. Above that card you place the Page of Swords, and then above that you place the Magician. To the right of the Magician you place the 4 of Swords, to the right of that you place the Empress. Below the Empress you place the King of Swords and below him you place Justice. To the left of Justice, completing the square, you place the Queen of Swords.
Try to place the cards on an altar or someplace else where they can be undisturbed for at least 24 hours. This is not strictly necessary – but it is nice to let the spell “set” a bit before disturbing it. If you can’t, then you can’t and no harm done.
As you lay each card down – say the following:
Significator (for yourself) :
I send the call, I seek the way
I need protection - thus I pray
Powers of light,
too strong to fight,
Fight the shadows where they live
I stand in love and I will not give.
Significator (for another)
I send the call, I seek the way
he/she needs protection – thus I pray
surround him/her in love, day out and in
so the darkness cannot win
Tiger, tiger, swift and sure
with the Lady, strong and pure
Keep watch on me (him/her) , day out and in
don’t let the force set against me (him/her) win
Those who would harm, myself (him/her) , kith, and kin
Let them tremble, they will not win
Page of Swords:
Page who sneaks and spies and learns
Tell me (him/her) all that you discern
Keep watch and warn me (him/her) when I (he/she) might step wrong
So that I (he/she) may walk proud and strong.
I the Magician:
Weave a circle around me (him/her) thrice
as above it, it is below.
Regardless what is sent my (his/her) way -
the circle stands and returns it twice.
Four of Swords:
Four swords weave a circle,
each one is a star.
They shine down upon me (him/her) ,
they protect me (him/her) near or far.
III the Empress:
I call the Mother, protect your child
from forces currently running wild,
Lest I get swept away
Hold me Mother, night and day
King of Swords:
King I call your energy,
and with it I conjure synergy.
Let the energy follow form,
So I (he/she) am (is) protected from any storm
The strength of the lion,
The power of the Stars,
The cunning of the King,
The love of the Mother,
The sharpness of the sword,
The magic of the mage,
The innocence of the child,
All these I place – with love and with grace -
Between myself and the powers of darkness.
Queen of Swords:
With this I complete the circle,
And though my spell has come to an end -
The Queen, she is forever,
and so too, this spell.
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