Protective magical work takes many forms, can be done in a nearly infinite number of ways, and is more or less effective depending on what's going on. Some workings provide a bigger safety blanket, whereas others only work on small things. The jury's out on what's the most effective, as bigger workings don't usually get that specific - I find that they usually have small cracks that stuff can get through, as you're only as well protected as you are specific.
With that in mind, I thought I'd write up an article on various means of protecting oneself, including rituals, prayers, an incense blend, and some generalized insight.
These are the most common forms of protective magic that I am aware of:
- Runes/Bind Runes
- Incense blends
- Witch bottles
- Apotropaic statues
- Candle magic
In this thread, I'll be discussing sigils, prayers, and an incense blend that can be used to do different things. My goal is to provide you with building blocks, and It'll be up to you to weave your own system from there.
To start, one of the simplest things you can do is to create a sigil for your intended purpose, inscribe it onto a talisman, and then carry said talisman. The use of the physical object will naturally ground your magical work in the physical realm, thereby making it considerably more effective here.
You can formulate sigils however you like. Some prefer to use an alphabet of desire, others use runes, alchemical symbols, or other drawings, and others just doodle whatever feels right to them. No one method is the best - its just a matter of what works for you.
If you decide that you want to get more specific, here's a fiscal protection symbol:
Once comfortable with the above two, you can venture in to working with and managing the energies of something like this hypersigil:
The more complex a mechanism is, the more energy it takes to power it - its simple physics, taken to a metaphysical level.
Once you've got your base sigil in hand, your next task is to consecrate it. This can be done in any number of ways, but prayer and incense are the most common.
Prayers can take many forms. Some are brief and concise, whereas others are terribly grandiloquent and long. You could utilize the Orphic Hymns for an appropriate spirit, or you could simply write your God, Goddess, spirit, etc/whatever a letter asking for assistance while providing an offering. It is, again, up to you.
One such prayer commonly used by Christians is St. Patrick's Breastplate, which is about 1600 years old (according to some sources). It's as follows:
"I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, His might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need: the wisdom of my God to teach, His hand to guide, His shield to ward; the Word of God to give me speech, His heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me,
Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort me and restore me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me, Christ in the hearts of all that love me,
Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name, the strong Name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three, of Whom all nature hath creation; Eternal Father, Spirit, Word: praise to the Lord of my salvation, salvation is of Christ the Lord. Amen.
I bind myself to God's power to guide me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to teach me, God's Eye to watch over me, God's Ear to hear me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to shelter me, God's host to secure me...Against the snares of demons, against the seductions of vices, against the lusts of nature, against everyone who meditates injury to me, whether far or near, few or many."
"The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net,
from the destructive plague.
He will cover you with His feathers;
you will take refuge under His wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
the arrow that flies by day,
the plague that stalks in darkness,
or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,
the Most High—your dwelling place,
no harm will come to you;
no plague will come near your tent.
For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.
They will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the young lion and the serpent.
Because he is lovingly devoted to Me,
I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows My name.
When he calls out to Me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble.
I will rescue him and give him honor.
I will satisfy him with a long life
and show him My salvation."
For example, a common one for Muslims is from Abu Dawud 2/89:
In Arabic (transliterated):
"Allaahumma 'innaa naj'aluka fee nuhoorihim wa na'oothu bika min shuroorihim."
Translated to English:
"O Allah, we ask You to restrain them by their necks and we seek refuge in You from their evil."
"Maa Ji, I ask for your compassion and aid in this, my time of need. I find myself surrounded by foes who seek to do me harm and my weapons are not sufficient.
Lend me your aid and trample my foes. Cut the heads off the wicked, as you did Brahma and suck the life out of these demons!
Om Kalike Shakti Hum"
This is where incense, oils, perfumes, candles, and so forth come in. To stick to the script, so to speak, this is one of the blends I use as an offering and protective incense:
- 1 part dragon's blood (daemonorops or dracaena/calamus genii- do not use croton!)
- 1/2 part benzoin
- 1 part lavender flowers
- 1 part copal
- 1/4 part rue
- 1/4 part asafoetida
- 2 parts rose petals
Use a mortar and pestle to grind up each part until you've achieved your desired consistency. When done, you're welcome to add a couple of drops of rose absolute to really oomph up the mixture, but that's not necessary.
This mixture is meant to be burned on a charcoal disc like the 3 Kings brand - this can be found in your local metaphysical shop or online with a bit of searching.
Feel free to experiment and branch out as you feel inclined to do so. Be careful and consider the properties of the herbs and resins used so that you don't include something that can be used against you. Myrrh, for example, is a wonderful substance when used properly - if you load intention into it, it tends to work for you, but if you don't, it can be twisted and used against you by someone who knows how to do so.
Now you've got the basic tools necessary to craft your own protective workings. Mix them up and experiment. Should you require further advice, you're welcome to hit me up and ask away.