Wards - How to set them up and use them properly People who have studied magic have heard of shields or wards. A lot of books give you instructions for setting these up. I have some simple methods that I enjoy using and they are effective. You should use the simple wards first. The reason for this is the more practice you have in creating wards the better you will become. You will be able to invent your own methods of protection. The first methods are the magical use of herbs. Herbs sprinkled around the house are effective and easy to do. You pick a protective herb. My favorites are Rosemary, Marjoram, mint, cloves, cinnamon, dill, thyme, and fenugreek. All of these by themselves and in combination will protect you from different influences. Rosemary repels demons and the people who are in bondage to demons. Marjoram absorbs all the negativity around the house and prevents arguments. It also defends the person who sprinkles it in the corners of their house. Mint is an activator and energizer. It can be used to set up a shield when sprinkled around the outside of the house. It is especially good against the effects of Psychic Vampires. Cloves are protective when sprinkled in the corners of the house or used as incense. It gets rid of entities and stubborn thought forms. Cinnamon is protective and brings luck into the house. It also can be used as incense to banish negative entities. Dill hinders others from casting their spells upon you. Thyme prevents magic from affecting you and your home. Fenugreek keeps all demons out of your house and brings good luck into your home. To activate these herbs you say a heartfelt prayer over them mentioning what you want to prevent happening. You then sprinkle a little bit in the corner of every room in the house. You can also circle your home with the herbs to keep anything bad from entering your home. I prefer to use mint, fenugreek, and rosemary for encircling a home for protection of everyone and everything with in it. The next step is magical symbols. You can draw magical symbols that are compatible with your beliefs and that bring protection into your home. This is your choice. I like the runes myself. Others might like the cross, Star of David, etc. You must pray over these symbols and ask for help from the forces that you are invoking to protect you. You visualize your walls being connected by a bright wall of force that will protect you. You should make these walls of force vibrate at a high pitch and hum to a high note. I would say the best demonstration of this is a tuning fork. You want them to hum and vibrate like a tuning fork at a pitch no one else can hear. I also use stones set in the four corners of the yard to defend myself. You draw a protective symbol on them and pray over them. You then set them in the four corners of your yard. You visualize a wall of force connecting them that nothing that will cause harm can cross. You will again want them to vibrate and hum at a high pitch. You can also bury them. You can do this upon brick or wood fences. You just use a colored marker that will blend in with the color so no one will notice the symbols. You can use hex-removing oil to seal all the doors and window. You do this by drawing a magical symbol on the frame of the door or window. You again visualize a wall of force preventing anything that would cause harm from entering. You can also use other oils if you can not find uncrossing or hex-removing. These are cypress oil, cedar oil, rosemary oil, or dragons blood oil. If you can not afford or find oils I suggest using an herb tea. The tea can be made with any of the protective herbs and strained. It can be a weak tea so it does not discolor any of the walls. You pray over it or the oils before you use it to make the symbols. Personal wards can be a little trickier. You have to be able to visualize properly and link it to a symbol or crystal on your body that is good for protection. There are many lists of these types of stones. You again want them to hum and vibrate at a high pitch to keep anything nasty away. You can also visualize them as reflecting magic back at the person sending it. They also have talismans that you can make and energize to do this for you. Wearing it is not enough because you have to make it hum and vibrate so the field of force encloses you. I have found that most talismans or stones start to do this when you pray over them and state your purpose. You then should fill them with energy and that will start them vibrating and humming at the level of your purpose. If you are being hexed then you should do this for your vehicles, and the people you love and care for because most magicians want to harm the person they are cursing. They really don't care what they have to do to accomplish this. You can use the same protective oils or teas as you did inside of your house. I also like to hang a dream catcher from the mirror with a piece of flint or turquoise tied into the dream catcher. Both of these stones protect people against accidents. I rub the oil upon the stones and pray over the dream catcher. As an exercise I would like you to set up your own personal wards and see how they make you feel. The colors to use must be white, blue, yellow, gold, and purple. They should be the pastel colors or very pleasant. Do not use the dark shades of these colors. Write down your feedback when you do this. You can decide what shape, color and method is the best for you. Some people have problems visualizing. You can make a model of the wards you want to set up out of string. You then put a picture of your home and the people you want to protect in the model. You can include the car, pets and anything you want to keep safe. You can then seal it in with a verse such as "Who comes to me I keep, who goes from me I free, none may enter here who knows not my key. You then write down what you will think as the key to unlock the wards. It is a very simple method and has been used for centuries. I have known people who have no talents for crafts of any kind. I would suggest a Tupperware or any other type of sealed container. The pictures would go in the container. You would draw protective symbols upon the sides, top and bottom then store it in a safe place. One other simple method is to take two mirrors and glue them together. You then say the verse- who spies on me will see themselves, who tries to harm me will harm only them, let the evil find only them. You write the verse I gave for the wards on both backs of the mirrors. Hang the mirrors above the doors. It will make it so no one can send magic to you but will only see the mirrors or blackness. It is especially good for people who try to see you to harm you. I hope that these methods have helped you to defend and protect yourself and your family. They are simple but are effective.
Elements and directions are important in Pagan tradition and magickal practice. Each of these has specific attributes and is part of the Tarot and astrology. According to Western European Pagan traditions, the four traditional elements correspond to the four directions. There are Native American tribes that also share this belief. Akasha, according to some practitioners, is the spiritual power of the universe and fifth element. Fire This element creates and destroys. It can't exist without demolishing something and transforming it into another form such as ashes, smoke, heat and light, therefore, it has to be controlled. Fire purifies, energizes, cleanses and is forceful. Its energy is projective, masculine, and the colors are red or white. Its powers are used for courage, protection, energy, strength, creativity, increasing one's personal power and banishing negativity. * Direction: South, Okaga Ska*, place of growth, rejuvenation and youth * Elemental spirits: Salamanders and Firedrakes (fire breathing dragons) * Archangel: Michael * Season and time: Summer and noon * Tarot suit: Wands or Swords (As with Air, there are two different interpretations, according to sources.) * Astrological signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius * Totem: Thunderbird * Spirit Keeper of the South: Shawnodese**, Coyote * Keywords: Pita's*, Eternal Life Earth This is the densest of the elements and is the mother who sustains life. Its energy is receptive and feminine. The element's natures are fertility, grounding, stabilizing and nurturing. Its energy is used to attract prosperity, abundance, grounding, career and fertility. Its colors are green or red. * Direction: North, Luta*, the place of renewal, wisdom and the grandparents * Elemental spirits: Gnomes * Archangel: Ariel also called Uriel * Season and time: Winter and night * Tarot suit: Pentacles * Astrological signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn * Totem: Turtle * Spirit Keeper of the North: Waboose**, Buffalo * Keywords: Maka's*, renewal Air This element is the power of movement, intelligence and refreshing. Movement sounds and flying are manifestations of Air. Energy is masculine and projective. Attributes are intelligence, travel, freedom, knowledge, recovering lost items and study which are used to attract these qualities. Its color is yellow. * Direction: East, Gi*, the place of clarity * Elemental spirits: Sylphs * Archangel: Raphael * Season and time: Spring and dawn * Tarot suit: Air or Wands * Astrological signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius * Totem: Butterfly * Spirit Keeper of the East: Wabun**, Eagle * Keywords: Niyan*, Life Force Water Healing, cleansing, psychicism and loving are associated with this element. Energy is receptive and feminine. Water is used for purification, psychic growth, peace, love, friendships and dreams. Its colors are deep blue and black. * Direction: West, Sapa*, place of meditation * Elemental spirits: undines, nymphs and merfolks * Archangel: Gabriel * Season and time: Autumn and Dusk * Tarot suit: Cups * Astrological signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces * Totem: Frog * Spirit Keeper of the West: Mudjekeewis**, Bear * Keyword: Mini's*, creativity Akasha The name is derived from the Sanskrit word "kash" which means to shine or radiate. It's also another word for Spirit, the omnipresent immutable source of all energy. It's the domain of promise, potential and paths to be traveled. The energy permeates the Universe, the primal source that creates and nourishes the elements. Colors are white, purple and black. Akasha is transcendence. Elemental spirits are angels. Much else about this spiritual element is, yet, unknown or undefined. While some other traditions recognize this element, Akashan Witchcraft is a new tradition. * Lakota Sioux ** Chippewa