Whether you are carrying out spells, rituals or divination or are simply feeling anxious, vulnerable or under attack from inner or external forces, psychic protection can enclose you in light and keep out all that threatens your harmony. It is a very positive form of magick that for everyday use requires a basic ritual or visualization that takes only a minute or two. Some people carry out routine psychic protection when returning from work and in the morning as naturally as taking off their work clothes and having a bath, to shed the pressures of the day.
You can also with practice learn to cast protection round those you care for: a child who is being
bullied or an animal or bird that is endangered, an area of natural beauty under threat from developers or a group of people who are being unfairly targeted.
Of course you can’t save a rainforest single-handed because there will always be a vast tide of
despoiling vibes flowing in the opposite direction. But as has been shown by events such as World Days for Peace and the experiments on the power of prayer, if enough individuals send out positive intentions, followed by peaceful action, then people power really does make a difference. There is, as
ever, just one proviso: you must remember the Wiccan Rede, An it harm none, do what you will’, and
apply it rigorously.
A whole tradition of ‘evil eye’ superstitions and antidotes grew out of such
envy and bad wishing. If you are to help counteract this kind of bad feeling, without causing harm in
return, it is best to resort to some kind of protection.
Note that you do not have to identify the sender of bad vibes in order to protect the victim. You will
usually know who it is, as in most cases there is a likely candidate, and very frequently the wrongdoers
give themselves away as they cannot resist the satisfaction of checking the effect of their
unpleasant actions. Don’t be tempted into direct retaliation, however – remember the Threefold Law.
The same tools and methods of protection can be used whether you are protecting a cat from an
aggressive, stone-throwing neighbour or whales in a distant ocean from marauding fishermen. These
include herbs, oils and incenses, made into sachets and poppets used in rituals (see Chapters 6 and 7).
Salt, sacred water and wax amulets may also provide protection. One of the most potent methods of
protection is through the use of crystals.
Balancing The Energies
Crystals can be used in pairs to balance energies and restore equilibrium to a person or situation. This
little piece of magick is particularly useful when you are under stress. Simply hold a dark crystal, such
as a smoky quartz or apache tear, in your power hand and a clear crystal quartz or a golden citrine in
your receptive hand, and close your eyes. You will feel the adrenaline surge and panic flowing away,
leaving you calm and protected, able to deal with any situation.