I’m playing catch up, so with no further ado…
Day 6: Shielding
Practice working with your shields today. Every witch and magical practitioner needs to have strong boundaries and defenses. Make sure yours are strong and ready for whatever life throws your way. If you don’t know how to create personal shields, do some research on the topic today. (Recommended resource: The Witch’s Shield by Christopher Penczak)
Years and years ago, before the notion of shielding with runes entered my life, there was the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram–affectionately known to many as the LBRP. Now that I’m no longer using runes, I decided to revisit the LBRP for shielding purposes and guess what? Not only do I still know it by heart (didn’t have to check the book even once) but it’s still an awesome technique not only for shielding but also as a general circle-casting substitute for magical or divinatory work. (It made a great lead-in for today’s client reading.)
Now, I will say right off the bat that the LBRP isn’t for everyone. If you’re squicked by anything that has to with the Abrahamic religions, this is not for you. True, it does involve working with the four elements/directions and warding with a banishing pentagram, but you also invoke the Tetragramaton and other names of the Hebrew deity while doing so, and call on the power of the archangels immediately afterwards. If those things aren’t an issue for you, though, it definitely packs a punch, as it’s designed to shield and empower you by plugging you directly into the Kabbalistic Tree of Life.
Best of all, once you learn it, it only takes a few minutes to complete, and you don’t need any special ritual tools. I’ll be making it part of my daily practice from now on.