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#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge – Day 7

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Day 7: Yoga pose

“Choose one yoga pose to do every day this month. See how you improve over the month. If you need help finding some yoga poses, check these links out: Jessamyn Stanley or Yoga with Adrienne.”

Yoga is on my list of things I’m supposed to be making time for on a daily basis, and seldom actually do. But then, that’s what this challenge is all about, amirite? Yoga with Adrienne makes me feel hopelessly inadequate and like there’s no point to even trying because my body will never, ever look like hers or do a fraction of the things hers can do, so I checked out the other link, and instantly I am in love with Jessamyn, who describes herself as a “Yoga Enthusiast and Fat Femme,” encouraging a focus on “how do I feel?” while doing yoga rather than on “how do I look?” And bam, just like that her book is on my Amazon wishlist and I’m subscribed to her YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, I think I will tackle boat pose for the purposes on this challenge. I can already sort of do it, but I’m sure not well enough and definitely not for long enough, and I can use all the core strengthening I can get.

 

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#30DaysMagicalRoots Day 6

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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.