The season of gift giving has recently passed, but gift giving goes on all year. I would like to share something that I do whenever giving a gift to a friend or loved one. I frequently make most of the gifts that I give; generally, I find store bought gifts lack a personal touch. Though store bought gifts can be just as dear as handmade if one uses wisdom when buying a gift for someone dear.
While I am constructing the gift, I try to imagine a protective white light entering each component as I assemble the gift to protect the recipient. A protective gift can be any object you desire, it can be as complicated as a quilt, clothing, or a simple stone hung on a cord. Your imagination is your only limit. Whatever the gift might be make it personal, make it a part of you.
Once the gift has been completed I frequently will hang it out in the sunshine and the wind to clean it of anything negative which might have entered during construction, and trust me there have been some negative energies flowing during a particularly difficult making. Sometimes many words are used and not all of them are good words. Once I am sure that the object has been cleaned thoroughly it is time to bless the item.
I generally bless the gift during the Mistletoe Rite, since it is a healing rite I feel this is a most appropriate time, but you do not have to wait for the sixth night of the moon for blessing an item, especially if the item is to be given before the sixth night falls. When performing any rite it is a good idea to mix your own incense. That way you are assured that all of the herbs in the mix are appropriate to the workings. There are several herbs, which add a protective value to the blend, such as the following:
- Sage: Very cleansing and purifying.
- Juniper Berries: Purifying, protection, enhances psychic abilities and draws love.
Frankincense: Very spiritual, purification, protection.
- Violet Leaf: Protection from all evil.
- Mountain Ash (Rowan): A small cross of the wood hidden on oneself provides protection.
- Chamomile: An herb of the sun, it brings light and power to spells to protect the home, protects the home form all dark influences.
- Figwort: Smoked in the summer fire and hung in the home provides protection.
- Fiddleheads: From ferns, if dried over a midsummer fire can then be used as a protective amulet.
- Mugwort: Protects travelers from fatigue, wild animals and evil spirits
- Mistletoe: Sacred, strengthens magical workings, especially for healings and protective magic
- Oak: Provides strength, perseverance, and protection
The herbs listed above are only a few of the choices available to you, I would suggest that you find the book A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman I have found this to be an excellent source book for herbal uses for many circumstances.
As for the wording when requesting assistance from the Gods, Nature spirits and the Ancestors to aide in infusing protective magic into an item, that is up to you. I would suggest that you choose your words carefully so as not to obtain an undesired effect. The only example I can think of now is one that I had read a few years back. A woman after having her house broken into and robbed several times, had placed protective magic around her home and it worked well for many years. When she went to sell her house, no one could get in when she was not home. The realtor told her that the front door key did not work or they could not find the house. She needed to rework the magic to allow the realtors in. Once she reworded her spell,the house sold without further problems. The magic she had originally worked was too strong. Generally protecting someone from harm or illness doesn’t need a heavy hand. Most people don’t have a particularly dangerous job nor delve into dangerous places or practices.
Many crystals and stones have a protective nature as well and can be used as amulets. Turquoise and quartz crystal are only a couple of the many available. Quartz crystals buried at the corners of your land or placed at the outer corners of your house or apartment form a protective cage keeping safe all within its borders. You should choose these carefully. Pick each one up and hold it for a few moments, you will be able to tell which ones give off a good feeling, a feeling of life. Be sure to cleanse these as well and then charge them with the specific magic needed. As far as protecting things and people, your house is always a good place to start. My daughter rents and I lways cleanse and bless her apartment before she moves in.
The Henge of Keltria House Blessing Ritual is a very good ritual to perform if you wish to bless and protect your house from a myriad of things, from criminals to angry spirits. If you do not already have this ritual, you can write to the Henge office and request a copy. It is always a good idea to cleanse and bless a new house or apartment when you move in.
I also made little bags from cloth or leather to place in a car, carry in a purse or pocket. These little bags contain crystals and herbs that carry a protective nature. I gather the ingredients for these bags and assemble them during the Mistletoe Rite as well. Our Native American bothers and sisters have made this type of “medicine bag” for centuries with great success. Though the contents remain secret, there is no reason that you cannot come up with a satisfactory combination that suits your needs. Certain colors are useful as well, adding their special attributes to the mix. There are many books available in bookstores, occult shops and on the web to help you with your choices. The best advice I can give is to read and learn all that you can and learn.
Whatever you intend to bless with protective magic be sure to do it with sincerity. You are protecting those that are dear to you.
Walk With Wisdom