I had the pleasure of casting our ring tonight and the energy was high. Not a misstep nor wasted movement... We moved like the finely crafted gears of a precision timepiece.
The room was instantaneously disassembled, the ring was quickly erected, the magic performed, the cakes and wine shared, and then it was over after the closing and retrieval of the rope. Absolute clockwork. Beautiful.
When complete, we set the room to rights and cooled off from the heat generated by our round. I offered the saved cakes & wine to the Lord & Lady while my friend cooked up a storm.
Not more than an hour after our candle was lit and we were enjoying the meal that was made did I get a query for calligraphy work. Magic rocks!
After dinner, we three were still all giddy like schoolgirls. It was asked before the ring about the possibility of being drained after. I offered up my opinion on the matter.
Magic, as we utilize it, comes from everywhere around us: from the earth below our feet and from the very molecules of the air we breathe. In order to work your will upon those natural forces, you must first become attuned to them... thus the purpose of ritual... And once you are there, in tune, you yourself becomes the conduit of those natural forces. So all those racing molecules, vibrating through you, should have the effect of energizing you.... not draining you. If you're being drained, imho, you're doing it wrong.
One of our observers, on the other hand, was completely drained by rituals end. He gave himself fully to the work at hand, without guard, sacrificing himself upon the pyre of good works. It only took a minimal amount of time to bring him back up to rights. Must remember to protect the observers on the outside before the next one.
All in all it was a good night. Working magic with close friends has a tendency to open the mind and allows one to see old situations in a new light. The energy expended on the periphery has a tendency to energize and make happen other things you wouldn't imagine.
I move forward today with new information and conviction. I move ahead a little more secure in the steps I will be taking. Today I am the dawning rosy glow of optimism and a smile is on my face. The good news is - is that there are no fangs.
Improvise! Adapt! Overcome!
~Originally posted 7th August 2009
Protection Symbols & Tools
Simple Protection During A Ritual
Purify, Consecrate, and empower any symbols before using them.
The pentagram is normally the witches' favorite and is worn as jewelry. You can also anoint a participant with the symbol.
The Algiz rune can be worn as jewelry, It can be pulled from your rune set and carried on your person.
Holy water (consecrated water & salt) not only consecrates & purifies, but if used to anoint a guest, it can serve to protect as well.
The solar cross anointed on an attendee or worn as jewelry is protective.
Sage smoke is both purifying and protective.
There are several other symbols and ways you can protect yourself when entering ritual space. Find what you like the best. My favorite is anointing one of the symbols on the forehead with a protective oil.
Use any of them solo or combine as desired.
Improvise! Adapt! Overcome!