Bruce Weber photographed River on two occasions- in 1990 for Vogue and 1991 for Interview. He was very fond of River describing him as “just the most amazing person” and “a friend of mine i really adored” 

He would name one of his golden retrievers ‘River’ after him saying, “I wanted to name one of my dogs after River. He reminds me a little bit of River because he always needs a hug”

Yamuna River - Agra, India

Most of the city of Agra is built along the Yamuna River, which flows from the far north of the country, and through Delhi. The river has played an important role in the life of the cities most famous building, the Taj Mahal. Many of the materials used to build the monument came from the river, or were transported to the area by river. The Taj is located on a sharp bend in the river, down stream from Agra fort. The calmness of the river at this section allows the Taj Mahal to reflect off the water perfectly, like a mirror. 

The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in Childbirth. When construction of the Taj was completed, the body of Mumtaz was transported in a golden casket along the river, to its final resting place in the centre of the Mausoleum. Thirty-five years later, upon his own death, the Body of Shah Jahan made its journey down the river, to be laid to rest next to his wife, in the mausoleum that he built for her. 


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chapter 5: shielding and grounding

Practicing Psychic Hygiene in Witchcraft

Psychic hygiene is one of the most important aspects in witchcraft as it assures any kind of energy not being able to stifle your magick as well as you. Psychic hygiene prevents energy from becoming blocked in your body, which can make it difficult to use energy properly. This is why it’s important to clear the energy before your magick and most importantly after your magick. When you perform magick, you raise a lot of energy within yourself. Contrary to what many may believe, having so much pent up energy within you isn’t necessarily a good thing as it can cause you to feel disoriented or make you hyperactive, unable to sit still because of all the energy that’s been clogged up after many magickal workings with no psychic hygiene. You must work on shielding and clearing. Another word for clearing and releasing excess energy is called grounding.

Before any magickal affairs,  I even recommend on a daily basis, perhaps even twice a day if you’re willing to be dedicated to it, one should always shield themselves (this is most important before your day begins) and ground themselves (clearing/releasing excess energy; most important at the end of your day).

☽ Shielding ☾

Shielding helps protect oneself from “lower” energies that imprint themselves in items and spaces, sometimes as well as people. These lower energies usually come in the form of emotional energy that can be stagnant in the space, which should then be cleared if so. You’ll learn more about clearing spaces further in this chapter. But more often than anything, it can be emotional energy that people carry. Magickal workers may find themselves picking up another person’s emotions, mood, or tension level without even knowing it. This can leave the magickal worker feeling angry, sad, depressed, tired, sometimes even exhausted, without knowing where these emotions came from. Sometimes people deliberately send negative energy to us consciously and sometimes unconsciously. This can be in the form of another person becoming jealous of us, sending spiteful, jealous energy our way without them realizing it. Then you have people who focus so intently on sending us negative energy to where we can practically see them mumbling how much they dislike said magickal worker and would love it if something awful happened to them. This is why shielding is so important, so all the lower energies we receive, we’re able to put up a boundary to keep unwanted energies out; which also strengthens our spiritual energy field or ‘aura’.

☽ Grounding ☾

Clearing and releasing or “grounding” work is also as important as shielding. Grounding helps energy flow more freely, so it’s important to practice grounding before any magickal working as well as after so that any energetical residue isn’t left over within you, which can cause you problems as the ones I’ve mentioned above. Signs of excess energy, which I’m sure most of you’ve felt at some point in life after raising energy without realizing, are: hyperactivity, inability to sit still, dizziness, light-headedness, lack of balance, feeling giddy or disoriented.

☽ Shielding Yourself ☾

There are dozens of ways to shield yourself that it would be nearly impossible for me to list them all here. There’s no “right way” of doing so, as long as you use intention. Intention is very important in all aspects of magick. It acts as a kind of ‘seal of approval’ when you use it with your spells, rituals, meditation, affirmations, divination etc. It’s our way of spiritually telling the Universe: “and so it is.” because it is. Remember…believe.

A few ways to shield yourself can be something as simple as sitting comfortably, breathing consciously and deeply until you’re centered and imagining a ball of white light coming down from the heavens and into the crown of your head, all the way down to your feet and expanding that white light a few feet around you to act as a shield, using intention to make it known that this is your shield of white, magickal light from Spirit. That’s it, it’s as simple as that and it takes five minutes. Know and trust that nothing can penetrate this beautiful white, protective light, no matter how low the energies may be. This is the key.

You can shield using sigils, or any of the four elements along with Spirit. You can shield with help of your spiritual teams, deity or archangels. There are many ways to do so, and if you feel intuitively inclined to do it a certain way (such as using a pink or purple light instead, for an example) then do so. Always trust your inner guidance.

☽ Shielding Your Space ☾

It’s just as important to shield your home and most importantly your space to protect from a variety of things, whether it’s natural disasters (as long as physical precautions are taken as well). Altar and magickal tools shielding and is just as important as it ensures no lower energies cling themselves onto them either, which is another reason why it’s so important that they’re cleansed on a regular basis, and even consecrated. Cleansing your altar space works in the same way as we cleanse ourselves, which can be as simple as using shimmering white light again to infuse these items with your intention of course, and smudging them (and yourself while you’re at it!), before consecrating them to be used for a specific task. I suggest cleansing and consecrating your tools and altar first, then shielding them and then yourself before doing any magickal work.

☽ Grounding Yourself ☾

Again, there are many ways to ground yourself as there are shielding. Eating and drinking are the easiest as long as the foods are as close to the earth as possible. Don’t reach for the Doritos. Instead make yourself an organic potato stew with carrots and as many other root vegetables as you please. Drink organic coffee or tea, as the beans and leaves come directly from the ground and are hardly ever processed in every which way. Even dabbing a bit of salt on your tongue works as a natural, physical way to ground.

Another way to ground is to sit comfortably, breathe deeply and consciously again until you are centered, and then imagining yourself “rooting” into the earth; your body sinking against the dirt (all in your mind’s eye, unless you can actually sit upon the earth if you live in a place with good weather!), and your feet becoming likes roots of a tree, going down further and further towards the core of the earth until you can plug yourself into it, breathing in and out, earth’s grounding energy.

Another visualization to ground is again, sitting comfortably, breathing consciously and deeply until you’re centered and imagining yourself lying in a flowing river, the golden-white water pouring through your energetic field and flowing away any energetical residue, which can be seen as twigs, leaves, or debris of any kind. See the water carrying these things away from you until they are gone and you are clear.

Of course there are many other ways to shield and ground, these are just a few. It’s all a matter of doing a bit of research and discovering different methods that may grow to be your favorite. There are also plenty of guided YouTube meditations to help with shielding and grounding. Please inbox me for links on either.

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Samandriel and Enamored

This was requested by an Anon! I hope you all love it <3 <3

Word Count: 311

Warnings: fluff

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You twirled around in your dress as you danced around in your room.  Samandriel felt like he was trespassing.  He watched your hips sway and your feet move with the music.  The room was silent, but he could hear the song lyrics flow through your mind as if you were your very own karaoke machine.

His heart swooned as you started to sing aloud.  Your voice was like a golden river, filling the room completely.  Was he drowning in your voice?  Why did he find it hard to breathe all of a sudden?  What was this feeling inside of him?

Samandriel had this wide grin on his face as he watched you.  He almost didn’t want it to end, but even he knew all good things came to an end.  That’s when you turned around and you were now aware of his presence.  The angel thought you would be mortified that he had been watching you.  Yet, your face lit up like the north star in the night sky.

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