“I’ve spent every day of my life dedicated to praying ! I’ve pleaded to the spirits tied to the ancient gods… And still the holy powers have proven deaf to my devotion. Please just tell me… What is it…? What’s wrong with me ?!”
“I come seeking help… regarding this power that has been handed down over time… Prayer will awaken my power to seal Ganon away… Or so I’ve been told all my life… And yet… Grandmother heard them–the voices from the spirit realm. And Mother said her own power would develop within me. But I don’t hear… or feel anything!
Father has told me time and time again… He always says, “Quit wasting your time playing at being a scholar!” Curse you… I’ve spent every day of my life dedicated to praying! I’ve pleaded to the spirits tied to the ancient gods… And still the holy powers have proven deaf to my devotion.
Please just tell me… What is it…? What’s wrong with me?!”
is one way of creating a protective amulet. This method involves
taking powers and energies and adding them on to a “blank”
object. This method works well and I have used it many times before.
many of us in spirit work are not really interested in
witchcraft-based spellwork. I would like to present a new method of
creating a protective amulet, by awaking the spirit within the amulet
itself, and getting it to agree to protect whoever wears or holds the
though, a few words on protection.
generally expect certain nature spirits to be nice guys. Never met a
vicious crystal (a few grumpy and mean ones, but never an evil
rock). A few plant spirits have attacked me but I stray far from
home. I do not think anyone carrying out these exercises of talking
to basic, friendly spirits is going to be at risk. There are however
a few notes I do have:
DO NOT work with any
materials that make you feel uncomfortable, nervous, or worried. Such
feelings are not indicative that the material has a lot of power; it
means the material is WRONG for this project.
Stick with my recommended materials list coming up if you really want
to focus on spirits that are known to be friendly towards humans.
It is up to you to adjust the contents of this post as you see fit,
experiment, and try new magic. Once you leave the beaten trail, you
need to start working within your own system of protections.
will be using a rock or crystal, a natural object like a pine cone,
or a collection of herbs bound in a sachet. It is vital you choose an
object which you believe contains a protective
If you associate bluebirds with flowers and clouds, don’t use a
bluebird feather for this project.
more traditional because people have had success with them over and
over again. I will list my recommended amulet materials next.
You will “awaken” this
spirit, talk to it, get to know it, and secure its service as a
protector. You can then empower the spirit and learn how to take care
of it, feed it, and cleanse it.
In the end, you should have
an awoken and empowered spirit vessel working as a powerful protector
on your behalf.
“Protection” doesn’t work the same way with every spirit. An onyx
spirit may produce an astral warrior to fight your enemies, while a
cinnamon spirit may produce a wall to protect you. Which would better
serve you? Choose your allies wisely; talk to many potential allies
before you choose the one you really want to work with. Even better,
secure several allies who can all work together to help you in
Here are my recommended
black crystal or rock, or any crystal or rock known for its powers of
protection. Examples are onyx,
tourmaline, and hematite.
Also, hag stones
make excellent natural protective amulets.
piece of wood from any holy tree (perhaps from a pagan tradition you
follow), or a tree with traditional protective properties in your
culture. Examples where I live are oak
Dried and preserved leaves/needles, bark, acorns, or pine cones, will
also work well.
or bay leaf
are my top six herbal allies for defense and protection. Put them in
a tiny necklace jar or in a small cloth sachet.
STEPS - tl;dr:
Cleanse the vessel and cast a circle.
There is one basic safety
measure everyone can take when approaching a potential new spirit.
You can thoroughly cleanse and purify the vessel. A harsh cleansing
is not necessary; something gentle and thorough will suffice. Choose
a method that will not damage the physical material you have chosen.
Take some purifying incense. If you can manage it, burn or singe some
bay leaf. Hold your object in the incense smoke and vividly imagine
that the smoke goes not only over
the object but inside
of it! Imagine the gentle cleansing incense purifies the object and
takes away every negative energy and ill-intent, leaving it purified
and connected to Nature.
Place your object underneath running water (the sink or tub will do;
natural is great if you can manage it). Imagine that the water
of and through
the object, rinsing away every negative and unwanted energy.
Bury the object in natural soil for 24 hours, or three days for a
very serious case. Expose the soil to sunlight and moonlight to
improve the process.
Using your favorite energy work technique, create a ball of purifying
and cleansing energies. Immerse your object inside of this sphere of
energy and let it be cleansed. Draw the energy inside of your object
so it is thoroughly cleansed.
you cleanse you will want to follow a basic protective measure. This
is possibly the simplest thing you can do to protect yourself at this
stage. Cast a circle intended to keep spirits out.
When your object is
cleansed and ready to become an amulet, go to where you would like to
talk to the spirit (I usually choose my bedroom because all my
magical stuff is in there). Face east. Point at the ground and
envision a blue flame spring from the ground. Turn around in a
clockwise motion, repeating this phrase:
“This ground be purified,
protected, and blessed, in the name of my highest Powers; this circle
keep all spirits out except the one I invite.”
(Alter this to refer to
your higher powers by name, or reference your own power).
Once you finish the circle
and return to the east, imagine the blue flame springs up in a
glorious sphere that completely surrounds you, keeping out all
spirits except the one you invite.
Now you are ready to begin!
TO THE SPIRIT FOR THE FIRST TIME - tl;dr:
Focus on the spirit, talk to it. Ask it if it will help you make an
amulet; if it says no, move on. If it says yes, continue talking and
communication is the easiest thing in the world. Don’t
psyche yourself out about it. Hold your object or place it on a nice,
clean surface. It should now be purified and you should be inside a
protective circle (why a circle? When you call for a spirit and not
in a properly warded space, any
spirit may arrive. Always ward before you call spirits!).
Focus on the object.
Consider what may be inside of it, what spirit may rest there.
Touch the object if you
feel like it. Hold it close, put it on your forehead like me if you
really get in to it. Do whatever feels comfortable. When you are
ready, call to the spirit:
“Spirit of this [object],
known for its protective powers, will you come greet me today? I need
to speak with you.”
While you make this call,
visualize or believe that your words reach the soul of the object you
are talking to, igniting it and ‘waking it up’ from its slumber.
For me an action like this
typically garners immediate response. If you do not receive a
response, a few things may be going on: Either the spirit is not
interested in speaking with you, or you don’t know how to hear it, or
it didn’t hear you the first time.
Try asking one more time,
and see what happens. If the spirit still does not reply, put the
object down, feed it some energy, and try again later.
you actually get a response, DO NOT expect a living fae to rise out
of the physical stone, dancing in front of you like so many LSD
hallucinations. You are going to receive a response within
9 times out of 10. You will receive input in one form or another.
Some people experience external emotions, feelings, and sensations
which are not their own. Other people hear words, sounds, songs, or
other verbal communication. Other people have visions of spirits
within their mind. Some people simply “know”, and “know” when
the spirit hears them and “know” what the spirit’s response is,
without ever having any kind of tangible input. Everyone’s
experience is different.
In my typical experience, I
would “see” a spirit in my mind’s eye, as well as feel the
spirit’s energies and intent, and hear words they speak. You may have
a totally different way of communication!
For first contact,
introduce yourself. “Hi, my name is Cranberry. I called you because
I would love to work with you, and I think we can be of benefit to
each other.” State who you are and clearly state your intentions.
There is no need to beat around the bush, spirits aren’t usually
offended when people seek out their aid.
Then, you wait for the
spirit to respond. If you get “no way”, “not my thing,”
sensations or feelings, thank the spirit and put it away and choose
something else to be your amulet.
You’re a fucking idiot if you force spirits to be your servants and
slaves. They’re only eventually going to turn against you, and you’ll
eventually gain a permanent spiritual reputation as an asshole that
good guys won’t work with any more. There are SO MANY good and
helpful spirits that will willingly work for fair pay, which we owe
I’ve heard the most stupid, idiotic excuses that novices
make to defend
abuse and slavery.
Fuck you if you enslave spirits.
If you get “go ahead,”
“I’m interested,” or, “go on….” vibes, continue.
THE DEAL – tl;dr Be
nice to the spirit and ask it to help you.
There is a difference
between wild spirits that can fend for themselves, and spirits taken
out of their natural environment to come live in my house. A spirit
that lives in my unnatural house may not have access to the food and
ability to cleanse and care for itself as it otherwise would. So
right away I usually ask a spirit that lives in my house if it would
like a nice, small offering. A glass of fresh water is more than
enough, sometimes a bit of incense is appreciated. Occasionally a
spirit will ask for a specific enchanted formula in my room that will
give them a good boost.
In general, continue
casting your protective circle every time you talk to this spirit.
ESPECIALLY if the space you are working in is not fully warded!! If
you are working in a fully warded space and you know how to connect
with the spirit inside the object, then I wouldn’t worry too much
about protective circles unless you really just want to be extra safe
Up to this point, the
object has been cleansed and we are inside a protective circle. We
are assuming I have just made first contact with the spirit and it
has given me signals to continue. So here I will offer it a small
offering such as a glass of water.
If the spirit is quiet or
is not saying much, or if it asks for more info, fill the spirit in.
Simply tell the spirit you seek a protective ally, one that can guard
you against malicious spirits and negative energies, and protect
against the ill-intent of other humans. Say why you have chosen this
spirit – did it come highly recommended? Have you had a personal
experience with its protective abilities? And state what you will do
to pay the spirit back. Try offering a cleansing twice a month and
energy feedings once a week, or both whenever necessary.
Many protective spirits I
know are warriors and are proud and boastful about their abilities.
They often leap at the chance to protect someone and will gladly do
it. Other spirits are more cautious or coy and will not agree right
away, instead wanting to talk more and get to know you more. If a
spirit is not agreeing to protect you, no need to beg or convince it;
thank it, put it away, and try another spirit instead. You may find
it is just necessary to actually get to know spirits in general more
before they agree to work with you, so in that case it is fine to
spend however much time you need getting to know the spirit.
Ultimately most spirits I
know will have some questions so spend some time answering anything
the spirit wants to know. They may want to know if you have any
enemies they must defeat, what kind of ailments you have, what
energies you are facing, what kind of cleansing they will receive,
what kind of food they will receive, and so on. Hash out the details
and take notes as needed so you do not forget any part of the
agreement being made.
In general you are making a
business deal (even if you guys become great friends and allies) and
you need to work out some details:
Will the spirit help you
only when it is specifically called? Do you need to be aware of
danger before it will kick in? Or will the spirit stay vigilant and
watch? Should you tell him when to be vigilant? Do you want him
always aware? The more active the spirit is, the more feedings it
will require. Everything is an exchange. Do you want to be aware of
when you are being protected of negative energies, or not? Do you
want the spirit to alert you if it senses something nearby? Will it
protect an area it is in, or only a human who specifically holds it?
Work out all these details. In general, asking the spirit to give you
a sense of security when it is “working” is a great idea. It lets
you know within a few moments if your spirit ally is able to help you
If you are making a general
protective amulet, skip this step. If you know you have specific
enemies, whether they be human or spirit, ask the amulet spirit what
it can specifically do to protect against your enemies. Depending on
how easily you can work with spirits and make amulets such as this
one, it may be worth your while to spend the time finding an ally who
can help you the most against specific beings you face.
Sooner or later the spirit
is either going to agree or disagree. I’ve never gotten a “let me
think about it” from a nature spirit before. They pretty much seem
to know what they’re going to do. If the spirit disagrees, thank it
and return it to where it belongs. If it agrees, you now have secured
the services of a protective spirit!
YOUR AMULET -tl;drshow me what you
Now a spirit has agreed to
be a protector. But in my way of working you don’t just “finish
up”. For anyone interested in above-beginner energy work, spirit
work, spell work, and astral travel, you need to figure out how this
magic is actually literally realistically going to work on your
Once I am in communion with
the spirit and they have agreed to help me, I ask to see an example
of how their protective powers work against a specific enemy.
For example, you can ask, “how would your charms help me against
another spirit seeking to harm me?” Then wait and see what input
I will get visions of how
thinks “work” according to my understanding of the astral. No
matter what you should gain at least a slightly better understanding
of how your enchantment is going to work, even if you only get a
feeling such as “security” or an image of a wall.
In general I ask these
“Can you show me how you
will protect me against malicious spirits?” “Can you show me
how you will protect me against energies or spells?” “Can you
show me how you will protect me against malicious humans?**”
**These amulets are for
protection during spiritual encounters, not physical
encounters. Do not rely on magic to keep you physically safe.
If I am satisfied that the
spirit knows what it is doing (and if you used any of the recommended
materials, it should), I thank it for its time. I give it a feeding,
a nice offering as thanks for making this deal, and I either “hang
up” or spend enjoyable time with this spirit.
YOUR AMULET AND THE SPIRIT WITHIN
– tl;dr uphold your
end of the deal, feed the spirit, be nice to it.
your deal has been made, try talking to this spirit regularly. This
is especially nice if you have no other companions or limited spirit
experience. Remember to cast your circle every time if you are
working outside of a fully warded space. Try wearing or touching the
amulet as you work with it :)
forget to cleanse and feed the spirit as you have agreed. If you have
to “take a break”, low spoon month, etc. – see if you can’t at
least say hello to the spirit and explain the situation. Otherwise, I
often find these types of protective spirits to be good-natured and
not prone to anger (especially rocks).
or hold your amulet whenever you need it. Activate it by whatever
word or signal you agreed to if it does not always remain aware.
this amulet as protection while doing other spirit work, astral
traveling, or simply when you need it daily. Talk to the spirit
within the amulet regularly; it is not a mindless spell, it is a real
being. Ask it about things that happen to you and seek greater
insight. A spirit that follows you around regularly may have great
insight in to your life.
spirit may be empowered
in certain ways. Keeping the vessel very thoroughly cleansed and
energetically fed makes a huge difference.
energetically feed a vessel, choose one of the following methods:
Take some vivifying incense, something bright and enjoyable. If you
are unsure of what to choose, ask the spirit within or choose a scent
you think that individual would like. If you get an unclear response,
go with basil and chamomile or any stick incense. Hold the vessel
over the smoke and imagine the smoke is drawn within and turns in to
a feast for the spirit to enjoy. Imagine the spirit of the vessel
feasting on the smoke and enjoying it immensely. If you get feelings
of “no” or “stop”, the spirit does not like the incense
presented and you should of course stop immediately.
Light a candle of any type. Hold the vessel over the candle flame and
imagine the heat and light from the candle arise and go inside the
vessel, warming it and giving the spirit pure energy from which it
can heal and rest.
foods, beverages, consumables (such as tobacco), and/or alcohol.
Place the offerings next to the vessel and encourage the spirit to
come out and enjoy all the physical offerings placed before them.
Using your favorite energy work technique, create a ball of
energizing and healing energies. Put this energy in to the vessel and
encourage the spirit to use it and enjoy it according to their
greatest needs and desires.
spirit may also be empowered by giving it various magical waters,
potions, and formulas. A spirit vessel adorned with War Water can
give the spirit within special abilities, in
my experience UPG alert I guess I’ve never heard anyone else talk
about this. I find my
spirits greatly enjoy the formula Glory Water, which they request
regularly. They also like a custom blend of mine called Snake Water,
which is actually just a very simple and highly cleansing formula.
your vessel somewhere it is comfortable. I hang mine on the wall
usually, you may want to keep yours on your altar or in a nice,
special space. If you ever lose the need for this vessel, tell the
spirit within that you have lost your need for its services and break
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I come seeking help… regarding this power that has been handed down over time… Prayer will awaken my power to seal Ganon away… or so I’ve been told all my life. And yet… grandmother heard them- the voices from the spirit realm. And mother said her own power would develop within me. But I don’t hear… or feel anything! Father has told me time and time again… he always says, “quit wasting your time playing at being a scholar!” Curse you! I’ve spent every day of my life dedicated to praying! I’ve pleaded to the spirits tied to the ancient gods… and still the holy powers have proven deaf to my devotion. Please just tell me… what is it? What’s wrong with me?
The Maiar were Ainur, offspring of Eru Ilúvatar’s thoughts before the world was made. They were akin to the Valar but lesser in power than the Holy Ones who were the chief shapers of the world. The Maiar were typically devoted to and served specific Valar, being of like stock. For example, Eönwë and Ilmarë, who together were Chiefs of the Maiar, served Manwë and Varda respectively, while Sauron was of Aulë’s folk before being seduced into the service of Melkor. The Maiar were fëar (spirits) but unlike the Children of Ilúvatar, they do not need to possess hröar (bodies) to appear to the Children, manifesting themselves in a fana (vales). It is insinuated, in the tale of Melian the Maia and Elu Thingol the Elf, that should a Maia wed with one of the Children they shall take up Elven forms and be bound forever to them. They are immortal, and like the Elves, they are bound to Arda until its end and cannot die in the matter of the Children, though their spirits may be weakened to the point of never again causing harm, such as the case of Sauron after the destruction of the One Ring. Among the Maiar were Balrogs, who were those corrupted by Melkor the Marrer.
Being tempted feels a lot like having a pesky stray hair clinging to your arm. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that bad at first, but the longer it’s there, the more unbearable it becomes. Many times, you can’t see it without a change of perspective - looking in the mirror after you brush your hair, the light hitting your shirt a certain way, or even a friend pointing it out to you & asking if they can help you get it off, but no matter how you discover it, you know that you would do anything to get rid of it. Often, it’s somehow managed to become so embedded in your clothes that you have to tug quite a bit, & you probably aren’t even sure how it got in there that deep, but once it’s gone, you see it for what it is - light as air, dispensable, unable to hold you back any longer. It might be a challenge to get rid of, but with the brightest of light, solid friends, & a good look at your own reflection from time to time, it doesn’t stand a chance. Today, do the hard thing & ask Jesus what the “stray hairs” are in your life. Ask His light to give you a new perspective & illuminate dark places in your heart & mind that you might not have even realized were taking root. Surround yourself with close friends who have your back & aren’t afraid to lovingly tell you that some things might not be quite right in your life. Take an honest look at your heart & ask yourself what’s holding you back from being more like Christ. Walk with the confidence that Jesus has given you the power of the Holy Spirit & an abundance of His grace to pluck those “stray hairs” off of every part of your clothes - for good.