tutmosis wrote:Why do you protect yourself? Do you encounter harmful spirits?
just habit really... I started back when I found out I am a psy so as not to snack by accident
The thing is when working with energy and magic you light up on the astral realm, all entities good bad and indifferent see that and want to know what's going on. They come to check you out, if not properly protected they may latch on (sometimes called a "rider")
A charged and programed amulet is good for general protection of the self, and more layers can be incorporated depending on which realms you intend to travel, daily sheilds are good for all the free "radicals" (people alive or dead or other) that we encounter in a day. Physical sheilds can be for longer term protection against certain energies in your home or elsewhere, or for empowerment to the seeker who is doing dark journeying. When stepping into a magic circle cutting protection around yourself or setting up sheilds and wards are important, then one can invite those they wish to work with
. Because everyone will come. We have gotten into the habit of leaving some sort of offering on the outside of the circle so those not invited in can keep themselves amused with coins or candy and thereby not be angry they were drawn to the energy but not asked to play.