I receive a lot of questions on social media posts and many have to do with the querent feeling that he or she is being ‘cursed’ or attacked. Most typically, the commenter is new to the Way, inexperienced and (as Jan Fries mentions below), a bit ‘paranoid’.
I am here to hopefully ease a few worries for the novices among us.
Do spiritual and/or magical attacks really occur?
Yes, they do, but true attacks are rare and in most instances, what people typically encounter are really just ‘weak’ interferences.
I shall try to answer this query in two parts.
Sometimes, another Worker or a Spirit may decide to have a bit of ‘fun’ with a newbie, however, it has been my experience that most interferences of this nature are a type of ‘bullying’; immature and non-focused.
It is a slip-shod attempt at weak manipulation; a trick, a time-waster and just for ‘show’.
True manipulation of the Web takes stamina, strength and focus. Any real Worker knows this.
It isn’t a bunch of mumbo-jumbo spewed out on whim with a few herbs thrown in for good measure.
There is preparation, alignment, transference and intense myopic focus. It is a potent direction of Will.
In a word, it is Work.
If another Practitioner is so bored and lacking purpose that he/she desires to try to intimidate or ‘scare’ a newcomer to the Path, that usually indicates a very weak, ignorant and childish mindset and certainly, not one of much Power or effectiveness. It shows an inability to control emotion and reflects the behaviour of a toddler.
The same holds true for perceived ‘Spirit’ attacks. Spirits of a lower vibration may play ‘games’; a bit of ‘hide and seek’ if you will. These types of Spirits are very childlike; impetuous, mischievous and self-centered.
The best recourse for the beginner is to have a Spirit Guardian in place (for me, my Daemon Familiar). For others, it may be a Deity, or an Ancestor or a Spirit Animal.
Setting up this Spirit Guardian is simple; you petition your Ancestors for aid, you seek to build a relationship with a Deity or Daemon to Whom you feel a strong attraction or pull, you meditate on the Void and ask for a sign or appearance of your Spirit Animal or Guide.
It is not complicated.
Spirit Guardians are nothing more than aethyric ‘best-friends’. They have your back.
For those who do not believe in Spirits, Gods or the Others (I’ve never understood atheistic Witchery, but some do claim that Path), one would erect a psychic ‘shield’ or wear protective amulets or talismans. You can create your own thrall or servitor to ‘stand guard’ over you. You use the Powers of the Earth and the aethyr for protection.
Magic, Spirits, Deity, Ancestors, Daemons, Human Practitioners: All is Energy. That’s it.
When you break everything down to the common denominator, ALL IS ENERGY.
It’s simple really.
We may categorize, label and shove Energy into drawers of our making, but every single thing you see, hear, touch, perceive (and everything you can’t see, hear, touch, perceive) is nothing more than Energy, in varying degrees, intensity, strengths and purposes.
It is not evil, malevolent, kind, compassionate or in any other way does It ‘care’ for your comfort or your torment.
It just Exists.
When you look in the mirror, you see a form of Energy. Your dog is a form of Energy. The carrots you had for dinner are forms of Energy. Your beloved Aunt Alice that passed away two years ago is a form of Energy.
The entire Universe is on a cycle of manifestation, feeding, dissipation and re-manifestation.
Once you start to view the World as Energetic Impulses, the ‘bogeyman’ loses his grip and you start to realize how much we ‘feed’ into the Energies around us (including those we conjure up ourselves).
By our thoughts and intents, we sustain these Energies. We become Food.
Deny most any unwelcome Energy that ‘food’ of attention and fear and It will go elsewhere.
In other words, the buffet is closed.
I don’t mean to sound harsh but many newcomers to the Path start to believe that they are really IMPORTANT and that all the Gods, Spirits, Daemons, Ghosts, Poltergeists, Trolls, Fairies, Elementals, Familiars, and all other human Workers in the magical spheres are taking notice of them.
The truth is we are just not that significant.
Spirits, like humans, have other things to do. They are busy.
You are not the center of Their universe. The Spirits were here long before you arrived and They will be here long after you are gone.
They have more important things to do than to plague you.
I leave you with some timely advice from Jan Fries’ book, Seidways. I think this excerpt is appropriate:
“A lot of beginners in magic feel overwhelmed, if not afraid, of the great unknown and paranoia is a natural reaction.
For some curious reason, magical novices often feel that they are ‘under attack’ by some evil coven, black sorcerer or nasty demon, while more advanced magicians are usually too busy doing their will to bother about all the fighting and defending.
I’ve known people who were ‘under attack’ every other week, which goes to show just how ‘important’ they were.
The better sort of magicians are aware that there are more important things than dog-eat-dog politics; they do their will and the world takes care of itself.
How about asking your guardian spirits to take care of all the fighting and defending so that you can concentrate on more rewarding activities?”
Quote: Seidways; Shaking, Swaying and Serpent Mysteries, Jan Fries; Mandrake of Oxford (1996)
Image: Lady of the Lake, Samuel Adelstein (c. 1920)