Building the Shield
When building your first shield, it seems rather ridiculous to lock in any negative energies you may be carrying with you currently. Therefore, a preliminary cleansing, as follows:
Stand in a quiet place and center your energies. Visualize a gleaming sharp sword in your hand. Use it joyously, vigorously slicing through the air close to your body on all sides, over your head and under your feet. As you slash, visualize all unfriendly or negative ties being severed and the ends shriveling away to nothing. Do not be specific — this tie, that tie — all unfriendly ties are being cut! Note that friendly and unfriendly ties exist on different planes, so you can damage the friendly ties — although you may be surprised that ties you through were friendly aren’t — and vice versa. It isn’t necessary to do this every time you work on your shields, although a once-a-year cleansing and general housecleaning couldn’t hurt.
Other helpful rituals include: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram; The Middle Pillar; the Kabalistic Cross; any other cleansing/grounding rituals you may be aware of.
Shielding for Beginners
A psychic shield is a non-material substance/force/power with which you surround yourself for protection. Many types of force can be called into play in its construction, any many forms can be used, all at your discretion. It’s important that a friend, instructor or adept not do this for you; your shield will be with you permanently and you need to have the intimate connection that creating your own provides.
Why make a shield? The best reason is for protection against psychic flak of all kinds, especially important when you are first starting down the Path, and aren’t yet well-versed in defensive measures. Its protection from mind-games and psychic vampires and a good shield helps you to separate mundane flak from psychic flak. It exercises the faculties of self-reliance and visualization. All told, it’s one of the most essential tools of the working witch.
What do I need to know about shields? Your shield is your basic piece of protection/comfort/defense. It is a permanent part of you, and something like wearing a Circle like a second skin. It should be flexible and semi-permeable, moving and growing with you, and breathing with your energy usage. Be aware that what you visualize when you start out is what will be there, but that the shield will probably change of its own accord to keep up with your changing capabilities and needs.
||Five years old
||New Jersey, USA
Ihad lost my previous cat after sixteen years and she was actually the Cat of the Day on Oct. 5, 1998, her name wasMisty. I was so heartbroken and devastated that I wanted to adopt another kitty, it was just too lonely for me.
I went to a shelter and saw Autumn and fell in love with her, always wanted a Tortie. She was almost three years old at the time. I looked at the other kitties but my mind was still on Autumn so she came home with me a few days later. The hurt of losing Misty is still with me but having Autumn has helped mend my broken heart. This is what makes her special, she helped me give love to another kitty.
Autumn was not an easy cat to get close too. She was very shy and very afraid of everything. I could not even walk towards her without her running and hiding. She has been with me for three years now and still runs from me at times, she doesn’t trust anyone. She will sit on my lap and watch TV with me and she loves to play with the feather wand.
The worst thing is I cannot get her into the carrier when going to the vet. I have had to cancel many appointments because of this. She is a very tough kitty, but I love her very much.
||Four and a half years old
||Ventura, California, USA
Here are some pictures of Puck. He is very expressive and an excellent communicator. He does talk a little human, but his main forms of communication are vocalizations, and body language. If he’s happy or excited, he lets you know. If he’s angry, he lets you know. If he’s sleepy, he makes his “bedtime noises.” If he’s feeling frisky, he also lets you know. There’s never a dull moment with this little guy!
His favorite pastimes include chewing on things he’s not supposed to, shredding tissues, hair styling, eating, staying up late, sleeping late, and snuggling. I have to be careful about leaving him unattended though. One time I left him alone for five seconds, and when I came back, two keys were missing from my keyboard, some stuff was knocked over, and he was in the process of climbing up my speaker cables like a little mountain climber. More recently, he destroyed my QWERTY keyboard on my phone; and even more recently, he decided that antique tables are just as fun to chip as wooden toys.
When I was shopping for a bird, I first met with another bird, who was totally sweet. Something just felt wrong though, so I didn’t take it. Next, I met Puck. He jumped into my arms and started making kissy sounds and wolf whistles. I took him home.
He keeps my on my toes, and brings me a lot of joy and companionship. Heloves meeting new people. He loves going everywhere with me, and everybody seems to love him. He also loves spending time outside. He has an outdoor cage to spend time in, and sometimes I let him play and climb around in edible plants. Lavender is one of his favorite bushes (he likes to chew up the flowers). He loves to go to parties and get attention from multiple people at once. On Thanksgiving, he had his own plate. On Halloween I rubbed raspberries on him to look like blood, and he went as a zombie. I even took him through a scary haunted house with me, which he seemed to enjoy. He’s tons of fun!
New Moon Report for March 22
by Jeff Jawer
New Moon in Aries
Thursday, March 22, 7:38 am PDT, 10:38 am EDT
The Aries New Moon is a rocket launcher, a blast-off moment and a fresh start for the new astrological year. This pioneering sign propels us into unknown territory, bravely (or blindly) jumping into the future. Innovative Uranus and brainy Mercury join this lunation to spark unconventional perceptions and fire up original ideas. We may get a little ahead of ourselves and impatiently force issues that aren’t quite ready for prime time. Concepts flying by at the speed of light must be slowed down to give them a chance to be examined.
The Aries New Moon is the beginning of both the Moon’s monthly cycle and the Sun’s annual cycle. The passion of this Fire sign spurs us to blaze new trails and experiment with original projects and unfamiliar forms of behavior. Starting things now might be easy, but sticking to them could be more difficult. The urge for personal freedom inspires independent action that can be bold and exciting, yet impulsive acts may rub some people the wrong way. Considering the feelings of others is essential to maintaining harmony when exploring new territory.
You can breathe a first sigh of relief at 2:58AM PDT when yesterday’s long void lunar cycle in Pisces ends and the Moon enters fiery Aries. However, the New Moon – energizing 3 degrees of Aries – doesn’t occur until 7:38AM PDT. Therefore, between 2:58AM PDT and 7:38AM PDT, the dark-of-the-moon vibes are at white-hot intensity and this implies the need to finish odd jobs and old projects with skills and zeal. It is during the extreme dark-of-the-moon, closing-down energy-field that the Moon unites with Mercury retrograde in Aries (4:51AM PDT) – charging your mind and thought process with remembrances of times past. A wave of nostalgia can wash over you. Once the New Moon clocks in at 7:38AM PDT, it is incumbent upon you to be more courageous as a leader and pioneer who strikes while the iron is hot. Nevertheless, uncertainty and surprises are rife since Mars in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces (8:22AM PDT), the Moon unites with shock-inducer Uranus in Aries (11:37AM PDT), Mercury parallels productivity-enhancer Ceres (3:07PM PDT), and the Sun makes a potent, electrifying parallel to Uranus (6:25PM PDT). While the Mars-Chiron polarity can signify troubles afflicting romantic partners and business associates, the Moon and Sun aligning with Uranus can be tweaked to give you amazing insights about the shape of things to come. Expecting the unexpected should be your motto. Helping you smooth over differences with dear ones, friends and colleagues is an inspirational, 72-degree rapport from Venus to Chiron (11:37PM PDT). Positive ties between Venus and Chiron are very often reinforcement links that can bring soul-mates into greater harmony and happiness.
Calendar of the Moon
Alder Tree Month
Altar: Upon cloth of crimson set a flaming brazier filled with charcoal and incense.
Offerings: Purification. Write what has been dragging your down, and place it in the fire.
Daily Meal: Hot, nourishing food.
Call: Now is the time of the warming of Earth.
Response: Now is the time of the Sun’s first warmth.
Call: Now is the time when the waters of Spring are banished.
Response: Now is the time when fire dries the flood.
Call: Now is the time when the heat rises within us.
Response: Now is the time when our tears are dried.
Call: Now is the time when our inner floods give way.
Response: Now is the time when our inner fields are greening.
Call: Like the birds who build their nests in the Spring….
Response: Like the creatures of the woods who brave the open fields…
Call: As they brave the world….
Response: So we now brave the world.
Call: As they seek sustenance of the body….
Response: So we seek sustenance of the soul.
Call: As they are driven forth by need and the cycle of life…..
Response: So we are driven forth by need and the cycle of life.
Call: No house can contain our souls….
Response: As no house contains the foundation on which it is built.
Call: We will be the piles that lift the house from the water….
Response: And we will lift our spirits from the winter’s flood.
Call: We will be the island in the river….
Response: The islands where the future is told…
Call: And we will see that future running like the current….
Response: Knowing not where it will lead….
Call: Save by the grace of the gods.
Response: Save by the grace of the Gods.
We gather at the river
We bring fire to the water
Our fire burns within us
The river parts before us