The Owl Spell
Intent: To protect oneself from harm with magical armor.
Ideal Timing: This spell can be performed anytime.
There are many methods of putting magical protections in place. The most basic and most portable method is the personal shield, also called a personal ward. This is a protective magical barrier which moves and travels along with you and can generally be raised or lowered at will- or simply set “on” at all times- in order to protect yourself from magical or metaphysical harm.
If you wish to link an additional set of personal shields to a particular item of clothing or jewelry, that can be done as well. Some witches even link personal wards to tattoos or permanent piercings. Ultimately, however, this is a very easy and very effective way of keeping yourself safe requires no tools, incantations, or physical talismans to be effective.
While standing in a power stance (good, confident posture; straight backed, shoulders back, head forward, legs shoulder width apart, etc), begin by taking a moment to center yourself if you feel it necessary. Once you have, remain in the power stance and take a few deep breaths to clear your mind as much as you can.
Picture your energy as best as you can, but make sure that when you do that you picture it as something malleable and flexible; some people use water for this visualization, others fire, some light or shadow, and so on. Once you have that image set in your mind, cup your hands together in front of your stomach and picture that energy pouring into your hands and pooling there.
Breathe deeply and bring your hands out as if you were to take a weapon and shield from another person, focusing on the flow of the energy as you do so. Picture that energy expanding and forming into the weapon and shield that you seek to take. Once the visualization is set, bring your hands back to your chest with another deep breath. Now picture that energy expanding further to cover your body entirely and settling to form a coat of armor over yourself. Imagine the details of your weapon, shield, and armor. Make it as small or large, as detailed or as simple as you wish.
Imagine that this moves with you, bends with you, expands and contracts as needed, though; it is armor but it should never be confining to you. Now pour your will into it and imagine that nothing gets past this armor unless you want it to.
Be aware that energy work like this takes a great amount of energy and concentration. It doesn’t always work out the way you want it to the first few tried; sometimes it is best to start small, especially if this is your first shield. We recommend regularly practicing creating, raising, and lowering your shields- perhaps as part of a meditation exercise. The hope, though, is to eventually make it as vivid as you can; to be able to focus on that image until you can picture it vividly and clearly in your head at a moment’s notice and can almost feel it on the palms of your hands when you hold them out. Once you have the method down for getting the shield into place, you can raise it anytime and anywhere you need to at a moment’s notice.
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