What are some of the best spirits for protection?

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Charles_Odinforce wrote:
Thu Aug 18, 2022 10:34 pm
So a couple thoughts on this.

First this reminds me of when people ask “Which God or Goddess is best for X” and it doesn't get into the nature of association and the impact that has with the higher power. Spirit Keeping in a real sense is an offshoot of Shamanism, working with spirits by forming a bond with them, and as such shares a lot of parallels with other systems of mysticism. In all of these systems the answer is always “the one you have the most connection to is always the strongest.”

Second, know your situation and enemies. If you find you are having problems with a spirit of X element, find its counter element.

Third, remember its rare for spirits/unbounds to just target someone. The vast bulk of “negative spiritual altercations” are either a human overstepping their bounds in terms of territory (angered land spirits) where some offerings can help to find peace OR some other kind of awakening like a shadow self awakening, kundalini awakening, or other such thing. Think of it like this, if you went from barely being able to hear sound, to now hearing things as clear as if they were 100 decibels above normal, even a friendly “hello” from a spirit would feel like a cannon ball hitting you in the head. Sometimes that doesn't manifest “in the head” instead it manifests in more personal areas, but that is very often just that being the chakra that has the issue processing the energies and information. This doesn't mean negative entities don't harass people, but for the big, overly manifesting situations there is often some kind of sensitivity OR reason.

Fourth, ultimately in situations where you need protective spirits you also need to spend time working with spirits to help them bridge the gap. We tend to think of the other realms as one big giant “Astral World” but every culture has different realms, and most realms seem to overlap on this one. By helping a spirit anchor to this realm, through offerings and working with them in ritual, we amplify their ability to protect us from things that are overlapping this realm also.

Fifth on this, even among well known “best for defense” spirits there are going to be stronger and weaker ones, more war focused and less focused ones. As an example, you likely won't find a cowardly Valkyrie, or one who can't fight unless you are specifically seeking one out who has that complex. By and large spirits known for fighting are going to be good at it.

All of that said, personal go to favorites for me? Dragons, Dwarves, Elves, Elementals, Valkyries, Draugr, Jotunn, and the like. It depends though on what I'm dealing with. If a foe is particularly attuned to dark energies then Angels and Celestial beings jump to the top. If they are a being of light, then Shadow People, Demons, or even something like a Void Elemental specifically start to come to mind. When you use the contrasting force, there are pros and cons to that which are obvious, but having the bigger stick AND the foe being weak to that stick really does negate the downsides to also being weaker to your foe.

If I was giving advice though to a new person without any background on what they know, I'd start with Elementals, Land Spirits, or Nature based spirits like Animal Guides or Guardians. Such beings are somewhat neutral outside of one key point, they are often above average in loyalty and have almost no concept of backing down when challenged. Likewise whatever imbalances are influencing the area around you, Nature spirits will be more than willing to pick a fight on your behalf.

Lastly, in those situations where your foe is another practitioner, my advice is to also have some totems/representations for your spirits. Old school shamanism and most forms of occultism agree that having a fine vessel specifically dedicated to a spirit makes it stronger. Likewise vessels in some situations can be combined with other power boosters (talismans and such) just like a person would use, allowing you to easily amplify a spirits existing power. Vessels make it easier, to do offerings. If it's another person, these things are enough to start to balance some of the gap between a novice and someone with experience. If it's an expert, start learning some ritual magick of your own to add to the mix to keep up.

No one likes to hit a target that hits them back. Don't be a living punching dummy in any fight.
Thank you so very much for the mega informative post! :8)
You really touched on everything and put a lot of things in perspective, and thank you for going in-depth on the different types of protectors and how they can help. This is really useful info. I was also considering vampire as a possible helper and protector, and wonder what you think of them?

And I'm wondering if you know any good ways to cleanse jewelry of any possible negative energies? Normally I just let them rest in water and that does it, but what if it needs something stronger? In your experience, what works then?

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This was really good advice I have never seen before. 🤔 Thank you @Charles_Odinforce .
Charles_Odinforce wrote:
Thu Aug 18, 2022 10:34 pm
So a couple thoughts on this.

First this reminds me of when people ask “Which God or Goddess is best for X” and it doesn't get into the nature of association and the impact that has with the higher power. Spirit Keeping in a real sense is an offshoot of Shamanism, working with spirits by forming a bond with them, and as such shares a lot of parallels with other systems of mysticism. In all of these systems the answer is always “the one you have the most connection to is always the strongest.”

Second, know your situation and enemies. If you find you are having problems with a spirit of X element, find its counter element.

Third, remember its rare for spirits/unbounds to just target someone. The vast bulk of “negative spiritual altercations” are either a human overstepping their bounds in terms of territory (angered land spirits) where some offerings can help to find peace OR some other kind of awakening like a shadow self awakening, kundalini awakening, or other such thing. Think of it like this, if you went from barely being able to hear sound, to now hearing things as clear as if they were 100 decibels above normal, even a friendly “hello” from a spirit would feel like a cannon ball hitting you in the head. Sometimes that doesn't manifest “in the head” instead it manifests in more personal areas, but that is very often just that being the chakra that has the issue processing the energies and information. This doesn't mean negative entities don't harass people, but for the big, overly manifesting situations there is often some kind of sensitivity OR reason.

Fourth, ultimately in situations where you need protective spirits you also need to spend time working with spirits to help them bridge the gap. We tend to think of the other realms as one big giant “Astral World” but every culture has different realms, and most realms seem to overlap on this one. By helping a spirit anchor to this realm, through offerings and working with them in ritual, we amplify their ability to protect us from things that are overlapping this realm also.

Fifth on this, even among well known “best for defense” spirits there are going to be stronger and weaker ones, more war focused and less focused ones. As an example, you likely won't find a cowardly Valkyrie, or one who can't fight unless you are specifically seeking one out who has that complex. By and large spirits known for fighting are going to be good at it.

All of that said, personal go to favorites for me? Dragons, Dwarves, Elves, Elementals, Valkyries, Draugr, Jotunn, and the like. It depends though on what I'm dealing with. If a foe is particularly attuned to dark energies then Angels and Celestial beings jump to the top. If they are a being of light, then Shadow People, Demons, or even something like a Void Elemental specifically start to come to mind. When you use the contrasting force, there are pros and cons to that which are obvious, but having the bigger stick AND the foe being weak to that stick really does negate the downsides to also being weaker to your foe.

If I was giving advice though to a new person without any background on what they know, I'd start with Elementals, Land Spirits, or Nature based spirits like Animal Guides or Guardians. Such beings are somewhat neutral outside of one key point, they are often above average in loyalty and have almost no concept of backing down when challenged. Likewise whatever imbalances are influencing the area around you, Nature spirits will be more than willing to pick a fight on your behalf.

Lastly, in those situations where your foe is another practitioner, my advice is to also have some totems/representations for your spirits. Old school shamanism and most forms of occultism agree that having a fine vessel specifically dedicated to a spirit makes it stronger. Likewise vessels in some situations can be combined with other power boosters (talismans and such) just like a person would use, allowing you to easily amplify a spirits existing power. Vessels make it easier, to do offerings. If it's another person, these things are enough to start to balance some of the gap between a novice and someone with experience. If it's an expert, start learning some ritual magick of your own to add to the mix to keep up.

No one likes to hit a target that hits them back. Don't be a living punching dummy in any fight.


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Tokala wrote:
Thu Aug 18, 2022 10:46 pm
Thank you so very much for the mega informative post! :8)
You really touched on everything and put a lot of things in perspective, and thank you for going in-depth on the different types of protectors and how they can help. This is really useful info. I was also considering vampire as a possible helper and protector, and wonder what you think of them?

And I'm wondering if you know any good ways to cleanse jewelry of any possible negative energies? Normally I just let them rest in water and that does it, but what if it needs something stronger? In your experience, what works then?

<3
Vampires have a long history of being very capable in a fight, one advantage being a natural affinity for energy/life force manipulation on some level is more or less universal. Meaning different types of vampires will still generally be drawing on life force of some kind, even if its in a physical form. This means in a fight, they either can, or can develop, some skills toward manipulating a foes life force.

Generally speaking if I need to do a cleansing on anything that water and simple ritual alone won't work on I do a cleansing of each element, letting the power of the element come from the ritual work, and drawing it down into the item. That said, depending on how much ritual you do, dedicated space available, and things like that there are other options. Secure the object in a clear plastic bag to keep it safe during these processes, the plastic won't interfere with the energy enough to matter, but the materials used may.

Burial: You can bury and object in dirt for 30 days, if it's safe to do so bury it in dirt without the baggie, but if not use a bag or even a container, the act of submerging it in the Earth will let the planets energies help. You can also make an offering to land spirits with some food and ask them to help with this kind of cleansing. This can be amplified especially if the object is connected to the season that is going out and you use the transition period of a season to do this, remember timing is everything, but if you use the seasonal period of time you could easily do this in a week instead of a month of days. Remember also other amplifiers could speed this up such as ritual, or burying it using ritual ash.

Salt: You can bury it in salt in a baggie as well, likely using a container of salt. Everyone has different opinions on what salt to use, personally, I say go with whatever is on hand. Do not bury the salt in the earth, it will ruin the ground.

Sunlight and Moonlight cleansings are good common practices as well, with the waning moon being excellent for banishing. Till a full moon, and expose the item to moonlight till the moon is now at its least point, then remove. Make sure not to be more than a day or two late on getting it, otherwise you are now charging it with moon energy.

Crystal Grids are another awesome option for cleansing an item. I personally prefer quartz for this, but I could easily see a good option being to start with Black Tourmaline, moving to Smokey Quartz a few days after, and then clear quartz to represent the cleansing properties of each stone, but also the passage from "dark to clear" as tourmaline has quartz in it.

Those should be enough to get you started, of course feel free to combine methods, or expand into full ritual the crystal grid.
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Thu Aug 18, 2022 11:44 pm
This was really good advice I have never seen before. 🤔 Thank you @Charles_Odinforce .


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I think lots of great info here has been covered! I also just want to reinforce what I believe Lewk said - protection! I can't stress that enough :) Protection, warding, and cleansing are very important. Also want to reinforce that it does take some self-reflection. Ie. I felt that I needed balance in my protection so I have both white and dark arts on my protection team, because it also made the most sense for my situations. Just assess your situations from different angles, consider your preferences and stay protected :)


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I cannot add any more specialized advice than what others have already mentioned. There are many ways to protect yourself and you should use ALL of them. After my spirit companions, my personal favorite is witchcraft. I have a visualization technique that I use most every morning. Blessed be on your journey.


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