Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker.
Real Spells and Mantras for Psychic Protection
There was a time when just about everyone believed in the power of magic, and particularly in the power of real spells. We need not look far back in our history to read of how the real spells and hexes of witches were held responsible for many of the troubles of society.
A witch would cast her spells under the moon on a Friday night and meet with the devil in a meadow or graveyard. If witchcraft was thought to be the cause of a problem, there were many counter-charms a person could use, such as carrying salt, bread, or spitting over the left shoulder.
During the Middle Ages, the churches denounced witches, and there followed two hundred years of “witch hunts.” The most famous American case took place in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692, when a West Indian slave by the name of Tituba scared young girls into fits by her terrifying voodoo stories. The doctors of the town decided that the girls had been bewitched. To protect herself, Tituba began to accuse others of casting real spells. This, in turn, led to other hysterical accusations, resulting in twenty-two people being put to death for casting spells.
Casting Real Spells
It is no wonder that the casting of spells went out of fashion. Today, protection against witchcraft continues in our superstitions. For example, some buildings in the Dutch section of Pennsylvania have painted in the protective color red and bear “hex signs” to frighten away evil spirits, and counterspells against the householders.
The old beliefs persist, but there has also been a renaissance in interest in magic in recent years. Instead of instilling fear, the modern practitioner of Wicca, or paganism, turns to the old religions as an ancient system of influencing the world for the better. They claim that, in the days before the influence of the church, the true practice of witchcraft lay not in the Christian’s devil but in using the power of love to influence the world.
Today, many people turn to real spells and spell makers to help them achieve their goals. In particular, there is an interest in spells to help us to fall in love, and stay in love. Again, candle burning is used to help cast these spells, but candle-burning also helps the practitioner to focus and relax. Spells are often spoken under the moonlight, as this is a symbol of the illumination of the inner world and the love that spreads from inside us.
The moon is also believed to open the door to intuition and help you learn the secrets of your loved one’s heart. The spells and paraphernalia of Wicca are meaningless in themselves. The most important thing about spells is not their complexity or origin but that they hold a special meaning to you. For a spell to work, there has to be believed.
A real spell of protection can be taken from tradition, or you can make one up yourself. When casting a spell, it is important to establish the right setting. You may want to use various devices such as candles, gemstones, oils, or some other paraphernalia. Most important, however, are the right intentions and the right state of mind. And, of course, you need to accept that they can work. If all this is in place, then spells can be a powerful way to increase personal protection. They are essentially an inner mental affirmation that can generate its own protective energy.
Tradition says that spells are best performed following the lunar cycle. Spells of “increase,” such as gaining a new job, attracting a lover, or increasing personal power, are done on a waxing moon. Spells of “decrease,” such as to end a financial difficulty or string of bad luck or to remove a negative influence, are best done during the waning moon.
It is said that spells get better with practice and become more effective as you put more of yourself into it. Sometimes protective spells are accompanied by rituals, such as placing crossed needles under the doormat, burning sage, or washing all the windows with vinegar! Spells can also be written on paper, burned and the ashes carried in a spell bottle.
Mantras for Protection
“Chant the Gayatri as often as possible. If you chant it while you take a bath, your bath gets sanctified. Likewise chant it before taking your food. The food becomes an offering to the divine. Develop heartfelt devotion to God.” –Sai Baba
Mystical traditions believe that certain words have the power to transform our soul and can act as a powerful protection from harm. When chanted, these are called a mantra. Mantra is a Sanskrit word with many meanings. Some consider it to be “divine speech.”
They are believed to increase spiritual awareness, heal, and can bring about favorable circumstances for those who chant them. They are ancient formulas recorded by the ancient sages of India.
The oldest mantras, and arguably the most powerful, come from the holy scriptures of India called the Vedas. Nobody knows when they were first created. The teachings were transmitted by oral tradition and are believed to be over 5,000 years old. The historical writer Graham Hancock argues that they may date back 11,000 years, and are relics from the civilizations that thrived just after the last Ice Age. Like an Eastern version of The Legend of Atlantis, the ruins of this lost civilization now lie under the ocean to the south of the Indus Valley, swallowed as the waters rose when the polar ice caps melted.
There are four Vedas: the Rig, Sama, Yajur, and Atharva. Each Veda itself is composed of parts, the Samhita (the mantras in verse), the Brahmana (rituals and liturgy in prose), and the Aranyakas and Upanishads (the philosophical works). It is believed by many that the Vedas are eternal scriptures, “heard” by ancient seers, and collected by them. The Rigveda Samhita contains 1,028 suktas (hymns) with a total of 10,552 mantras (verses) arranged in ten books.
The Gayatri Mantra
Considered by many to be the most ancient and holy of the mantras is the Gayatri mantra. Legend has it that the mantra was rediscovered by a rishi called Vishwamitra, a king who went through many arduous struggles to attain spiritual insight. The mantra, it is said, not only protects the individual but will eventually transform the whole of humanity by bringing enlightenment to all. This mantra is believed to bring great benefit. Its powerful words are charged to keep you to the light and drive away all negativity.
I was moved by it when I first heard it in India, echoing through the temples of the ashram I was visiting. Seated on the dusty ground, I could have been living thousands of years ago when the first avatars walked the earth. One of my friends, traveling with us, was a scholar of Sanskrit and made certain that every word we chanted was exactly correct.
The more perfect the pronunciation, we were told, the greater the benefit the mantra brings, for its sounds correspond directly with the higher vibrations of the spirit. I found it a little difficult, but even incorrect pronunciation brings some benefit. This mantra can be used anytime and, should you feel fearful for any reason, it will generate spiritual light and protection for the soul.
The Enlightenment Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuva Suvah
Om Tat Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonah Prachodayat
OM BOO BOO-VAH-HAH [extra syllable?] SWAH-HA
OM TAHT SAH-VEE-TOOR VAHR-EHN-YUM
BHAHR-GO DEH-VAHS-YAH DEE-MAH-HEE
DEE-YOH YOHN-AH-HA PRAH-CHOH-DAH-YAHT
The meaning of the mantra:
We meditate on that most adorable, most desirable, and most enchanting luster (effulgence) of our supreme Lord, who is our creator, inspired, and source of eternal Joy. May this light inspire and illumine our intellect (and dispel the darkness).
Breakdown of the meanings of individual words:
Aum: The primeval sound (from which all sounds emerge); Dheemahi: We meditate upon; Varenyam: the most adorable, most desirable or most enchanting; Bhargo: luster or effulgence; Tat: of that; Devasya: supreme (Lord); Savitur: from whom all creations emerge (also means the Sun God who is our life source); Bhur: who is our inspirer; Bhuvah: who is our creator; Suvaha: who is the abode of supreme joy; [Bhur, Bhuvah, and Suvaha are also considered to mean three lokas or worlds namely Heaven, earth and lower worlds]. Yo: May this light; Prachodayaat: inspire/illumine; Naha: our; Dhiyo: intellect (activities of the intellect)]
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