I went to a party last week with a great group that included several counselors and healers–folks who have done a lot of their own inner healing work, and who see a lot of people. It was a gorgeous day, and we were in a lovely green place, but what we talked about was how vulnerable and nervous most people we know (including us) seem to be. The ongoing strife around the globe, escalating environmental concerns, and the upcoming elections just have us all on edge.
Speaking out and doing what we can are good ways to alleviate some of the anxiety. But we may also need a little assistance just to feel more grounded and serene within ourselves–at least in part so that we have the strength to do what needs to be done to improve things.
With this in mind, we offer a helpful listing of allies–colors, animal images, gems and minerals, incenses, and foods–that have ancient and traditional associations with protection. We also include a few ideas for simple activities that will help you to feel more secure and safe.
Animals: wolf, porcupine, badger, lion
Colors: white, silver, gray, blue
Foods: basil, bay, garlic, nutmeg, rosemary, salt
Gems and minerals: agate, citrine, coral, crystal clusters, fluorite, jet, malachite, silver, tigerís eye, turquoise
Incense: Sandalwood, cinnamon
Activities: Sprinkle drops of salt-water all around the inside of your home.
Burn a stick of sandalwood incense.
Make a strong basil tea and sip it slowly. Save a few drops and use them to draw the rune for protection on your door (shaped like an upside-down Peace sign).
Hang a bunch of fresh or dried rosemary in your room.
Visualize one of the protective animals listed above standing beside you, or imagine that you have your own porcupine quills or sharp teeth with which to protect yourself.
Make a protective medicine bundle using some of the ingredients listed above and carry it in your purse or pocket, or hide it in your home.
Imagine being rooted as a strong tree that nothing can dislodge.
Read a favorite soothing poem aloud.
Practice standing in open attention and ask for help from the Great Mystery.
By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).