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The Witch's Shield: Protection Magick and Psychic Self-Defense Paperback – July 8, 2004
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About the Author
Christopher Penczak is an award-winning author, teacher, and healing practitioner. He has studied extensively with witches, mystics, shamans, and healers in a variety of traditions from around the world to synthesize his own practice of magick and healing.
Formerly based in the music industry, Christopher was empowered by his spiritual experiences to live a magickal life, and began a full-time practice of teaching, writing, and seeing clients. He is the author of the award-winning Temple of Witchcraft series: The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, The Outer Temple of Witchcraft, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, and The Living Temple of Witchcraft Volumes 1 and 2.
His other books include City Magick (Red Wheel/Weiser), Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser), Gay Witchcraft (Red Wheel/Weiser), Magick of Reiki, Sons of the Goddess, Ascension Magick, Instant Magick, The Mystic Foundation, The Witch's Shield, The Witch's Coin, and the forthcoming The Witch's Heart. Christopher Penczak resides in New Hampshire. Visit him online at http://www.christopherpenczak.com.
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Mr. Penczak is a great teacher, and one of the few who writes with real honesty and simplicity. I never had questions; everything was explained in detail, and the bibliography can be used to further your knowledge on the subject.
The included CD is of excellent quality, the exercises, brilliant. I use them almost every day and I see such a difference in my life. It amazes me.
Mr. Penczak is truly a gifted person. I also highly recommend his Temple series.
He speaks first of why there is a need for psychic protection. Psychic attack while rare does indeed happen and there are those "energy vampires" that we all need to watch out for, however subtle they may be. It's not a bad idea to be able to "shield" ourselves from them. He then describes the various types of "dangers" around, including harmful energy, the dreaded "psychic vampires," curses and ancestral energies to name a few. He goes on to describe the symptoms of this form of attack and ways to "clear" yourself of this form of attack.
He also talks about various forms of protection you can employ, including charmed amulets, symbol magic, protection stones and herbs, grounding one's self, and setting up a "protective shield" for yourself. The book's later chapters describe angels, power animals, and guardian nature spirits you can enlist to help protect yourself. There are also several other techniques you can employ. He does have a banishing spell, but cautions this should be used mostly as last resort.
Penczak has done a great job with this book, it's one that any practicing witch should likely have.
The typical sources of psychic dangers and attacks that he categorizes and explains include physical harm, harmful energy, harmful judgments, harmful projections, the "evil eye", time traps, psychic vampires, unenlightened gurus, unwanted spirits, curses, psychic attacks, mesmerism, prayer, ancestral energies, past-life energies and finally, one's self. Yes, at times a person's worst enemy is his or her own self. Mr. Penczak also includes descriptions of typical symptoms that harmful energies can cause. Symptoms can include adverse physical, emotional and spiritual affects. He also discusses denial and paranoia before explaining several techniques that can be used to diagnose the harmful energy.
Balanced protection from harmful energy and psychic attacks, as Mr. Penczak explains, is rooted in the four elements of air, fire, water and earth, as well as the fifth element of spirit. He then discusses one of the most important concepts, which, very simply, is that "prevention is the best medicine" in the third chapter entitled "Psychic Hygiene". Here, he uses the four elements to explain our spiritual bodies and discusses various techniques that can be used to maintain good psychic hygiene, including smudging, ritual bathing, journaling and meditation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The witch's shield, by Christopher Penczak, is a good book to start with when learning about protective magic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hedgewitchmama
Some basic information here but also a lot of more in-depth protective magic, including wards, banishing, binding, and personal, holistic practices. Very useful for any witch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikki W.
Very good book. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a variety of ways to approach this very important subject.Published 5 months ago by Christine Skalla
Good book. More informative reference book. A good kindle download I don't think I would buy the hard copy. ~silvaPublished 7 months ago by katie