Ya Gotta Do What Ya Gotta Do
(Oops! I thought I scheduled this, and found it still sitting here in “edit post” mode.)
Before I start, let’s talk about the Rede.
What is frequently not considered is that “harm none” includes yourself.
Taking it a step further, it also means not permitting harm to come to yourself. (And I include harm to loved ones in that.)
Keep in mind, also, that the Rede applies to Wicca and its offshoots. Not all Witches are Wiccan and not all follow the Rede.
That’s not to say that they are unethical or that they go around cursing people at will. It just means that they aren’t afraid of the dark.
Nor are they afraid to be proactive, or to take matters into their own hands.
Sometimes a situation arises where you need to not be a doormat.
The other night there was an incident with a new neighbor that set off some caution flags. He didn’t do anything, or even make any threats, but… let’s just say that his application for asshole has been pre-approved.
So, what to do?
He hasn’t done anything, but the potential for trouble is there.
Do I ignore my instincts or take action?
I believe in being proactive.
No, I’m not going to do a spell to get him to move. (Although people tend to not stay in that rental for long and I am going to hope that the trend continues.)
I will, however, be putting some extra protections on my home and my car. And I may extend them to the neighbors on either side of me.
Proactive defensive magic.
This can take many different forms.
Probably the most common is to place some sort of wards on your home, especially doors and windows. to keep out negative energy. I’ll admit, I’ve become a little lax about that lately, as the neighbors on either side of us are good people.
A friend of mine suggested some prickly plants on the porch, so maybe I’ll start a dish garden for cacti. Once it’s warmer (on a consistent basis!) I think I’m going to do just that.
And I was thinking about growing some rue in a pot on the porch as well.
You can also charge an object to act as a protective device: a rock, a statue, etc. I’m going to be on the lookout for a statue (or maybe a wind chime) of a cat to do that with. (Why a cat? Because for some reason, “Cat” is a protective totem for me.)
And, of course, there is always the standby of a line of salt.
And binding magic. I don’t use knot magic a lot but I have used it quite effectively to bind negative energy.
So many options…
I love being a witch!