There are times when we feel the necessity to withdraw from the world and focus our energies inward, strengthening our Will, fortifying our resolve. When we feel challenged or threatened we can allow our magick to work in our favor, providing us with the necessary support and security. What follows are a couple different rituals that you can use at your discretion. For best results I would recommend performing a Cleansing Rite prior to these workings.
An earthy, “grounding” incense (sandalwood, copal, myrrh, etc.)
A small pocket sized stone (black tourmaline or another similarly dark stone will suffice)
A black candle
Ground and center. Light incense and fumigate the working area. Cast a circle by sprinkling salt in a ring around your working area. Imagine a protective wall springing up from the salt and forming around you. Hold the stone in your power hand and focus your awareness on it. Feel the hardness of the stone and notice how its energy flows differently from your own. It is slower, denser. Focus on these qualities of the stone and chant the following 3 times:
and conjure up these walls of rock,
Protect my soul, my flesh and bone,
My will the key, this stone the lock.
Fountain of force,
Circle of purity,
Ward of infinity.
By performing this or similar rites in times of stress will provide a feeling of security and heighten your power. In addition, the stone will become charged with a protective quality that you may draw from if feeling insecure or threatened.