Magickal Protection by Damon Brand
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I read that this book uses demons. Is this true?
A: No, of course not. It’s mostly angelic magick, but there will always be people who spread disinformation to scare you away from practical magick. Also, the Master Protection ritual calls on the Genius Spirits which are neither angel or demon, and this has confused some people. These genius spirits, which can be thought of as personified virtues, are known as The Genii of the Twelve Hours, and are described in the Nuctemeron, attributed to Apollonius of Tyana from the First Century AD. (This was made known to English readers through a translation by Eliphas Levi in his 1897 book Transcendental Magic.) Some people assume that if it’s not an angel, it must be a demon, but this is far from the truth. People who have actually used the magick report real and lasting results, so don’t let armchair occultists put you off.
Q: Will these banishings frighten off the spirits from my other magick?
A: No. If anything, banishing and protection rituals clear out the spiritual and psychic dross, and make your magick powers more intense. You will get better results from all your magick if you use Magickal Protection.
Q: Should I banish after each ritual I perform?
A: There is no need to, but you are free to do so.
Q: You say that Yohach faces forwards, but what direction does Kalach face?
A: It’s open to interpretation, which is why the book says you can let any image arise. Some people like to picture Kalach facing away from them. For others, it works best if Kalach faces forwards. Rarely, but occasionally, people find Kalach looks off to the left. Rather than making a conscious decision, let the image of the angel arise spontaneously, if you can, and this will give you the best results. It’s fine if the direction changes with each working. If you can’t make the image arise spontaneously, then just picture Kalach facing forwards. For Yohach, always keep the angel facing in the same direction that you are facing.
Q: In the Master Protection Ritual how do I imagine my own immortality?
A: I like to think of immortality as the continual rebirth we experience as we develop, spiritually and magickally, according to the changes in our lives. This is quite easy to imagine. You can perceive yourself as somebody capable of adaptation and change.
Q: How do I pronounce…?
A: There’s a full section in appendix covering pronunciation. For additional thoughts on this matter see Pronunciation FAQ.
Q: How often should I repeat the Master Protection Ritual?
A: This is covered in the chapter called How To Use This Book.
Q: What do you mean by ignite the talisman? Do I have to set it on fire?
A: No, you need to read the chapter The Workings of Protection, which explains this in full.
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