Spiritual Protection by Sophie Reicher is not a new book (it was published originally in 2010), but I felt like it deserved a review because it really dives into a topic that many modern authors do not devote much time to, just as the author of this book points out.
I tried extremely hard to find an official author website or social media for the author and couldn’t locate anything, but if anyone reading happens to know if she has an official page or something somewhere, I would love to link to it to further give her credit.
So, I’ll start by saying that you can probably find thousands of articles and posts online, let alone chapters or short passages in books, that discuss the concepts covered in this book, which are primarily:
- types of gifts and how they can leave us too open (psychic, empath, telekinetic, medium, etc)
- working with energy
- protection from magickal or psychic attack
- plus so much more
But, you will be hard-pressed to find all of those in one neat little package, as they are in this book.
Now, before you’re like, ‘Oh, boring, I thought this was going to be about the good fancy shit,’ listen, witch, hear me out. If you have that attitude about those foundational basics, you’re probably a really chaotic and unpleasant energy to be around for energy sensitive folks.
The subject of creating effective protection for not just yourself, but your home and any space you work in, whether you are an energy worker, a tarot reader, a psychic, or any other magickal practitioner or spiritualism enthusiast cannot be understated.
I don’t care if you think you’re just reading cards or swinging a pendulum. You are actually opening yourself up to energies that are usually mostly beneficent, but can be occasionally, harmful, or at least irritating or draining, if not outright malevolent, depending on the type of person you are, and your own energy being projected and what it attracts.
You can also bring home sticky energies from being out in public and around other people, and it can be difficult to keep yourself and your home or other sacred space clean and clear of those.
Not to mention if you are a spiritual or magickal practitioner of any kind, its almost like you’re sending out a beacon to let other beings, not all of which are human, know you’re there. Which can be both good and bad.
This is really elementary but suuuuuuper necessary stuff for anyone working with energy or magick, so, again, check it out if you notice that you go through spells of feeling drained, fatigued, unfocused, or even dragged down. It could be just physical, but could also be that you’re accumulating ‘metaphysical goo,’ so to speak by all the contact you’re making with energies outside your own (including other people).
Which brings me to my next really really important take away here.
If you are an empath, I highly recommend you get this book now and even if you don’t read past the first 4 chapters, it will probably radically change your life.
As an empath who didn’t really understand what I was until sometime into my late 20s, but even then, I think I didn’t actually grasp the full spiritual or energetic implications of being an empath, I took away so much from reading this, despite having it mostly what I thought was ‘under control’ for some years now.
I found myself underlining or nodding along with a LOT of the first part of the book, but also realizing that I have been doing some of the recommended things (just not all of them, and not consistently enough) without realizing. I just intuitively figured some of it out.
How I wish I could hand this book to my 15 year old self and warn her to avoid certain people! lol
I also want to add here that this was the first book I’ve read from a magickal perspective that made me understand that my gift of empathy (because that is what it is, even if you don’t think so) is not the same as others’ gifts of natural psychic inclination, and that. is. okay.
Sometimes in the magickal or witchcraft community, we see people we look up to and they have these great well-developed skills such as psychic abilities, for instance, or the ability to easily see and communicate with spirits and we think that if we can’t also do those things, we can’t be a good or powerful practitioner.
Well, let me reassure you that not everyone needs to have those skills, and its quite possible that you could have them latent and just need to coax them out, but the point is, you undoubtedly have other skills that they don’t have, and if you recognize them and work to develop them, you’ll also see that you are equally as skilled and powerful in your own right.
This book is chock full of recipes for cleansing rituals, witch jars, protective charms/talismans, creating wards on things or places, energetically protecting yourself and your home, and on and on.
I’ve written before on the importance and physically and energetically cleaning your home, and there’s plenty more detail in this book for ways to manage, block, or improve energy in your living space.
I think we tend to be impatient to get to the spells and fancy rituals in magickal or spiritual practice sometimes, but we forget that the work that goes into cleansing/purifying, protecting, and preparing (centering/grounding) probably has a lot more to do with our magick working than the actual spell workings.
I don’t care how mad that makes someone to hear it, but if you’re not centering and grounding before workings, you’re likely getting little to no results from your practice, and its highly likely you could be attracting the wrong energies.
Another thing that jumped out at me while reading this book (which, incidentally I sat down and read cover to cover in the course of a day, it was that good), was how I had intuitively been balancing my elements without realizing it.
This book focuses in some ways on using elemental associations or energies in some of the centering, grounding, and shielding, and I came to notice I had been intuitively picking up on this, again, without realizing it.
I have a LOT of water, a good deal of fire and air, and almost no earth (basically just Chiron in Taurus, that’s literally it) in my chart. Which makes for a flighty, unfocused, yet passionately deep-feeling life of constantly being excited about the next amazing idea I just had, daydreaming all day, and pouring my emotions into everything I do. I sometimes need to take a lot naps to handle this.
Its a seriously great mix, but I can see how it leaves me open to imbalance in various ways, one of which is not being able to center and ground as easily OR more aptly put, needing to center and ground myself more frequently, but also more consistently before any spiritual or magick working.
I actually started carrying a green opal palm stone with me in my pocket or keeping it at my desk because it just makes me feel so much more balanced. Its vibes are really soothing and calming, and I feel like it takes the edge off the turbulence of my otherwise heavily elemental mix.
If you look at your chart and notice you’re seriously heavy on some elements but almost completely lacking in one or more others, consider how you can incorporate that missing element into your daily activity to balance yourself out and see if it doesn’t help. I will write a more in depth article on this later this week with actual suggestions.
One other thing I discovered while reading this, and not because its something in the book but because of the way the exercises are described, is that I visualize with my eyes open more easily than with them closed.
In fact, I had lately been really feeling down on myself and getting discouraged that in meditation and visualization sessions I had a hard time visualizing things when closing my eyes. However, when I read a passage in a book, I can visualize extremely easily as I’m reading exactly what I’m doing and with great effect.
I don’t know why this is, and even though its not specifically covered in the subject matter of the book, I want to throw it out there in case there are others in the same boat like me, and I suspect this may have at least a little bit to do with being an empath and having strengths centered around ‘feeling’ rather than ‘seeing’ things.
I think the nature of empathic communication described in the book turned that light bulb on for me in a stark moment of realization of what I had been intuitively doing all this time, thinking it was wrong because other books said ‘this is the only way to do this thing.’
Anyway, I hope you go check out this book and put into regular practice the basics, if you’re not doing them.
One of the solid points made by Reicher is that too many practitioners are drawn to magick and various spiritual practices without doing the foundation work needed to be prepared to handle things that both turn out how we want and don’t turn out how we want.
The old saying ‘don’t summon anything you can’t banish’ goes along well here, but, also, ‘don’t play with energies you can’t control’ would be one I would personally add to this.
Whether its because you’re uncontrolled yourself and attracting a chaotic and draining energetic force, or whether you’re simply just advertising a little too loudly how powerful you are without taking the proper precautions to protect yourself when someone or something comes to investigate you, the concepts in this book should be required reading for all.