So, a friend just posted something that talks about his early magical training. He was taught that “magic can’t affect anyone who doesn’t give it permission, but that setting wards and putting up shields were a form of permission.” I don’t fault him for this; it’s what he was taught, but this teaching itself is not only flat out wrong, but it’s the type of bullshit that gets people hurt. 

Properly worked, one doesn’t need to believe in magic any more than one needs to believe in a bullet for the aforementioned weapon to cause harm. Shields and wards are not “permission,” but a hard line in the sand, protections against the harm that others might work, a manifestation of the magician’s consent and will. They also help if one is gifted in keeping out excessive external stimuli. To say that shielding/warding gives permission for magic to work on you is like saying that if a woman takes self-defense classes and learns to use a firearm, she is opening herself up to rape and assault. It’s like expecting that you must understand how medicine works in order for antibiotics to be effective. Really? REALLY? Just take the fucking pill. 

The only people who think that one needs to believe in magic or give permission for it to work are those who don’t understand how magic works, have no respect for the art, are utterly incompetent at it, are head blind, or those who don’t believe in evil – we shield and ward after all not just from magic but also from evil spirits of all sorts…OR it’s coming from those who don’t want you to have the proper protections to keep their own malefica out, those who want to keep you weak, to manipulate you, and to take advantage of you for their own power. Of course, it could be coming from weaklings afraid of power too—you know, the new age, prosperity gospel type who think the universe is a kind and loving hothouse created solely for their personal development– but either way, it’s a really dangerous level of delusion to walk into occult circles carrying, or, you know, the world in general. 

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Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at

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  1. If you believe that Gods only exist because we believe in them, it makes sense to say magic only exists when we believe in it. From there, it also makes sense to decide the world around you only exists when you believe in it.

    If you are sheltered enough, you can get away with these delusions for a while. Most of these people have never been under any kind of real psychic attack from a competent practitioner or negative entity who thought them worth the time.

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  2. Saying that magic only works on people that engage in magic is pretty much a subconscious admission that this is all a big game of make believe to them.

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  3. Whoa, whoa, whoaaaa. Shielding and warding would be PERMISSION to have magic worked on them, therefore if we don’t want spells cast on us, we should have NO sheilds and wards? Am I understanding this correctly? That’s ….insane. and the opposite of my experience. Heck I work in a feild where engery and spirits can follow me home (dementia care, but I’ve literally helped some of my residents pass the veil) and I need my person, home, and car warded for my safety.

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    • there are tons fo bottom feeding, parasitic spirits in the places you work. My advice — not that you asked it lol — would not only be to shield and ward, but to change your clothes immediately upon coming home (throw them in the washer WITH khernips, even if you don’t run the washer till later), and khernips the fuck out of yourself. If you ever have any issues let me know…

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      • I actually do change out of my scrubs as soon as I get home. This was a habit I had from when I was first hired and my residents had Covid, but it works just as well for engery. I have my own routeine for when was passes too, even if I wasnt present or it wasn’t on my shift, I pray for them at my ancestor altar. I burn sage and mugwort ALL the time, and I pray every morning and sheild before each shift. I used some warding oils on my wrists as well. Since you shared a post about your cleaning routeine I’ve been meaning to start using khernips in my wash, it’s a GREAT idea.

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      • Oh, wait, I didn’t think to include this, but maybe I should. I have had the strong, strong impression, that I should be veiling and covering my hair. It came up in meditation several times, so I did some divination and started attempting to do so. I didn’t think it could be because of work, I thought it was more because I took a temporay vow of celibacy for at least the year, and it felt that Odin wanted me to have some outward sign to myself of that. Now I’m thinking the extra layer, which also comes off with the scrubs, is another layer of protection I hadn’t considered.

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  4. temple of Athena, I find that covering one’s head is very, very protective. I have all manner of caps, veils, and headdresses that I wear in my work and sometimes (in the case of caps) daily.

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