Any witch worth her salt knows how to navigate the inner dark, how to take on the beasts within and emerge victorious. These periods of self-exploration, shadow work, and becoming are cornerstones of psychotransformation. Greater personal power, strength of will, attunement, and sharper intuition are the desired outcomes of inner work well-done, but like most endeavors it has challenges. One of the most common challenges of psychotransformative work is the level of vulnerability required.
Psychotransformation requires exposing one’s underbelly, first and foremost to one’s self. As we embrace vulnerability for the purpose of knowing ourselves more fully – the good and the bad, uncovering hidden skills and points for improvement, and attuning to the divine within and without, we also become more vulnerable energetically! Journeying into the deep can attract astral entities and humans (e.g. psychic vampires) that wish to feed on the tremendous amounts of energy that we move and shape during our time of growth and rebirth. During these energetically vulnerable periods of becoming we must ward ourselves well to ensure that we are not drained of precious energy or otherwise used, whether by wayward astral entities or unscrupulous human others.
And so it was within this context that I received a message from St. Michael the Archangel on a recent Moon-day night at the edge of dreamtime. He recommended that I recite his prayer and wash the nape of my neck – one of the most spiritually sensitive and vulnerable areas of the human energy body – with a dandelion tincture twice per day for a total of 18 days in order to cleanse and protect myself. I later learned that In Christian plant lore dandelion is a symbol of Christ’s Passion – a period of suffering, self-doubt, and temptation endured by Christ courtesy of Satan the Adversary. The Passion of Christ was a necessary period of inner and outer struggle, and one intimately tied up with Christ’s ultimate fulfillment of his destiny.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.