In my first-year witchcraft apprenticeship, I learned many different techniques for protection, and one of my favorites was something called a Lorica.

From Wikipedia:

In the Christian monastic tradition, a lorica is a prayer recited for protection. It is essentially a ‘protection prayer’ in which the petitioner invokes all the power of God as a safeguard against evil in its many forms. The Latin word lōrīca originally meant “armor” or “breastplate.” Both meanings come together in the practice of placing verbal inscriptions on the shields or armorial trappings of knights, who might recite them before going into battle.

I wrote my own Lorica, using the opening and closing from the Lorica of St. Patrick (not a big fan of him, but hey, his Lorica is nice!), and I love to say it first thing in the morning.

If you’re familiar with the seven-chakra system, you’ll see that I’ve used that as the framework for many of the stanzas. I like to focus on each chakra as I recite the relevant lines, feeling the energy moving from my root to my crown. I’ll even touch those parts of my body to really integrate the experience and weave the energy of protection throughout my entire being.

If the seven-chakra system is new to you, here’s what to look for in the prayer:

  • Earth/Grounded/Body = root chakra
  • Water/Flowing/Emotions = navel chakra
  • Fire/Burning/Will = solar plexus chakra
  • Breath/Inspiration/Heart = heart chakra
  • Sound/Vibrating/Voice = throat chakra
  • Light/Seeing/Vision = third eye chakra
  • All/Oneness/Divine = crown chakra

The YogiWitch Lorica

I arise today

Through a mighty strength,

the invocation of the Trinity,

Through a belief in the Threeness,

Through confession of the Oneness

Of the Creator of creation.

 

I arise today

Grounded in the Earth

Flowing with the Water

Burning with the Fire

Inspired by the Breath

Vibrating with the Sound

Seeing by the Light

Connected to the All.

 

I arise today

Guided by the Mother

Asking and receiving

Creating and connecting

Guided by the Father

Engaging and directing

Mastering and protecting.

 

I summon the powers

Of my body and emotions

My Will and my heart

My voice and my vision

And the Divine that unites them all.

 

The Goddess and the God are within and without

Above and below

In my words and in my heart

In my mind and in my soul.

 

I arise today

Through a mighty strength

the invocation of the Trinity,

Through a belief in the Threeness,

Through a confession of the Oneness

of the Creator of creation.