At times we all need some extra protection from the stresses and strains of life, as well as the energies we connect to when we practice magic. Because magic deals with energies which aren’t always easy to control or predictable, it can become necessary to use a protection spell if you are feeling negative effects from any magical workings. Also, we sometimes encounter toxic people or situations in our lives, so having some protection spells to hand can be very helpful. Whether this is a matter of shielding from other people so we don’t take their negative emotions on or being able to maintain strong emotional and magical boundaries – protection spells can help. Depending on what kind of spells and energies you are working with, you might sometimes encounter spirits, energies or entities that you don’t feel are friendly, or you feel you should have some extra protection from. In these cases, a good protection spell can be extremely useful. One note of caution, however – fear in of itself is NOT a negative entity or something trying to harm you. People sometimes become afraid when they delve more deeply into Wicca or other magical practices, and their fear can lead to an increase in negativity. So, use protection spells when you need a boost, but also remember to examine where your fears are and how they might be feeding into any negative sensations you are experiencing. In this section, you will find spells that will help you to cover all aspects of protection – from releasing negative emotions, to dealing with unwanted spirits. You will also find spells for protective talismans and sachets that you can carry around with you if you need to have a greater sense of protection as you go about your daily life.