As I type up this particular blog post, I’m sitting in a desk chair several thousand miles and three time zones from my home. This transcontinental journey is all about visiting my family, and as I only made the trek a few days ago, I’ve very recently had my travel responses well-stimulated. And while I very much enjoy being in different places and experiencing different people and cultures, I have to admit that I don’t especially enjoy the “getting there” portion of the proceedings. I’m not as patient as I could be with things like waiting in lines and going through airport security, and I don’t love the panic-inducing phenomenon that airline pilots try to defang with the fairly innocent-sounding label of “turbulence.” With all of this fresh in mind, it seemed only natural to draw up a list of a few practices that travelers can employ so as to bring themselves comfort while they’re roaming…
1) Invoke St. Christopher. Widely recognized as a patron saint of travelers, St. Christopher is believed to help those who are on the move. Petitioning this saint for help before or during travel via silent prayer or even through spoken requests can be an effective travel aid. People also find great comfort and even good luck while on the road if they take care to wear a medallion or carry along a statuette bearing the likeness of St. Christopher.
2) Build a Hermes’ Cairn. The great Messenger-God, Hermes, was believed by the ancient Greeks to be another patron-figure for travelers. In one of Hermes’ early exploits, he ends up being buried up to his neck in a pile of small stones. This was considered the first-ever such pile of stones, known as a “cairn.” From that time onward, travelers about to embark on any new voyage would pile up stones by the roadside to create small replicas of that original large cairn. The idea was that making this show of devotion and admiration for Hermes would inspire the God to extend his protection to the traveler as they set out on their journeys. Even in modern times, fashioning a small travel-cairn before setting out on a voyage can be an easily accomplished method of asking the Universe (or Hermes himself) to bless the trip, and to keep the traveler safe from harm.
3) Utilize Reiki. Reiki is a form of energy healing first discovered in Japan by Dr. Mikao Usui in 1922. This or any similar energy-based modality can be harnessed as a means for improving one’s safety and fortunes while traveling. For example, as a Certified Reiki Master, I tend to cope with the aforementioned ordeal of mid-flight turbulence by calling up Reiki and then visualizing the benevolent energy-field permeating the entire plane and everything in it, keeping us all wrapped lovingly in a benevolent cocoon… The practice definitely has the effect of relaxing me, and while I can’t prove that it’s been the sole cause of my consistently safe travels and landings, I can at the very least offer the fact of my continued existence here on Earth as verification that Reiki doesn’t definitively not work in such instances. The same technique can be applied to any vehicle or any pathway that a traveler might select for their various forays out and about.
4) Perform Raido-based Rune-work. Runes are the letters of an alphabet that was used by the ancient Germanic tribespeople of Northern Europe as both the basis of a written language, and as a set of symbols employed in such magical practices as divination and spell-casting. The fifth Rune in this arcane alphabet, which serves as an equivalent to our own letter “R,” is called Raido, and it literally means “Journey” or “Riding.” It can therefore be used as yet another tool for encouraging probabilities to line up with safe and happy outcomes for travelers. As with Reiki, a traveler might use the Raido-Rune during their wanderings: it’s a very simple matter to trace the shape of the Rune onto one’s own palms or chest or forehead with a fingertip, while focusing on the concept of a fruitful journey. Another possibility would be using Raido before setting off on a journey, much as one might build a Hermes Cairn, so as to essentially bless the imminent voyage. For instance, on the eve of a journey, the traveler might etch the shape of Raido into a candle while focusing on that same notion of a successful trip, and then light the candle, allowing it to burn itself out completely, thereby energizing the safe travel notion, and hopefully bringing it into reality.
5) Carry Yellow Jasper. Many metaphysical practitioners make use of the common technique of carrying crystals in order to achieve certain real world effects. Different crystals are believed to bring various energies to bear, and the crystals enthusiast can select different crystals in order to achieve their desired results. In particular, Yellow Jasper is a crystal that seems to have acquired a consensus opinion as a stone of safe travels. This crystal is rather easy to find and is also comparatively affordable, and so it makes an excellent choice for someone wishing to improve their odds of favorable travel experiences through crystal work. Even something as simple as carrying one in your pocket or in a bag as you make your way from one place to another can be a very effective tool, but crystals also have the benefit of playing well with other modalities. That is, you might pour Reiki through a piece of Yellow Jasper while you’re en route during a trip…or you could try drawing Raido on that same piece with your finger as you go…or if you can afford it, you could even see what kind of travel results you might net for yourself if you were to build a small Hermes Cairn made solely of pieces of Yellow Jasper!
These are just a few ideas for using metaphysical concepts to improve your travel experiences and to augment your chances for safe passage whenever you’re on the go. Please feel free to share any additional such ideas of your own with me here…and whenever you travel, vaya con Diosas y Dios!