Definition: The act of shielding from danger, injury, destruction or damage; to safeguard the integrity of something; to guard or defend.
Moving into a protective stance is something that we naturally do when there is a potential threat. It can be seen at the microscopic level wherein our cells have defense mechanisms to identify and guard against organisms that may be detrimental to them. Similarly, our bodies move instinctively when we fall by raising our hands as a shield. All organisms have a built-in biological mechanism for self-preservation.
These same protective mechanisms can be seen on emotional and spiritual levels and similarly usually arise when there is a threat to the integrity of our being. Each person has a “set-point" as to when they need to move to a protective stance. Some highly sensitive people may feel the need to shield themselves more than others, whereas others may be more “thick skinned”.
When you are feeling apprehensive and perhaps the need to protect, it is important to honor these feelings and do whatever is necessary to feel protected: lock the door, energetically shield yourself, back up your hard drive. Often these impulses need to be acted upon, and when people do not they have regrets. On the other hand it is also important to reflect on the nature of the apprehension and identify where the apprehensions originate – from internal unresolved fears, external threats, or both.
When this card arises it may be confirming some unconscious apprehensions you have been feeling. Is there something integral to you or in your environment that needs to be safeguarded? Are you perhaps being overprotective? Where in your life (do you need? Not sure what you mean) to safeguard something? Is there anything happening around you that is contributing to feeling unsafe? Are you feeling protective of your space, your time, or your energy?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.