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ANSWER - This is a tricky one and to be honest it depends on your level of experience. If a person is in the regular practice of using shielding as a form of defence then the first sign of magical attack would be sensed through disruption to the shield. If not then intuition goes a long way and though it is healthy to maintain a certain degree of skepticism and not jump to the conclusion that you are suffering a magical attack, it is also prudent to take steps to dispel any attack you may be facing.There are some extremely complex (and potentially dangerous…) spells to reverse a hex, or send a hex back but I wouldn’t be comfortable recommending any of these unless you are absolutely sure you are under attack from another practitioner and know specifically who is doing the attacking. Even then I would hesitate, you don’t want to end up pitting yourself against someone with more power and experience than you and finding out they get nastier and you can’t prevent them from attacking you further. I would certainly not advise that you attempt any counter attack as any witch accomplished enough to send out an effective hex will almost certainly have protections in place that you are unlikely to be able to penetrate.
My best advice is to keep an open mind but to get some protection in place – fast.
The best protection you can get is by raising a protective shield (I wrote a blog post on this, have a look in my archives) over yourself, your home and your family and spend time each day reinforcing the visualization of those shields. I use something called a “prickly” shield where I anoint holly leaves in mistletoe oil, string the leaves together in a circle and shield inside the circle. The idea behind this is not just to protect myself but to give a bit of a sting to anybody who tries anything on. It works pretty well.
You can use also defence on the boundaries of your home by smudging -I’d use something a bit more potent than sage by the way -try amber, benzoin or juniperberry.
Some witches defend the boundaries of their homes with salt, others with urine, there are a lot of different favoured methods. If you’re just looking for something simple and effective though, I’d go with an amber smudge all round your property.
You could also try creating a witch bottle where you seal a part of yourself away and bury the bottle in a secret location. The idea of this is to confuse the hex and draw the negative intent away from yourself and toward the bottle which is a representation of yourself.
You can also use herbs to break a hex/curse. Agrimony is an excellent curse breaker. Although use varies, I would personally incorporate into protective shielding by burning and stepping through the smoke.
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