Each of the seven classical planets (associated with the 7 days of the week) have both a Seal and a Kamea, or Magic Square. Whereas the Kamea sets forces in motion, the seal brings them to a halt.
During periods of retrograde, when a planet appears to move backwards from its normal trek around the sun, those area of life governed by the planet tend to suffer setbacks and breakdowns. For example, Mercury is believed to rule communication and travel and so during a Mercury-Retrograde it is common for breakdowns in communication and interruption of travel plans to occur.
A simple ritual to shield yourself from these negative disruptions is as follows. To perform it you will need the following items:
- Square of Planet
- Seal of Planet
- Candle of a color associated with the planet
- Sharp Knife
"I now sever the ties that bind,
the energies of (planet) to that of mine;
& until s/he resumes his/her normal course
our energies shall remain divorced!"
Next, place the Planetary Seal over the Kamea and secure it with a pin, saying:
"As (Planet) stumbles over
his/her own footprints
I shield my self
from all consequence;
no worries, no troubles,
nor any grief
from these concerns,
I now have relief!"
Place this under the candle and let it remain. When the candle burns out wrap the talisman in a clean, white cloth and carry it with you for protection. When the retrograde end, ritually removed the pin and burn both the Seal and the Kamea.
It is very important that you remove the seal from the square when the retrograde ends, because the seal not only blocks all negative effects of the planet but the positive ones as well; and you will not be able to reap the positive benefits of the planet so long as the spell is in effect.