What is a Spiritual Checkup and Why are they Important?
From time to time, we get so busy with our everyday lives that we forget how important it is to take the time to care for ourselves. Sure, we visit the doctor or dentist when something ails us or we are in pain and some of you are even diligent when it comes to getting your yearly checkups to make sure there aren't any problems and everything is working properly. But, how often do you perform a spiritual checkup for yourself?
All too often people wait until something is wrong before they take an active part in their own well-being. Sure, as magickal practitioners we put up our protections and if everything seems okay then we assume that our magic is working. I've also seen many people who put a great deal of faith in their own magic while discounting the power of others which can be a huge mistake.
However, those protections don't always work and sometimes things get through. Evil might come all at once like it breaking down your door and charging in like it owns the place, or it might just seep into your life through a small crack that you weren't even aware of. That's why it is important to perform a spiritual check up from time to time so that you can be aware that something is amiss before it has the opportunity to fully get to you and do the most damage.
For the average person, a spiritual checkup should probably be performed once about every 6 months. Other times when it would be wise to perform a spiritual check up include your birthday, New Year's, or anytime you feel that you need one. For one person that may be once every month for another it might be four times a year.
How to Perform a Spiritual Checkup
Begin by gathering several candles. They can be Vigil candles as in the illustration above or regular offertory candles. Set them up on your altar and designate each candle for a different area of your life. You can do this by assigning a specific color to each area of your life or if you only have white candles you can carve a keyword on each candle. If you go the second route, be sure to slip a piece of paper under each candle with its designation written on it or draw a little diagram for yourself so that you know which candle corresponds to what area of life it represents.
When your candles are ready, light them and pray Psalm 91 with the intention of having any dangers revealed to you. You will then observe the candles as they burn and take notice of how they burn or any marks they they leave behind.
For example if the candle designated for Money burns down clean, but the one designated Love burns dirty it could be a sign that someone is working against your relationship to break you up out of jealousy for your happiness or to take your partner from you. If you are single, and do not wish to be, it could be a sign that someone has cursed your love life so that you remain alone and lonely.
If this is the case, you should then think about how your relationship has been going lately. Have you been having problems out of the ordinary? Has your partner been distant? Have you been fighting more often? If so, you might want to have a reading performed on your behalf to look into the situation more in depth. Even if you don't think anything out of the ordinary is wrong it would be wise to do some work to strengthen and protect your relationship as well as to cleanse yourself and your environment. The same goes for any area of you life where negativity may be indicated.