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DADA 101 – Basic Defenses

How Do You Defend Physically Yourself?

This is the opening question to ask yourself in considering your personal Defense Against the Dark Arts. What kinds of things do you do to defend yourself.

Get a piece of paper and write down all of the things that you might be doing for defense.

This is the beginning of the practical portion of this class. There is much to learn. But there is even more that we need to apply to our own lives. And one place it to begin at the beginning.

Ask yourself what ways you defend yourself.

Locks and Doors – We all live somewhere. And in this abode or home, we have doors. Doors close. Doors lock. Sometimes we barricade them against the outside. Then there are windows, with locks and curtains and shades. And if you are still worried, there are endless levels of security systems you can add to your line of defense.

Much of what you may do is dependent on your own circumstances. If you live in a walk up apartment in New York City, you might want multiple locks with a safe or two for valuables. You might want weapons and whatnot. On the other hand, if you live in the suburbs in a locked and gated community, the level of personal protection may be different. As it would be if you live in a farmhouse in Iowa or a shack on a desert island.

Everyone’s circumstances are different as are everyone’s need for personal security. Often times, the choice of where to live takes into account your personal need for protection.

And can you personally defend yourself? Have you ever been in a fight? Can you throw a punch? Have you taken a kickboxing class or Karate? If you are unable to defend yourself, people may consider weapons – whether it’s a baseball bat or a shotgun, it depends on how much personal protection you feel you need.

Wall Tile Art by Keith Haring

Putting Up Walls

With so many outside forces baring down on us, it is up to us to find lines of defense to protect ourselves.

Walls are pretty big in the news these days with all the talk about them along the Southern Border of the United States. Our country defends itself with so many walls. Most of them legal. Our laws are in place to protect us. Are we being protected from each other or from the government. That’s a big question to ask. In the end. When our laws are not working, physical barriers must be in place to assure that all are protects.

Often this is the same with our personal lives. Are you comfortable going to sleep at night with the front door unlocked?

Is it any shock that there is such a big controversy in the United States about the status of its Southern Border. And the focus is on a wall. My personal feeling is in favor of having completely open borders. We are the land of opportunity – the last frontier.

However, while we are the land of opportunity, we have also become the land of giveaways. Thanks to the New Deal back during the Great Depression, we have endless entitlements and government programs. Not to debate the value of these programs, but they all come at a cost – and they are paid through taxation of all of us here.

Add to this the very real threats we face from terrorism. We need to have some system in place that might identify threats that may come across the border. How this system works is up to the politicians – none of whom agree.  Until that time, the first line of defense is a barrier.

What About Security in the Wizarding World?

As you progress through the Harry Potter Series, you are slowly more and more aware of the security measures put in place for the magical protection of the students. You see measures of protection in the first two books (Guarding the Sorcerer’s Stone and then protecting the students against the threats contained in the chamber of secrets. In Prisoner of Azkaban, Dementors were used to guard Hogwarts. It is also in Prisoner that we begin to learn about protective spells. Chief among these is the Patronus Charm.

In Order of the Phoenix, we find out about protective charms to hide things (like 12 Grimmauld Place – Unplottable on a Map, protected by a Fidelius Charm). And also protection such as Occlumency, the counter spell to the offensive Legilimency. And in the Deathly Hallows, there is constant talk about protective charms cast over all of their many hiding spots.

It speaks of the need for personal protection and the lengths that you must go to protect yourself against outside attacks.

And while we may not be facing magical incantations (we hope)It still speaks to the level of alertedness we must keep. It also suggests that there are many forms of attack that we may want to consider defending against.

Not all Attacks (or Barriers) are Physical

In addition to physical protection, there is also the question of protecting your mind and spirit against other forms of attack. Consider simple electric or cyber threats. Do you worry about effect of 5G (or even every other cell or wifi service). How many people had smart meters installed at their homes? Do you fall asleep with your cell phone next to you? We are being bombarded constantly electromagnetic fields constantly.

And then what about gravitational forces? We are in Mercury Retrograde now. The Full Moon will hit next Tuesday. And anyone who wants to question these aspects I would ask to go visit your local Emergency Room and then report back to us your experiences.

Which brings us to the question of other outside influences and what lines of defense we may need for our protection.

A Case for a Good Defense

It is here that all the learnings of science kind of leave us. And a starting point for why we are looking at a Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Anyone who has followed Astrogardens over the past year and a half knows that I like to play in the prepper universe. Personal protection and preparedness are important. But the kinds of Defense taught in DADA are not the same.

The types of defense, and the threats that you may be defensing against, far exceed the scope of this article. This is more of a “lets get ready” article.

Next we will begin to explore personal protection and what you may need to do to prepare yourself daily to face the world.





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Modern Day Mystery School – Rules of Engagement

Now we have piqued your interest with the idea of learning a little bit more about the mysterious world around us, I would like to take a few moments to say a little more about what this is  (AND what it isn’t). This may tell you whether you are interested in continuing. I hope we can keep your interest.


A Mystery School –

Know Yourself. Know the Universe.

There are many races in the galaxy, but how many have the opportunity to be expressing their souls in collaboration with a planet that is the physical embodiment of the very consciousness that designed them?

I start from the point of view advanced by the gnostics and the hermetics of “KNOW THYSELF, KNOW THE UNIVERSE.” Much of our future discussions will be about thoughts and ideas that have slipped by the wayside of modern education. Under the filter of fiction (like the Harry Potter series and other fascinating works), many of these subjects can be revealed, remembered and opened up for discussion.

Gnostic-Style –

The Mystery schools were developed to help those who were ready to understand the mysteries. Often, the messages were hidden in symbols that would be revealed to initiates of the school. And these symbols and secrets are all around us. Sometimes we recognize them and engage. Other times you know something is being said but are at a loss as to what. And still others most people notice nothing at all.

Who is spreading the secrets? What are they trying to accomplish? All questions we want answered and many of them that either do not have answers or the answers just create more questions. Someone is keeping a secret and it is likely they do not want you or I to know.

Fanfic? Book Reviews?

I am starting this with the theme of Harry Potter. It named the series. I will be taking a lot of examples from Harry Potter as well. But it is not Harry Potter Fanfic (fanatic fiction). This disclaimer is mostly to let J.K. Rowling know that she need not worry that I might be trying to take over for her.
This is also not intended as a book review site. I will not being taking each book title by title to discuss it.
I am using many themes from the Harry Potter books (and other books) to bring up points and subjects. But let’s face it. When we apply it to ourselves and our lives, its not likely that anyone will be able to whip out their wands to solve anything.

It’s Also About Defense

Knowledge is power. Just knowing about a lot of things that are going on behind the scenes (secretly) is part of the game. But there are also many ways we can help ourselves be ready to face these outside influences.
Consider astrology and planetary alignments. Today, Mercury went Retrograde. There was a New Moon last Tuesday. There are crazy and insane planetary alignments happening that will have an effect on us.
There will also be practical advice for defense against outside forces. Defense you may ask? Sure. Have you considered meditation? Grounding? A specific diet? We are going there!

Contributions (from other authors and people) Are Welcome

I will not be doing this alone. And in fact I openly welcome guest writers and contributors. I want this to be an open forum where we can all think about and discuss topics of interest. If you have a subject you can tell us about, please send me a message or on Facebook or the Comments here.


If you are here reading this, you fond my page. You may even be on my email list now. IF NOT, THEN SING UP NOW. I will not be spamming you or selling anything like trips to the Bahamas or Ray Bans.
I may suggest  things (books, courses, supplements – I use Apple Cider Vinegar like its going out of style). But all will be things for you to consider in your own life.

Politics? Not really. 

Crazy things are happening on the global political fronts. We will sometimes mention them when they are relevant to discussions about other things. BUT THIS WILL NOT BE US ELECTION CENTRAL.
FULL DISCLOSURE – I am politically Libertarian. I am against government involvement in our lives. And I actively speak out against political figures and movements that intrude.
That’s about it for the intro to class. I look forward to writing more for you.
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DADA 101 – Defense Against the Dark Arts

by Andrew Foss

It Started with Astrology

Through Oracle Report we have been reporting about the affects of astrology on our daily lives. This primarily includes planetary geometry as well as a faithful following of the lunar cycles and the Sabian Symbols for each degree of the zodiac. In so doing, we have touched upon so many features that can affect us all in the course of time.

I personally like the analogy of surfing to tell the story about the affects of Astrology. You paddle out to surf in the ocean, and you are facing many different aspects. There are tides, and swells, currents and water temperatures. Consider also wind or rain or even animals or plants that may be in the water with you. And then also remember that you can choose a different beach.

Each of these can affect your ability to surf the wave. They can be the difference between washed out dregs, and amazing ride, or getting drilled by shore break. Your knowledge of the elements and how to face them can make the difference.

The analogy works so well because it is the same with the aspects studied in astrology. It is so much more than your daily horoscope or modelling your personality around your birth sign. The aspects work like the tides – subtly influencing your life and the world around you. You can sped a lifetime paying attention to the aspects and still learn more every day.

My own personal journey with astrology began after talking with a friend of mine about Mercury Retrograde. Up until about 2010, though I knew about planetary retrogrades from an Astronomy class I took in college, I was unaware of the potential affects.hearing about issues with communications, travel and specifically contracts hit home with me pretty hard. At the time I had been on a pretty intense job search. I was getting through a Retrograde where I have a lot of very promising job potentials which magically fell apart during the Retrograde.

Though I could not say that it was definitely caused by Mercury Retrograde at the time, I thought it was very interesting. And watching over the next couple years where similar things would occur made me really pay attention to these times. For me, paying attention has been the difference.

Consider What Else Might be Out There

While astrology is the cornerstone of our work, there are many things out there that we have touched upon that go beyond the realm of astrological aspects.

Some of it is other people. Powerful people. Rich people. Secret societies. These are examples of people who have learned about secrets. About energies. And through their understanding of Astrology have taken advantage ofthe energies to further their own plans.

But it may not just be people. What other realms are out there that we are not able to perceive? Is it spiritual? Dimensional? We have talks at length about Archontic energies. How might this affect us.

Where in the Woo Woo?

This introduction is not meant to go deeply into any of these topics (just a little intro) But it offers a glimpse of things that may be out there. And then ask you how far down the rabbit hole you might like to come with me.

We have been considering creating a sort of master class of individuals who are interested in finding out more about the world around us – especially the part of the world around us we have been trained not to look at. Call them the dark corners and crevices.

The Mainstream has done its level best to hide them and distract from them. All the while they are often hoarding and coveting this information for themselves.

Despite their best efforts, some of it has gotten out. I hope to shed some light on it. Open people’s eyes and then open some doors as well.

It’s a Mystery – Like a School

What does it take to join? Very little for now. Just the willingness to read and a request that you share your own experiences when asked.

I will be starting this trek under the filter of Harry Potter. I love the Harry Potter series for many reasons. For most, it is just a fictional story about a boy who just happens to be a wizard. Whether intentionally or not, the stories then reveal so much more that a cute little story about good vs evil.

There are secrets in his world. Monstrous secrets. Some of them amazing. Some of them sinister. Other’s seemingly benign.

We will range all over. Often returning to Hogwarts. Sometimes visiting other starry realms, but usually relating them right back here to our own lives here in Gaia’s garden.