The Four Quarters or Corners

In This Article:  What are the Quarters?  •  How are the Quarters Called?  •  Deosil vs. Widdershins

What are the Quarters?

The ‘Quarters’ often refer to the elements of nature that are forces honored by Pagans and Witches. They are named many things, but you will often hear them referred to as corners, quarters, Watchtowers, elements, Elementals, etc. All of these related titles have different meanings and represent different forms of energy.

As with nearly everything in the Craft or in Paganism, these forces are seen differently by each individual. This is a general explanation of what they are and how they are ‘called’. Above all else, research and explore all the opinions you can acquire, but remember that you are your own best teacher and there is no substitute for personal experience.

Many people feel that the pentacle represents the four elements, with the practitioner, the divine, ‘spirit’, ether, or akasha residing above the rest as represented by the top point. This demonstrates how the Witch, or the divine within the practitioner, guides the elements or forces. This is just one interpretation of the pentacle or of how elements are viewed in relation to the Witch.

To read the rest of this article from Pagan Path please click on this link: http://paganpath.com/study/library/trads/167-watchtowers

Casting Instructions for ‘Calling the Quarters (calling the watchtowers) Spell’

Charge your circle and start with the east, south, west, and then finally north.

Take wand -: ?Hail unto You, O Guardians of the Watchtower of the East, Powers of Air and Inspiration! We invoke You, and ask You to be with us this night, to share with us Your love, Your guidance, and Your inspiration. We pray that You will help us to open our minds and our eyes and strengthen our thoughts as we go forward this night. We bid You hail and welcome!?

For calling the rest of the Watchtowers according to Spells of Magic website click on this link: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/spells/spiritual_spells/conjuring_spells/4663/page.html

Monitor Your Chakras for Energy Flow

There are seven main Chakra or energy centers in every living thing that breathes that need to be kept clean of negative energy. If they are not cleansed on a regular basis then they become clogged and can cause physical illness, a feeling of uneasy, headaches to name just a few things that can go wrong physically. Spiritually if they get clogged you can be cut off from universal energy, Goddesses, Gods, and your spirit guides.

The seven main Chakra locations and color associated with them starting from the bottom are:

Root/located in pelvic region/color is Red

Sacral/located near your naval/color is Orange

Solar Plexus/located near your diaphragm/color is Yellow

Heart/located in your heart/color is Green

Throat/located in your throat/color is a Light Blue

Third Eye/located in your forehead/color is Indigo

Crown/located on the top of your head/color is Purple

I also cleanse to other Chakras to keep Universal positive energy flowing in and negative energy flowing out. These are not always considered Chakras by many people, but they can be found in some charts covering all the bodies Chakras.

Universal Chakra/located about four inches above your head/color is White

Inbetween Worlds/located about two inches below your feet/color is Black

There are different ways to cleanse your Chakras, here I will be explaining how I do it using things in our natural world to bring positive energy into myself. All you need to do this is:

A quite place you will not be disturbed in for about ten minutes or longer if you find a trouble spot and that feels inviting, comfortable and safe to you.

Taking controlled breathes in and out. When you breathe in you will be bring in the positive energy of nature. When you breathe out you will expel the negative energy that is inside you. I exchange breathes a minimum of three times for each Chakra, more if I feel a Chakra needs it.

With practice, you will be able to feel the energy change within you and flowing more freely. When beginning on your witchy path it is a good idea to cleanses your Chakras at least once a week and before doing a ritual. When I was learning to meditate I would cleanse my Chakras as a way of centering myself, calming my mind and spirit making it easier to sit still to meditate. I found in the beginning I felt safest cleansing them inside a sacred circle and after I was done cleansing I would take the time to meditate.

How to cleanse your Chakras using Nature:

Start at the bottom of the Chakras:

Inbetween Worlds – breathe in the Black of a new Moon night

Root –  breathe in the deep Red of a Camp or Sacred fire

Sacral –  breathe in the Orange of a beautiful sunset

Solar Plexus – breathe in the bright Yellow of the noonday Sun

Heart – breathe in the Green of the trees

Throat – breathe in the bright Blue sky

Third Eye – breathe in the Indigo of twilight

Crown – breathe in the Purple glow of a shiny Amethyst

Universal – breathe in the White of a full Moon

Once I reach the top I go back down doing each Chakra again. When I get to the Inbetween Worlds I see the negative energy flow out of my feet and into it. I believe the Gods and Goddesses that live in this realm then cleanse the negative energy into positive and send it into the Universe to help make our planet and entire Universe a more positive place to live in.

I suggest a Chakra cleansing any time you feel “off” but remember to do it at least one time every week. Other good times to do a Chakra cleansing are if you have been in close contact with negative people, after a family gathering or even a hard day at work.

 

 

A Thought for Today

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To me, a pentacle means a oneness with everything around me. The reason for this is it encompasses all the elements which we and other living things are created from. The top point spirit reminds me that the mother goddess is always with me and watching over me. When I place my pentagram on my altar I know I will be bring other living things into my circle to learn from and possibly draw some energy from for my ritual and/or spell I am casting.

What does the pentagram and/or pentacle mean to you personally?

A Smudging Prayer

While smudging of self and home is use by a lot of Neo-Pagans now, it originally was a Native American cleansing ritual they used before entering their sacred circle, sweat lodges and other religious ceremonies.

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A’Ho = Blessed be or So mote it or Amen or I agree with you

A’ ho is used by some of the tribes and nations but not all of them.

Basic Circle Casting From The Gypsy Path

This Ritual is a Circle Casting which calls upon the Gypsy Spirits to make a powerful circle!

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  • Athame-Fire
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  • Cup-Water
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  • Rock-Earth
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  • Angel Status-Spirit
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  • Black Candle- Nyx
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  • Dark Blue Candle-Erebus

Hold up wand and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the East. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Air to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast

Hold up Athame and Chant:

?call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the South. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Fire to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up cup and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the West. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Water to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up Rock and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the North. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Earth to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast

Hold up Angel Statue and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Element which is in every living
thing. In the name of Nyx and Erebus, I call spirit
to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast.

Hold your hand over black candle and chant:
I call the great Gypsy Goddess of my Chose,
The Mother of the Night, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Nyx to my Circle,
May it be Cast

Light the Black candle, Then Place your hand over the Dark Blue Candle, and Chant:
I call the great Gypsy God of my Chose,
The Father of the Darkness, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Erebus to my Ancient
circle, May it be Cast.

The Shuvani then proclaims loudly: Hail Nyx and Erebus, Blessed Be

This article was contributed by Gypsy Witchcraft.

FROM: http://www.spellsofmagic.com/coven_ritual.html?ritual=1826&coven=246

Casting the Circle [Coven]

Set up: place a candle in each of the four cardinal directions. Lay the rest of the tools on the altar cloth or near it. The altar can be on the ground, a table, a rock or a stump. The altar should be in the center or just north of center of the Circle. Light the six candles and the incense, start the music and begin the ritual.

The Ritual

Facing North, the High Priest and Priestess kneel in front of the altar with him to her right. She puts the bowl of water on the altar, places the point of her athame in it and says:

    “I exorcise thee, O Creature of Water, that thou cast out from thee all impurities and uncleanliness of the world of phantasm; in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia”

She then puts down her athame and holds up the bowl of water in both hands. The High Priest puts the bowl of salt on the altar, puts his athame in the salt and says:

    “Blessings be upon this Creature of Salt; let all malignity and hindrance be cast forth hence, and let all good enter herein; wherefore so I bless thee, that thou mayest aid me, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.”

He then puts down his athame and pours the salt into the bowl of water the High Priestess is holding. The High Priest then stands with the rest of the Coven outside the Circle. The High Priestess then draws the Circle with the sword, leaving a gap in the Northeast section. While drawing the Circle, she should visualize the power flowing into the Circle from off the end of the sword. She draws the Circle in a East to North or deosil or clockwise direction. She says:

    “I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou beest a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee. Wherefore do I bless thee and consecrate thee, in the names of Cernunnos and Aradia.”

The High Priestess lays down the sword and admits the High Priest with a kiss while spinning him deosil and whispers “Blessed Be”. He then admits a woman the same way. Alternate male/female/male. Then the High Priestess finishes closing the Circle with the sword. She then names three witches to help strengthen the Circle. The first witch carries the bowl of consecrated water from East to East going deosil, sprinkling the perimeter as she/he goes. They then sprinkle each member in turn. If the witch is male, he sprinkles the High Priestess last who then sprinkles him. If female she sprinkles the High Priest last, who then sprinkles her. The bowl is replaced on the altar. The second witch takes the incense burner around the perimeter and the third takes one of the altar candles. While going around the perimeter, each person says:

      “Black spirits and white,

 

      Red spirits and grey,

 

      Harken to the rune I say.

 

      Four points of the Circle, weave the spell,

 

      East, South, West, North, your tale tell.

 

      East is for break of day,

 

      South is white for the noontide hour,

 

      In the West is twilight grey,

 

      And North is black, for the place of power.

 

      Three times round the Circle’s cast.

 

      Great ones, spirits from the past,

 

    Witness it and guard it fast.”

All the Coven pick up their athames and face the East with the High Priest and Priestess in front, him on her right. The High Priestess says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the East, ye Lords of Air; I do summon, stir, and call you up to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

As she speaks she draws the Invoking Pentagram of Earth in the air with her athame. The High Priest and the rest of the Coven copy her movements with their athames. The High Priestess turns and faces the South and repeats the summoning:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the South, ye Lords of Fire; I do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

She does the same pentagram and then faces West and says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the West, ye Lords of Water, ye Lords of Death and Initiation; I do summon, stir, and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

She faces North with rest of the Coven and says:

    “Ye Lords of the Watchtowers of the North, ye Lords of Earth; Boreas, thou gentle guardian of the Northern Portals; thou powerful God and gentle Goddess; we do summon, stir and call you up, to witness our rites and to guard the Circle.”

The Circle is completed and sealed. If anyone needs to leave, a gate must be made. Using the sword, draw out part of the Circle with a widdershins or counterclockwise stroke. Immediately reseal it and then repeat the opening and closing when the person returns.

  • Farrar, Janet and Stewart; “Eight Sabbats For Witches”; Robert Hale 1983
  • Valiente, Doreen; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985

From: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos033.htm

Spell for making a Sacred Place

This is a spell that can be used to make a sacred place, which is different than a sacred circle. This can be used when you want to do a spell or mix up a potion and you do not have time to do a full circle. A scared place  is only in place while you are using it and then it melts away. It will keep the energies raised in check but very important to ground any left over energy before movi8ng away from where you cast it.

I make this place a sacred space, you made .

A warm and comfortable place.

A space to protected and used for my craft with honesty and fairness,

Impenetrable by those who would use it with dishonesty and unfairness.

I dedicate this space to Air, Water, Fire, Earth, all Deities, positive Entities and Magickal Beings who help and guide my craft with these words,”And it harms none.”

So mote it be.

Coppyright 2008 Lady Beltane

Basic Altar Set Up

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One example of a simple, basic altar.

This is one way of setting up a simple altar for spellwork and rituals being done in a sacred circle. Some Witches leave their altars set up at all times and some do not. It is a personal choice whether you do or not. You can set your altar on a table, the floor anywhere you can walk completely around it to make your sacred circle. As you get more comfortable on your path it will reflect in how you do your altar and what you put on it.

We will start at the top or North/element of Earth – here you need a bowl of dirt or regular table salt or stones or a piece of wood or a green candle.

Next going clockwise (dorsal) is East/element of Air – here you need incense or feathers (real ones not store bought ones) or a yellow candle.

Moving to the bottom is South/element of Fire – here you need either a red or orange candle or a lighter or some matches. The above illustration shows a charcoal burner, but you don’t need that yet and it might be you never use one.

Next is West/element of Water – here you need a bowl of water or some sea shells or a statue of some kind of sea or ocean life or a blue candle.

For Spirit, they have a God and Goddess candle. You can also use a statue or something that to you show the element of Spirit and you can put just one thing in either between Water and Earth or Between Earth and Air.

At this point, you might not have a wand or Atheme (ceremonial knife) yet which is fine. So do even concern yourself with that part of this above illustration. If you do have one then place them as shown on the altar.

You should have one taper candle that you have inscribed your name on, this is your personal candle. You need to cleanse it before inscribing it of all energy but your own (there is a post up on here about how to do that) If you have an Atheme use that to do the inscription. If not a favorite sharp kitchen knife will work. It sets on the altar one side of Fire or the other. It should be on the side your power hand is on. Your power hand is the one you write with. You will use it to light the incenses and/or other candles on the altar from.

Have your Book of Shadows and something to write with; with you always when doing spellwork and/or a ritual so you can either read the spell or ritual from it or want to write down something that happened in your circle. This sets on the opposite side of Fire from your personal candle.

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Using the Elements for the Watchtowers

The Watchtowers are also known as the Guardians of the Cardinal/compass points. The
coincide with the four major compass points North, East, South and West.

Some covens use a single person positioned at each point to call all four Watchtowers.
While others use a group of three and in others the priestess and/or priest call them. It
mainly depends on the covens own traditions.

Solitary witches call the Watchtowers themselves.

When working with the Elements ALWAYS be sure to thank them and send them back from
whence they came. If you fail to release them you will usually find many unexplained things
happening to you, your family and/or in your home, yard or where ever it was you called
them to. Such as a lot of interference with electronic things, sort of background noise you
can’t pin point while on the phones or a host of other things.

You can change the wording to make if feel more your own. In a coven you would call
the Watchtowers however the Priestess and/or Priest teach you to call them for that particular coven. I
sometimes use the following words and other times something else will come out of my
mouth. I try to let my guides lead me when doing anything magickal as they usually know
more of what I need at any given time better than I do.

The Watchtowers are called in for protection just before the Sacred Circle is closed (
opened). The Elements are dismissed before the Circle is closed (opened) at the end of the
ritual. First is a formal way to call the Elements to the Watertowers; followed by a casual
way.

Most covens and solitary witches start at the East Watchtower/cardinal/compass point then
walk clockwise to each of the other directions. It is fine if it feels more comfortable to you to
start at a different point but always walk clockwise after calling the first direction.

Formal way of calling:

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty east

Come forth, O guardians of Air.

Let your wings of intelligence my protection be

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty south

Come forth, O guardians of Fire.

May your firey breath cleanse my work.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty west

Come forth, O guardians of Water.

May your sweeping waters bring protection all around.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty north

Come forth, O guardians of Earth.

Let the North Star crown your brow.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Causal way of calling:

I call Air to protect the Watchtower of the East and ask to lend your power to my circle.

I call Fire to the Watchtower of the South and ask you to lend your power to my circle

I call Water to the Watchtower of the West and ask you to lend your power to my circle.

I call Earth to the Watchtower of the North and ask you to lend your power to my circle.

I ask the Elements to guard my circle from your Watchtower.

To dismiss the Elements at the end of the ritual and before the Scared Circle is closed:

Starting in the East or whichever direction you called first move counter-clockwise
around to each Watchtower. Saying “_________(name of Element) go back
from where you came with my thanks and gratitude for your protection and help.” When
you have released the last element you would then close (open) your circle.

Copyright 2013 Lady Beltane