Calling the Quarters

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Each of the four Elements is associated with one of the four cardinal directions. When invoking the Elements into ritual, these directions, also called “quarters,” serve as physical locations from which to locate and engage the specific energies of each Element. Once the circle is cast (if you are doing so), the Elements can be invited into the sacred space. This can be a fairly simple step or a more elaborate process, depending on your preferences. Some Witches light a candle for each of the Elements while invoking them with words, and ritual hand gestures, while others may simply silently invite them into their ritual space. Here is one approach to invoking the Elements that focuses on acknowledging the energetic identity of each. This can be done before any type of ritual, or as a way of starting your day by grounding and centering with the forces of nature. As you speak to each Element, be sure to face its corresponding direction.
Facing North: “Spirit of Earth,
Welcome to this sacred space.
Thank you for the gifts of stability and abundance,
and for bringing your energy to this moment.”
Facing East: “Spirit of Air,
Welcome to this sacred space.
Thank you for the gifts of knowledge and harmony,
and for bringing your energy to this moment.”
Facing South: “Spirit of Fire,
Welcome to this sacred space.
Thank you for the gifts of passion and transformation,
and for bringing your energy to this moment.”
Facing West: “Spirit of Water,
Welcome to this sacred space.
Thank you for the gifts of intuition and empathy,
and for bringing your energy to this moment.”

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