Calling the Elements
first starting out, it’s
best to take each Elemental individually, and get familiar with its
nature. This way
you can learn what to
expect from them. Get
to know each of
the Elementals in turn. The
frightens us. Once
you become familiar
with the Elementals, you will find their presence comforting and
with East, to Invoke
Air, face the East. As
else, words help you to focus, but they are less important than your
intent. You can
call an Elemental
without words. Close
your eyes, and
visualize what you wish to Invoke. Feel
a slight breeze against your skin.
your mind move to the plane of Air, and see what it looks like.
Invoke an Elemental, is
easy. It can be
done without even
the Elemental takes
effort. I cannot
tell you what the Plane
of Air will look like to you, we each see it differently. You will need to rely on
your instinct to
tell you when your mind moves to the correct Elemental plane.
you have achieved this, you
will start to see shapes moving around the plane. Single one out, and
to you. Now here is
part. You must know
that you can control
it, and that it will do what you tell it to.
Some feel squeamish about this, that
right to command the will
of another. For a
sentient being, it is
not right, but these are not intelligent, thinking beings. These are raw Elemental
forces, and they must
you have found an Elemental
on its own plane, and singled it out, command it to come to your Sacred
point out the place at
the East in your Circle where you want it to stand.
Then tell it to guard that direction. Once the Elemental
recognizes that you have
authority over it, it will obey.
is why you must know that
you can control the Elemental. If
hesitate, or you are unsure of your ability, the Elemental will slip
control and do what it wants. Elementals
are not tricky or deceptive. If
to be under your control, it is. Just
aware of the Elemental at all times, and throughout the ritual.
you have positioned the
Elemental at your Circle, you can go on to the next.
As I said, it’s best to work with each
Elemental individually for a time before trying to work with all of
once. This helps
you feel comfortable
with the Elemental energy. When
tell an Elemental by how it feels, you are ready to Invoke them
you call the Quarters, you
start in the East, and Invoke Air. Once that Elemental is where you
want it to
be at your Circle, you move to the South, and Invoke Fire. Placing Fire where you
want it, you then move
on to Water in the West, and then finally to Earth in the North.
successfully Invoked all
four Elementals, your Circle is complete.
When you have all four Elements at your
Circle, you will feel a
I can’t really tell you
what that difference is, its description is elusive, but you will feel
it. In fact you
will feel it any time you are in
a fully cast Circle. You’ll
know if you
attend a ritual if those running it are truly Invoking, or just going
also means that others who
attend your rituals will know if you are truly Invoking the Elements,
going through the motions. When
is called, you will feel a breeze.
you are outside, the breeze may ruffle the leaves on the trees nearby. When South is called,
there will be a
perceptible change in the temperature.
When the West is Invoked, you may feel a
pressure around you as if you
are floating in a pool, or lake. When
the North is Invoked, there is a stability, a concreteness to the
wasn’t there before.
you place the Elementals
around your Circle, you want them to guard.
Some Witches have gotten into the habit
telling the Elementals to
“guard and watch” the ritual. You
them to guard and protect
the ritual. An
easy way to remember this, is that to guard, something must face out
Circle, to watch it must face into the Circle.
It’s impossible to face two directions
is where most Witches lose
control of the Elementals. They
unclear, or contradictory orders to them.
You must be clear in your intent at all
just as you will be when
working magick. Your
intent is the key
to being a successful Witch.
standard words to call the
Quarters will be something to the effect of:
All hail the Watchtower
of the (East,
South, West, North).
The Element of
(Air, Fire, Water, Earth)
do summon and
call you forth
protect this Circle.
you feel the
Elemental answer the call say)
(Draw a Pentagram in the air
direction you’ve just called, and light the Quarter Candle)
I said, the words are only to
help you focus. Your
intent is what the
Elementals will answer to. Intent
requires no words, so they really are not necessary.
However you call the Quarters will be
works best for you.
you are going to use words to
focus your intent, use the same words for each of the Quarters. Again, once Invoking
becomes second nature to
you, you won’t have to think about the words, they will just come
when all the setup
becomes second nature that you can focus on the reason for the ritual,
of the ritual itself.
same is true of controlling
the Elementals. It
becomes easier with
practice, and will get to the point where you can maintain control with
with Elementals can be
intimidating at first, but as long as you take what you are doing
you will find that it is not that hard.
Working with the Elements is a critical
of worshipping and working
with magick. It is
a critical part of