Opening the four gates

There are many terms used to describe a popular opening and closing ceremony in Neopagan rites, Magickal workings, Wiccan rites, Taoist rites, etc.  It has been called “Casting the Circle, Calling the Quarters, Honoring the Elementals, Calling on the Four Guardians, Saluting the Watchtowers, Lesser Banishing Ritual, Opening the Four Gates, Opening the Four Gates, Divine Incantations to the Protective Gods of the Four Directions, etc.

Calling the quarters is a very important part of creating your circle, but before you can call the quarters you need to decide what it is that you want from these “forces or beings” if you will; What is your intent? Do you want quarter entities to attend or witness or guard (or all of the above) your magical circle??

The finer point and issues and mechanics of the quarters. For example, she discusses the difference between “elements” and “elementals”. An element has power and energy but is not considered a sentient being, while an elemental is considered a sentient being in possession of the powers of the elements. If you have questions as to what watchtowers are Vs elements or elemental, I strongly suggest reading “To Stir a Magick Cauldron”.

Here is a quarter call which requests that the elementals join my circle, bringing their particular gifts to the circle. Since I usually do no magick that needs a guarded circle this call works well for most of my circles. In this case the elementals are called after the circle has been cast or are called as part of casting the circle.

 

Welcome Elementals of the North, of Earth.
I ask that you bring your gifts of patience, endurance, stability, and prosperity to this circle.

 

Welcome Elementals of the East, of Air.
I ask that you bring your gifts of wisdom, intellect, perception, and inspiration to this circle.

 

Welcome Elementals of the South, of Fire.
I ask that you bring your gifts of passion, strength, energy, and will power to this circle.

 

Welcome Elementals of the West, of Water.
I ask that you bring your gifts of emotion, pleasure, fertility, and receptivity to this circle.

 

Welcome Elementals of the Centre, of Spirit.
I ask that you bring guidance to this circle.

 


After your ritual is over, never ever forget to dismiss the quarter entities. This should be done in the same manner but in a counter-clockwise fashion. It should go something like this…

 

Elementals of the Centre, of Spirit.
Thank you for the gifts that you have brought to this circle.
Stay if you will; go if you must.
Hail and Farewell!

Elementals of the West, of Water.
Thank you for the gifts that you have brought to this circle.
Stay if you will; go if you must.
Hail and Farewell!

Elementals of the South, of Fire.
Thank you for the gifts that you have brought to this circle.
Stay if you will; go if you must.
Hail and Farewell!

Elementals of the East, of Air.
Thank you for the gifts that you have brought to this circle.
Stay if you will; go if you must.
Hail and Farewell!

Elementals of the North, of Earth.
Thank you for the gifts that you have brought to this circle.
Stay if you will; go if you must.
Hail and Farewell!

 

 

As with all matters of the heart, mind and magick, make sure that your intent is worthy of the beings that you call to watch or guard your circle. Such things can back-fire on you in very unexpected way.

 

 

 

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