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Calling the Directions




we are made from the dust of the ground, are given fire in our blood; we laugh fresh air and cry the sea

All traditions vary in their arrangements of the elements, how they are performed and in what order. This is my own understanding and how I call the directions personally.


EARTH - AIR - FIRE - WATER

In the traditions I have witnessed, we generally move sun-wise or clock-wise, beginning with the East (Air) and move 90 degrees clock-wise to the South (Fire), 90 degrees clock-wise to the West (Water) and 90 degrees clock-wise to the North (Earth). Although, the Medicine Wheel approach has a slightly different variation.





AIR

Direction: East

Color: Red

Animals Associated: Eagle, Condor, Winged Ones

Celestial Position: Spring, the Rising Sun, Waxing Moon

Brings: Clarity, High Perspective, Visions, Ideas

Symbols: Clouds, Wind, Mountains, Daybreak

Altar Expression: Feathers, Incense, Tobacco


invocation


Great Spirit of the East, ____ (seat, place, throne) of Air. We thank you for being with us, we humbly welcome you into our consciousness, into this space for your gifts of perspective, of vision and clarity. We look to the winged ones, eagles, condors for guidance, for teaching us to fly wing tip to wing tip with the Great Spirit. We acknowledge your presence always and honor you as you are always within and without us. ____ (closing affirmation: ashe, aho, amen, so it is) (You may leave your offering to the direction at this time or make noise to affirm)



FIRE

Direction: South

Color: Yellow

Animals Associated: Coyote, Wolf, Serpent

Celestial Position: Summer, the Noon Day Sun, Full Moon

Brings: Energy, Heat, Playfulness, Sexuality, Creativity

Symbols: Fire Pit, Drums, Dancing, Laughter

Altar Expression: Flame, Instruments such as Rattle and Drum


invocation


Great Spirit of the South, ____ (seat, place, throne) of Fire. We thank you for being with us, we humbly welcome you into our consciousness, into this space for your gifts of playfulness, innocence and creativity. We look to the coyote, the trickster energy for humor and youthfulness. Thank you for sending us the serpent who teaches us to shed our old self as easily as it sheds its skin. We acknowledge your presence always and honor you as you are always within and without us. ____ (closing affirmation: ashe, aho, amen, so it is) (You may leave your offering to the direction at this time or make noise to affirm)


WATER

Direction: West

Color: Black (sometimes blue)

Animals Associated: Aquatic Animals, Bear

Celestial Position: Autumn, Sun Set, Waning Moon

Brings: Intuition, Emotion, Dreaming, Endings, Introspection

Symbols: Ocean Waves, Salty Tears, Womb Place, Abyss

Altar Expression: Chalice, Water, Blue Silk, Stars


invocation


Great Spirit of the West, ____ (seat, place, throne) of Water. We thank you for being with us, we humbly welcome you into our consciousness, into this space for your gifts of intuition, emotion and dream time. We look to the aquatic beings, our ocean kin the dolphins, whales and turtles. We look to the horizon to know the medicine of endings. Thank you for sending us the abundance of the ocean who nourish the planet. We acknowledge your presence always and honor you as you are always within and without us. ____ (closing affirmation: ashe, aho, amen, so it is) (You may leave your offering to the direction at this time or make noise to affirm)


EARTH

Direction: North

Color: White

Animals Associated: Hummingbird, Buffalo

Celestial Position: Winter, Night, New Moon

Brings: Wisdom, Ancestors, Stability, Knowledge

Symbols: The Frigid North, Snow, Northern Lights

Altar Expression: Stones, Ancestral Items, Coins


invocation


Great Spirit of the North, ____ (seat, place, throne) of Earth. We thank you for being with us, we humbly welcome you into our consciousness, into this space for your gifts of wisdom, stability and our passed loved ones. We honor to the buffalo, hummingbird and owl. We look to the frozen tundra to understand the challenge of our ancestors and the medicine of the eternal night. We acknowledge your presence always and honor you as you are always within and without us. ____ (closing affirmation: ashe, aho, amen, so it is) (You may leave your offering to the direction at this time or make noise to affirm)


SPIRIT There is an expansion beyond the four directions. For some traditions, this expansion is called the Seven Directions. Seven is a potent and sacred number and is held to hold significance spiritually.

The additional directions as we move through calling in directions are:

  • Above - The Great Spirit, Sky Father, Obatala (Yoruba), Ma’at (Khemetic). The Nameless One, Celestial Beings, Angels, Benevolent Extra Terrestrials, etc.

  • We thank them for their participation in our ascension, we ask that they watch over us as we walk upon the Earth.


  • Below - Pachamama, Mother Earth, Gaia (Greek), Ta Urt (Khemetic). The First Mother, Animals who Burrow, Slither, Crawl, Plant Spirits, Terrestrial Hosts, Fairies, Stone People, etc.

  • We thank the Earth for her presence and life giving ways in our lives, for always providing for us, we ask her to receive our stewardship and commitment to honor her.


  • Within - The Heart Portal, Vortex Place, Singularity. The Meeting Point of All Directions, The Heart Beat, All Moments Leading to Now, Higher Self, Inner Child, etc.

  • We acknowledge our willingness to show up in this place, to step forward for ourself and community so we may heal our lives.



Many people are cemented in calling in directions in a particular but truthfully, creating a direction practice can be an inward acknowledgement or an outward performance - this is done especially for group rituals.


Please be open to learn and observe various traditions to find which is right for you.



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