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.
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
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
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
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
There is an expansion upon the four directions, for many 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 her 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.