When doing ritual magic, we call in the four directions and elements to invoke the Goddess and forces or energies of nature.
The Four Directions
An important aspect of the animist cosmology is the four sacred directions: North, East, South and West. These directions also correspond to the four natural elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and the four seasons of the year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. You can also associate these further with the 4 cycles of the moon: Dark Moon, New Moon, Waxing, Full Moon and the 4 archetypes of the Goddess: Crone/Wise Woman/High Priestess/Shadow Sister, Maiden/Virgin, Mother/Midwife/Queen/Lover, and Enchantress/Wild Woman. We also associate the stages of life: Death/Banishing, Birth/New Beginnings, Growth/Manifesting, and Manifesting/Harvest/Reeping/Gratitude. So, everything is interconnected in the micro/macrocosm of life, from the smallest atom and energy, to the expansive universe. As above, so below.
Calling in the four directions is a way to connect us with the seasons and with our natural rhythms and cycles of life.
“Throughout history Native American, Peruvian, Mexican, Siberian, Celtic and Nordic people, to name a few, have practiced honoring the four directions as part of their culture’s connection to well-being, nature and spiritual harmony. The four directions are placed within The Medicine Wheel, often referred to as the “Sacred Hoop.” Each cardinal direction, East, South, West and North, along with the center, above and below hold lessons of physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Symbolism is woven through each one in the form of colors, animals and elemental relations.
The history of the medicine wheel and the four directions varies within Indigenous cultures all over the world. Each culture honors the core belief that all things on earth are living and all things are interconnected. Whether the four directions are invoked through ceremony or daily living, there is a deep reverence and respect for the cycles and mysteries of life.”–https://www.gaia.com/article/four-directions-ceremony
Here is a Directional Invocation that I love written by SageGoddess.com. This invocation is for a full moon casting, but can be modified for any spellwork.
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