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I've read in one of my Wicca books that's it's good to call the Goddess/God into your circle when doing spell work. 

What confused me is it said you can opt to call the quarters or not for this.

Can anyone help me understand this?

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When casting a circle, some people set them up by calling the quarters - the four cardinal directions and their corresponding elements (North/Earth, etc.).

Hello , Brandi :

This will start you off , but keep researching :

Understand , not only are there the different methods ,

of Ceremonial Magic and Wicca / Witchcraft , there are

the differences depending on individual tradition , as far

as correspondences...

A basic encyclopedia was written by Raven Gramassi ,

who though he has his detractors has a lot of great info...

This has info on common rituals and practices...

Then , one must also still take into account differences by tradition ,

such as in my Tradition , where this is our way :

North : Black Water

East : Yellow Air

South : White Fire

West : Red Earth

Also , remember , when you are casting a circle , you are

actually creating the boundary of a dimensional sphere

around you , not *just* a circle...

Hope this helps , and remember...this is just a beginning...;)

I thought it was West-water, North-earth, East-air, and South-fire. Maybe I didn't have the proper sources. 

You are correct for the modern version most use ,

Noah...not for the Old Wietchcrreayafth , or the

Faery Tradition I work with , and there have been

other versions I have heard of...

It is Black Water in North , as I said , for us , and

our right hand column of eight symbols adds to 603 ;

Black Water = 604

Did you know some say Dubla - An , means "Black Water" ?

They say Dubh - linn / lind today , yet "An" as one of our

runes means among many other meanings "Body Of" ,

and is made of two of our water runes fit together ;

Thus "Dublin" / "Dubla - An" / Black Water...

There are reasons for what appears to be madness...;)

As for which direction to begin in , many have begun in the North...

There are other reasons , but I shall make it simple here for now...

Maybe just one word : Hyperborea , ( The Land To The North

across the Black Waters Of Space )

Interesting, I appreciate the tips. These days I think my tradition is to be buried under a large pile of arcane notes. =)

Believe me , I know that one...

Try 10,000 + pages of gematria formulas ,

yet to be formally organized , let alone the

thousands of posts , I have made online ,

with vast amounts of info...;)

a possible discrepancy depending on the location of the practitioner but, I go with your way.

This was helpful for me as well, thank you!

What Kitty said. You do not have to do this for every spell or ritual, however. And different trads have differing opinions on methods and the elements per directions.

I was actually first taught to call the quarters first, before casting the circle. It's a sort of respect given before working. Blessings to the spirits of the West (always first, land of the faeries), blessings to the spirits of the north, etc. Then we cast the circle and invite in what and whomever. Sometimes it's for spell work, sometimes it's just for a secure gathering. We also don't break the circle and make sure to dismiss it before disbanding. 

Interesting , Noah...

To my Faery Tradition , north is the land , honored first...

So many different ways , are there not ?

I would definitely be interested in hearing your take. I was taught that the wild green is to the west, always west. I would love to hear your version though or others'. 


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