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
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. =)
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!
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 ?