CIRCLE CASTING DRAGON STYLE
I just thought I'd drop a note on the traditional Dragon Tradition Circle casting. The circle is cast with the Blade, the Cup and the Censor. The Priest starts with the Blade in the north and draws the boundry of the circle.
As he does he recites:
"I tread this Path for the Elements, that which comprises all that we see."
The HPS takes to sprinkling the boundries with the Cup filled with salted water.
"I tread this Path for Self, a reflection of the Divine."
The HP then takes the censor and carries the smoketo the boundries of the circle in a deosil direction.
"I tread this Path for Spirit, that which unites all things."
The HP or HPS then state the charge of our Circle.
It is as follows:
"Our Circle is a place where hearts and minds can meet and share in the wonder and empowerment of a living and loving Goddess. We are a coven of friends, but above all things we are Family. Our Love and our Magick binds us together and our Circle keeps us and nurtures us. We are blessed.
The Dragon Guardians are then invoked.
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the East. Your tongue is a sharp sword, cutting with the knowledge of the arcane. Your spirit flows as graceful as a swift in flight. Purify us with truth.
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the South, your breath is a flame with the fires of inspiration and passion. Your spirit is searing and fervent. Purify us with Love.
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the West, your coils are the cleansing healing waves that nurture the soul. Your spirit lunges, leaps and splashes like a Talbot at play. Purify us with pulsing tides.
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the North, your talons run like roots into the earth, giving you infinite strength. Your spirit is substantial, hard and pure like a clear crystal. Purify us with persistant wisdom.
Each of these Dragons has a secret name that they are also invoked with. A suggestion is that anyone using these invocations meditate to find an appropriate name for each Guardian and use it along with or instead of the words "Mighty Dragon".
I find that the Circle charge sets the mood for the Circle and I change it to suit the situation. If anyone has ideas for a Circle charge, I'd like to hear them. I have a number of Circle charges that I use but fresh ones always are nice.
Copyright Cameron Mandrake 1992 - DragonHart Coven
While there are many who cast circles of protection, I am not one of these. The Dragons who have taught me have also taught me that I have all the protection I need in the shields they have shown me how to form (these I keep up all the time). What you have written here is very well worded and a good lesson for those beginning their journey into magicks and for this I thank you.
That'd be correct, Archmage. You do have all the protection you need. I only cast circles when doing it with others who are new to working with dragons. Just so they remain confident they are protected, I'll cast. That way they aren't in any sort of doubt.
Do you have any concrete examples of anything happening in your daily life as a result of your performing this ritual? If so, I think that would be most interesting.
Hmmm, not bad actually. Very similar how I cast my circles. Only thing is, the "secret name" for invokation is something that I'm unfamiliar with. From what I was taught, the dragons of the N,S,E,W Gates/Corners will sometimes give a name, but other times they wish you to give them a name. I always theorized that idea as something to make a more "personal" bond and kind of a way to stregnthen a friendship with them.