I decided I’d share some ideas and methods in invoking the elements/direction in ritual;
The traditional method includes the spoken prayer and lighting a candle. Facing the direction, you might say “We call upon you, spirits of the North, spirits of Earth, We call upon your power and presence, to touch us with your gift of growth (or other trait you wish to invite into the ritual). Hail and welcome” And you light a candle.
The Creative method incorporates song, rhythm, or even dance. A song or chant works very effectively, as does a dance specific for that element such as using the feet to stamp, arms for water, head for air, pelvis for fire (or however you feel works best). You can play instruments as well such as a drum for earth or flute for air.
The playful method touches upon the child-within. You could use bubbles for invoking air, sparklers for fire, water guns for water, and mud pies for earth. Its important to use your imagination, to let the child within free to express itself.
The Simple Method sticks to the very basics. The coven I was a member of sometimes use this method where you clasp hands, and lift the right hand (with the hand of the person next to you) and set it over your head saying “Hand over hand, heart over heart, the circle is cast”.
You can also setup each direction with its own personal alter, or keep it simple by using only candles or symbol to represent the direction/element. I’ve used both styles.
Try new methods to see what works best. Post below your own tips and methods.
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I love learning about the myths and legends of elemental beings. Things like fairy tales, but not the Disney versions. The original stories often touch upon culture and fears of the people of that time.
I like writing stories as well, so last night I got to thinking about ‘evil garden gnomes’…. yeah, makes you shudder just thinking about them out there in the yard, ready to cause mischief, but myths of the garden gnome is pretty nice overall.
The garden gnome first appeared in 19th century and had ties to local miners that often wore red caps so they could see one another in dark mines. Earlier version of the gnome spoke of their ability to move through the earth, as they were earth elementals. They guarded precious stones, and were secretive, as earth elementals were known to be.
Gnomes of legend were thought to bring good luck to the home, were incredibly sturdy, helped wildlife, and known to protect areas.
I remember reading a series of book by Wil Huygen, Gnomes which were lovely in their illustration and read much like a field guide to gnomes. From that, they created the cartoon series, David the Gnome. The book was so much better with all the wonderful illustrations on their houses build underground, the culture seeped in Slavic tradition, and even stories of the never-ending fight with trolls.
I’m not sure now I will use a gnome in my story. Perhaps an evil garden sculpture possessed or something might work better? Why upset the gnomes, right?