The Middle Bit: Calling the Elements


Calling the Elements Cheat SheetIn between The Elemental Cross ritual and the Sphere of Light is the Calling of the Elements ritual. In the Calling of the Elements ritual, you are calling on seven (?!?), elements, and banishing the unbalanced aspects of four of them in your life:  the Classic Four (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), plus Spirit Above, Spirit Within and Spirit Below.

Greer says that we shouldn’t mistake this invocation/banishing ritual as being one where we force either the elements or parts of ourselves to do anything.  He compares it to trying to make a river flow faster by pushing the water: a waste of effort.  What we are actually doing is aligning ourselves with a particular set of relationships which correspond to a particular element and use those relationships to re-define areas of our life.

We are supposed to spend at least two weeks practicing this part of the ritual until we have it down pat and can feel the air respond during the ritual.  During that time, we should pay attention to any symbols relating to air in other aspects of our lives, and note them down in our journals, which I hope you’re keeping.

In peace,

N.

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Divination: More Magic


One thing that you won’t find in ‘fantasy magic’ is divination.  However, it can be useful in daily life, so it is well worth looking into.  This is what Greer has to say about it in The Druid Magic Handbook: 

One effective way to learn divination with Ogham or any other oracle is to ask the same simple question each day — “What do I most need to know about the day before me?” — and write down your reading.  Go back a day later and compare the symbols you cast, and the interpretation you gave to them, with the events of the day.  With time and regular practice this process will teach you the meanings of each of the Ogham fews have for you and help guide the growth of your own intuitive abilities.

The Ogham is a divination system using the old Irish Ogham alphabet, each ‘letter’ (I have to assume) being called a ‘few.’  Greer gives a list of meanings for each few in The Druid Magic Handbook.  Personally, I prefer the Runic system, but that’s just me.  There’s also the Tarot.  If you’re going to use the Tarot, read Greer’s  Learning Ritual Magic: Fundamental Theory and Practice for the Solitary Apprentice.  In it Greer suggest a number of authors whose tarot systems are appropriate.  For Runes, read Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology by Edred Thorsson.

In peace,

N.

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