Basic Dragon Ritual

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Ritual by D.J. Conway

Set up your altar so that it faces east. Make sure that it is known that you are not to be disturbed once your circle is cast.

Go to the east of your magickal space, and with your sword in your power hand, “draw” your magickal circle on the floor around the ritual area. To do this, point the sword at the floor and visualize great flames shooting from it. Move clockwise around the circle with this flame; end it by overlapping the ends of the circle in the east. While you draw this circle, say:

By dragon power, this circle is sealed.

Return to the altar. Point the sword at the dragon pentacle and say:

Dragons of Spirit, highest of dragons and most powerful, bless this altar with your fire. Let us be one in magick, O dragons great and wise.

Set the water chalice on the pentacle. With the wand in your power hand, circle the chalice three times clockwise with the wand and say:

Air, Fire, Earth, bring power forth.
Water of land and sea, purified be.

Hold the chalice up, and say:

Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

Sprinkle the water from the chalice lightly around the Circle, beginning and ending in the east.
Set the dish of salt on the pentacle. Circle it three times clockwise with the wand and say:

Water, Air, Fire, hear my desire.
Salt of Earth and sea, purified be.

Sprinkle a few grains of salt to each corner of the altar. Circle the incense burner three times with the wand, and say:

Fire of dragons, fire of Earth,
You are purified. Bring power forth.

Circle the incense and herbs three times clockwise with the wand. Say:

Incense magickal, incense bold,
Awake the dragons, as of old.
I call you purified.

Put a small amount of incense onto the burning coals in the incense burner. Lift the burner by the chains and touch it lightly to the pentacle. Lift it high over the altar, and say:

Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

Then carry the incense burner clockwise around the Circle, beginning and ending in the east. Return it to the altar.

Kneel before the altar with the sword held in both hands. Mentally dedicate yourself to the study of dragon magick. Project your interest and love of dragons as strongly as you can. Continue this for several minutes. Then rise, point the sword at the dragon pentacle, and say:

Behold, all dragons and rulers of dragons,
I am (magickal name), a magician who seeks dragon magick.
With (name of sword) in my hand, I enter the realms of the dragons,
Not for physical battle, but for knowledge and power.
I greet you, O dragons ancient and wise,
And await your blessing and guidance.

Continue holding the sword outstretched until you feel the blessings of the dragons.

When the power of the blessing has lessened, lower the sword. Still holding the sword in your power hand, take the dragon pentacle in your other hand and go to the east. Point the sword at the eastern position and hold up the dragon pentacle facing outward. Draw an invoking pentagram with the sword. Say:

From Sairys, ruler of the eastern dragons fair,
Comes now the wondrous power of Air.

Feel the power of Air entering your body. When the flow stops, go to the south. Hold up the pentacle again. Draw an invoking pentagram with the sword and say:

From Fafnir, ruler of dragons of the south,
Comes cleansing Fire from dragon mouth.

Feel the power of Fire entering your body. When the flow of power stops, go to the west. Again hold up the pentacle, and draw an invoking pentagram with the sword. Say:

From Naelyan, ruler of dragons of the west,
Comes the power of Water, three times blest.

Draw into yourself the power of Water. Go to the north. Hold up the pentacle, and draw an invoking pentagram with the sword. Say:

From Grael, ruler of dragons of the north,
The power of Earth does now come forth.

Draw into yourself the power of Earth. Return to the altar. Set aside the sword and dragon pentacle. Add the herbal incense to the incense burner.

(At this point in your ritual, insert the proper chants and workings for the particular spellworking or meditation that you have chosen.)

If you have a problem that you have not been able to solve by physical means or by magick, you may ask the dragons at this time for advice. They will be able to give you new insight into ways of solving it. Continue to feel their power and direction as you write down the instructions.

When finished with the spellworking, tap the staff three times and chant:

I thank you, dragons old and wise,
Of Earth and Fire, Water, Skies,
For sharing wisdom here with me.
As we will, so shall it be.

Always approach dragons as equals, not as a force to be ordered around or conquered.

Set the wine chalice on the pentacle. Circle it three times clockwise with the wand, and say:

Cup of power, cup of might,
Dragon magick, be here this night.

Drink the wine (or juice, if you wish to substitute), saving some to be poured outside on the ground later as an offering to the dragons. (If it is not possible to pour the offering outside, leave it on the altar for an hour or so.)

Now is an excellent time to chant and use free-form dancing. Invite the dragons to share in the raised energy and your joy of being a magician. Talk to them about your hopes and dreams. And listen to see if they have suggestions or words of encouragement for you. This is an opportunity for close friendships to be formed.

To close the ritual, take the sword and go to the east. Draw a banishing pentagram with the sword, and say:

Go in peace, dragons of the East.
And return again in the ritual hour.

Go to the south, draw a banishing pentagram with the sword, and say:

Go in peace, dragons of the South.
And return again in the ritual hour.

Go to the west, draw a banishing pentagram with the sword, and say:

Go in peace, dragons of the West.
And return again in the ritual hour.

Finish by going to the north. Draw a banishing pentagram with the sword, and say:

Go in peace, dragons of the North.
And return again at the ritual hour.

Return to the altar. Raise both arms and say:

Farewell to you, O dragons fair,
Fire, Water, Earth, and Air.
Together we make magick well
By power deep and dragon spell.
In peace go now. Return once more
To teach me magick and ancient lore.
Draconis! Draconis! Draconis!

Cut the Circle with a backward sweep of the sword across the boundary line. Extinguish the altar candles, and clear the altar of all tools.

Copied from angelfire.com/d20/gaundariadrag/OBOS.html
However, the original source of this material is “Dancing With Dragons” by D.J. Conway, pp 114-121. Llewellyn Publications 2004, and it has found its way to many other websites.

You can buy the book Dancing with Dragons, Invoke their Ancient Wisdom and Power by D. J. Conway from Amazon and other online bookstores.

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