Circle Casting Dragon Style

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Ritual by Cameron Mandrake

The circle is cast with the Blade, the Cup and the Censor.  The Priest starts with the Blade in the north and draws the boundary 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 boundaries with the Cup filled with salted water. She recites “I tread this Path for Self, a reflection of the Divine.”

The HP then takes the censor and carries the smoke to the boundaries of the circle in a deosil direction.  He recites “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. Blessed Be!”

The Dragon Guardians are then invoked.

EAST
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.
Blessed Be.

SOUTH
Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the South,
your breath is aflame with the fires
of inspiration and passion.
Your spirit is searing and fervent.
Purify us with Love.
Blessed Be.

WEST
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.
Blessed Be.

NORTH
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 persistent wisdom.
Blessed Be.

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”.

The Circle charge sets the mood for the Circle and it can be changed to suit the situation.

You are now in sacred space, between the worlds.

When you have finished your magical work inside your circle remember to thank and farewell the Dragons in the reverse order they were called and open the circle. ~ TopazDragon

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From http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/bos272.htm
(Dragon image from cybercauldron.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/nightfire.jpg)