Draconic Circle Casting & Quarter Calls

Draconic Circle Casting

by J’Karrah, 1994

     This pretty much your standard Circle casting, the purpose of which is two-fold: first, to keep the energies you are raising contained until you are ready to release them, and second, to keep out any unwanted energies and/or entities that may be attracted to your magical workings.

      It should be noted that “Circle Casting” is something of a misnomer.  You are not creating merely a two dimensional, flat circle, but actually a three dimensional sphere that extends as far below you as it does above.  The “circle” is the defined by the intersection of that portion above you and that below you.

The items you will need are:

1) A wand, athame, staff, sword, or just the index finger* of your dominant hand (I prefer a wand myself, if I’m going to use a tool, as it is easy to make one yourself, we all have memories of finding a “Magic Wand” as a child, and few “authority types”  will have a problem with a nicely decorated “stick”);

*Note: unless you have consecrated all of your tools already, use your finger to direct the energies

2) Incense — stick, cone, powdered, or loose herb; incense holder; incense-specific charcoal (for loose incense); matches or lighter (preferred);

3) Dish of clean water

4) Dish of consecrated salt (sea salt preferred, which can usually be found in the “ethnic foods” and/or baking section of your local grocery store but regular table salt is just as good);

5) Quarter candles and holders in the following colors: East, South, West, North

6) A special candle, or a nice figurine, or picture to represent your Dragon friends

(Other rituals and/or spells may require additional tools, but the above list are the basics used in tool-based ritual workings.)

The Casting:

Step 1: Begin in the East, if possible, using the tool of your choice  move around the circle South, West, North and back to East visualize red/orange Dragon fire erupting from the tool to form a flaming perimeter around the circle and say:

By Dragon Fire and the power of my will let the circle be sealed!

Repeat 4 times or until your return to the East. “Tie” the circle off using the symbol for infinity ∞.

Step 2: Light the incense and again move from the East. As you move “see” the smoke driving all unwanted energies from the circle to be consumed by the Dragon Fire and say:

By Dragon’s Breath and the combined powers of fire and air, let the circle be purified and sealed.

  Repeat 4 times or until you return to the East. “Tie” the circle off using the symbol for infinity .

Step 3: Stir sea salt into the water dish and visualize the salt destroying any unwanted energies in the water. Project the Dragon energy into the water until you “know” the water is pure and say:

The sacred salt now destroys all harmful and unwanted energies from this water. By Dragon magic I call you purified.  

Beginning in the east, liberally sprinkle the circle while visualizing the combined powers of earth and water destroying any remaining unwanted energy within the circle. As you traverse the Circle, say:

By Dragon Tears and the combined powers of earth and water, let the circle be consecrated and sealed!

  Repeat 4 times until you return to the East. “Tie” the circle off using the symbol for infinity

  Step 4: Return to the altar and say out loud:

Now is the circle sealed and the boundary made. By Dragon Magic and the power of my will, let nothing but beneficial energy enter in and nothing but beneficial energy emerge for the betterment of myself and my Clan. So shall it be!  

The circle is now cast and you are ready for the next step:

Calling The Dragons of the Quarters

by J’Karrah, 1994

When calling the Dragons of the Quarters, you are asking for a willing Dragon to watch over and direct the elemental energies associated with that particular quarter/direction.

     At first you will probably get several different Dragons standing in as Quarter Guards each time you cast a circle.  Eventually, you may find that the same four are answering your call each time (you’ll be able to tell by the “feel” of the energy each brings).  If/when this happens, you can either wait until the Dragon chooses to reveal his or her name, or you can choose a name by which you will call each one (don’t worry, if you pick a name the Dragon doesn’t like, you’ll know!).

     Many Dragons actually prefer to work this latter way, taking the name as a gift.  In either case, you can then substitute those names for the phrases “One who is willing” and “Great ______ Dragon” at the appropriate quarter.

East: From the lands of the Eastern Dragons comes the glorious powers of Air! I call upon One Who Is Willing to guard the Eastern Gate. Lend me (us) mastery of the powers of Air. Aid me (us) in developing my (our) intellect and wisdom. Come watch over this circle that there may be wisdom in all that I (we) do!

(raise your hand high in greeting)

Great Eastern Dragon, hail and welcome!

South: From the lands of the Dragons of the South, comes cleansing power of Fire! I call upon One Who Is Willing to guard the Southern Gate. Lend me (us) mastery of the powers of Fire. Aid me (us) in developing my (our) free-will and creativity. Come watch over this circle that I (we) may create joy and beauty!

(raise your hand high in greeting)

Great Southern Dragon, hail and welcome!

West: From the lands of the Dragons of the West, comes the purifying power of Water!  I call upon One Who Is Willing to guard the Western Gate! Lend me (us) mastery of the powers of Water. Aid me (us) in developing my (our) intuition and control over my (our) emotions. Come watch over this circle that I (we) may have the courage to listen to my inner voice and act as needed!

(raise your hand high in greeting)

Great Western Dragon, hail and welcome!

North: From the lands of the Dragons of the North, comes the sustaining power of Earth! I call upon One Who Is Willing to guard the Northern Gate. Lend me (us) mastery over the powers of Earth. Aid me (us) in developing strength of body, mind and spirit. Come watch over this circle that I (we) may have the strength to delve into the mysteries of the universe!

(raise your hand high in greeting)

Great Northern Dragon, hail and welcome!

Closing the Circle

by J’Karrah, 1994

When you are done with your ritual, it is a good idea to formally close the circle and release any residual energies that may still be lingering about.  This is just good magical housekeeping.  The closing of a circle can be as fancy or simple as you like.  I prefer the simple. With that in mind, here is the Draconic Tradition’s Circle Closing:

Step 1: Thank your Dragon friends for their participation.  Use whatever words you feel best expresses your gratitude for their aid and friendship.

Step 2: In reverse order, Thank the Dragons of the Quarters for their assistance:

North: From the lands of the Dragons of the North, you came to my Call and I thank you with all my heart!  As you return from whence you came, Great Dragon, I wish you farewell and safe journey until we meet again.  Hail and farewell!

West: From the lands of the Dragons of the West, you came to my Call and I thank you with all my heart!  As you return from whence you came, Great Dragon, I wish you farewell and safe journey until we meet again.  Hail and farewell!

South: From the lands of the Dragons of the South, you came to my Call and I thank you with all my heart!  As you return from whence you came, Great Dragon, I wish you farewell and safe journey until we meet again.  Hail and farewell!

East: From the lands of the Dragons of the East, you came to my Call and I thank you with all my heart!  As you return from whence you came, Great Dragon, I wish you farewell and safe journey until we meet again.  Hail and farewell!

    Now, there are several things you can do with the energy of the Circle’s boundary.  Some people “ground” it.  This entails visualizing the energy sinking into the ground to be reabsorbed into the Earth.  Others like to visualize it dissipating on the winds and returning to the cosmos.  My personal choice is to “grab” hold of the energies and “push” them out until they merge with the energies of my house shields, adding another layer of protection on my personal space (waste not, want not!).  Over time, you can build up such strong protections that nothing short of a major god can ever breach them.   When you are done, it is not uncommon to feel a little disconnected from the “mundane” or every day world.  Thus, at this time, it can be a good idea to eat a little something to help “ground” you back into the regular swing of things.

Source: Clan of the Dragon website at ebon-dragon.com is no longer online – ritual sourced from WayBack Machine web archive. An older version of the site is still available at http://www.oocities.org/jkarrah/Rituals.html (21/09/2015)
Casting: http://web.archive.org/web/20120418230336/http://ebon-dragon.com/cotd/CircleCasting.html
Calling: http://web.archive.org/web/20120418230336/http://ebon-dragon.com/cotd/DragonQuarters.html
Closing: http://web.archive.org/web/20120402185358/http://ebon-dragon.com/cotd/CircleClosing.html