Dragon Magick Circle of Stones

Based on a ritual by Scott Cunningham, modified version found at thorns-meadow.com/bos and combined with notes from ladyoftheearth.com/circles/stones.txt with a couple of changes made by TopazDragon.

The Circle of Stones is used during indoor rituals, for energy raising, meditation and so on.

First ritually cleanse the area.

For this circle you will need four large flat stones. If you have none, candles can be used to mark the four cardinal points of the circle. White or purple candles can be used, as can colors related to each direction – green for North, yellow for East, red for South, and blue for West.

Place the first stone (or candle) to the North, to represent the Spirit of the North stone. When in ritual you invoke the Spirits of the Stones, you’re actually invoking all that resides in that particular direction, including the elemental energies.

After setting the first stone (or candle) to the North, place the Ease, South and West stones. They should mark out a rough square, nearly encompassing the working area. This square represents the physical plane on which we exist; the Earth.

Now take a long purple or white cord and lay it out in a circle, using the four stones or candles to guide you, OR arrange a number of smaller stones around the perimeter. The cord or small stones should be placed so that the 4 main stones or candles remain INSIDE the circle. Now you have a square and a circle, the circle representing the spiritual reality. As such, this is a squared circle – the place of interpenetration of the physical and spiritual realms.

 Ritual items needed:

  • Symbol of appropriate dragon
  • Dragon Knife (athame)
  • Dragon Wand
  • Censer in Dragon shape
  • Dragon Pentacle
  • Dragon bowl of spring or rain water
  • Dragon bowl of salt
  • Incense which corresponds to your needs (Dragon’s Blood should always be present)
  • Flowers and greens of the season
  • Stones or crystals to mark out the perimeter of the circle and/or to place at each quarter
  • Any other dragon tools or material required for the ritual, spell or magickal working you endeavor to perform.

Set up the altar accordingly. Also be sure to have plenty of matches, as well as a small heat-proof container in which to place them when used. A charcoal block is also necessary to burn the incense.

Light the candles. Set the incense and dragon’s blood smoking. Lift the dragon knife and touch its blade to the water, saying…

I consecrate and cleanse this water that it may be purified and fit to dwell within the sacred Circle of Stones. In the name of the Mother Goddess and the Father God, I consecrate this water.

(The specific names for the Goddess and God were purposefully left out in this ritual to allow the interested student to discover with which deity-forms s/he feels most comfortable.)

As you do this, visualize your knife blasting away all negativity from the water. The salt is next touched with the point of the knife while saying…

I bless this salt that it may be fit to dwell within the sacred Circle of Stones. In the name of the Mother Goddess and the Father God, I bless this salt.

Now stand facing North, at the edge of the marked circle. Hold your magick dragon knife point outward at waist level. Walk slowly around the circle’s perimeter clockwise, your feet just inside the stones (or cord), charging it with your words and energy. Create the circle with the power flowing out of your knife’s blade. As you walk, stretch the energy out until it forms a complete sphere around the working area, half above the ground, half below. As you do this say…

Here is the boundary of the Circle of Stones. Naught but love shall enter in, Naught but love shall emerge from within. Charge this by Your powers, Old Ones!

When you have arrived back at the North, place the magick dragon knife on the altar. Take up the salt and sprinkle it around the circle, beginning and ending in the North, and moving clockwise. Next, carry the smoking censer around the circle, then the Southern point candle, and finally sprinkle water around the circle. Do more than carrying and walking; sense the substances purifying the circle.

The Circle of Stones is now sealed.

Hold aloft the wand at the North, at the edge of the circle, and say…

O Spirit of the North Stone,
Ancient One of the North,
I call You to attend this circle.
Charge this by Your powers, Old Ones!

As you say this, visualize a coppery dragon rising from the earth in the Northern Quarter, over the Stone. This is the elemental energy of Earth. When the Spirit is present (you’ll FEEL it), lower the wand, move to the East, raise it again and say…

O Spirit of the East Stone,
Ancient One of Air,
I call You to attend this circle.
Charge this by Your powers, Old Ones!

Visualize the mighty golden dragon of Air energy flying freely above the stone. Lower the wand, move to the South and repeat the following with your upraised wand, visualizing a crimson Fire dragon…

O Spirit of the South Stone,
Ancient One of Fire,
I call You to attend this circle.
Charge this by Your powers, Old Ones!

Finally, to the West, say with wand held aloft…

O Spirit of the West Stone,
Ancient One of Water,
I call You to attend this circle.
Charge this by Your powers, Old Ones!

Visualize the undulating sea serpent, the essence of Water.

The circle breathes and lives around you now. The Spirits of the Stones are present, as are the Spirits of Dragonkind. Feel the energies. Visualize the circle glowing and growing in power. Stand still, sensing and sealing it completely, for a moment.

The Circle of Stones is complete. The Mighty Dragon may now be called, and magick wrought.

RELEASING THE CIRCLE
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Once the rite is ended, face North, hold aloft the wand and say:

Farewell, Spirit of the North Stone.
I give thanks for your presence here.
Go in power.

Repeat this same formula to the East, South and West, substituting the proper direction in the words. Then return to the North and hold the wand aloft for a few moments.

Lay the wand on the altar. Take up the athame. Standing in the North, pierce the circle’s wall with the blade at waist level. Move clockwise around the circle, visualizing its power begin sucked back into the knife. Literally “pull” it back into the blade and handle. Sense the circle dissolving, shrinking – feel the outside world slowly regaining its dominance in the area. When you arrive at the North again, the circle is no more.

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