The basis of many Dragon rituals is a simple structure we have developed
to be clear, intuitive and easy to understand for those new to ritual.
It is ideal for public ritual but is powerful enough to be useful
for any ecomagic. This ritual needs no leader, and we rarely have
anyone acting as 'High Priest/ess'. Everyone is equal in this circle
and everyone is involved. We have been using this ritual structure
for nearly 10 years, so it has the accumulated power of repetition.
Before starting carefully explain exactly what is going to happen
and why. Those who are new to ritual will feel more comfortable,
and those more experienced will be clearer about the process.
You can start with a simple breathing meditation,
but the moving meditation (details available shortly), based on
the Dragon Rune is excellent to ground and focus the group.
Opening the Circle:
Choose an object with some magical, emotional or psychological
charge that is suitable to be passed round the circle. We have used
a Dragon Rune talisman (easy to make, or see Tools
to buy one), a piece of chalk from Twyford Down, and a wand made
from a yew tree that once grew on the route of the M11. But remember
the power of simplicity; any twig or stone is sacred and will be
Pass the object sunwise (clockwise) round to circle
from one person to the next. As the object comes to you visualize
a cord of light passing with it round the circle. Some people may
want to hold the object for a little while: Be patient, as this
is a good indication that the circle will be strong and focused.
Once the object has completed the circuit of the group,
the circle is cast.
Inviting the elements:
Everyone turns to the direction you have agreed to
invite first. Some people call North first, others East, but follow
your intuition. The attributions of the elements to compass points
is also to be decided by the group. Most people use the attributes
given below, but this is by no means fixed.
Invite the element of Air (East) by whistling. There
are old stories of witches whistling up the wind, and sailors never
whistle on board for fear of calling a storm.
Invite the element of Fire (South) by clapping sharply
and out of rhythm, like the cracking of a wood fire. Dance about
and whoop loudly if you feel like it. Fire is pure energy and like
Invite the element of Water (West) by making the sound
of waves or of dripping water. If you sway slowly as if you were
at sea it helps too.
Invite the element of Earth (North) by drumming on
the ground with your hands or stamping with your feet. Getting down
on your knees & slapping the earth with your hands is great
to connect with the element.
Invite the Spirits of the Place and the Fair Folk.
Now the circle is cast and the energies invited, the space and the
group are ready for the working.
You could use the Dragon Rune as a tool to raise energy
for your working. Draw the rune on the ground and circle round it
with a simple chant (the are some examples in Tools).
The Dragon Rune chant is very effective, but best for groups more
familiar with magic.
Raising energy is a complex subject, and it's better
to just do it than read more elaboration's! Basically, use movement,
sound and symbol to weave your magic. Follow your intuition, and
See other rituals and Techniques
for more ideas.
Closing the Circle:
This is just the reverse of the process of casting
the circle. Turn to each element in turn, and bid them Thanks and
Farewell just as you welcomed them into the circle. Your intent
will be different, and you will find the sounds will tail off as
you finish each quarter.
Unwind the circle in the opposite direction that you
cast it, passing the object anti-clockwise.
Finish with a cheer an hug! Take time after the ritual
to properly ground yourselves. This especially important if you
are working with inexperienced people. Sharing food and listening
to how people felt about the ritual is very valuable.
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