Calling the Quarters

calling the quarters

Calling the quarters is a Wiccan concept that is often part of a larger spell-casting ritual. I haven't mentioned it with the spells on this site because it's not strictly part of the spell, and not everyone follows this tradition anyway.

The idea is to cast a protective circle around yourself when doing spellwork, and calling the quarters is part of that ritual. I'll be doing another page on the full circle-casting process but for now, just focusing on the quarter calls.

The "quarters" are referring to the spirits of the 4 elements, and you are asking them to watch over and guard your ritual space. There are many ways to call the quarters, and you can get as dramatic or poetic as you wish. The standard or traditional way of calling the quarters is this:

All hail the Watchtower of the East,
The element of Air
I do summon and call you forth,
To guard and protect this circle
Come and join me, now.

All hail the Watchtower of the South,
The element of Fire
I do summon and call you forth,
To guard and protect this circle
Come and join me, now.

All hail the Watchtower of the West,
The element of Water
I do summon and call you forth,
To guard and protect this circle
Come and join me, now.

All hail the Watchtower of the North,
The element of Earth
I do summon and call you forth,
To guard and protect this circle
Come and join me, now.

This is a very simple and straightforward set of words you can use. At the end of your ritual, you go back and thank each spirit and release them from your circle.

If you want something a little more descriptive, here is another set of quarter calls that might be appealing.

Welcome East, power of Air!
Intuition, knowledge and wisdom,
Come and send forth your inspiration,
And be here now.

Welcome South, power of Fire!
Energy, heat and flame,
Come and send forth your passion,
And be here now!

Welcome West, power of Water!
Emotions, love and courage,
Come and send forth your tranquillity,
And be here now!

Welcome North, power of Earth!
Stability, structure, and growth
Come and send forth your strength,
And be here now!

However you choose to word them, calling the quarters is a typical part of a traditional Wiccan circle casting.

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