8 Sacred Directions ~ Invocation

 

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seasons-wheelWheel of the Year

Another holy day of the Earth is upon us. For those who might like to give some ritual attention to this day, I thought I would share my personal invocation of the directions that I have developed over the years. While it is fairly idiosyncratic, it does contain some familiar refrains that others will recognize…

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the North

You who rules the cusp between endings and beginnings,
bless us with the gift of Conception.

In the dark of midnight,
bless us with the magic of Intention.

In the cold of Winter,
bless us with Purification.

We honor you in the feast of Yule Tide,
the Winter Solstice,
the moment when one cycle ends and another begins.

Thank you for the gift of Faith:
~ Faith that the light will return after the dark.
~ Faith that warmth will return after the cold.
~ Faith that life will return after death.

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the Northeast

You who guides the unseen growth within the womb,
bless us with the gift of The Quickening.

In the Colors of the Dawn,
bless us with the gift of Expectation.

In the first hint of the Thaw,
bless us with the Promise of the new growth.

We honor you in the Feast of Imbolc,
as the days lengthen
and the gestating life kicks within the womb.

Thank you for the gift of Hope:
~ Hope that our prayers will be answered.
~ Hope that our intentions will come to pass.
~ Hope that our desires will be fulfilled.

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the East 

You who attends the emergence of new life,
bless us with the gift of Birth and Rebirth.

In the golden embers of the Rising Sun,
bless us with New Beginnings.

In the blush of Spring Time,
bless us with the gift of Germination.

We honor your in the Feast of Ostara,
the Spring Equinox,
as vitality returns to the world.

Thank you for the gift of Joy:
~ Joy that the darkness has past.
~ Joy that a new day has begun.
~ Joy that our paths have become clear.

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the Southeast 

You who shepherds the child,
bless us with the gift of Nurturing.

In the light of the Climbing Sun,
help us to Kindle our Desires.

In the Mild Days of Summer,
bless us with spirit of Cultivation.

We honor you in the Feast of Beltaine,
amidst playfulness and sensuality inspired by fragrant blossoms.

Thank you for the gift of Passion:
~ that we may be Passionate in living.
~ that we may be Passionate in loving.
~ that we may be Passionate in learning

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the South

You who urges the youth from the nest,
bless us with the gift of Fledging.

In the brilliance of the Sun at its Zenith,
give us with Drive to pursue our goals.

In the heat of Midsummer,
bless us with the gift of Flourishing Life.

We honor you in the Feast of Litha,
at the Summer Solstice,
at the height of the sun’s outpouring
of light and warmth and energy.

Thank you for the gift of Determination:
~
Determination to overcome fear.
~ Determination to overcome obstacles.
~ Determination to become who we are.

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you Spirit of the Southwest

You who leads us into adulthood,
bless us with the gift of Maturation.

In the shimmer of the Afternoon Sun,
bless us with the gift of Reflection.

In the Dog Days of Summer,
bless with the gifts of First Fruits.

We honor you in the feast of Lammas,
the Loaf-Mass,
as the wheat fields are shorn
and stacked into sheaves.

Thank you for the gift of Recognition:
~ Recognition of who we are.
~ Recognition of our calling.
~ Recognition of our place in the world.

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the West

You who escorts us into old age,
bless us with the gift of Elderhood.

In the glow of the Setting Sun,
bless us with the gift us Fulfillment.

In the glory of Autumn,
bless us with the gifts of the Great Harvest.

We honor you in the Feast of Mabon,
the Autumnal Equinox,
as we celebrate our Abundance.

Thank you for the gift of Wisdom:
~ Wisdom from all of that we have witnessed.
~ Wisdom from all that we have done.
~ Wisdom from all that we have been.

Aho. So may it be.

 

We invoke you, Spirit of the Northwest

You who ushers us unto death,
bless us with the gift of Transition.

In the dusk of Twilight,
we give our Gratitude.

In the chill of the First Frost,
bless us with the gift of Plowing Under.

We honor you in the Feast of Samhain,
as you open the Veil between the Worlds .

Thank you for the gift of Surrender:
~ Surrendering our pain.
~ Surrendering our attachments.
~ Surrendering our lives.

Aho. So may it be.

 

Spirit of the North

Within you the wheel of the year is complete.
Each ending is a new beginning.

Within the cusp of one cycle and the next
you bring a moment of time-out-of time
To weave our intentions
into the fabric of the future.

Aho. Aho. Aho.

 

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Embedded within each of the invocations are 8 different cycles, all of which have correspondences with each other. Even though a cycle is a seamless continuum, there are distinct, identifiable phases during each cycle. The invocation honors those phases.

The invocations are built with a parallel structure ~ here is the order in which the 8 cycles appear in each invocation:

Directional cycle
Biological cycle
Daily cycle
Manifestation cycle
Seasonal cycle
Agricultural cycle
Holy Day / Ritual Feast cycle
Psychological/Emotional cycle

For some purposes this invocation may be too long and too formal in tone, so I invite you to have fun with with this and adapt as you see fit. Make it your own by subtracting what doesn’t resonate, and adding phrases that fit your sensibilities.

The images of the wheel of the year at top are from the following websites, which will provide more information on the wheel of the year and 8 earth rituals.

http://wyldestonecottage.blogspot.com/p/wheel-of-year.html
http://stonefireblog.com/2013/03/23/wheels-of-sacred-harmony/
http://www.telp.com/helppagan2.htm

21 thoughts on “8 Sacred Directions ~ Invocation

  1. a very Blessed Beltaine to you
    in each of the day’s wanderings you do
    taking within the warmth of the sun
    feeling the new beginning that has begun
    dancing in the rain getting soaked
    feeling its energy of passion it invokes
    walking barefoot upon this sacred ground
    unfurling wings to take you heaven bound
    what ever this day might hold for you
    listen for the ancient ones whispers in truth
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

    • what a wonderful Invocation you have shared with us…
      Thank you for the Gift
      )0(
      BlessedBe
      maryrose

      • And thank you for the gift of your blessing that you have shared! Inspired, and inspiring, as always.

  2. I am not familiar with this, Cnawan. I’m fascinated, drawn in by these words, this way of thinking, the poetry and imagery. You’ve gifted me a new path to explore and I am so grateful that I’ve found your blog, your words. Thank you, and I’ll borrow the phrase of another here – Have a blessed Beltaine!

    • Blessed Beltaine to you, Debi! I thought this might be new, and intriguing, to you. We as a culture are so impoverished by our estrangement from the natural world and from our failing to observe and to immerse ourselves in the holy days of the earth. However one approaches this invocation, reaching back into the earthy roots of our spiritual holidays is so enriching. And from your own deep connection to the natural world, you enrich the world with your photography. For this, may the earth smile upon you!

      Explore the Great Mystery,
      Cnawan

    • Blessed be, Oloriel! It has been a richly rewarding spiritual exercise, that challenged both my intuition and my intellect, to puzzle this together. Thank you for your kind words. Merry Beltaine!

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