Invoking the Nine Directional Powers

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Invoking the nine directional powers is typically facilitated with a smudging ritual, though it is not entirely necessary. Invocation of the directions can be used to cleanse an area, cast a circle, commence meditation, or otherwise create sacred space.

First, gain your bearings. Turn to each direction as you acknowledge it and recite the following:

I call forth all energies that might serve my purpose–

And omit all energies that mean harm or hindrance.

To the powers of the North, of Earth, and of the Body:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the East, of Fire, and of the Will:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the South, of Air, and of the Mind:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the West, of Water, and of the Emotions:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers Above, of Light, and of Insight:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers Within, of Spirit, and of Truth:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers Below, of Darkness, and of Obscurity:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the Left, of Receptivity, and of Femininity:
Thank you and welcome.

To the powers of the Right, of Creation, and of Masculinity:
Thank you and welcome.

Directional associations may vary among individuals based on the culture(s) and tradition(s) they are familiar with. Some people choose to include animal and/or deity associations as well. You may even like to utilize terms from a different language that you identify with. Personally, I’ve come to find the German term “danke und willkommen” as fitting in place of “thank you and welcome” being that it is unique to my ethnic background.

If the above format doesn’t resonate with you, use the basic concept of honoring the directions to create your own ritual. You need not stress the semantics; just go with what feels right to you.

Some people find it wise to release the powers they evoke once they are finished performing their ritual. I would suggest doing so, out of respect if nothing else. To do this, simply go through each direction stating something along the lines of “I now release the powers of ____. Hail and farewell.”

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