As with the previous exercise, we need to set up the altar in the same way we have been doing. We need to consecrate the elements and ourselves, and light the quarter candles while calling the Ekos (my addition to Roderick’s exercise). Then we cast the first, second, and third layers of the circle. Finally, we draw the invoking pentagram for air in the east and seal the eastern quarter before turning to the south.
At this point, we face the outer perimeter of the circle to begin calling the Southern Quarter. We begin by drawing the Invoking Fire pentagram in the air. To do this, Roderick advises:
Use your dominant hand outstretched in the natural athame position and start at the topmost point and draw your hand (or consecrated athame) downward to the bottommost right point. Proceed with drawing the rest of the pentagram. As you draw it, imagine that you leave a trail of fiery red energy suspended in midair. As you draw the pentagram, say:
I summon, stir, and call thee up
Mighty Ones of the South, Powers of Fire,
To witness my (our) rites and to seal this circle!
Sense the elemental energies you have summoned. Imagine them sealing the southern quarter of your magical space. After you have sensed how this feels, banish the elemental forces of fire. Again, face the south but draw the Banishing Fire pentagram. As you banish, imagine the red aura fading away. As you banish the southern powers, say:
Hail ye mighty ones of the South,
We thank thee for attending.
Before ye depart for your lovely realms,
We say hail and farewell!
Kiss your index and middle fingers (or your consecrated athame blade) and point once again toward the south. Move to the east and draw the banishing pentagram for air and imagine the golden aura fade away there. Finally, proceed with the steps to banish the circle as practiced on day 237.
Again, the really important thing is to really sense the elemental energies you’ve summoned, and how they change and ‘seal’ the magical space you’ve created. When you dismiss them, do your best to feel that energy disperse.