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, then draw the invoking pentagram for fire in the south before turning to the west.
At this point, we face the outer perimeter of the circle to begin calling the Western Quarter. We begin by drawing the Invoking Water pentagram in the air. To do this, Roderick advises:
Use your dominant hand outstretched in the natural athame position and start at the leftmost top point and draw your hand (or consecrated athame) horizontally to the rightmost top point. Proceed with drawing the rest of the pentagram. As you draw it, imagine that you leave a trail of shimmering blue energy suspended in midair. As you draw the pentagram, say:
I summon, stir, and call thee up
Mighty Ones of the West, Powers of Water,
To witness my (our) rites and to seal this circle!
Sense the elemental energies you have summoned. Imagine them sealing the western quarter of your magical space. After you have sensed how this feels, banish the elemental forces of water. Again, face the west but draw the Banishing Water pentagram. As you banish, imagine the blue aura fading away. As you banish the western powers, say:
Hail ye mighty ones of the West,
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 west. Move to the south and draw the banishing pentagram for fire and imagine the red aura fade away there before turning to the east, drawing the banishing pentagram for air, and imagining the golden aura disappearing. 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.