You may lie down, sit comfortably, or get up and enact this exercise.
Face each direction either physically or mentally.
Ground and center. Face East. Visualize your athame in your strongest hand and draw an Invoking pentagram. See it burning with a pale, blue flame. Say, “Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, Powers of Air.”
Walk through the pentacle, and see a great wind sweeping across a vast plain of waving grass. Breathe deeply, and feel the air on your face, in your lungs, through your hair. The sun is rising, and in its rays a golden eagle shines as it flies towards you. When you are filled with the power of air, say, “Hail and farewell, Shining Ones.” Walk back through the pentacle.
Turn and face the South. Again, draw the Invoking Pentacle. Say, “Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, Powers of Fire.”
Walk through the pentacle. You are on a blazing veldt under the hot sun. It is high noon. Feel the sun’s fire on your skin and absorb its power. In the distance, red-gold lions sun themselves. When you feel attuned to fire, say, “Hail and farewell, Radiant Ones.” Walk back through the pentacle.
Turn and face the West, and again draw the pentacle. Say, “hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, Powers of Water.”
Walk through the pentacle. You are on a cliff above a pounding sea. Feel the spray and the force of the waves. It is twilight, and the blue-green waves are edged with violet as the sun disappears. Dolphins and sea serpents dive and play in the foam. When you feel attuned to the power of water, say, “Hail and farewell, Flowing Ones.” and walk through the pentacle.
Turn and face North. Draw the pentacle, and say, “Hail, Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, Power of Earth.”
Walk through the pentacle. You are in the midst of a lush, fertile landscape, on the slopes of a mountain. Around you are green, growing herbs nourished by fresh springs, and tall, silent trees fed by the minerals and nutrients in the earth. In the distance, grain is waving in the fertile fields. Wild goats cling to the craggy heights above you, while below, herds of wild cattle thunder across the plain. It is midnight; the moon is hidden but the stars are bright. The Great Bear and Little Bear circle the North Star, the still center point of the whirling wheel of the sky. Say, “Hail and farewell, Silent Ones.”
Visualize all four pentacles around you in a circle of blue flame. Above your head is an eight-rayed star. Breathe deep, and draw in power from the star. Let it fill you; feel it flood every cell of your body with light, a cone of light that extends deep into the earth around you. Thank the star and let the light return to its source. Open the circle by visualizing the pentacles flying into space.
Exercise courtesy of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk