Written by Sherrie Locke on 1 Serpent, March 2014
The Four Directions and their Symbols and Weapons
|Direction||Time||Color||Tarot Suit||Symbol or Weapon|
|East||Sunrise||Yellow||Sword||Feather or Dagger|
|South||Noon||Red||Wands||Wand or Fire|
|West||Sunset||Black or Blue||Cups||Chalice|
|North||Midnight||White||Coins||Coin, Pentacle or Shield|
This is according to Western occult tradition. Some indigenous people, such as the Maya, may use other directional colors for their ceremonies. (The Maya use red for east and yellow for south.) Most are reversed north to south at the equator.
The four directional colors represent the four races:
Yellow of the East
Red of the South
Black of the West
White of the North
The four elements are:
Most traditions I work with are generally in this format due to my obsession with the “connecting thread.”
As in anything, traditions are also evolving, so colors and gender may vary in schools of thought and study both in older and more recent curriculum of esoteric study. I will say the Western initiatory path is pretty much standardized back to basic Kaballistic theory.
As you gather your weapons, they will likely be what you use from here on unless you decide to replace them with an upgrade.
Note: with feathers, we (the Elders) find that the feathers of a living bird are the most powerful kind, and many times are “gifted” by a spirit animal, It’s a totem thing, very strong.
Next a ritually sacrificed animal. Don’t freak, it’s done all the time in tribal cultures, in a sacred manner and all parts of the sacrifice are utilized, nothing is ever wasted.
Third, some feather whose history you do not know can be a symbol you can relate to.
In the USA, please be aware that possession of certain feathers carries a hefty fine and some are not allowed to be transported anywhere. So don’t do show and tell or hang it from you rearview mirror. We as first nations people actually have to have a permit to possess and carry certain sacred objects, go figure. One eagle feather incident could be a $50,000 fine and jail time if they wanted to push it, so be mindful.
Also, it is better to use a cup or knife whose history you know rather than picking up some antique that has been God knows where or used for what purpose. Be mindful!
As I have said before, some items, particularly ritual items, cannot be cleared, so I can read them, if I would choose to even touch them. If I am not in the same location with said item, I can easily check its vibe and likely its history, too. Yes, I do this work, but please don’t show up with questionable items and expect me to do whatever you ask. I may not, I might, it certainly will not be for free.
For representation of earth I may use some dirt or a rock, but usually a coin of some kind.
Be creative, stick within your base of knowledge. If you start changing currents of natural flow, you had best be conscious of WHY. Stick to the basics of what you understand for now; you can get elaborate with banners of the four directions, symbols and items as you learn and grow more accustomed to working a medicine wheel or ceremony for invoking or evoking an energy. I have already posted a blog on the subject of evocation or invocation, and suggest you know the difference before you commence on this subject.
In the mean time… have fun, learn, refine, expand!
Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin!
It Is Done.