Symbols or Weapons of the Four Directions

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:
Air
Fire
Water
Earth

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!
Blessed be!
It Is Done.

Holding Sacred Space

Written by Sherrie Locke on 10 Qanil, March 2014

The idea and concept of “holding space” has been around since life arose on this planet. From a lion’s pride, to a wolf pack to a mushroom patch, it’s a natural tendency in construct of creation.

We are here today to discuss the space you intentionally hold for yourself, for your loved ones and for any operation or manifestation with which you are currently working. So be mindful, don’t juggle too much and maintain what you are intending.

The point of a ritual is to zero in on what you want to do.

Do you want:
A clean high vibe space?
Protection from harm?
Connection to your ancestors?
A creative or healing space?

Are you opening and holding space for a new creative project or business endeavor?
For learning or saturation environment?
A channel to receive something?
Subcategories, such as knowledge, prosperity, healing?

It goes on and on and on.

How to Hold Space
As I have stated over and over, know your base of knowledge and understanding and work with that to its fullest everyday. If you do not apply it, how can you refine it?

Periodically check your works to see if they still apply. Have they ramped up or down? Do they need more attention or action, or are they toodling along? Are you happy with the results so far? Are there any results?

Adjust, adjust, adjust. Let go of the way you think it should manifest; that’s not your issue! Your job is to hold space, be intentional, be motivated to succeed and ready to act at any moment 24/7/365.

To do so you must be clear about your intentions. If your brain is in a jumble, you are not going to get anything done. The point of a ritual is to maintain focus and clear out blockage to the achievement of your goals. It’s a routine of diligence, of knowing yourself and your motivations.

If you are not clear on these personal factors, in understanding yourself and what makes you tick, what motivates you or awakens your passion, then you might want to hold off and do some personal work before you start attempting to effect change on a broader scale. As they say, clear out your own shit first before entering a lodge or proceeding with a magical working.

It is vital to understand that life is not happening to you, that you are creating it from the inside out.
So start at the starting point, which is “Know Thyself!” In Egyptian culture, the symbol of the scarab says it all, “Man Know Thyself!”

If you do not know yourself and why you are motivated to make certain choices, then you will repeat them over and over again, ad nauseum, until you are finally done with it. Keep it up. Your choice, pain is optional, and I would never deny someone as much pain as they would like to indulge in. I practice tomasic energy work in my bag of modalities, so I am not afraid of bringing the pain body to the surface for eradication.

OK, back to holding space. So you have figured out something you wish to effect change. You have cleaned the space. You have opened a space through intent and ceremony.

You have determined the general duration of the working. You have set certain components to work for you, things such as candles and Power Items.

The space is set, the work is in progress.

For longer term projects, just check in on them at least on an annual basis.

These things run like a software program, either constantly working or all at once with a big push to build energy and momentum.

If you wish to hold space for a loved one, such as in a prayer or healing energy, set a field (space) and picture you and the person together in that space. Call in the energies of the green healing ray, any helpful assistants such as helpful ancestors or other healing or plant energies, and invite them into the space you have created for that purpose. If healing someone who is far away, visualize the space surrounding the person wherever he or she may be.

So go forth, light a candle, do a magickal working to help yourself or someone else, Keep it Light, do it with LOVE, be clear on your intentions and don’t overlap too many things at once. Watch your works increase as you practice. And above all, get to know yourself better and get in touch with what motivates you.

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin
Blessed Be.