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                                 Circle casting Dragon style 
                                      Cameron Mandrake
           I just thought  I'd drop  a note on  the traditional Dragon  Tradition
           Circle casting.   The circle is cast  with the Blade, the  Cup and the
           Censor.   The  Priest starts with the Blade in the north and draws the
           boundry of  the circle.  As he does he  recites "I tread this Path for
           the Elements, that which comprises all that we see."
               The HPS takes to sprinkling the boundries with the Cup filled with
           salted  water.  She recites "I tread  this Path for Self, a reflection
           of the Divine."
               The HP then takes the censor and carries the smoketo the boundries
           of the circle in  a deosil direction.   He recites "I tread this  Path
           for Spirit, that which unites all things."
           The HP or HPS then state the charge of our Circle.  It is as follows.
           "Our Circle is  a place where hearts  and minds can meet and  share in
           the wonder and empowerment of  a living and loving Goddess.   We are a
           coven of friends, but  above all things we are  Family.  Our Love  and
           our Magick binds us together and our Circle keeps us  and nurtures us.
           We are blessed.  Blessed Be!"
           The Dragon Guardians are then invoked.  
           Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the East.  Your tongue is 
           a sharp sword, cutting with the  knowledge of the arcane.  Your spirit
           flows as graceful as a swift in flight.  Purify us with truth. 
           Blessed Be. 
           Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the South, your breath is 
           aflame with  the fires  of inspiration  and passion.   Your spirit  is
           and fervent.  Purify us with Love.  Blessed Be. 
           Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the West, your  coils are the
           cleansing  healing waves that nurture  the soul.   Your spirit lunges,
           leaps and  splashes like a  Talbot at  play.  Purify  us with  pulsing
           tides.  Blessed Be. 
           Mighty Dragon, Guardian of the realms of the North, your talons run 
           like roots into the  earth, giving you infinite strength.  Your spirit
           is substantial,  hard and pure like  a clear crystal.   Purify us with
           persistant wisdom.  Blessed Be.
           Each  of these Dragons  has a secret  name that they  are also invoked
           with.  A suggestion is that anyone using these invocations meditate to
           find an  appropriate name for each  Guardian and use it  along with or
           instead of the words "Mighty Dragon". 
           I find  that the  Circle charge sets  the mood  for the  Circle and  I
           change it  to suit the situation.   If anyone  has ideas for  a Circle
           charge, I'd like to hear them.  I have a number of Circle charges that
           I use but fresh ones always are nice.
           Blessed Be.
           Cameron Mandrake
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