Quarter Guardians or Watchtowers

The Quarter Guardians (often called Watchtowers) are used in a Circle to personify the elements (Earth, Fire, Air, and Water). Each is situated in its respective directional areas (North, South, East, and West). Each of the Guardians presides over its respective area. They split the Circle into four quarters and help to give the Circle its strength.

A symbol of each guardian should be put in place. The easiest way is probably to use a colored candle for each. It is also possible to use something else such as crystals, or even something that directly relates to the direction of the Elements. Such as: incense for East, a bowl of water for West, salt for North, and a candle for South.

Whatever way you choose you must place each marker at its exact geographical location. Neglect to do so will certainly affect the quality of any magick you will be undertaking.

To start with it is a good idea to use a compass to make sure you get the exact directions of North, South, East, and West. Of course, once you have cast your Circle in this location a few times you will no longer need to check with the compass. Obviously when using a compass make sure there are no strong magnetic or metal influences within the area that might affect a true reading.

Below you will find a few ideas for items that can be used for each Guardian. In order they are ideas for candle colors, crystals, and tarot cards. There are many more options than those shown.

Earth – North
Fire – South
Air – East
Water – West
Candle
Green or Purple
Orange or Red
Blue or Yellow
Blue or Pink
Crystal
Malachite
Citrine
Aventurine
Aquamarine
Tarot
Empress
The Sun
The Hermit
The Moon

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