As Witch a relationship with the Quarters is just as important as the relationship I have with my Beloved Dead or The Ancestors for me especial since at this time I have no relationship with any particular deity as I have had in the past. I can feel that there are specific gods shifting on the peripheral of my life experience, but I feel as if they are watching me … studying me … even testing me to see if I am “worthy” or if it is the “right” time for them to summon me into their service. I have much work to do before I am ready to vow my energy, my time, my soul to any one particular god and / or goddess so the relationships I have established and nurtured with the Quarters is important and vital to my personal practice at this time.
Each Quarter manifests itself to me in a unique and fascinating way, which is entirely personal to my own spiritual energy even if it is completely unconventional or lacking in traditional correspondence, but it makes complete sense to me and feels “right” … and most importantly works within my own Craft and spiritual practice.
The North appears to me as Kodama, the nature spirits within Japanese folklore and often times She manifests in my reality as trees, speaking to me in the softest whisper as I walk in the early morning each day. Her energies ground me and root me, but she will not force herself upon me instead she waits for me to reach out to her and then she will embrace me, holding me closely to her stabilizing me when I require it.
The South appears to me as a raging bonfire. Her voice fluctuates between forceful and loud to a whispery hiss … but there is no doubt when she appears in my life. She manifests in my reality as flame. Here in Washington I no longer cook with fire so the only flame that is constantly present in my life at this time is candle flame, but the neighbor across the street has a pelt stove and I find often times when The South has something to offer me I smell and see the smoke from the neighbor’s house; this is The South’s more subtle way of catching my attention. Her energies invigorate me with motivation and will inspire me to destroy or deconstruct without fear of the consequences.
The East appears to me as clouds of spinning leaves or other natural debris. He manifests in my reality as the Steller’s Jay. His voice is loud and demanding. We have many a conversation each morning as I drink my cup of coffee, though his appearance is less and less as the weather becomes colder and the appearance of the other Quarters becomes more prominent, the turning of The Wheel and shifting of the Seasonal Tides. His energies inspire me to create specifically with words whether it is working on my novel, finding ways in which to communicate more effectively or to gather information that would be helpful to me in my life. He can be demanding and sometimes annoying, but it is always for my benefit.
The West appears to me as a humanoid water form and often times He manifests as puddles of water. He doesn’t speak; instead he shares his messages and wisdom through sound … the pitter patter of rain falling on the leaves of the trees or the splash of feet or automobile tires through the puddle in the street. His energies are directly connected to my emotions and intuition. I often work with The West regardless of what other energies I work with because I am a clairsentient, an Empath; a Witch.