In Wicca and other paths you can take through Pagan religions, we observe and call quarters in our rituals; East, South, West, North. These directions are called in the beginning of a circle for a ritual and they are sometimes invoked (invited) as well. The directions correspond to other things as well; elements, times of day, and so on. East is Air and Sunrise; South is Fire and Noontime; West is Water and Sunset, North is Earth and Midnight.
In the Reclaiming Tradition (a pagan spiritual path you can learn and follow), they are taught to observe these times of day, thus observing and aquainting yourself with the directions, days in advance before performing a ritual. This is to make a more powerful (spiritual and energy wise) ritual. *
I love the idea of this and took the time to observe Noontime today (South, Fire). It was refreshing and uplifting. I’ve also been observing Sunset (West, Water) the last few days. I love the feel and look of Sunset. It’s renewing like drinking cool water on a very hot day.
I would suggest this practice to all Wiccans and other Pagans. The God and Goddess are the time of day, the directions, the earth, air, fire, and water. They are everything and we are a part of that everything. Through them, we are connected to everything around us and everything far away. Tomorrow (if I remember), I’ll be quoting parts of the book I’m reading right now. It’s a great book and the inspiration for this post. I’ve read parts of it before but am reading all the way through now.
The book is (*): The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey to the Realm of Magic, Healing, and Action by Starhawk and Valentine
Picture Sources: (Sunrise) http://damabeats.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/markus-schulz-gbdjb-ibiza-sunrise-set/ (Noontime) http://alorika–crazy4frnz.blogspot.com/2010/07/sun-at-noon-time.html (Sunset) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saguaro_Sunset.jpg (Midnight) http://my.billingsgazette.com/post/WikkedTrewth/photos/img0836.html