The names of God and the angels to be used in the invocations are extracted from the tablets. The Tablet of Union was rearranged to form a rectangle attributed to Spirit or Ether. The tablets were brightly colored; squares attributed to the elements were painted in the color of that element, with lettering in complementary colors. The use of complementary colors, called flashing colors in the Golden Dawn, means that the Watchtowers belong to the class of talismans called flashing tablets.
The flashing colors were supposed to draw energy from the atmosphere. A favorite ritual in the Golden Dawn was the Opening by Watchtower.
This is actually a preliminary ritual to purify space and call upon the guardians of the four quarters, similar to casting the magic circle in Wicca. As part of the Opening by Watchtower, the practitioner uses the elemental weapons to summon the angels of the quarters.
In the south, for instance, the practitioner uses the Fire Wand to trace an invoking Fire Pentagram , then summons the angels using the three names of God found in the Fire Tablet:. There is no evidence in Dee's original writings that either he, Kelly or the angels attributed these quadrangles of the Great Table, to the elements as the Golden Dawn did. There is therefore, no evidence that the name Oip Teaa Pedoce is in fact, a holy name for the God relevant to the element fire.
There is no doubt though, that it is certainly a holy name relevant to spirits whose names are found in the Southern Quadrangle of the Great Table or Tablet. The Watchtowers were among the Golden Dawn concepts introduced into Wicca modern witchcraft by its founder Gerald Gardner. The complicated tablets and Enochian names were largely abandoned, but Wicca retained the Watchtowers as "the four cardinal points, regarded as guardians of the Magic Circle". In a conservative tradition such as Gardnerian or Alexandrian Wicca the invocation of the Watchtowers begins in the east; the practitioner traces an invoking Earth Pentagram while saying;.
Many Wiccan circle-castings no longer mention the Watchtowers by name. Many Wiccans perceive themselves as participants in an earth-based religion ; they believe their practices should reflect their living experience of the local environment. Both the Golden Dawn and early Wicca were active in Great Britain ;   traditional attributions derived from the British climate may not appeal to or work for practitioners in other climates.
A special instance of this problem is the circumstance of Wiccans living in the southern hemisphere, who tend to perceive the north, not the south, as the direction most characterized by fire and heat. Some Neopagans choose to follow the practices of a historical pagan group with whom they identify, or conform to local traditions; either choice may dictate a change of attributions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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