Invocation of the Four Winds

Modern practice

This ritual is of my own invention. It is inspired by the lesser pentagram ritual as given in Celtic Golden Dawn by John Michael Greer. There is nothing particularly historic about this ritual itself, but the wording and features of my version are based on the ancient sources. Regardless of its historicity, I include it for its utility; it helps keep the lesser elemental spirits in an area behaving and helps with good magical hygiene to practice it on the regular. Start drawing the proto-cuneiform signs by going up from the bottom point along the line to the left to banish and right to invoke the elements. This is the third version I’ve made of this type of ritual, making use of newly translated tablets.

Sprinkle area with consecrated water

Face the South, draw the proto-cuneiform sign Ub (above) in the air in front of you, and using your great voice say Im-ulu ĝe-nu! 1, 2

Face the West, draw the proto-cuneiform sign Ub (above) in the air in front of you, and using your great voice say Im-martu ĝe-nu! 1, 2

Face the North, draw the proto-cuneiform sign Ub (above) in the air in front of you, and using your great voice say Im-sisá ĝe-nu! 1, 2

Face the East, draw the proto-cuneiform sign Ub (above) in the air in front of you and using your great voice say Im-kur-ra ĝe-nu! 1, 2

Make the sign of devotion and in using your great voice say:

When I enter the house,

Utu is in front of me

Nanna is behind me

Nergal is to my right

Ninurta is to my left

In my mouth the mighty incantation:

Be released, evil! 3

Sources Cited

1 “The Four Winds/ Four Corners.” Enenuru, enenuru.net/html/misc/fourwinds.htm.

2 Halloran, John Alan. “Sumerian Lexicon: Version 3.0.” Sumerian Lexicon, Sumerian.org, 28 Aug. 2018, www.sumerian.org/sumerlex.htm.

3 Frahm, E. & Jiménez, E. & Frazer, M., 2016, “Commentary on Marduk’s Address, Muššuʾu, and Udughul (CCP 2.2.1.A.b),” Cuneiform Commentaries Project (E. Frahm, E. Jiménez, M. Frazer, and K. Wagensonner), 2013–2019; accessed August 27, 2019, at https://ccp.yale.edu/P430865. DOI: 10079/bcc2g3s