Whilst I would have liked to conduct the working at the allotment I felt this was not a practical option owing to the public nature of the place. I was sure that concerns about being seen would be detrimental to the potency of what I was doing. So I used my usual “temple” the room at the top of our house.
Firstly I composed myself and got into a relaxed but centred state. When I felt ready:
“The purpose of this working is to modify and strengthen the entity known as GOTCH and expand the area that he guards!”
I imagined I was drawing a circle of golden light at the end of a beam striking out from my outstretched arm as I turned clockwise. The moment the circle was complete the area it contained felt different. I then flipped the circle around on its axis so I was enveloped by it then by the other axis so I was within a sphere of golden light. Thus Sacred Space was created. Then, at each quarter I opened an imaginary double door through which the powers of air, fire, water and earth respectively flooded through – this is always a bit I get off on, feeling the energy washing over me – I’m an elements freak!
I then drew energy down from above, feeling the power course through my body. A minute or so later I was visualising the allotment and seeing Gotch moving about it. I saw him halt and look at me and at that point I zapped him with energy from my hands. The energy enveloped him and he began to change. I streamed elemental energy at him, routed from the circle and even from the doorways at its edge.
Gotch writhed and roared and grew and…changed to the creature in the picture I had printed off the net. The makeover created a tougher and scarier GOTCH. As I spoke the instructions I continued to bathe GOTCH in elemental energy from the quarters and watched him getting more and more solid and energised.
“It is my will and desire to give new life to the entity GOTCH.
“It is your purpose to patrol my allotments as defined by the boundary markers I will place in the form of crystals buried at the corners of the area. You are bound to stay within this area and may not stray outside unless I instruct you to do so.
“It is your sole purpose to intercept intruders in that area, people who are there with the clear intent to harm or steal my crops and possessions and to make them feel that it is the last place they want to be – they will hear your growl and will feel frightened, nauseous and eager to leave the allotments.
“You will draw your strength solely from the offerings and energy I consciously give you and by no other means.
“You will exist in harmony with all other spirits on the allotment.
“It is through my will that I now call you into being.
“By calling your name I am able to contact you with ease and at any time I so desire, but GOTCH, when this housing is cleansed, so shall your life and purpose be no more, for this is my will and so it is done!”
I visualised GOTCH entering the crystal.
“Go in peace, GOTCH, and begin your task the moment your housing enters the designated area, remembering to appear to me quickly when called upon.
“And so it is done!”
I then closed the quarters and sacred space etc and subsequently strolled to the allotment where I placed the crystal under the floorboards of the shed through a hole conveniently gnawed by a rat. I stapled the picture to the inside of the door and scratched the sigil of his name on the outside of the shed.
There was a palpable sense of sullen presence. I was satisfied – and I admit just a little spooked – that he was there, watching, guarding…