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Watchtower: Occult origins?

A Watchtower is a spirit guardian of one of the four cardinal points in both ceremonial magic and the neopagan religion of Wicca.
Alternately, the Watchtowers are the abodes of the guardians.
Often believed to represent the four elements, the Watchtowers are invoked during ritual to cast the magic circle.
In many Wicca and Witchcraft systems the Watchtowers are evocational symbols of spiritual beings known as the Watchers or the Grigori
In archaic Roman religion, small towers were built at the crossroads, and an altar was set before them upon which offerings were given to nature spirits. Guardian spirits known as Lares were associated with these towers and with demarcation in general, as well as seasonal themes related to agriculture [1]. Here we may find a connection between the Lares and the Grigori of Italian Witchcraft. These towers may be the foundation of the “Watchtowers” appearing in the ritual circles of Wiccans and other modern witches.
In the Enochian system of magic, brought to public attention by Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly in the 16th century, we find the inclusion of Watchtowers as complex evocational designs.
According to Dee’s diaries, the two men summoned an angel, which Kelley saw in a magic stone; Dee recorded the revelations which Kelley narrated to him. Among the surviving records of the Angelic Operations is A Book of Supplications and Invocations which “deals with the Invocation of the Angels who preside over the Four Quarters of the Terrestrial sphere.”
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”.[7] They are usually mentioned during the casting of the circle.


  1. perhaps a watchtower is just a place where someone watches from to get a better view of what is going on around them and does not have any other meaning than that!

  2. A place of lookout or post of observation, often built on a city wall. Other watchtowers were constructed in wilderness areas or on frontiers. They were principally designed for military purposes and served to protect a city or a boundary; they were also constructed as places of refuge for shepherds and farmers in isolated areas and enabled a watchman to warn of marauders so that flocks and ripening crops in the area might be protected.–2Ch 20:24; Isa 21:8; 32:14.
    A number of cities were named Mizpeh (Heb., mits·peh”², “Watchtower”), probably because of being on high elevations or because of notable towers erected there. Sometimes the Bible distinguished these cities by naming their location, as “Mizpeh of Gilead” (Jg 11:29) and “Mizpeh in Moab.”–1Sa 22:3.
    A pile of stones was set up by Jacob and called “Galeed” (meaning “Witness Heap”) and “The Watchtower.” Laban then said: “Let Jehovah keep watch between me and you when we are situated unseen the one from the other.” (Ge 31:45-49) This pile of stones would testify to the fact that Jehovah was watching to see that Jacob and Laban carried out their covenant of peace.

  3. I’m not quite sure what your question is. The term “watchtower” certainly is used in a variety of occult paths, but the term has other, older meanings as well. A watchtower was originally a tower from which people watched, generally sentries of some sort.

  4. Actually, the original Gardnerian circle has no mention of watchtowers. The addition of Enochian (and thus Abrahamic) magic is later in Wicca.
    …and some of us never incorporated it, tyvm.


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