I used the search button and couldn't find anything close enough to this topic. So I am creating my first actual thread (except for the newbie thread).
When growing up, we had 4 very skinny tall trees that grew close together and created a "box" that was the perfect size for a grown person to stand in between the trees.
I remember a circle was plotted out around the the area, with the trees and a fire-pit set off to one side. A twine rope was stretched tied up around all corners, and large white pieces of cloth was draped on each side, as to create a space in the box to allow someone to stand in and they could only be seen as a silhouette when there was a fire burning several yards behind it. The edges were pinched shut with clothes pins.
We would raise an elemental spirit within the box in order to gain useful information about our futures and any ancient wisdom.
We would light the fire, we would run around beating on drums singing, drinking, having a lot of energy and time to burn. We would show reverence to the elements as well as showing and honoring the male and female. Usually after a long while of this, "His" silhouette would show up, and we would stop dancing and we would line up and allow whatever oldest person that was with us to introduce us to "him" and to ask for useful information. We would take turns asking questions or asking for help with something, and would offer poppets or food, or flowers, or fruit. Sometimes they would stay long enough and speak, sometimes they would give you a psychic message, sometimes they would disappear as fast as they appeared.
I have always been amazed when an elemental spirit is raised that it just feels natural, not like the feeling you get when your hairs stand up after you feel the presence of a spirit that was human in life. It was never a scary experience at all, even for the first-timers.
A few friends of mine did this with the fire elemental a few weeks ago and it worked out great. Tonight we are doing it with sheets and wood so that we can get the earth elemental.
Does anyone else do this? Is it something that makes me sound like I'm off my rocker? If you do this, what method do you use?