Casting a Circle

There are many different ways to prepare and cast your circle and it is important that what you do suits you so don’t be afraid to follow your instincts or choices – I have suggested an outline below but you can do what you prefer

Casting a circle and drawing the circle line

Casting a circle and drawing the circle line

Working Outside
In traditional circle casting, a broom would be used to sweep round the circle to clean it and then the broom would be used to measure the circle.

If you would like to try this, then lay the broom on its side with the bristles to the centre of the circle.

Place one stone at the bristle end and another at the spot where the end of the handle rests. Moving to the opposite end of the circle and repeating this process would give the diameter.

This process would be repeated twice more just like quartering a giant cake. This circle would now have four quarters. The first quarter is the east where the sun rises, the second quarter is south, the third quarter is west where the sun sets and the fourth quarter is north. You can now place stones in the spaces between your quarter stones and there you have it, your own circle.

Casting a circle

Casting a circle

Working Inside
Once you have decided which room you are going to work in clean it thoroughly as though you were expecting guests. Gather all the items that you want to use – Tall (dinner) Candles & holders, 4 small T-Lite candles, matches, salt, water, an Athame or wand, small dishes for water, salt and anointing oil if you are using it.

Preparing Yourself
You should also prepare yourself and you do this as you would for any other important event in your life. You can start with a warm bath with essential oils to prepare your mood. My favourites for any kind of spiritual work are marjoram and frankincense. A nice way to prepare is to lay out the clothes that you have decided to wear and any jewellery that has special meaning to you.

Place four small T-Lite candles at each corner of your bath and light them starting with the candle at the front left edge of your bath. Then light the furthest left, the furthest right and the front right candle last. Turn the water on to fill your bath and as the water is running add a few drops of your favourite oil.

Next take some Sea or Rock salt and beginning at the left of your bath sprinkle the salt into the water in a figure eight. When the temperature of the water is a you like it, place some of your favourite crystals into the water, turn out the bathroom lights and step into your bath. While you are lying there go over in your mind those tasks that which you are about to perform in your circle.

Focus your attention on the energies of the salt the water and the crystals and feel these energies cleansing and purifying your mind and body and spirit. Finish with a short meditation of your choice.

When you are ready step out of the bath and then remove the plug and allow the water to drain away. As the water drains away it will remove any negative energy. Do not remove the plug before you are out of the bath or you will drain away all the good energy that you have invoked into your body. When you are finished rinse your crystals in clean water. They can be used in your circle or kept ready for your next preparation bath.

Decorate your altar

Decorate your altar

Decorate your Altar
When you have gathered together all the items that you are going to use and you have prepared yourself and your surroundings you may move on to the next step.

Four small white candles, should be placed at each corner of your room and this should be done starting at the East, (element of air) then the South (element of fire) then the West, (element of water) and then the North (element of earth).

If you are unsure of the directions and do not have a compass, then remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. If you are still unsure, then place your East candle to your left as you enter your room.

Various rituals and spells are listed on this site and suggestion are made for items that would be useful for specific spell casting – YOU DO NOT NEED ALL OF THEM – just use them as a guide and use what you have It is more important that your mind is focused on your intention and that your intention is honourable and does not interfere with another person’s will. Your thoughts must be pure and sincere and your wishes should be for positive reasons rather than negative ones. You must remember that whatever you put out will come back to you 3 fold.

Sit or kneel comfortably in front of your table or altar. Close your eyes and breath in picturing positive white light energy filling your body. As you breath out, breath away all negative energy. After some minutes, you will feel all tension flowing away from your mind and body.

Allow pure light energy to flow into and through your entire body filling your sacred space, filling your room. When you are completely relaxed stand up and move quietly to the east quarter of your room. Begin to draw a circle with your Athame, wand or right hand and as you do so say these words or create your own

“This circle line I now prepare
Let no one enter should they dare
This sacred space I dedicate
Filled with love and never hate
So mote it be”

Starting with the East move round your circle clockwise (finishing at the East) and light each of the four T light candles –

Move back to the centre of your circle and picking up your incense or smudge stick (lit) –

Starting and finishing at the East (Element of Air), move round your circle clockwise allowing the smoke to spiral round the perimeter line.
Return to the altar and replace the smudge stick or incense on the altar.

Light a tall Candle and starting and finishing at the South (Element of Fire) walk round the circle holding the candle high as you do so.
Return to the altar and replace the candle on the altar

Take 3 pinches of salt and add them to your dish of water. Raise your dominant hand high above you and feel the energy of the Goddess. When you feel ready put your index finger into the water stirring clockwise as you say

“Salt is life here is life
Sacred be without strife,
Salt is life here is life
Sacred be without strife,
Salt is life here is life
Blessed be without strife.”

Starting and finishing at the West (Element of Water) walk round the circle holding the dish of consecrated water, sprinkling the water round the edge of the circle
Return to the altar and replace the consecrated water on the altar

Starting and finishing at the North (Element of Earth) walk round the circle holding the dish of salt, sprinkling the salt round the edge of the circle
Return to the altar and replace the dish of salt on the altar

Using your Athame, wand or right hand make the sign of the pentacle at the four quarters starting at the East and finally above your head and on the ground in front of you saying

Hail to the East, Element of Air
Come bless us now with Light and Love and the breath of life

Hail to the South, Element of Fire
Come bless us now with Light and Love and the power of Action.

Hail to the West, Element of Water
Come bless us now with Light and love and purity

Hail to the North, Element of Earth
Come bless us now with Light and love and stability.

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Raise your arms high above your head and say

“I call upon the Lord and the Lady to enter into this sacred space and witness my rite”

Once you have reached this stage you can perform any ritual of your choice remembering to give thanks at the end in the following way or in any way that you prefer and when you are finished close your circle by the method below

Move to the East candle and as you extinguish it say these words

“Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East
I give thanks for your presence during my ritual
take for your use any powers of Air that have not been used”

Move to the South candle and as you extinguish it say these words

“Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South
I give thanks for your presence during my ritual
take for your use any powers of Fire that have not been used”

Move to the West candle and as you extinguish it say these words

“Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West
I give thanks for your presence during my ritual
take for your use any powers of Water that have not been used”

Move to the North candle and as you extinguish it say these words

“Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North
I give thanks for your presence during my ritual
take for your use any powers of Earth that have not been used”

Standing in the centre of the circle, raise your arms high above your head and say these words

“This circle is now closed yet the work goes on,
I thank the Lord and The Lady for witnessing my rite
May the energies gathered here be dispersed
and return to the earth and it harm none so mote it be”

If you cannot wait for your candle to burn through you may relight it again later but each time you light your candle do so with pure thoughts and respect for what you are doing and remember what you wish for will come back to you three fold. All spells should be used for the Highest Good and should never under any circumstances be used in any way that will affect another person’s will or desire.

About Soraya International Psychic Consultant, and Author

Soraya, International Psychic Consultant, Numerologist, Astrologer, White Witch and Bestselling Author of The Mystery of the Wooden Rose Series of romantic paranormal mystery novels, Before the Rose, The Wooden Rose and After the Rose.
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