Circle Casting

Here is one way to open a ritual circle. Remember that it is just one way. There are many different ways ranging up from making a circle on the ground and calling the deities you would like to attend to ones even more complicated than this one. Find something that will work for you. There is more information about rituals in the basics section. If you have never done one it would be a good idea to go there first.

OPENING - Place on altar all you will need for the spell and: a chalice with a little water, a dish of salt, a pentacle disk, a sword and/or dagger, wand, incense and burner, the four Element candles, and 1 or 2 altar candles for light. DO NOT cross the circle once it has been made until the Elements have been dismissed. Place the yellow Element candle in the East, the red in the South, the blue in the West, and the green in the North (do not light yet). Wear a magickal robe or go skyclad. Face the altar toward the East, or the direction that you are using for your spell. If you want, play soft instrumental music. Take a couple of deep breaths to center yourself, then begin.

Use your dagger, or the forefinger on your dominant hand (power hand) and visualize a powerful protective flame flowing from the tip. Aim this flame at the floor and starting in the east, draw a circle clockwise, overlapping the ends. While doing so say, "I consecrate this circle of power to the Ancient Gods. Here may they manifest and bless those within." You must be able to see the flame around the circle in your mind and the circle must be redrawn each time. Once the circle is closed, walk around it just inside the flame, clockwise for positive magick, or counterclockwise for removing or diminishing magic. This helps the power flow. Go back to the altar and face the East.

Raise your dagger in greeting and say, "This is a time that is not a time, in a place that is not a place, on a day that is not a day. I stand before the threshold between the worlds, before the veil of the mysteries. May the Ancient Ones help and protect me on my magickal journey." Set the water chalice on the pentacle disk hold your dagger over it and say, "Great Mother, bless this creature of Water to your service. May I always remember the cauldron waters of rebirth." Hold your dagger over the salt and say, "Great Mother, bless this creature of Earth to your service. May I always remember the blessed Earth, its many forms and beings." Sprinkle a little salt in the water and hold the chalice high. Say, "Great Mother, I give you honor!" Beginning at the East and going clockwise, sprinkle the water and salt mixture lightly around the edges of the circle. Replace the chalice on the altar.

Hold you dagger over the lighted incense burner and say, "Great Father, bless this creature of Fire to your service. May I always remember the sacred Fire that dances within the form of every creation." Hold the dagger over the incense and say, "Great Father, bless this creature of Air to your service. May I always listen to the spirit of the winds that bring me the voices of the Ancient Ones." Light some incense, touch the incense burner to the pentacle, then raise the burner and the incense high and say, "Great Father, I give you honor! " Carry the incense around the circle clockwise from the East, then return it to the altar.

Light the Eastern candle while saying, "I (magical name) invite you, Powers of Air, to witness this rite and guard this circle!" Light the Southern candle and say, "I (magical name) invite you, Powers of Fire, to witness this rite and guard this circle!" Light the Western candle and say, "I (magical name) invite you, Powers of Water, to witness this rite and guard this circle!" Light the Northern candle and say, "I (magical name) invite you, Powers of Earth, to witness this rite and guard this circle!" Move back top the altar, face the East, and say, "The circle is bound with power all around. Between the worlds I stand with protection at hand." Then proceed with your planned spellwork.

CLOSING - When the spell is finished, hold your dagger or hand over the altar and say, "By the powers of the Ancient Gods, I bind all of the power within this circle into this spell. So mote it be. Blessings to all who come to my aid. Between friends is this bargain made." Extinguish the Eastern candle and say, "Depart in peace, O powers of Air, my thanks and blessings." Extinguish the Southern candle and say, "Depart in peace, O powers of Fire, my thanks and blessings." Extinguish the Western candle and say, "Depart in peace, O powers of Water, my thanks and blessings." Extinguish the Northern candle and say, "Depart in peace, O powers of Earth, my thanks and blessings." Return to the altar and say, "To all beings of the visible and invisible, depart in peace. May there always be harmony between us. My thanks and blessings."

Cut the circle counter clockwise with either finger or dagger to release all remaining power for the manifestation. The mental flames will blink out. Say, "The circle is open, yet ever it remains a circle. Around and through me always flows its magical power." Put away all of your tools and clear the altar, leave any objects that must remain for the spell. Place herbs and any remaining liquids outside on the ground for the little folk.

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