I thought a good topic as we’re starting off together here would be to talk about how to cast a circle.
First, a circle is a barrier between you and the world around you. It protects you from outside energies while you’re spellcasting or meditating. There are several ways to create a circle, so I’ll discuss a few here.
My method is also probably the most basic and doesn’t require any tools unless you choose to use them. I simply focus hard on imagining a circle of white light surrounding me and my tools while moving my energy to help shape the circle. This method is based on intent and while it’s simple to perform, it’s also only as strong as you make it. An alternative to this method is using a wand to help you draw a circle physically. Wands help to channel our energy in a specific fashion and this is an excellent choice for those who prefer wand work or have trouble imagining a circle.
Other variations of circle casting involve physical items drawing or marking your circle. One method which I understand to be popular in Wicca in particular is using four candles marking the four directions. These are lit as you ask dieties from each direction to join your circle and put out as you thank them.
If you can’t or don’t want to use candles, there are several options for a physical circle you may prefer better. You may choose to use ribbons whose colors could correspond to your spell’s purpose, salt, which is protective and cleansing, chalk, which can also be protective and may work well outside, crystals which can also correspond with your intent, etc.
The point I’d most like to get across is that your circle is reflective of you and your magick. The best thing you can do to find out what works for you is to try several things.
If you have opinions, questions, or suggestions for casting, please don’t hesitate to comment below.
Go in peace.