I wrote this post awhile ago and wanted to repost it for all of the new followers. Enjoy!
"So…if you have read a few Witchy books and are new to the craft often times casting a circle will make fire-breathing while on a unicycle going down a mountain biking trail seem easy. Books almost always include steps from different branches of Witchcraft (the Gardernerians, Alexandrians etc.) and inadvertantly misinform people by getting them think THAT’S how a circle is cast…and that it always has 421 steps & that it always must be done that way or you are doing it wrong. Then often times those same books will strike a fear into young Witches that if they don’t cast the circle to the book, everything will be screwed up & things in the room could start exploding. So what happens is new Witches will often become obsessed in the details of the craft, missing the bigger, simple picture of it all. Magick is all around us and always at work…so are the energies of the gods, goddesses & ancient ones. It doesn’t take a 1 hour circle casting to harness them to bring power to your magick. And often times in worrying about all the steps in casting, calling in the quarters etc we loose the magick, don’t feel anything and can even feel like what we are doing is “cheesy” or “hokey” because our worry & stress stops us from feeling the magick/energy of the circle. I’m going to explain a simple way of doing it that I wish someone could have taught me years ago when I first started off. There are a million ways to do this…here is a simple method I often use. Always do what feels right with you.
Items needed to cast a circle (will discuss calling the quarters in my next post):
2. Your wand
Now, stand somewhere…anywhere where you won’t be disturbed & where your pets/human friends can’t break your circle.
Next, walk forward a few steps so you are facing north with your wand in your dominant hand. Begin walking around in a CLOCKWISE circular direction…as you walk say this once “I cast this circle to protect me from all energies & forces that may come to do me harm.” As you walk & say that visualize the bubble forming around you…see the white light shooting from the wand creating the circle.
Once you get back to where you started, walk around a second time (again clockwise) & if you want say what you said above or just focus on visualizing the energy/white light forming of the circle. Do what feels right in the moment!
When you get back to where you started, walk around one more time (clockwise)…feel free to repeat the words or focus on visualizing the white light which is forming your circle. Again do what feels right to you in the moment.
When you finish your third time around the circle pause and say “This circle is cast, so shall it be!” Substitute “so mote it be” or “it is so” or whatever else you can think of for the last part if you wish.
Your circle is now cast and you can send your intent to the universe/gods/goddesses to be manifested. Calling the quarters is an extra step and is NOT a requirement for the successful manifestation of any spell. I have manifested many spells in circles where I have not called the quarters just fine. I will post a follow up blog talking a little bit more about calling the quarters & a few fun, simple & traditional ways to do it.
Don’t worry about walking widdershins (counterclockwise) within the circle. It’s a silly modern rule created by ritual based magick traditions. Walking clockwise won’t break the circle unless that is the intent for which you are walking & you are making it known that is why you are walking counterclockwise. Nothing will blow up if you do, your spell won’t be rendered useless and the gods/goddesses won’t get angry. I do it all the time and my spells manifest just fine.
Be sure not to break the circle though…things won’t explode & nothing horrible will usually happen. It’s just scatters your energy among other things…not going to go into tons of details right now but feel free to google it or read about why not to break a circle.
What you do while setting your intentions for your spell varies depending on the spell. I’m just describing casting here which is why I haven’t mentioned candles, calling in the gods/goddesses etc. That’s not part of casting…those are extra steps which I will cover in another post.
Once you are done working your magick you can close the circle. Walk to the edge of your circle with your wand in your dominant hand and start walking COUNTERCLOCKWISE in a circlular direction. As you walk say something like “This circle is now open. The energy in it remains unaltered/unbroken. So shall/mote it be.”
Feel free to say “Merry meet, merry part, & merry meet again” if you want. It’s not required but a lot of people like incorporating it in closing their circle. Say why feels right in the moment.
YOU ARE DONE. That’s it. Wasn’t too hard right?
Hope this helped shine some light on how not everything in the craft has to be complicated, time consuming, involving countless items etc. The less you worry about whether or not you are doing something “right” and “by the book” the more you will actually be able to feel the magick/energy of the circle. It usually feels “hokey” & “cheesy” when you are doing a bunch of things you don’t understand that you are worried that you are doing wrong all while feeling no magick & just the stress of trying to perform well in a circle. If it feels like a play or a pageant you are probably doing something wrong…try simplifying things until you can feel the energy. The more you worry about “getting it right” often the less you will feel the magick/energy. Plus if you are filled with worry & stress and not feeling any energy or magick I doubt your spell will manifest very well if at all. Start off slow and simple & start adding steps when you feel comfortable & confident in doing so.
Over time you will develop your own unique Witchy style that you feel comfortable with.”
Blessings and Happy Casting!