Casting a circle is a common ritual technique used by Wiccans and witches. The interior of the circle is seen as a safe, energetically protected space. Sacred magical work, rituals, and spells are often performed within the circle. Anyone who wants to can cast a circle, just follow these simple guidelines.
Prepare and Cast:
Begin with great preparation. First, choose whether you want the circle inside or out. Now, after you determine where to cast the circle, start cleansing. This might involve smudging the chosen area with sage or performing a purification ritual. Do what feels right. After the area is cleansed, gather any tools or items you want in the circle. You might have an athame (ritual knife), wand, or some candles. Take a moment to ground yourself and connect with the Earth's energy. This can be done through deep breathing, visualization, or meditation. Center your focus and intention on the upcoming ritual.
Begin marking the circle. To do this, start at the top of where the circle will be and walk clockwise around space. As you walk, visualize a circle of energy being created as you move. Some witches use a ritual tool, such as an athame or wand, to trace the circle's boundary physically or symbolically, in the air or on the ground.
Calling the Quarters:
After a circle is cast, many witches will call in and invoke the energies and spirits associated with the four cardinal directions along with their elements. This is called “Calling the Quarters.” Often, this is done by facing each direction, and then calling upon the corresponding element, while welcoming its presence and blessings. The directions and their elements are as follows: North/Earth, East/Air, South/Fire, and West/Water. Calling the Quarters is a ritual in itself, and is intended to cleanse, protect, and ask for help within the circle.
After the circle is cast and the quarters have been called, it is time to state your intentions. This might be done through words spoken aloud, in the form of prayers or affirmations.
Ritual or Magical Work:
Now it is time to perform the ritual or magical work within the confines of the circle. Witches might engage in spellcasting, divination, meditation, or any other magical practice. At this point, it is imperative that energies and intentions are focused on the desired outcome.
Closing the Circle:
After the ritual or magical work is completed, it is important to close the circle, release the energy, and dismiss the invoked spirits. To do this, walk counterclockwise around the circle, while visualizing the energy dissipating, and thanking the invoked energies or spirits for their presence.
Grounding and Release:
Finally, take a moment to ground yourself. Release excess energy and any residual effects of the ritual. Do this through deep breathing, visualization, or other grounding techniques like standing on the earth barefoot.
Power of Three:
One last tidbit - often witches practice in “3’s.” What is The Power of the number Three?
The premise of the “Power of Three” in numerology states that when things come in “3’s” they have a greater impact or significance. The number “3” is considered a powerful and magical number. It is associated with creativity, expression, communication, harmony, and manifestation. Wiccan and Pagan Beliefs hold the number “3” with special regard.
The concept of the Power of Three, in Wiccan and Pagan tradition, often refers to the principle that whatever energy or intention one sends out into the universe, that same energy or intention will be returned to the sender threefold. Witches are keenly familiar with this premise. Hence, witches know that whatever intention is put into the universe, whether positive or negative, that same energy will come back with three times the intensity. Ideally, this concept promotes ethical behavior with the responsible use of power.
Remember, these steps are a general guideline. Practices may vary among different witches or traditions. Just because something is different does not mean it is wrong. Respect others while following your own intuition, beliefs, and any specific instructions provided by your chosen tradition or practice.