Circle Casting Tips

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Some tips about circle casting.

Everybody casts circles differently, whereas other people may not bother to cast circles at all. However, everybody can appreciate a good tip about circle casting now and then.

Opening the circle

When opening a circle, make sure you/everyone is inside of it first. Everything you need should be inside too, as you don't want to break it in order to get your stuff. Sweep the inside with a broom andsplash holy water inside or smudge the air within the circle to purify it.
The outline of your circle can be anything at all: drawn from chalk; powder poured in a circle; tarot cards displayed in a ring. I prefer to change my circles depending on the spell (for a love or friendship spell, I like to use rose petals. While for protection spells I like to place nails in a circle). If you draw the circle from the outside, you may place a broomstick at one side to act as a doorway, though not all do this. This doorway will allow you to enter and leave your circle without disrupting the energy too much.

Light the candles and greet the elements starting with East, then proceeding to go clockwise to the rest of the elements.

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Clean up

Everybody casts circles differently, whereas other people may not bother to cast circles at all. However, everybody can appreciate a good tip about circle casting now and then.

Opening the circle

When opening a circle, make sure you/everyone is inside of it first. Everything you need should be inside too, as you don't want to break it in order to get your stuff. Sweep the inside with a broom andsplash holy water inside or smudge the air within the circle to purify it.
The outline of your circle can be anything at all: drawn from chalk; powder poured in a circle; tarot cards displayed in a ring. I prefer to change my circles depending on the spell (for a love or friendship spell, I like to use rose petals. While for protection spells I like to place nails in a circle). If you draw the circle from the outside, you may place a broomstick at one side to act as a doorway, though not all do this. This doorway will allow you to enter and leave your circle without disrupting the energy too much.

Light the candles and greet the elements starting with East, then proceeding to go clockwise to the rest of the elements.

Clean up

It sounds silly, but you should think about cleaningup before you cast a circle. I have candle holders and mats to form my circle, but other people prefer to have candles on the bare ground or to mix potions without anything to catch any spillage. My advice is to always keep a few pretty tea towels or cloths within your circle, in case you spill anything. Also, I feel it's best to have candles on top of something as it can be a nightmare getting the wax out of the carpet, so try using candle holders or small plates.

Preparation

When I was first casting circles, I was always forgetting things or placing things out of reach, meaning I would have to break the circle, therefore weaken the spell I was casting jut to retrieve what I wanted. Make sure you have everything you need before casting a circle. Try making a list and ticking things off before you start, just to make sure.
Along with the tea towels I advised for clean up, you might want to keep a small box of spare bits you may need, in case something goes wrong. Such as spare candles, matches, or even hair ties for those with long hair (you don't want to end up burning your hair in a candle flame).

Setting

Are you inside or outside? What's the weather like? What time of the day is it? How much time do you have? Is it quiet? Are you likely to be disturbed? Think of whether it is ( or not ) appropriate for you to cast a circle at that moment. Getting up to answer the door or having to listen to noisy neighbors can be irritating and disrupt your practice.

Plan the right place and time for your circle to be cast and be realistic. If you're outside in a storm, it's unlikely you'll be able to light candles or cast your circle without being distracted and even if your kids/housemates have gone to bed, don't be surprised if one of them suddenly disturbs you in the middle of the night. If you're casting a circle inside and you live with others, try posting a sign on the door stating that you can not be disturbed.

Organization

If it's just you casting a circle, your organization should be simple: have the right supplies. But, if you're casting a circle with others, your organization may be slightly off. People can end up tripping over one another, so make sure your circle is big enough to fit everyone inside.

Plan who says and does what and where people should be. If everybody's crowding around, waiting for orders to do something, there will be a lack of focus and organization. Make sure you organize the people and your supplies.

Closing the circle

Never blow out your candles. It can undo all you've tried to do. Snuff out the flames with a candle snuff or damp fingers (if you can't do either, just place a cup over the candle and it will burn up all the oxygen inside, causing it to go out). Start by snuffing out the last candle you lit, which could be the north candle or any others you have inside the circle. Snuff out the candles at each quarter in a anti-clockwise direction. I wouldn't use the candles again, unless you're specifically told to do so or if you were just honoring the Goddess and God.

Candles used for spells should be buried or used just for decoration as the energy left over from the spell inside them can have an effect on other spells you do.

Tips

1- When I cast circles, I prepare not just the space but myself. I wash myself with organic lotions, rub in oils and do my hair up in a neat, but pretty do, which helps since my hair is very long and I don't like it getting in the way. I also wear special clothes. I have a dress saved specially for circle casting.
Try saving certain clothes or pieces of jewelry for circle casting, then you'll have something to help you focus more. Like wearing a uniform in school makes you feel more part of the community, wearing certain clothes/jewelry can make you feel more part of the circle.

2- Meditate before and after circle casting so your energies are focused towards the spell/ritual so the universal powers focus more on your goals.

3- If others are joining, let them participate, so their energies are mingled with yours therefor the spell becoming more powerful.

4- Be careful. Yes, they're just candles, but they still burn. Hot wax is a real nightmare if you spill it on you or your favorite clothes. Also, if an athame is being used, try not to get cut. It will not only distract you but it's a cut, it could become infected. Keep in mind that all wounds should be treated immediately.

Lastly, circle casting is different for everyone. If you have your own methods, use them, these are just tips, not instructions. Do what feels comfortable for you .

Stay safe and happy casting.

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