Simple Circle Casting

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How to cast a cricle and all about it!

The Circle is there to protect you, and is the most important thing you can learn before attempting any magick. The reason for doing this is simply one of precaution. Metaphysical energy attracts a certain amount of attention from beings of a spiritual nature. Just as you wouldn’t leave the front door of your house open to anyone who happened by, you likewise need to close supernatural doors. Casting a Circle and calling the Watchtowers do this. White light is considered symbolic of pure protective energy.

To begin.
Sit quietly with your eyes closed, imagining a white light surrounding first you, and then the area where you are working. It is easiest to envision this light as coming from above you as sunlight does.

As you see it clearer in your mind, allow the light to grow brighter, you may begin to feel warmer and the room may see quieter or different than when you began. This indicates that you have done it correctly.

After you have protected your sacred area, you can then move on to actually casting the Circle.

The Four Quarters or Watchtowers each have guardians that are welcomed into your sacred space to protect, bless and witness your workings.

Direction Correspondence in Wicca:

These four points are set up to represent the outer barrier of your magical space, to protect it and help establish a special energy area in which magick can be built. Each one of these elements is called and welcomed into the sacred space by the invocation, sometimes specifically by name, and other times by a general greeting.

The basics of Circle Casting
You will need:


  1. Place a votive candle at East, South, West and North. You can use colored candles if you like, East is yellow, South is red, West is blue, North is green.
  2. Sit or stand before your altar (if you have one) and invite the Goddess and God to be present and to help you.
  3. Light the incense
  4. Pick up the water pour it into the chalice, place the chalice on your altar Pentacle and say: "Mother Goddess Bless this Element of Water".
  5. Pick up the salt and say: "Mother Goddess, Bless this Element of Earth".
  6. Pour a little salt into the water, stir it 3 times clockwise (deosil) and say: "Earth Her Body, Water Her Blood".
  7. Hold Athame over the flame of the God Candle and say: "Father God, Bless this Element of Fire".
  8. Light the incense; hold Athame over incense and say: "Father God, Bless this element of Air, Air fans the Fires of transformation".
  9. Go to the Eastern quadrant of your Circle and with your Athame or wand or finger point and circle deosil (clockwise) three times while envisioning white light coming out of your athame/wand/ finger forming a protective barrier.
  10. Go to the Eastern quadrant of your Circle and with the Salt and Water sprinkle it around the Circle deosil three times.
  11. Go to the Eastern quadrant of your Circle and with the lighted incense waft it around the Circle deosil three times.
  12. Light the Quarters candles: Beginning in the East and continue with South, West and North candles.
  13. To Open the Circle:
    1. Thank the Goddess and God for their presence.
    2. Beginning in the East and moving Widdershins (counterclockwise) snuff out the candles. Remember to thank the Elements for their presence.
    3. Go to the Eastern quadrant of your Circle and cut it open with a backwards slash of your athame/wand/finger or beginning in the West with your Athame, wand or finger point and circle widdershins (counterclockwise) three times while visualizing the white light of the Circle breaking apart and dispersing.


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