Okay so I asked for newbie section in another thread but I meant newbie forum page. So I guess there isn't one??? I don't know. Anyways I wanted to ask about yet another thing I saw somewhere. Same place as I saw the thing about scourging, but... Sigh. So I read that you have to have a circle open anytime you want to do any sort of thing with any sort of energy, otherwise the energy goes somewhere else(because we all know energy cannot e destroyed-simple laws of physics. Errr.....sciencey.. Things). So is this true? Do you HAVE to have a circle open for everything? While I do admit I like praying within a circle because it makes me feel like there is some sort of spiritual or protective boundary, I an simply lost as to whether normal prayers must be within circles or not.
Hi MaidenCrow, Sorry, but there is no Forum specifically for those who are new. But we'll try to answer any questions you have that you might post, no matter what Forum it is in.
In answer to your question let me start by saying that in my experience circles serve two purposes:
1. The circle helps to contain the energy that you are raising to do a magical working until you are ready to release that energy at its intended purpose. You might sometimes find this referred to as "Raising a Cone of Power".
2. As Brysing said, the circle is also a barrier between yourself and any negative entities or energies that might be attracted to your workings. A circle is a good idea to protect yourself if you are meditating or doing astral projection.
So there are very good reasons for casting a circle when you are doing a magical working, meditating, doing astral projection, or any other time you feel you need protection or you are working at raising energy.
Is a circle always necessary? In my opinion it is not. For instance, if I am cooking dinner and wish to push a bit of energy into the meal for health and well-being I just do it without putting up any sort of circle. Such minor magics generally don't require circle work.
Okay thank you you guys. But does energy just go away without a circle or does the circle just help keep it with you? Like how blinds are to keep out light but they don't leave you completely in the dark?
If you're trying to raise a lot of energy it is better to use a circle to contain it until you are ready to release it. If you don't use a circle that energy can and will often dissipate and become lost before you are ready to send it to your purpose.