Casting The Circle
There are ancient ways to cast a circle, handed down from Witch to Witch to teach the ways of the old. There will be as many opinions as there are ways. Trust your heart and trust the Goddess. In creating scared space the words should be spoken from the heart as a connection with the elements are envisioned. The words are empowered through your belief and your truth.
The Goddess is eternal, she will show you the way. Blessed Be
This being said this is how I was taught and teach casting sacred space. The post one takes in casting becomes the act/intent of the Coven as a whole. It is the circle you speak/act for and it is the Covens intent that pushes strongly at your back as you create our sacred space. Speak with strength that fuels you by being open to this energy.
If it is doubt in your heart you are not trusting the energy of the Circle.
Be prepared and honor our Circle. Blessed Be
Prepare and cleanse yourself by Ritual bath of herbs, oils or stones. When time does not allow this, smudging, anointing with oils, dry bath with herbs or meditation to release negativity works fine.
Prepare the Circle space by sweeping negative
energy out widdershins (counter clockwise) with broom. State your intent with every sweep. Sage deosil (clockwise)
with sage stick or sweet grass stating your intent to draw positive energy in. Once the Circle space is prepared only
those who have themselves been cleansed for Circle should enter.
Prepare the Altar
Cleanse the representation of the Elements on Altar - trace pentagram above them with wand or hand and state with intent.Once the Elements are cleansed continue in their use of cleansing all placed on Altar.
Bright Blessings, O creature of ---Air (incense), Fire (charcoal), Water (holy water) and Earth (salt) ---I cast out from thee all impurities and negative influences, so mode it be.
Casting the Circle
I cut the Circle thrice around to keep love in and evil out.
Beginning at the North, raise and dedicate our Coven's ritual sword to our Mother Earth that She grants us passing to the realm between Earth and Goddess. Walking deosil point the sword down to the ground and draw our circle - visualize a blue flame growing large and strong and marking our Circle in the traces your sword has left behind - this marks the boundaries of our sacred space. As the Coven chants the flames continue to outline our Circle. Complete the circle at the point of the beginning with all chanting the sacred words of our Coven through finish.
Add salt to water, dedicate it to our Mother Earth at the North then walk the circle again feeding the blue flame cut by the sword. Envision the wall of fire growing towards the heavens as all chant.
Water and Earth where thou are cast, no adverse spell or purpose last.
Hear my word, accord with me and as I will so mode it be.
Take burning incence, dedicate it to our Mother Earth at the North then walk the circle again feeding once again the blue flame Circle. Envision the wall of fire growing higher and higher as all chant.
Creature of fire this charge I lay,
No phantom in thy prescense stay.
Hear my word accord with me and as I will so mote it be.
Calling the Watchtowers
O Ancient One of the East
Window of the rising sun.
I call upon your breath of creation
to bind in perfect trust the
magick we create tonight.
Oh Watch Tower of the East
I _____ summon you
to guard our circle
and witness our Rite. (continue the cut to the South quarter)
Light ALL Watchtowers candles. Beginning at the North, raise and dedicate our Coven's athame to our Mother Earth that She grants us the presence of Her Elements. With athame trace invoking pentagram in the air at the North quarter ( this is piercing the veil to a place that is not a place and a time that is not a time or as some refer to as creating a portal) and punch the athame through the center when complete. Holding the athame at the same height as the piercing cut into the blue flame wall from North quarter to the East quarter where once again you will trace an invoking pentagram and pierce the center by punching the center with athame. Bring athame to the Heart Chakra and pause for the Watchtower to be called by the post. Once the Watchtower has been invoked bring the athame from the Heart Chakra to the position of the piercing of the East portal and continue the cut through the blue flame to the South quarter. Trace pentagram, pierce/punch center, bring atame to the Heart Chakra and wait for post to invoke the South candle. Repeat through West and North. At the point of completion in the North stand with athame at the Heart Chakra till post has invoked then replace athame on the altar. These words are only an example- personal words are used here by which ever sister is calling the Watchtower.
EAST (Trace invoking pentagram in the air
towards the East and call the watchtower down)
South (Trace invoking pentagram in the air
towards the South and call the watchtower down)
O Ancient One of the South
Window of the mid-day sun.
I call upon your endless flames
Give life to our pleasures
and magick to our desires.
Oh Watch Tower of the South
I _____ summon you
To guard our circle
and witness our Rite. (continue the cut to the West quarter)
WEST (Trace invoking pentagram in the air
towards the West and call the watchtower downO Ancient One of the West
Window of the setting sun.
I call to your waters of life to
give wisdom to our magick
and serenity to our path.
Oh Watch Tower of the West
I ____ summon you
to guard our circle
and witness our Rite. (continue the cut to the North quarter)
NORTH (Trace invoking pentagram of air
towards the North and call the watchtower down)
O Ancient One of the North
Window of the darken sun.
I call to you my mother earth
In tune our magic with nature
and set our spirits free.
Oh Watch Tower of the north
I ____ summon you
to guard our circle
and witness our Rite.
Bless the Circle
O Scared Cirle let thou be a meeting place of
love and joy and truth; a shield against all evil and wickedness; a rampart of protection that
shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee. O Scared Circle I do bless thee and consecrate thee in the name of the Goddess (aspect you are working with).....Light Goddess candles.
So mote it be.
Invoke the Goddess
Oh gracious Goddess of a thousand names, Thou who are the blood of all women and they of thee. O giver of life and keeper of death fill us with your wisdom of time everlasting. Decend we pray, Thou who are both the water and the wine. In the glory of your Moon we gather as sisters to celebrate your magick and light. Goddess (aspect you are working with) you have been with us from the beginning and tonight we honor thy presence within. In the name of Goddess (aspect you are working with) this circle is cast. Blessed Be…
These words are only an example- personal words are used here by which ever sister is invoking the Goddess.
Expand the Circle (face East with your arms outstretched from North to South)
Before me is Air energy, Behind me is Water energy, to my right is Fire energy, to my left is Earth energy. Above me shines the light of Goddess, Below me shines the light of Goddess, Within me shines the light of Goddess, Around me shines the Cirlce of Goddess. As one let us psuh this Circle back till it emcompasses all this space we share tonight and wherever we shall move within it. Blessed Be.
Chakra clearing is from personal words that serve Ritual