ritual circle

SALTWATER SCHOOL:  Casting a Circle for Beginners

Originally posted by thewitchystuff

Witchlings and Baby Witches, gather ‘round to learn how to cast a simple Circle.  You may be wondering, “Why do we cast Circles?” and that can be easily answered!  Most of the time, we cast Circles to create a sacred space where our spellwork and rituals can be conducted.  There are other various reasons, but you can discover that with time, research, and practice.  For this lesson, we are going to focus on creating that sacred space for you.

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE CASTING A CIRCLE

**Circles can be cast alone or with others.  If you are participating with other witches, you may want to print them off a “script” of what will be said and done that way everyone can participate.  Change “I” in the script to “we”, “me” to “us”, and so on and so forth.

**Circles can be cast indoors and outdoors.  However, I do caution you not to cast Circles without getting the permission of the person who owns said space, home, property, etc.  

**You can decorate and dress up for your Circle casting.  Using the appropriate colors, plants, stones, and meaningful objects can aid in powering your Circle.  This, however, is not necessary.

**Decide in advance what will be done in the Circle.  Make a plan of what you want to do inside your circle, whether it worship, prayer, spellwork, or meditation.  Don’t feel rushed and take your time.  

**Music may be used to accompany the Circle casting and rituals.  I typically choose songs that don’t have words.  (I get distracted easily by music.)

**Feel free to customize these words and tailor them to fit your own practices.  You can substitute “walls and floors” with “foliage, stones, and ground” if you are casting outside.  Names for Gods and Goddesses may be used in place of “Lord and Lady.”

**There is no right way to cast a Circle.  There are many traditions that different witches use.  Find what you like, experiment and customize your circle casting ritual.

**NOTE**  This is just one example of how to cast a Circle (one I used when I was just starting out.)


TOOLS FOR CASTING THE CIRCLE

Candles, incense, matches (or a lighter), representations of the four corners, decorations, an athame (ceremonial knife) or wand. 


BASIC CIRCLE CASTING

1.  Ground and center, and then lay out where your Circle will be cast.  This doesn’t have to be physically marked, but I have seen people use cord, chalk, and candles.  (Note: using lit candles can be dangerous.  Please take precautions when doing this.  We don’t want anyone or anything getting hurt.)  I used to create a small altar at the direction North with representations of the four elements.

2.  Light incense and candles, and make your announcement:  The Circle is about to be cast and I freely stand within to greet my Lady and my Lord.

3.  Take one candle in hand and begin walking the Circle.  Here, we are acknowledging the Four Quarters (North, South, East, and West.)  We will stop at each direction and call out the corresponding greeting found below.  For this, we will walk deosil around our Circle.  To move deosil is to move in a clockwise (or sunwise) direction.  Once you have finished acknowledging the directions, return to North.

–North:  I call upon Light and Earth at the North to illuminate and strengthen the Circle.
–East:  I call upon Light and Air at the East to illuminate and enliven the Circle.
–South:  I call upon Light and Fire at the South to illuminate and warm the Circle.
–West:  I call upon Light and Water at the South to illuminate and cleanse the Circle.

4.  Return the candle to its rightful place and raise the athame or wand into your hand facing North.  Call out:  I draw this Circle in the Presence of the Lady and the Lord that They may aid and bless me in my work.

5.  Lower the athame or wand and walk deosil once more around the Circle, envisioning a blue light shoot out from the Circle’s boundary.  Call out:  This is the boundary of the Circle, around me, through walls and floors, above me and below me as a sphere is the Circle cast and consecrated to the Lady and the Lord that They may work with and through Their child, (your name/Craft Name).  This Circle is charged by the power of the Ancient Ones!  Only love shall enter and leave.

Begin your ritual, spellcasting, meditation, or any other word you wish inside the Circle.  Within it, you will be protected.  However, a word of caution: if you are a witchling, make sure you do not over exert yourself inside the Circle.  Casting any magic can make anyone grow weary or tired, so be aware of how much energy you are expending.  Like any magic, it takes time and practice.  When you have finished your work, you will open your Circle.


OPENING THE CIRCLE

6.  Take the athame or wand in hand both hands facing North.  Call out:  Lord and Lady, I have been blessed by Your sharing this time with me; watching and guarding me; guiding me here and in all things.  I came in love and I depart in love.

7.  Raise the athame or wand high in the air in salute.  Call out:  Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.  Merry did I meet, merry do I part, and merry will I meet again.  The Circle is cleansed.

8.  Kiss the flat of the blade or the tip of the wand.  Here, we will bid farewell to the Quarters and move widdershins.  Widdershins, which can be spelled withershins, widershins, widderschynnes, appears to come from German and Lowland Scottish. In German, widersinning means “against the senses”, that is “not the usual”, or “against the grain.”  For our purposes, it means to move counter-clockwise.  So, we will go from North to West, South, and East.  As you move, this would be the time to blow out candles if they are how you laid out your Circle.  Once you have finished saying goodbye to the Quarters, return North.

–Depart in peace, Elemental Earth.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Water.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Fire.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Air.  My blessings take with you!

9.  Raise your arms into the air with athame or wand in hand.  Call out:  Beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace!  You aid in my work, whisper in my mind, and bless me from the Otherworld.  Let there ever be harmony between us.  My blessings take with you.  The Circle is cleared!

10.  Take the athame or wand in hand, and move widdershins once more around the Circle, calling out:  The Circle is open yet the Circle remains as its magical power is drawn back into me.  The Circle has been cleared.  My ritual has ended.

11.  Place athame or wand aside, and take a seat on the floor (you may also lie on your back.)  Close your eyes and focus on grounding excess energy by touching your palms to the floor.  Let the magic in the room (or outdoors) disperse and settle.  Take a few deep breaths, open your eyes, and begin cleaning up your space.


I hope all of you find this helpful.  Again, Circle casting can be completely tailored and customized for your needs, and you don’t have to cast one this way.  It is meant to be a resource for those just starting out.  If you have any questions, you can reach me via ASK or by messaging me.

Blessings, little ones!

Other lessons in the Saltwater School series:  Making Your Own Tarot Workbook

Protect My Space Pouch & Ritual

I’m going to be out of my flat for the next 10 days, taking care of a friend’s house and dogs.

For a kitchen witch, and an especially territorial one, that’s deeply spiritually unsettling, as I’m sure many of you guys know.
Firstly, it’s the fact that I’ll be away from my hearth, my space, in an alien kitchen with alien tools and all that. That’s wrong on just so many levels.
Secondly, it’s the fact that I’m leaving my own space, my own hearth, abandoned.

This was my ritual for the occasion. Full moon today was a bonus :)

Powder for the protection witch bag:

  • Rosemary
  • Sea salt
  • Thyme
  • Lavender

Equal parts of all these, ground in a mortar. Protection, cleansing, peace, and health.

Blessing ritual:

  • Green velvet pouch
  • Three white candles
  • The three gemstones from my altar
  • Rosemary leaves
  • Sea salt crystals
  • My chalkboard vinyl ritual-sheet
  • Chalk

I drew a circle on the chalkboard surface, because that’s one of my favourite symbols to work with, but I also added the shield shape, just to make it obvious to the bag what it was meant to do :)
The outer ring of rosemary and salt serves as additional protective invocation, too. There are three candles and three stones because that’s a number that’s important to me, and this is about me and my space - the ritual should reflect that.

After the blessing, I put one of the stones on the kitchen altar, one in the corridor, and one in the bathroom.

The pouch I put in the middle of my bed, over the covers.

Enchanting a pendant to show someone's true self

Very straight forward. This is a spell to enchant a pendant so that the person wearing it will reveal their true inner self (thoughts/actions) to others.

Things needed:

•Black candle
•Pendant
•Intentions written on paper (in your own words) 
•Black string
•Box to put pendant in (cleansed)
•Scissors or something that can cut string

Directions:

**Cleanse pendant and box before or during ritual

1.Cast a circle 

2. Cleanse pendant and box if needed

3.Light candle

4. Read intentions from paper while dripping candel wax on paper 

5.Start chant

6.while chanting wrap the black string around paper with wax (not cooled completely) and pendant to bind your intentions to the pendant

7. When you feel like it is bound completely place the pendant in the box

8. blow out candle and close circle

9. Leave pendant in box for a week or longer 

10. When you are ready to give it to someone or wear it cut the sting and take the string and paper off. By now the intentions would be soaked into pendant and the string and paper can be discarded 


Chant:

The wearer of this pendant could be most divine

Or the wearer could be serpentine 

Either way it’s not left to chance

The wearers inner self is out to dance

Others will see your true form bloom

There is no hiding behind your costume 

When the traits are to be admire

Other can show their desire

When the traits are that of detest

Others around will not be impressed

There it is and there it shall be 

Let the true self come out of thee

Casting A Circle

Marking out your circle 

First, you want to decide where to create your circle.  Whether you have an altar or just a peaceful corner of your home – or maybe outside in nature – pick a place where you are undisturbed so that you can focus and work in peace. It’s not necessary to mark out your circle, but some like to do it for ritual purposes, or for protection.  

You can create a circle of rocks or crystals, or sprinkle sea salt along the edges of your circle, or place candles around you – for example five to mark out the points of the pentacle, or four placed at the cardinal points, West, North, East and South – also representing each of the Four Elements.  It’s up to you how you like to mark out or decorate your circle.

The casting 

The next step is to conjure the pure energy that will surround and protect you.  There are as many ways to do this as there are practitioners, so you will find a way that is suitable to you and your practices.

How to cast a basic circle of protection 

Here is an example of a basic circle casting which can be performed quickly and easily without the use of tools.

 Stand in the middle of your circle.  Relax and breathe deeply.  Imagine that your crown (the top of your head) opens up like a funnel to receive divine, white light. 

 Your crown is always connected to the divine and to your Higher Self, and you can open up and amplify this channel at your will. Open your arms, palms facing out.  With each in-breath, visualise yourself pulling down pure, divine light through your crown, and as you breathe out you channel this light out through your palms to create a protective shield around you.  

As you fill the space around you with this high-vibration energy you may feel a tingle or buzz, you may get goose bumps, or you’ll feel light and uplifted. Now hold one arm outstretched (the one you write with) and point to the edge of the circle.  Spin around clockwise three times, mentally marking out your circle with the divine light.

  Then raise your arms above your head and say:

 “I ask that the God and Goddess bless this circle So that I may be free and protected within this space So mote it be”

 You are now ready to cast your spell or perform your ritual. To close your circle, hold out your arm and spin around anti-clockwise three times and feel the protective light dispersing.  Thank the Spirits for their presence and declare the circle closed.

How to cast an advanced circle of protection 

This is an example of a more advanced circle ritual, for which you will need a compass, four candles, and if you have an athame or wand you can use that to direct the energy. You can use white candles, or colored candles for each point: 

  • North – Green 
  • East – Yellow 
  • South – Red 
  • West – Blue

 Use the compass and place the candles at each of the cardinal points. Light the North candle and say: 

“Guardians of the North,
 Element of Earth I call upon thee to be present during this ritual 
Please join me now and bless this circle”
 

Light the East candle and say:

 “Guardians of the East,
 Element of Air I call upon thee to be present during this ritual 
Please join me now and bless this circle”

 Light the South candle and say:

 “Guardians of the South,
 Element of Fire I call upon thee to be present during this ritual 
Please join me now and bless this circle” 

Light the West candle and say: 

“Guardians of the West, 
Element of Water I call upon thee to be present during this ritual
 Please join me now and bless this circle” 

Now take your wand or athame and point it to the edge of the circle.  Spin around clockwise three times, and visualise a bright white light entering you through your crown and direct it out through your arm, down through your tool and out to form the edge of your circle. Then stand in the middle, and feel this white, divine light filling the circle and immersing your entire being.  Say: 

“God and Goddess, Guardian Angels, and Spiritual Guides
 Please be present with me during this ritual
 Bless this circle and keep me protected
 No unwanted entities are welcome here 
Only pure, divine beings are invited into this space
 The circle is cast
 So mote it be” 

You are now ready to cast your spell or perform your ritual. 

To close your circle, take your wand or athame and spin around anti-clockwise three times and feel the protective light dispersing.  Thank the Spirits and Elements for their presence and declare the circle closed.

Making A Spirit Construct

So I was loaned a copy of “Advanced Witchcraft” by Edain McCoy and there was a section about making an elemental that caught my eye. Basically it’s energy given life set to guard you/your house/, gather info, protection, whatever you tell it to do. I was intrigued by this concept but wasn’t fully feeling her methods or with the setup.

As a renter who moves more often than I’d like, and knowing I was moving within a few months, I almost didn’t make one. The way they were made by the book, they’re tied to a place and would have to be un-made when you leave. I didn’t want to have to do that. So then I decided to personalize my approach. :D

1. I changed the name. I wasn’t feeling the name “elementals” because to me those are already the spirit forms of the elements (salamanders, undines, sylph, and gnomes). So I call it a spirit construct, or sometimes a spirit form/guardian. But you can call it whatever feels right to you. 

2. I decided to change the anchor. Instead of binding it to my home, I would bind it to a movable object! That way I can bring it with me whenever I have to move without going through the effort of taking it apart and making a new one at my new home. 

3. Then my best idea came. If I anchor my spirit construct to a container, I can add physical objects to nurture it and give it attributes! Any container will work! Little baggies, a wooden box, a vase, a jar *witchiness intensifies* or hell, use a tupperware if that’s all you have!

So I’ll give you a quick rundown of the process I did to give you some ideas for what you can do to make yours. 

So grab whatever container you have decided on. I ended up using this box. 

I got it at a thrift store a while back and I had intended to use it for offerings but I found I almost always left my offerings outside so it never got used. But it’s super pretty. There’s a dragon on top and some hummingbirds on the side and it latches shut. (It’s ok if your container doesn’t.) So looking how it does, I have to say the box influenced how I visualized my spirit construct to look like. It definitely took on a Japanese air very much like the Yuki-Onna and Snow Maiden from Heroes Of Might and Magic 6.   

But you can visualize it however you want. Humanoid, animal, flora, a mix, something more formless, etc. 

So now you have your container and you’re starting to visualize what you want your construct to look like. Now you need to decide what you want to add to your container to add power. I’d personally recommend you start with 5 items and then any others can be added when you feel they need a boost or a charge, or you want to change their function. Here’s what I used.

1. A piece of paper with the name of your construct on it (You don’t have to name it, but I think it’d be rude not to. It will be sentient, after all), who they belong to, and some general instructions (You guard the house from negativity etc)

2. I tried to make the other 4 items from each element. So for fire I used rosemary to give it the power to remove negativity.

3. For water I took blue lace agate. It helps my construct to heal as well as to cast a soothing aura where it works. 

4. For air I took a dandelion puff, which helps bring good wishes in as well as attracting good spirits

5 And lastly for earth I added lilac because my 3rd eye is not strong so my construct can help me see spirits and look more into my I-don’t-know-how-many past lives. 

Now that you know what’s going into your spirit construct, we have the fun but exhausting part. The magic. It takes a lot of energy to make something sentient so I definitely recommend working with an energy source. The book recommended using the earth itself, I used the full moon. Other ideas could be a body of water, a large old tree, if you work with spirits you could ask them, if you’re close to a deity(s) you could ask them for energy, etc. 

Make sure you have all your supplies with you and then cast your circle however you would normally. (Don’t want any nasties coming to mess up your hard work) Get yourself centered and focused in a half-meditative state. Take your container and add your components. Speak each one aloud (or say it in your mind if that’s preferred) and state its purpose. Close the container and hold your hand on or near it. Now you need to form a connection to your energy source, whatever it may be. Draw that energy into you and then out through your hands into your container. Visualize however you need to but I saw it as an egg of light, slowly growing as I fed it energy. The egg slowly started to change shape and morphed into the visualized form. (Don’t worry if you have to take a rest before it forms. The energy is attached to the container, it shouldn’t go anywhere)

So now you have your very own spirit construct! Just remember you need to treat it with respect, it has a mind and personality. It lives off your energy so make sure you keep it healthy, add new ingredients to the box, charge it under the full moon, or ground your energy into it when you finish a ritual. It’s here to help, but it’s not a slave. :) Any questions, feel free to send an ask

Astrological Magic Series

My series on astrological magic is now complete. There are thirteen posts total, each of them thoroughly discussing different concepts which are important to the effective practice of these arts. They don’t proceed in exactly the order you’ll need the information in, and I apologize for that, but I also don’t think it will be a problem. You should really make sure to carefully read the information in each of these posts before attempting to carry out this kind of work, in order to be sure that you’ve covered your bases and taken the appropriate precautions. Below is a list of all the posts in the series. I hope they are helpful to you. You’re welcome to ask us if you have any questions at all.

The Moon (and Sun)

Saturn and Mars

Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury

The Ascendant

Uses of the Decans

Parts (also known as Lots)

Image Theory I

Image Theory II

Master List of things Ruled by the Planets, Signs, and Fixed Stars

Lunar Nodes, Planetary Days and Hours, Names and Spirits of Times and Bodies

A Very Effective Method of Drawing a Circle

Consecration, Prayers, and Ritual Theory

Conclusion (Aspects, Other Loose Ends, and a Step-By-Step Walkthrough)

Thank you very much for reading. If you found this series interesting, please consider checking out Benefica’s series on the court cards in Tarot, and if you’re interested, check back soon for our upcoming series on the creation and use of talismans (which will be a collaboration between Benefica and myself).

-Admin

Other ways to use Sea Salt

It’s pretty safe to say that every Witch uses Salt one way or another in their Practice. The most common way to use it is in a bath to cleanse your body before or after a ritual, And to draw Circles for casting but I wanted to share a few other ways that I use Sea Salt in my Practice. 



1. To Sweep. The next time your sweeping your floors (or Vacuuming) take this time to cleanse your home magically. Sprinkle fine Sea Salt on your floors (You don’t want to scratch ‘em up) and sweep towards the main door of your home. The salt will act as a sponge and absorb the congested energy. 


2.To Mop.  When your mopping your Floors, add a little pinch of Sea Salt to the mix to give an even deeper cleaning of your home. Or, In a bucket of warm water and Vinegar, and Salt use this to wipe the surfaces of your home. And again, Clean towards the main door of your home as a way of “Casting the energy out” 


3. To Eat. This is super simple and super Witchy. Just add  Sea Salt to what ever you are cooking, Or eating! It will help to boost the flavor of your food, And cleanse you internally! 


4. In the Shower. In a small bowl add 1 part sea salt to 1 part of your favorite body wash and use it as a cleansing body scrub. You could even do this with regular bar soap. Just lather up, and scrub with Salt. 


5. To cleanse the Air. Again, Add A Pinch of fine Sea Salt to a spray bottle (Or Febreze) and use it as a refreshing spray. Spray your Clothes, Furniture, Or room for in between smoke cleanses.