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One of the most recognisable aspects of magical practices such Witchcraft is the circle. In ritual magic the circle is also known as ritual circle, magic circle, or sacred circle. It is an iconic emblem, often associated with witchcraft, Wicca, and black magic, but it can equally be applied to any type of magic that is a lot nicer and less associated with evil witches gathered around a cauldron like a scene from Macbeth.
There are a variety of reasons why a practitioner of magic may want to cast a circle. Some use it as a way to bring in all of the energies that they need for their spell casting and others use it as a way to keep out the kinds of energies that are unwanted and could be detrimental to the spell. Often, spell casters see a sacred circle as a way to get into the correct frame of mind for doing their magic.
When Magic Circles are Used
Magic circles can work for any kind of magic. They are most often used (in accordance with a pentagram) when performing a spell along with a group of others, although they are of equal merit when used during solo spell casting. However, many spell casters do not feel the need to use a circle when doing solo rituals and only use it to focus energy within a group spell where a greater level of energy focus is needed.
How A Circle is Cast
Casting a circle is a fairly simple process, but it requires a high level of focus and concentration in order to work properly. There are a huge number of variations on the method for creating a circle, but it is generally accepted that you should trace a circle around the area you will be working in, usually in a clockwise (deosil) direction. This is due to the fact that deosil is considered by many to be a direction of increase, suggesting a level of power. Once this is done, recite an incantation of your choice and walk deosil around the circle three times, confirming that the circle is set up.
It is not completely necessary for the circle to be palpable and visible; however a lot of people would suggest that having a visual aid to work from is useful. Either the circle can be drawn on the ground using a blessed drawing implement or alternatively an array of candles can be positioned in order to indicate the boundaries of the circle. These have the added bonus of drawing in magical energy with their scents.
Once you have finished with the circle, walk around the circle three times in an anticlockwise fashion and declare via incantation that the circle is now finished with whilst drawing the energy back in, away from the circle. Some practitioners decide to break the boundaries between their candles (or their imaginary, visualised candles) in order to signify the breaking of the circle. Certain people would also recommend another incantation that declares again that the circle is closed now.
One Way on How to Cast a Circle
To cast a circle, follow these steps:
You start the circle by locating the four directions: East, South, West, and North.
Imagine a physical outline/circle surrounding you.
Call in the for directions by saying:
I cast this magical space to create, may it protect me from unwanted energies and draw to me and to me only energy that works with light and love.
All other energy begone.
Once you have completed the last step visualize a white light surrounding you and be aware that you can call upon this light whenever you feel the need to have protection.
Another Way to Cast a Circle
You can also make a circle by using sea salt.
Draw a circle with the sea salt and say:
I cast this circle to protect me from all positive or negative energies or forces which may have come to do me harm.
Now you will have to draw a second circle, about a foot out from the first circle and say:
I draw into this circle only those energies and forces that are right for me and correct for my work. I create sacred space and ask that everything that is done with in this circle be proper and for the good of all.
So mote it be.
You may also substitute the sea salt with the followings:
Circle out of Stones
When doing healing spells create the circle out of white stones or pebbles. For extra potency you may also paint the stones in light blue and place a crystal within the circle.
Circle out of Flowers
Flowers are highly beneficial when doing love spells or rituals to draw love to yourself.
- Loving yourself: Use red rose petals
- Remove negativity from a previous relationship: Use white rose petals
- Calming and relaxing: Use chamomile flowers
- Energy and strength: Use dandelions
Circle out of Shells
Circle out of Nuts and Seeds
For new beginnings or starting something new cast your circle out of nuts or seeds.
- Mental and Psychic abilities: Almonds
- Healing and Cleansings: Lemon Seeds
- Protection: Juniper Berries
- Love: Apple seeds
Closing the Sacred Circle
Once you have completed your ritual or spell work, thank the Goddess and God (or other deities) for their help, kindness and rapport. You may use your athame or dagger. Hold it in your hands, point it outwards and visualize the light surrounding you being absorbed by the blade while you make a 360-degree turn.
I release the circle
And leave the area.
The Purpose of the Circle
So, we have shown that a magical circle can be very useful to focus the celestial energies needed in order to carry out the perfect spell, whether that may be in terms of a group spell or a solo spell. It allows you to seal yourself off when doing the spell, ensuring that all of your energy is focused on the spell and that the rest of the distracting energies from the outside are kept out.
Some practitioners of magic decide not to use circles as they see it as unnecessary in order to focus their magical energies, but it is usually rather useful, particularly for those new to magic who may find it difficult to keep their energy concentrated entirely on the spell they are trying to cast. Whilst it isn’t good for everyone, circles are definitely useful and can always help lend a hand.