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How To Cast and Close a Circle

A lot of you who are still starting out on the Wiccan path wonder about the correct way to cast a circle. We have all been there where we ask ourselves:

“Is there a wrong way to cast a circle?”
“Does a scraggly circle weaken a spell?”
“What do I use to cast a circle with?”

The fact that you wanna do it the right way, makes it a necessary part of your learning process.

WHY SHOULD YOU CAST A CIRCLE?

You may ask yourself, “Is it really necessary?” The answer is a resounding YES. Before you do any spellwork or ritual, it is very important to cast a circle. Why? Because it will serve as your portal to the realm of the deities and your protection from the evil forces.

When you are casting your spell or performing a ritual, you are at your MOST VULNERABLE. So you definitely need the protection of a circle.

WHERE SHOULD I CAST A CIRCLE?

Where you cast your circle depends on where you are doing your magick: indoors, outdoors, in your room, or in front of your altar; any place without distractions where you can focus. There is no perfect place to cast your circle. You don’t need to go into the forest.

IS THERE A SPECIFIC THING TO CAST YOUR CIRCLE WITH?

Witches usually cast their circle using an athame, but if you don’t have one, you may do so using a wand.

HOW DO I START?

Before you cast a circle, you better make sure to tidy up the place where you are going to cast it. This means you tidy it up physically and metaphysically by sweeping the area with your besom and smudging with a smudge stick. Any smudge stick with a blend of white sage is best.

All the tools you need for your spell should be inside the circle. There is no pausing the spell to get something that you forgot. That will really make what you are doing ineffective.

Sage and Sweetgrass Smudgestick from The Moonlight Shop

DRAWING THE CIRCLE

Using your wand, you physically determine the bounds of your circle by drawing it on the floor. Your circle should be wide enough for your to stretch out in. Also, the circle should be as perfect as possible. It should be a circle, not a triangle or any other shape.

If you are doing this outdoors, you may use pebbles to line your circle. You may also use gemstones at each cardinal direction.

Wand of Wisdom and Wand of Dreams from The Moonlight Shop

INSIDE IN THE CIRCLE

Once again, once you start your spell or ritual, you should not leave the circle; for that will just break the connection you have created.

Walk around the circle three times to keep the evil spirits out.

Now, state the purpose of the circle. This is the time to invoke the deities you wish to ask help from and begin your spell casting or ritual.

White Sage and Rosemary Smudge Stick from The Moonlight Shop

AFTER THE SPELL/RITUAL

Once you’re done with your spell or ritual, you may close the circle. This is done by first giving thanks to the deities, the Divine, and also all the Elements and then drawing the circle in reverse by walking counterclockwise in the circle and visualizing your wand absorbing the borders of the circle.

I do hope this helps you! If you have more questions, please leave them in the comments section below. :)

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