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Casting a Circle
Submitted by Red Knight
This is how I personally cast a circle.  Feel free to change anything to fit your own needs as this was written for me.  The colors are for the wiccan setup.  And your altar can face whatever direction you want it to.  East is the recommended direction, but if you are doing spellwork using the other powers you can face that direction.  ~Aislyn

Altar:  facing East

Candles for each Direction:

North - Green
East - Yellow
South - Red
West - Blue
Everything needed for the ritual should be placed in the circle, so you do not have to leave during the ritual.

Call the Corners
Face east, circle three times while saying:
"Hail to the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the (East/South/West/North) powers of (Air/Fire/Water/Earth).  I do summon,  stir, and call thee to witness this rite and to guard this circle"

Call to the God and Goddess
1. Face east and begin to draw the circle with dagger/wand/hand and say:
"I consecrate this circle of power to the Ancient Ones, For they know what goes and what comes. Here in this sacred space and time I call to the Old Ones.  The Goddess of the Moon, of the seas and rivers, The God of the rayed Sun, of valleys and forests. Draw near to me during this, my circle. Here, in this sacred space, may they feel welcome, And bless me, (Name), their child."

2.  Move back to the altar, face east, raise dagger/wand/hand in greeting, say:
"This is a time that is not a time, in a place that is not a place, on a day that is not a day.  At the threshold between the two worlds, I stand before the veil of the unknown.  May the Ancient Ones help and protect me on this magickal journey"

3.  Set the water chalice on the pentacle disk.  Hold your dagger/wand/hand over it and say:
"Great Mother, bless this creature of earth to your service.  May I always remember the blessed Earth, in its many forms and beings."

4.  Sprinkle salt in the water, hold chalice high, say "Great Mother, I give you honor"

5.  Begin in the east, move clockwise, and sprinkle the mixture lightly around the edge of the circle.  Replace the chalice on the altar.  Hold dagger/wand/hand over incense burner, say  "Great father, bless this creature of fire to your service.  May I always remember the sacred fire that burns within the form of every creature."

6.  Hold dagger/wand/hand over incense.  Say, "Great father bless this creature of air to your service.  May I always listen to the spirit winds that bring me the voices of the Ancient Ones."

7.  Light the Incense.  Say, "Great Father I give you honor."

8.  Carry the burner around the circle clockwise.  Return to the altar.  Light the candles, begin in the east.  Greet each element.  Say "I call upon you, powers of (Air/Fire/Water/Earth) to witness this rite and to guard this circle."

9.  Return to the altar, face east, raise dagger/wand/hand in greetings.  Say, "This circle is bound,with power all around.  Between the worlds I stand, with protection at hand."

**this is the time to do spellwork**

**  When ready to end the ritual, go to the east, snuff candle.  Say:  "Depart in Peace o powers of Air/Earth/Water/Fire.  My thanks and blessings.  Depart in Peace Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East/North/West/South.  My thanks and blessings."

**  Cut the circle counter-clockwise with dagger/wand/hand to release remaining traces of power.

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