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General Circle Casting

This circle casting was written by a friend* of mine. We were a part of group whose members encompassed many traditions. We used this to open many of our group rituals.  General Circle Casting


Circle Opening

Set up your circle and altar space with any and all tools you wish to use. A candle should be present in each of the four directions and at least one on the main altar. You will be carrying that candle around the circle so be sure it’s in a good holder.  As you move around the circle you will be using that candle to light the ones at your directional altars.  We generally used 3 candles on the main altar.  One was used to cast the circle.  The other two were to represent the God & Goddess.

If you are lighting the space or room with candles that are not within the circle space, light them first. Light incense or a smudge stick and cleanse the circle. This is done by using a feather or fan to fan the smoke around the space and the circle while visualizing all negativity being brushed away by the smoke.  When you are through smudging, stand before the altar and say:

Be it known the circle is about to be cast

Pick up the athame and draw a pentacle in the air (known as “invoking the pentacle”). Light the candle on the altar (the one to be carried).  Pick it up and go to the East and say:

Hail to the Spirits of the Air
We invoke you and call to you
To illuminate our sacred space
And bring it the breath of life
We ask that you send forth your power
So mote it be!

Light the candle for the East.  Go to the South and say:

Hail to the Spirits of Fire
We invoke you and call you
To illuminate sacred space
And bring it warmth
We ask that you send forth your power
So mote it be!

Light the candle for the South.  Now go to the West and say:

Hail to the Spirits of Water
We invoke you and call you
To illuminate our sacred space And wash it clean
We ask that you send forth your power
So mote it be!

Light the candle for the West.  Now go to the North and say:

Hail to the Spirits of Earth
We invoke you and call you
To illuminate our sacred space
And build it in strength
We ask that you send forth your power
So mote it be!

Light the candle for the North.  Walk to the altar in the East to complete the circle.  Then return to the main altar.  Take the athame and walk the circle starting in the East.  Keep the athame pointed outward, tracing the circle and concentrating power into it. Return to the altar.

Light the God and Goddess candle (if used). Invoke the pentacle with the athame and say:

This circle has been cast
We welcome the God and Goddess
To this sacred space
So mote it be!

Take a sip of wine (or water, juice, etc). You are now ready to proceed with any and all work, spells, etc…



Circle Closing

Stand in front of the altar and say:

This circle is about to be closed

Invoke the pentacle and say:

Our thanks to the Lord and Lady
For watching over us
And guiding us in the laws of Truth, Trust, Love and Giving
We bid you both good night / day
Blessed be!

Snuff out the God and Goddess candles (if used).  Walk to the East and say:

To the Spirits of the Air in the East
Thank you for joining us this night / day
We called to you in Truth, Trust, Love and Giving
And we leave you with more of the same
Blessed be!

Snuff out the candle.  Walk to the North and say:

To the Spirits of the Earth in the North
Thank you for joining us this night / day
We called to you in Truth, Trust, Love and Giving
And we leave you with more of the same
Blessed Be!

Snuff out the candle. Walk to the West and say:

To the Spirits of the Water in the West
Thank you for joining us this night / day
We called to you in Truth, Trust, Love and Giving
And we leave you with more of the same
Blessed Be!

Snuff out the candle. Walk to the South and say:

To the Spirits of Fire in the South
Thank you for joining us this night / day
We called to you in Truth, Trust, Love and Giving
And we leave you with more of the same
Blessed Be!

Snuff out the candle.  Return to the East and then to the altar. Take the athame and retrace the circle counter clockwise visualizing the circle dissipating. Return to the altar, snuff out any remaining candles and say:

This circle has been closed.


*We’ve lost track of each other over the years but a quick search of the internet has taught me that this person’s views have changed a great deal.  As such, they might not appreciate having their name on this so I removed it.  General Circle Casting