CASTING THE CIRCLE
Needed

Athame, Water in dish, Salt, Chalice, Censure,
Incense, Matches, Charcoals, Cauldron, Altar Candle
4 Corner Candles, Bell, Beverage (usually juice or wine)
Any other items specific for your work during this rite.

PREPARATION

Prepare the room you will be using by cleaning it and
go around with your censure lit with protection incense.

If you are casting outdoors, you do not need to worry
about cleaning.

Place 4 corner candles around the circumference of the
circle. One candle to mark the East, one for the
South, one for the West, and one for the North.

You may need a compass to orient yourself with North.
If not, notice where the sun rises (in the East) or sets
in the West) and you can figure out the Quarters from
there.

Set up your Altar so that everything you need is within
easy reach.

BEGINNING THE RITUAL

Sit in front of your Altar facing East.
Meditate for a moment to relax and prepare yourself
for your ritual. While you are doing this brief
meditation, envision yourself surrounded by a protecting
ball of light. Build this vision mentally until you feel
ready.

CASTING THE CIRCLE

Ring the Altar bell three times and stand. Light your Altar candle, and then move to the East
with your lit Altar candle.

Say:
"Here in the East I bring in Light and Air. This is
to illuminate my temple and bring it the breath of life."

Light the East candle from the Altar candle, and move on
to the South.

Say:
"Here in the South I bring in Light and Fire to illuminate
my temple and bring it warmth."

Light the South candle from the Altar candle, and move on
to the West.

Say:
"Here in the West I bring in Light and Water to illuminate
my temple and wash it clean."

Light the West candle from the Altar candle, and move on
to the North.

Say:
"Here in the North I bring in Light and Earth to illuminate
my temple and bring it strength."

Light the North candle from the Altar candle, and return to
the Altar.

Replace the Altar candle and pick up your Athame. Move to the
East corner. Point your Athame down so that you "see" the edge
of the circle off of the point of the tool.

Concentrate all of your energies down through your arm into
the tool. Let the energy be released out of the tip and
move around the circle deosil "drawing" the circumference
or the circle with the energy flowing from the tool.

Go completely around the circle, finishing in the East
before returning to the Altar.

Stand again in front of the Altar, hold your Athame in your
right hand, and the Altar bell in your left. Ring the bell
three times, and replace it on the altar.

Put the tip of your Athame into the dish of salt and say:
"As salt is life, let it purify me in all ways that I may
use it. Let it cleanse my body and spirit as I use it in
this rite dedicated to the Goddess."

Take three pinches of the salt from the dish and drop them
one at a time into the dish of water. Stir the water deosil
with your Athame and say:

"Let this sacred salt drive out any impurities in this
water so they may be used together in the service of the
the Goddess - throughout these rites, and at any time and
any way I choose to use them."

Take the bowl of salt water, begin in the East and
sprinkle the water around the circle, finishing again in
the East.

Return the bowl of water to the Altar. Pick up
your censure, and go around the circle beginning in the
East and ending in the East, drawing your circle with the
smoke.

Return your censure to the Altar. Dip your fingers in the
water and mark a cross with a circle around it over your
third eye.

Dip your finger again in the salted water, and draw a pentagram
over your heart.

Say:
"I consecrate myself in the name of the Goddess, bidding
her welcome to my temple."

Move again to the East with your Athame. Draw a pentagram
in the air over the East candle while letting your energy
flow down your arm into the tool.

Say:
"Angel of Air, I do summon you to witness this rite and
guard this circle. Powers of air, protect me as I journey
between worlds."

Move to the South. Draw a pentagram in the air over the
South candle while letting your energy flow down your arm
into the tool.

Say: "Angel of Fire, I do summon you to witness this rite and
guard this circle. Powers of fire, protect me as I journey
between worlds."

Move to the West. Draw a pentagram in the air over the West
candle while letting your energy flow down your arm into
the tool.

Say:
"Angel of Water, I do summon you to witness this rite and
guard this circle. Powers of water, protect me as I journey
between worlds."

Move to the North. Draw a pentagram in the air over the
North candle while letting your energy flow down your
arm into the tool.

Say:
"Angel of Earth, I do summon you to witness this rite and
guard this circle. Powers of earth, protect me as I journey
between worlds."

Return to the altar, and raise your Athame up high while
saying:
"I hail the four corners and the Goddess. I invite the
Lady and welcome her to witness this rite I hold in her
honor."

Continue to hold your Athame up high and say:
"this circle is now cast and I am between worlds. I am
beyond the bounds of time, where night and day, birth
and death, joy and sorrow meet as one."

Note: Be sure to close your temple by extinguishing the
the candles in reverse. Be sure not to leave the circle
during the ritual. It is never recommended to leave the
circle during magickal work.

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