Circle Casting Basics

Purpose and Symbolism of circle casting

There are many reasons for why a gathering of people in a circle is powerful. A circle is a shape that is found repeatedly throughout the natural world, and it is a symbol of perfection. We recreate this perfect shape when we join others to form a circle. Being in a circle allows us experience each other as equals. Each person is the same distance apart from the next participant, and no one is seated higher than or stands apart from others in a circle. From tribal circles to the mythical round table of King Arthur, the circle has been the shape adopted by gatherings throughout history.

The circle is acknowledged as an archetype of wholeness and integration, with the center of a circle universally understood to symbolize Spirit - the Source. When a group of people come together in a circle, they are united. Because a circle has no beginning and no end, the agreement to connect in a circle allows energy to circulate from one person to the next, rather than being dissipated into the environment.

This unity can become even more powerful when each person reaches out to touch a neighbor and clasps hands or mentally/spiritually does so. This physical connection unites thought and action, mind and body, and spirit and form in a circle. Like a candle used to light another candle, the connection with spirit that results when one person joins hands with another is greater than if each person were to stand alone.

People who take part in a circle find that their power increases exponentially while with the group. Like a drop of water rippling on the surface of a pond, the waves of energy produced in a circle radiate outward in circular motion. While one person may act like a single beacon that emanates light, a circle of people is like a satellite dish that sends out energy. There is power in numbers, and when the commitment is made by many to face one another and focus on one intention, their circle emanates ripples of energy that can change the world.

The purpose of a cast circle is to contain energy for release at the appropriate time and for protection from interference from outside the cast circle and protect those within from anything outside the circle.

The reliability/integrity of the circle is measured by the focus of the caster.

Leaving a cast circle-Since no evil magick is involved, there is no RISK involved in leaving a circle. However, since a circle is supposed to CONTAIN energy it should not be punctured hastily or unnecessarily as the energy can ‘woosh’ out.

Widdershins and Deosil:

The terms (deosil = clockwise, widdershins = counter-clockwise).

That widdershins is often mistaken for evil, but is more accurately a banishing movement/energy.
When in doubt, go deosil.

Ground and center.

Once Centered, push that energy out your projective hand (or into and out of a tool).

Feel, sense, see ..whatever.. the energy coalescing into form. what it looks like is up to you.
some see a beam of energy coming from their hand/wand/athame/staff/sword etc..  that they use to trace a circle on the ground.

Some see vines not energy.. or flowers, to complicated geometric designs that 'lock' into place. 
Some FEEL it not SEE it. Some SENSE it some other way.
 

Know that this circle joins on top and bottom -It makes a sphere, not just a circle

It can be any kind of sphere.

It can be one you “intend” or you can allow it to form and be surprised.

You can then push the sphere to any size you need with your intention and/or hands/tools.

 Opening doorways:

Using your wand/staff/athame/sword/similar tool, cut into the formed circle creating a door shape. Visualize this doorway as you cut it open. Think like a welder cutting into metal. People can enter or leave through this opening. 
This takes practice to do without 'popping' the circle. 

Stand guard over the doorway if someone is leaving and return quickly.

Closing doorways/ gateways

Try to use the same tool as made the doorway, seal it shut by reversing what you did to cut it open.  Again visualize a welder welding two pieces of metal together.

When to make an opening:

Bathroom issues, emergencies, child issues, forgotten rituals items that are really needed,  pet issues, initiations, and other important reasons.

When NOT to make an opening:

For items not related to the ritual at hand, during rising of energy (unless reason above), non important phone ringing, cell phones, if EVERYONE thinks something “spooky” is ‘out there’.

"spooky' rarely happens. Don't get caught up in that kind of mind play. 

Traditional sayings

The circle is open , but unbroken,

May the peace of the Goddess and God

be ever in our hearts,

Merry meet, and merry part.

         And merry meet again. 
Blessed be.

Mighty mother (or ______) strike this blade with light as I cast the magick circle

I conjure yee o circle of art to be a place and time between the worlds.
Wherefore do I bless and consecrate thee,
So mote it be.

"Power of the Circle

   You  have
  noticed  that  everything
  an Indian does is in a circle, and that
  is  because  the  Power  of  the  World  always
  works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In
  the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all
  our  power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and
  as  long  as the  hoop  was  unbroken,  the people  flourished. The
  flowering tree was the living center of the hoop, and  the  circle of the
  four quarters  nourished it. The  east  gave  peace  and  light,  the south 
  gave warmth,  the west  gave rain, and  the  north  with its cold and mighty
  wind  gave  strength  and  endurance. This  knowledge  came to us from  the
outer world  with  our  religion. Everything the Power of the World does is  in
a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball,
and  so are all the  stars.  The wind, in its greatest power, whirls,  Birds make
their nests in  circles,  for theirs is the same  religion as ours. The sun comes
forth and goes  down  again  in  a  circle. The moon does the same, and both
are  round. Even  the  seasons form  a  great circle in their changing , and
always come  back  again  to  where  they  were. The  life of a man is a
  circle  from  childhood  to  childhood,  and  so  its  is  in  everything
  where  power  moves.  Our  teepees were  round like the nests
  of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's
  hoop,   a   nest   of  many  nests,   where  the  Great
  Spirit  meant  for  us  to  hatch  our  children."
-- Black  Elk  in  Black Elk Speaks as
  told  through  John  G.
  Niehardt

Black Elk (1863-1950) Oglala Sioux