Western Winds Circle Cast and Close

Hello, all.  For those of you who follow me for my awesome opinions… this is not a post that contains those.  Rather, I’m working on expanding the material I’ve got indexed here on “Beginning Practice” and I want to have a standard circle cast and close available for interested people.  I will get you a life update and maybe some interesting reflections later this week.  I promise.

CASTING THE CIRCLE

CIRCLE PREPARATION

Prepare ritual space by setting up altars, placing lighters, etc. When ritual space is ready and all materials are where they need to be, exit the room to cleanse yourself.  Take a bath or shower, ground, and center yourself.  When you are ready, return to the ritual space and begin.

Take up your water-bowl and hold it to the sky.

“O body of water, I, ____, cast all impurities out from you and bless you in the name of the Lord and Lady.”

Set the water-bowl down, and pick up your salt-bowl, raising it to the sky.

“O body of earth, I, ____, cast all impurities out from you and bless you in the name of the Lord and Lady.”

Take a pinch of salt with your athame and add it to the water bowl, stirring three times deosil if the moon is waxing, and widdershins if the moon is waning.

Traverse the circle in the appropriate direction with the salted-water, sprinkling around and within the circle to cleanse the area. At the end, sprinkle some of the water on yourself, too.

Take up and light the incense.

“O, body of air and fire, I, ___, cast all impurities out from you and bless you in the name of the Lord and Lady.”

Traverse the circle in the appropriate direction with the incense, wafting the smoke around and within the circle to cleanse the area.  When you have returned to center, waft some of the smoke over yourself, too.

Place the incense down and pick up your athame.

CIRCLE CASTING

Return to the eastern gate, and traverse the circle clockwise, drawing the circle with your athame.

“I, ____, cast this circle to be a boundary between the realms of god and the worlds of men, a container and witness to the magic I create inside, blessed and protected.”

When you have returned to the east, draw the pentagram from the eastern point (start at middle right point, go clockwise), saying,

“Hail, guardians of the watchtowers of the East, powers of air, I, ____, call you to witness and guard my rites.”

Light the candle.

Turn to the south, drawing the southern point pentagram (start at lower right point, go clockwise), saying,

“Hail, guardians of the watchtowers of the South, powers of fire, I, _____, call you to witness and guard my rites.”

Light the candle.

Turn to the west, drawing the western point pentagram (start at lower left point, go clockwise), saying,

“Hail, guardians of the watchtowers of the West, powers of water, I, _____, call you to witness and guard my rites.”

Light the candle.

Turn to the north, drawing the northern point pentagram (start at center left point, go clockwise), saying,

“Hail, guardians of the watchtowers of the North, powers of earth, I, _____, call you to witness and guard my rites.”

Light the candle.

Return to your altar, facing north.  Draw the invoking spirit pentagram (start at top point, go clockwise), saying,

“Hail, above and below, powers of Lord, Lady and ancestors.  I call you to witness and guard my rites.  Be with me now.”

Light your center (spirit) candle.

“The circle is cast.”

CLOSING THE CIRCLE

After you are done meditating and doing any other prayer work or crafts you desire, you can close the circle.

CIRCLE CLOSING 

Go to the center altar.

“Thank you, Lady, for joining me on this day.  Go if you must, but stay if you will.”

Extinguish the goddess candle.

“Thank you, Lord, for joining me on this day.  Go if you must, but stay if you will.”

Extinguish the god candle.

Draw the spirit banishing pentagram with your athame (start at top point, go counter clockwise).

“Thank you ancestors, lord, lady, and spirits, for joining me on this day.  Go if you must, but stay if you will.”

Extinguish the center candle.

Move to the east.  Draw the eastern banishing pentagram (start at center right point, go counter clockwise).

“Guardians of the watchtowers of the east, thank you for guarding my rites and lending your power. Hail, and farewell!”

Extinguish the eastern candle.

Move to the south.  Draw the southern banishing pentagram (start at lower right point, go counter clockwise).

“Guardians of the watchtowers of the south, thank you for guarding my rites and lending your power. Hail, and farewell!”

Extinguish the southern candle.

Move to the west.  Draw the western banishing pentagram (start at lower left point, go counter clockwise).

“Guardians of the watchtowers of the west, thank you for guarding my rites and lending your power. Hail, and farewell!”

Extinguish the western candle.

Move to the north.  Draw the northern banishing pentagram (start at center left point, go counter clockwise).

“Guardians of the watchtowers of the north, thank you for guarding my rites and lending your power. Hail, and farewell!”

Extinguish the northern candle.

Return to the east, and slice the circle with your athame.

“The circle is open but never broken.  Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.”

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