I wanted to talk a little about casting circles and protecting yourself while doing spell work, especially now that were getting near the time of year where the veil between realms will be thinning making it easier for mischievous spirits/negative energies to interfere & linger.
Casting a circle should be done before any spell-work, ritual, or magickal workings. It’s the best way to protect yourself, think of it as your bubble to hold in all the energy you’ll be creating as well as acting as a barrier to keep out what’s not welcome.
𝐼 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝒶 𝓁𝑜𝓉 𝑜𝒻 𝒷𝒶𝒷𝓎 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒸𝒽𝑒𝓈 𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒, 𝓈𝑜 𝐼 𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓇𝓉 𝑜𝒻𝒻 𝒷𝓎 𝓈𝒶𝓎𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝐼𝓌𝒶𝓈 𝒾𝓃 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓈𝒽𝑜𝑒𝓈 𝑜𝓃𝒸𝑒. 𝐼 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝒾𝓉 𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝒷𝑒 𝒾𝓃𝓉𝒾𝓂𝒾𝒹𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝓃𝑒𝓇𝓋𝑒 𝓌𝓇𝑒𝒸𝓀𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜𝒸𝒶𝓈𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝒻𝒾𝓇𝓈𝓉 𝒸𝒾𝓇𝒸𝓁𝑒 𝒷𝓊𝓉 𝒾𝓉’𝓈 𝓈𝑜 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝒾𝓉 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒿𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝑒𝓁𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝓃𝒸𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒹𝑜𝒾𝓉 𝒶 𝑜𝓃𝒸𝑒 𝑜𝓇 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓃 𝒶 𝒻𝑒𝓌 𝒹𝑜𝓏𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊’𝓁𝓁 𝑔𝑒𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒽𝒶𝓃𝑔 𝑜𝒻 𝒾𝓉 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒾𝓉 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝒷𝑒 𝒶𝓈 𝑒𝒶𝓈𝓎 𝒶𝓈𝓉𝓎𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓈𝒽𝑜𝑒𝓈 😜
Items needed to cast a circle:
Representations for each element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)
Your preferred smudging choice (sage, incense, smudge spray)
I personally use my besom to swept my area as well but if you don’t have one then just put that extra energy into it while smudging.
All items you’ll need during spell work. This is important because once you cast your circle you shouldn’t leave (unless it’s an emergency *like you really have to potty!*)
Steps (mind you this is how I do it, every witch is different):
Cleanse yourself and space
Begin by “drawing” the outline of your circle. Either with your wand, athame, or simply your finger.
While “drawing” say a blessing to bless the circle for your use. Such as “𝕀 𝕕𝕣𝕒𝕨 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕔𝕚𝕣𝕔𝕝𝕖 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕥𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟, 𝕟𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕘𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕠𝕣 𝕤𝕡𝕚𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕤 𝕞𝕒𝕪 𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕞𝕪 𝕤𝕒𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝕤𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕖. 𝔹𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤𝕖𝕕 𝔹𝕖”
Always enter your circle from the East, the direction which the Sun rises*
Welcome Elements, starting with the North (Earth). Light a candle or place down whatever represents the element and say: ““𝔾𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕟𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 *𝔻𝕚𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟*, 𝔼𝕝𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕠𝕗 *𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕚𝕣 𝔼𝕝𝕖𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥*, 𝕀 𝕔𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕖 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕕𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕤𝕡𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜. 𝕀 𝕒𝕤𝕜 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕡𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖 𝕛𝕠𝕚𝕟 𝕞𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕝𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕥𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕔𝕚𝕣𝕔𝕝𝕖.” Do this for each element working your way around the circle.
Once everyone is called upon & present state that you’ll be beginning your workings. “ℕ𝕠 𝕦𝕟𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕣𝕘𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕠𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕖𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕨𝕖𝕝𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕖, 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕪 𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕤𝕖 𝕨𝕙𝕠 𝕀’𝕧𝕖 𝕚𝕟𝕧𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕠 𝕞𝕪 𝕤𝕡𝕒𝕔𝕖. 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕔𝕚𝕣𝕔𝕝𝕖 𝕚𝕤 𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕔𝕒𝕤𝕥, 𝕤𝕠 𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕚𝕥 𝕓𝕖!”
*Begin doing your work knowing that you and your space are protected.*
Once finished be sure to close your circle. Face each direction (counter clockwise this time, but this is your practice so if you’re more comfortable starting North again than do so) and say: “ℍ𝕒𝕚𝕝 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝔾𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕟𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖*𝕕𝕚𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟* 𝕋𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕓𝕖𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕖𝕟𝕥, 𝕞𝕒𝕪 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕘𝕠 𝕚𝕟 𝕡𝕖𝕒𝕔𝕖 & 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕒𝕝𝕨𝕒𝕪𝕤 𝕨𝕖𝕝𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖.” Working your way through each. Once finished thanking the Elements you may begin to snuff out any candles (I say snuff because I personally feel that when blowing out a candle you are not only blowing away whatever intention you manifested but always it feels disrespectful to the Fire element) and do whatever is needed to clean and pack up. Your spell workings are now complete!
𝔗𝔦𝔭: ℑ𝔣 𝔶𝔬𝔲 𝔪𝔲𝔰𝔱 𝔩𝔢𝔞𝔳𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔠𝔦𝔯𝔠𝔩𝔢 𝔲𝔰𝔢 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔴𝔞𝔫𝔡, 𝔞𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔪𝔢 (𝔭𝔯𝔢𝔣𝔢𝔯𝔯𝔢𝔡) 𝔬𝔯 𝔣𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔢𝔯 𝔱𝔬 “𝔠𝔲𝔱” 𝔬𝔯 𝔪𝔞𝔯𝔨 𝔞𝔡𝔬𝔬𝔯𝔴𝔞𝔶 𝔣𝔬𝔯 𝔶𝔬𝔲 𝔱𝔬 𝔟𝔢 𝔞𝔟𝔩𝔢 𝔱𝔬 𝔭𝔞𝔰𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔯𝔬𝔲𝔤𝔥 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔰𝔱𝔞𝔱𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔰 “𝔡𝔬𝔬𝔯𝔴𝔞𝔶” 𝔦𝔰 𝔣𝔬𝔯 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔲𝔰𝔢 𝔬𝔫𝔩𝔶 *ℑ𝔭𝔢𝔯𝔰𝔬𝔫𝔞𝔩𝔩𝔶 𝔠𝔩𝔬𝔰𝔢 𝔪𝔦𝔫𝔢 𝔟𝔢𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔡 𝔪𝔢 𝔦𝔣 ℑ’𝔩𝔩 𝔟𝔢 𝔤𝔬𝔫𝔢 𝔪𝔬𝔯𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔫 𝔞 𝔣𝔢𝔴 𝔪𝔦𝔫𝔲𝔱𝔢𝔰* 𝔒𝔫𝔠𝔢 𝔶𝔬𝔲 𝔯𝔢𝔱𝔲𝔯𝔫 𝔠𝔩𝔬𝔰𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔡𝔬𝔬𝔯𝔴𝔞𝔶 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔫𝔨 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔢𝔩𝔢𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔱𝔰 𝔣𝔬𝔯 𝔴𝔞𝔦𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔬𝔫 𝔶𝔬𝔲, 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔫 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔫𝔲𝔢.
I hope this was helpful! 🙃
𝐵𝓁𝑒𝓈𝓈𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓈, 𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝐸𝒸𝓁𝑒𝒸𝓉𝒾𝒸 𝒲𝒾𝒸𝒸𝒶𝓃