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Casting A Circle

Postby EmeraldRose » Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:46 pm

Is it needed to cast a circle when you do a spell? I read a thread on here (But I lost it) about how they only cast circles for rituals and not for spells and I was wondering if this was true of if you have to in order to stop spirits but does it matter because not all spells involve spirits they use energies but cleansing your room will get rid of any dangerous, negative energies that could effect your spell/
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Re: Casting a circle necessary?

Postby Ravencry » Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:43 pm

There are traditions that require you to cast a circle, while others don't really mind if you do or don't, and then, as you said, there are traditions that specify when to cast a circle and when not to.

Personally, I cast a circle at ritual (Sabbats and Esbats), but not when I cast minor spells. But then, sometimes I do. It depends on your tradition, or if your eclectic, you can work your magick however you feel comfortable and feels right to you. If a circle seems like a waste of time and you feel safe in your magick working area, by all means, you don't have to cast it. But a circle is for spiritual protection and to call the Goddess/God/Elements to look upon you when you cast your spell. (Because like an Ouija board, you never know what could be attracted to your spiritual energy. Especially during spells when you push forth much much energy toward the intended goal)
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Re: Casting a circle necessary?

Postby sanoyikamama » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:26 pm

I don't cast circles. Circles are often cast to protect ones self or seal something in, still protecting the person doing the casting whether in or outside. I personally don't feel threatened or the need to be protected when I do workings. I feel that protecting oneself in such a manner is often like saying you want to learn about a place, but never venturing there. I was also taught that one does not need to create fire to draw attention to themselves but to become the flame themselves.
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Circle casting

Postby Bellia_Arian » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:38 pm

I have questions about circle casting...Has anyone used it before? I've read a few spells where its called for, but I don't know why but I'm a little afraid to try it. I think its because I'm worried about doing something wrong and something bad happening! I don't like negative things or any bad things.

I guess I'm not ready to try something like this, I need to read more about it and learn about it. Even then I think I would still be a little worried about it. Guess my question is are they a MUST in Magick?
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Re: Circle casting

Postby raynelae » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:47 pm

Okay I understand this as when I was a beginning Wiccan/Witch I feared casting a circle. Normally if casting before bed. I don't know why...but it's something a lot of beginners face I think. However, it's weird because circles are protective. There is nothing harmful about them and I now find being in a circle relaxing and exciting, they radiate such Light. Though keep in mind, circles are a Wiccan tradition, so unless you're a Wiccan, they aren't needed. Even if you are a Wiccan, you don't have to cast one every time you do a spell or ritual. They're definitely not necessary if you're just doing a simple candle spell IMO. Just try casting a few circles...the fear will melt away and I think you'll end up enjoying it.
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Re: Circle casting

Postby Bellia_Arian » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:20 pm

Thanks raynelae, glad I wasn't the only one that felt this way! I guess its fear of letting something negative out..is that possible? I'm worried that I wouldn't do it right and something go wrong, I want everything to be perfect! I'll read on it a little more before I try casting a circle. But I do thank you for replying :)
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Re: Circle casting

Postby firebirdflys » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:48 am

One of my favorite paintings by John Waterhouse
How bout that gold sickle in her left hand? and the Ravens at the perimeter?, pretty cool. My kind of circle, now get out there and give it a shot. Start in the East and go clockwise until you are back in the East. Circle cast! Undo in the counterclockwise direction.

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Re: Circle casting

Postby raynelae » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:29 am

Thats so beautiful....words can't describe it....
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Re: Circle casting

Postby Bellia_Arian » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:02 pm

Thank you both, I will give it a try when I have all the supplies I need! I do have another question...If you don't remember a chant for your circle is it ok to hold your Book of shadows and read from it while casting?!
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Re: Circle casting

Postby raynelae » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:03 pm

You don't even need supplies.to cast a circle. And you can hold the BOS while casting.
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Re: Circle casting

Postby Bellia_Arian » Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:04 pm

I don't need candles or anything?
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Re: Circle casting

Postby raynelae » Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:39 pm

They aren't needed. But you can use them if you'd like. If you do choose to use candles though, these are the traditional correspondences..

East-yellow-Air
South-Red-Fire
West-Blue-Water
North-Green-Earth
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Re: Circle casting

Postby Bellia_Arian » Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:08 pm

Ok thank you! I'm going to add that to my book of shadows, FF if you don't mind I'm going to add the picture to my book of shadows. Its beautiful....
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Re: Circle casting

Postby Lillady » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:09 am

When I cast my circle I have made it a tradition to recite the Wiccan Rede while casting it. It seems to fill me with a more vibrant energy. Of course you dont have to do this just a tidbit I find helpful and so i thought id share. Sometimes I will also just recite this certain part of the Rede "Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest. "

Good luck in your circle casting the more you do it the easier it will be to overcome the "fear" and eventually it will be like second nature :)
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Re: Circle casting

Postby firebirdflys » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:43 am

Being a student of magic is a life long endeavor. We are constantly learning new techniques and ways of manipulating energy. One of my teachers used to say, you must be ready to do magic at a moments notice. That would mean I may NOT have all the accoutrements at hand at any given time. Rubbing your hands together briskley and using the pointer finger of your dominate hand, works well when your athame, wand or sword is not around. Casting circle in this manner is just as viable.
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