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Spells, Rituals and Casting.

Postby ekleipsis » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:00 pm

Hello everyone!
I was hoping someone could answer a few questions for me. I've been studying very hard lately in order to become a Wiccan, and as I journey down my path, I am slowly building a modest altar and gathering tools. I was wondering if someone could tell me if I need to cast a circle for every spell or every time I do something ritualistically including calling the four corners, etc. As I'm unsure what God/Goddess / Pantheon I'm following, I wasn't really sure how to begin going about my work. I'm meditating deeply on this topic, but can someone tell me how it's meant to go? For example, I recently made a wand, and have acquired an athame. Should I wait til the next fullmoon to get all my work done? Or should I go ahead and consecrate the tools under the current moon? Does a circle need be cast to do so? If someone could walk me through this, I'd be very grateful.

Thanks so much!

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Re: Spells, Rituals and Casting.

Postby SnowCat » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:34 pm

Your questions have probably been addressed in other threads. The forum has a search function up in the top right hand corner. If you put in some parameters, it should pop up with relevant threads.

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Re: Spells, Rituals and Casting.

Postby ekleipsis » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:51 pm

Snow Cat, I've been looking, thank you. I have found a few answers to other questions, but not these quite yet. I was just wondering if anyone could clarify.
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Re: Spells, Rituals and Casting.

Postby Becks » Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:54 am

Okay, you have a lot going on here in terms of questions. I am not the most "Wiccan" person here. I'm more the solitary practitioner undefined and not otherwise specified....I was part of a Wiccan coven and initiated into the tradition but it wasn't for me, so I can't speak to the kind of Wiccan practice you wish to follow. I can only talk about my experience and feelings on any given topic. There are many ways to practice. I think you first need to follow the great suggestion and keep reading the forums. You need to have a list of your questions and slowly research. This forum is wonderful and there is a wealth of knowledge, but it isn't the only place you should be getting your information. Posted in the active threads is one that links to a good reading list. Check it out.

Do you cast a circle each time? Well I find wiccans specifically do. They also do it in ways that vary but the essence is the same. I would look into that if I were you. It is wise to focus and protect yourself each time you begin magical work. Casting circles is one way to do that. If I were you, I would read about why those things are important.

I would worry about patron deities later. That tends to come with workings, study and signs...overall familiarity and it will add dimension to your practice. While you are where you are now, it's less important.

I don't know what you mean by "how your work is meant to go". I can't tell you that....I think that is the personal part of this path. We all walk it alone. I can only suggest learning the basics and moving from there. I think you should look into the wheel of the year. Learn the sabbats and esbats and correspondences and energies.....that's pretty foundational stuff for a Wiccan.

I would look at what the moons are for, and which energy is associated with which phase of the moon. The truth is you can do whatever you want, and if you don't want to do it along the lines of moon phase then that's fine. Many people will tell you to follow your instincts. You will have to get comfortable with the following of your instincts because that is what this path is about....granted, Wiccans do have their practices.

Currently the moon is waning. Does what you want to do correspond with that energy? Do you care? These are all questions to ask yourself.

I can't walk you through it step by step for two reasons. I'm not "Wiccan" (I don't practice that way), and I'm not you. It's your intensely personal journey. Take what I have said with a grain of salt. Read the threads.....read the books and then do a gut check and follow the voice inside.

Does that help?
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Re: Spells, Rituals and Casting.

Postby EtherealMoonRose » Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:29 am

Hello :-)

Ill try and answer your questions as best as I can.

Being wiccan myself, I always cast a circle before I do spell work, rituals and even meditation. It creates a sacred space, a world between worlds, and keeps anything negative out. So yes, I would advise you to cast a circle every time you plan on doing any spell/ritual etc.

Like Becks said, I wouldn't worry about patron deities right now. They will come in time. Or maybe not at all! (I still haven't found my patrons after 14 years)

I would suggest that you first cleanse your tools before any spell work. You can do this by leaving them out in the sunlight/moonlight for 24 hours (this is my preferred way, but what works for me may not work for other people). This also charges your tools with solar/lunar energy. You could wait for the full moon, but I don't always charge my tools under a full moon :-) consecrating is slightly different to cleansing/charging. You can say a simple prayer with your hands over your tools. You could also burn some sage and run your tools through it. There are several other ways you can do this also!

Regarding 'how it should go' well that's a pretty personal thing. What works for other people may not work for you. I hope this helps.

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Re: Spells, Rituals and Casting.

Postby SpiritTalker » Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:52 pm

Unless you are coven-bound, circles are not something we mustdo. They shouldn't get in the way of our work, but support it. Circle put us in sinc with the Earth. Circles hold the energy we raise until we release it & serve as a barrier to keep out stray energy. If what you want to do at any moment doesn't fit those situations, no circle is needed.

The simplest Non-Wiccan circle is to just walk the imaginary perimeter, clockwise, with the sun. We don't have to sweep or raise and direct energy, unless we are working in an emotionally charged area. Just walk - that's it. Your body is a little conduit of energy in contact with the earth (even up ten stories in a high rise).
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