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When do you need to cast a circle?

Postby floridawitch » Mon May 02, 2016 9:50 am

I'm relatively new to practicing Wicca, and from what I read, there are varying opinions on when it is appropriate or necessary to cast a circle.

What are your opinions? Do you only cast a circle for spells and rituals? What if you are making dream pillows or incense or charm bags? Do you need to cast a circle to make these items or only to empower them (would this count as 'casting a spell')? Or neither? And why or why not?

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Re: When do you need to cast a circle?

Postby SpiritTalker » Mon May 02, 2016 11:43 am

Floridawitch, use the search field up at the top of this section. When to cast a circle is one of those FAQs and there are some fairly good chats on it that you'll enjoy. IMO A circle is to either contain the energy you have raised until you want to release it, or to keep out counter-productive energy, and/or to work with specific entities and Deities. If your work does not meet those criteria, you don't need one.

It is important to know how to cast a circle and to comprehend why each step is used, but don't let it get in the way. You don't need a circle to bless or empower, just give freely and with joy.
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Re: When do you need to cast a circle?

Postby Heartsong » Mon May 02, 2016 12:53 pm

Circle casting, like most practices, tends to be highly individual, although there are commonalities. For many witches, circle casting is limited to ritual work or spells. Others like to cast for everything that they do, all magical work.

I think, for the most part, the requirement for circle casting is simply what you want to accomplish with it. Cast it when you feel the need to purify a space or if you feel the need for protection. Cast it when you need help inspiring a "magical mood", putting yourself in the right head space. A circle, to me, is just as much a tool to use as an athame or candles; it's extremely useful, but it's not always necessary.

When I first started on my path, I cast a circle EVERY time I did anything remotely pagan-y, with my athame and candles decked out and everything. After I became more comfortable, I cut back by degrees until I was either simply casting the circle without any items or didn't feel the need for it at all. So, since you are just starting out, I would recommend that you cast a circle as often as possible, with spells, rituals, kitchen magic, crafting, divination, everything. It would help you get a feel for it, and a feel for when and where you need it. Experiment with different ways to cast it too, so that you can figure out what works best for you.
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Re: When do you need to cast a circle?

Postby Ethereal Moon Rose » Mon May 02, 2016 10:43 pm

Everything Heartsong said!

I used to cast circles every single time I did a spell (back when my path was highly Wiccan-based) mainly to get in the right mood. But I've realized it's not absolutely necessary every single time to cast a circle and now my approach is a lot more casual.
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Re: When do you need to cast a circle?

Postby SpiritTalker » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:56 am

As a solitary, I have found that a properly formed circle will actually support my energy. I have called on the elements to favor my efforts, and sought over-seeing by the watchers to squelch my errors. I have enclosed my space and time in a sphere of radiance to strengthen me. I become more effective. My thoughts are clearer. My word is powerful. It's a temporary state. When I release the cone, the circle embellishes the effort.

If I'm too lazy to bother then my spell probably isn't worth doing.

There are many ways to form a useful circle and they are worth experimenting with. I have one method that is silent, and composed of focused hand gestures, and uses no other tools but my body. It takes firm concentration, if I'm in the mood.

If you cast a circle every day, in one short year you will have 365 opportunities to learn.
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