First Circle Casting Technique

Needed:

  • Representations of the elements
  • Circle markers
  • Athame
  • Water dish
  • Salt dish
  • Altar candle
  • Incense
  • Staff (optional)

Cleanse the area. Set up the representations of the elements (candles/stones/natural objects/etc.) in each corresponding direction. Mark the circle (with chord/chalk/stones/candles/etc). Organize the altar.

Lift athame to the water dish and visualize negative energies leaving the water and evaporating in the air while saying:
“May this water be cleansed so that it may aid me in my workings.”

Lift athame to the salt dish and visualize negative energies leaving the salt and evaporating in the air while saying:
“May this salt be cleansed so that it may aid me in my workings.”

Sit for a moment, concentrating on visualizing any negative energies to leave the area. Starting in the east, take the water around the circle area deosil and say:
“May this water, symbolizing the element of Water, bless and protect this area.”

Take the lit altar candle around the circle area and say:
“May this small flame, symbolizing the element of Fire, bless and protect this area.”

Take the salt around the circle area and say:
“May this salt, symbolizing the element of Earth, bless and protect this area.”

Take the lit incense around the circle area and say:
“May this incense, symbolizing the element of Air, bless and protect this area.”

Walk around the circle area deosil beginning in the east (with a staff if you use one) and say:
“This area is blessed and protected by the sacred elements. Only those called upon may enter here. All calm and gentle spirits are welcomed to watch from out side of the circle. May the elements ward off troublesome spirits.”

Using the athame, walk around the circle area deosil, creating the circle/sphere with your energy, and say:
“Here is the boundary of this sacred circle. Only love shall enter, and only love shall exit. So mote it be!”

Feel the energy of the circle you have created. Know that it is there and sense its protective force.