ELEMENTS-OF-A-CIRCLE

  ELEMENTS OF A CIRCLE

by Arwen Nightstar

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REFOCUSING OURSELVES This is where we begin to get into that Circle state of

mind.



Saltbathing: Bathing before ritual to rid ourselves of negative energies we may

have gathered in the day. Several ways of doing thisÖshower, sink, bath. See

also Saltbathing Ritual



Smudging: A way of using the smoke from burning herbs as a way to cleanse the

body, an object, or a given area of negative influences. We cleanse the aura of

negative energies that we may have gathered in the day.



Anoint: v : administer a sacred oil or ointment to in a religious ceremony of

blessing [syn: oil, anele, ambrocate] So this is the initial blessing of the

cleansed person.



Anointing can also be seen as consecrating ourselves.



consecrate \Con"se*crate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Consecrated; p. pr. & vb. n.

Consecrating.] 1. To make, or declare to be, sacred; to appropriate to sacred

uses; to set apart, dedicate, or devote, to the service or worship of God; as,

to consecrate a church; to give (one's self) unreservedly, as to the service of

God.



consecrate adj : solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a life

consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a chapel dedicated to the

dead of World War II" [syn: consecrated, dedicated] [ant: desecrated] v 1: of

clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church" [syn: ordain, order] 2: dedicate

to a deity by a vow [syn: vow] 3: render holy by means of religious rites [syn:

bless, hallow, sanctify] [ant: desecrate]





Omming aka Grounding and Centering: Centering: the act of feeling solid,

balanced and focused emotionally. Grounding: the act of dispelling negative

emotions and energies from the physical body. This is also where we see who is

in Circle with us. We look into one anotherís eyes to acknowledge ourselves and

each other as spiritual beings who walk on the same sacred path.



CASTING THE CIRCLE Call Quarters/Invoke Watchtowers:



WATCH TOWERS- {Enochian branch of Ceremonial Magick}Many Trads of Wicca use

theseas the four elemental "directions" or "quarters" (corresponding to the

appropriate points on the compass) called to protect the Circle during its

erection and during its use. Each of them have a correspondence between the

compass point, an element, and (varying amongst different traditions) color

associated with them.



Skeletal invocations



East (Invocation)



Facing East: "Guardians of the watchtower of the east, we do summon, stir, and

call you up to protect us in our rite. Join us as we celebrate (season) and

guard us from all perils coming from the East. We ask that you bring with you

imagination and new beginnings (etc...you will need to be aware of the Eastern

Correspondences) So Mote It Be!"



Responsorial: "So mote it be!"



South (Invocation)



Facing South: "Guardians of the watchtower of the south, we do summon,stir, and

call thee up to protect us in our rite. Join us as we celebrate (season) and

guard us from all perils coming from the South.. We ask that you bring with you

passion and excitement (etc...you will need to be aware of the Southern

Correspondences) So Mote It be!"



Responsorial: "So Mote it Be!"



West (Invoking)



Facing West: "Guardians of the watchtower of the west, we do summon, stir, and

call thee up to protect us in our rite. Join us as we celebrate (season) and

guard us from all perils coming from the West. We ask that you bring with you

deep emotions and intuition(etc...you will need to be aware of the Western

Correspondences) So Mote It be!"



Responsorial: "So mote it be!"



North (Invoking)



Facing North: "Guardians of the watchtower of the north, we do summon, stir, and

call thee up to protect us in our rite. Join us as we celebrate (season) and

guard us from all perils coming from the North. We ask that you bring with you

steadfastness and courage(etc...you will need to be aware of the Northern

Correspondences) So Mote It be!"





Responsorial: "So mote it be!"





BLESSING THE ELEMENTS:



We are casting out negative energies from the elements on the altar. We do this

so that all things in Circle are as pure as possible.



Air, Water, Fire, Earth. Say the following (or words of your own choosing) as

you come into contact with each element. NOTE: Fire and Air can be seen as one

in the incense or you can use the Spirit candle for that. I place my athame and

NOT my finger into the flame! "I do cast out any and all impurities both of the

spirit and of the mundane. Be cast out that which is not in perfect accord with

my will. As I will it, so mote it be"



Responsorial: "So mote it be!"





CASTING THE CIRCLE THREE TIMES ROUND:



1. With water and earth (feminine first in the Lady's time) 2 With air and fire

(masculine first in the Lord's time) 3. With the energy



I cast three times to acknowledge the Triple face of the Lord and of the Lady.

Also to incorporate all the elements including Spirit which is Energy.





CALL IN THE LADY AND THE LORD (and Spirit if you will) I normally only invoke

Lady and Lord, but many many witches will also call Spirit to Circle.



Invocation: 1) An appeal or petition to a higher power/s. 2) a prayer. 3) a

request for a Diety's appearance or attendance during ritual. 4)the practice

that produces an awareness of Deity within. invoke \In*voke"\, v. t. [imp. & p.

p. Invoked; p. pr. & vb. n. Invoking.] [F. invoquer, L. invocare; pref. in- in,

on + vocare to call, fr. vox voice. See Voice, and cf. Invocate.] To call on for

aid or protection; to invite earnestly or solemnly; to summon; to address in

prayer; to solicit or demand by invocation; to implore; as, to invoke the

Supreme Being, or to invoke His and blessing.





THE CIRCLE IS PERFECT



The HP or HPS turns to the group and announces that the Circle is perfect. This

signifies that the Lady and Lord are in Circle and the boundaries are set. Also

it is a reminder of that eternal password "Enter in Perfect Love and Perfect

Trust". There is so much more to this statement than just being comfortable

with those you stand in Circle with.





BODY OF THE RITUAL This is the portion for worship, meditation/pathworkings,

spellworking (note: I normally donít work magic on Sabbats, but save that for

Esbats)



CAKES AND WINE Pick up a cake and take a small piece of it. "I bless these cakes

and remember the grain from which they came and the hands that claimed the

grain. Thus do we understand both the giver and the gift" [place in libation

bowl]



HEIROS GAMOS The Heiros Gamos is the Sacred Marriage of the God and the Goddess.

It is a sometimes real but often symbolic joining of the balance. That balance

can be seen as an outward gender or an inward leaning. To see it as merely

gender joining is to miss the greater whole of what it truly is. Part of what it

does is to remind us that They are us. Another part is to remind us of the

balance that Is. The words she speaks are "As the cup is to the female" The

words he speaks are "So the athame is to the male" The words they will speak

together are "Thus conjoined, they bring blessedness"



He hands the chalice to her "May you never thirst". She hands it back with the

same phrase. Then they pass it to the left. The cakes follow.



Here is where the coveners can relax a bit and talk about what they felt and saw

in Circle. Think of it as sharing time.





Taking the Circle Down DISMISS OR BANISH QUARTERS/WATCHTOWERS



The Quarters/Watchtowers which were invoked, must be dismissed. What follow are

samples of the ones I use.



East (Banishment) Facing East: "Guardians of the watchtower of the east, we do

thank you for guarding our Circle from all perils coming from the East and 'ere

ye depart for your lovely realms of beauty and Mystery, we bid you hail and

farewell."



Responsorial: "Hail and farewell!"



South (Banishing) Facing South: "Guardians of the watchtower of the south, we

do thank you for guarding our Circle from all perils coming from the South and

'ere ye depart for your lovely realms of beauty and Mystery, we bid you hail and

farewell."



Responsorial: "Hail and farewell"



West (Banishing) Facing West: "Guardians of the watchtower of the west, we do

thank you for guarding our Circle from all perils coming from the West and 'ere

ye depart for your lovely realms of beauty and Mystery, we bid you hail and

farewell."



Responsorial: "Hail and farewell!"



North (Banishing) Facing North: "Guardians of the watchtowers of the north, we

do thank you for guarding our Circle from all perils coming from the North and

'ere ye depart for your lovely realms of beauty and Mystery, we bid you hail and

farewell."



Responsorial: "Hail and farewell!"





OPEN CIRCLE This is where the HPS formally opens Circle by cutting the boundary

of Circle with her athame or fingers.



MARK THE DEPARTURE OF THE LADY AND THE LORD Thanking the Lord and the Lady for

Their participation. We generally ask Them for Their blessing that You remain

in our hearts evermore.



GIVE LEAVE TO DEPART Often, other spirits may be drawn into Circle because of

the joyous energies. We always remind them that they must go, but offer

friendship and peace between us. CLOSE CIRCLE

"Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again!" Everyone together! And then a nice big group hug!