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Tess Whitehurst-How and Why to Cast a Magical CircleMany spells and rituals start with the instruction: “Cast a circle, and then…”
But what is this magical circle, exactly?
And why do you need to cast it?
And what’s the best way to do it?
First, the what:
A magical circle is an energetic construct that you build or envision around yourself before working magic, doing a ritual, or sometimes even meditating. For a single magic worker or solitary witch, it’s usually around 5 or 6 feet in diameter, but the size expands based on the size of a group.
Sometimes, the circle is defined by something in the physical world, such as a ring of candles or scarves, or perhaps just symbolic items at the four cardinal points. Other times, it’s defined simply on the energetic plane.
Next, the why:
A circle serves two main purposes.
It provides protection: you cast it with the intention that only positive and beneficent energies may enter or dwell within. This way, when you open yourself up to the energetic realm, you need not worry about picking up any energies or currents that are not for your truest good.
And, it serves as a container for your personal energy as well as the energy you conjure. Your power as a magical practitioner is clarified and magnified by the circle, sort of like a megaphone, or putting a cell phone in a cereal bowl to amplify its speaker.
As far as the ritual goes, imagine the energy you raise during your ritual is like making homemade soup: adding a little of this and a little of that in order to create the energy you desire. The circle would be your pot. If you tried putting the soup ingredients together without a pot, they couldn’t gather, mix, or…you know…be soup. (Am I using too many metaphors?)
And, finally, the how:
Magical practitioners cast circles in many ways. I’m going to share my personal go-to method, which is very much on the simple side. If it resonates with you, you can start here. Once you’re familiar with the practice and the energies of it, you can add your own flourishes or techniques and generally make it your own.
1. Find a flat, somewhat open space – indoors or out – where you won’t be disturbed.
2. If you don’t already know them, find the four cardinal directions using a compass (there is probably one on your smart phone).
3. Place a simple representation of each of the four elements at each corresponding point around an imagined circle, about 5 or 6 feet in diameter: Earth/north, Air/east, Fire/south, Water/west.
Ideas for representations include:
Earth: rock, crystal, potted plant, ceramic dish
Air: feather, incense with holder, sage bundle
Fire: candle, essential oil burner with tea light
Water: sea shell, chalice with water in it
4. Stand facing east, in the center of the circle. Relax and breathe until you feel calm, centered, and present. Envision the wind whipping around you and get really in tune with the element of air. Simply say, “Spirits of Air, I call on you.”
Turn to the south. Envision crackling flames and the noonday sun. Get in tune with fire and say, “Spirits of Fire, I call on you.”
Turn to the west. Envision flowing water in waves and waterfalls and streams, possibly moving around your body. When you feel attuned with water, say, “Spirits of Water, I call on you.”
Turn to the north. Conjure up the scent of the earth after it rains. Imagine the silence and darkness of a cave and the rooted feeling of being barefoot on the earth. When you feel attuned, say, “Spirits of Earth, I call on you.”
Still facing north, become aware of your feet and send a column or roots of light deep into the core of the Earth. Bring golden white light up from the center of the earth and into your body. Say, “Mother Earth, I call on you.”
Next, send branches or a column of light up from the crown of your head, out of the earth’s atmosphere and into the Infinite Cosmos. Bring golden white light down from the Cosmos and down into your body. Say, “Father Sky, I call on you.”
Feel protected and contained on all sides, as well as from above and below. Feel gratitude for this Divine support and say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you. The circle is cast. Blessed be.”
5. Now you can sit in the center of your circle and meditate or work your magic.
6. When you’re finished, be sure to thank each element as well as the earth and cosmos.
To do this, stand again.
Face west. Bring Water fondly into your consciousness and simply say, “Water, you were here, and I thank you.”
Face south. Bring Fire fondly into your consciousness and say, “Fire, you were here, and I thank you.”
Face east. Bring Air fondly into your consciousness and say, “Air, you were here, and I thank you.”
Face north. Bring Earth fondly into your consciousness and say, “Earth, you were here, and I thank you.”
Still facing north, consider Mother Earth below you and say, “Mother Earth, you were here, and I thank you.”
Consider Father Sky above you and say, “Father Sky, you were here, and I thank you.”
Say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you. Blessed be. And so it is.”

And after a moment, say, “The circle is open, but never broken. The love of the Goddess is forever in my heart. Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again.”

How to Make a Charm Bag

  1. Select the material that you would like to use for your bag. Velvet, felt, or leather are good choices. You can also use cotton or any other fabric. Because of it's rich texture, velvet is a good choice for charm bags designed to bring money and prosperity to you.
  2. Select the color of fabric for your charm bag. The color you choose depends on the purpose for your bag.
    • Pink is used for love.
    • Red is used for passion or sex.
    • Black is used for banishing and revenge.
    • Blue is used for spirituality and healing.
    • Purple is used for protection and also for psychic power.
    • Gold is used for wealth and prosperity.
    • Green is used for financial matters.
    • White is used for purity and cleansing. It can also be used for spirituality.
  3. Other color associations that you may want to consider are:
    • Silver for the Goddess
    • Gold for the God
    • White for the angels or your spirit guide.
    • Green for fairies.
  4. Cut your material into two square sections. Place the two pieces together with the insides facing each other.

    Slowly sew three of the sides of the pouch together. While you sew your charm bag, focus your thoughts on the purpose for the charm. Visualize your goal coming true for you and know that as you sew your energy is being put into your charm bag and being sent out into the Universe and to the Goddess.
  5. Next you can decorate your charm bag in any way that you wish. You may wish to draw meaningful symbols on the bag. You can can write your purpose on the bag. Sewing beads, sequins, ribbons, or other decorations on the bag is a good idea. The more effort and time you put into decorating and working with your charm bag, the more of your personal energy you infuse into it. While you are doing this, imagine that the charm bag is working its magic for you.
  6. Now add the ingredients that you want to have in your charm bag. You can use anything that you feel is symbolic of the goal you wish to reach. Dried herbs, crystals, photos, written words, flower petals, trinkets, a small magnet (for magnetism), you can even spray the inside or outside of the bag with a perfume or dab it with essential oil.
  7. Sew the top of your charm bag closed. If you wish, you can sew a ribbon onto the bag to hang it with. You may also carry the charm bag in your pocketbook, bag, or in your pocket.

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