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Author Topic: Circle Casting Ritual  (Read 1057 times)

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Circle Casting Ritual
« on: May 01, 2012, 02:07:01 pm »
Howdy folks. I'm writing my first circle casting ritual (have been using a standard, basic circle ritual that I found online) and am wondering if any of you can take a look at it and give me some feedback and see if I left anything out while I'm still in the writing process.

Also, it should be said, that I'm aware that many of us have many different views on circles: some like super powerful circles, some don't use them at all. To me a circle is used to empower a ritual and create a safe place for it to be done with the watchtowers/elements acting as guardians. I call upon and divinity I'm working with afterwards. I am very adaptive though and love to know how others do theirs.

"To the watchtowers of the East, element of Air, I invite and welcome you to this circle. I seek your protection, ask you to fill me with your wisdom, and ask you to empower this circle with your presence.

To the watchtowers of the South, element of Fire, I invite and welcome you to this circle. I seek your protection, ask you to fill me with your passion, and ask you to empower this circle with your presence.

To the watchtowers of the West, element of Water, I invite and welcome you to this circle. I seek your protection, ask you to fill me with your intuition, and ask you to empower this circle with your presence.

To the watchtowers of the North, element of Earth, I invite and welcome you to this circle. I seek your protection, ask you to fill me with your stability, and ask you to empower this circle with your presence.

2 more times around I spin, drawing this circle, as this ritual begins. The circle I draw empower, and protect. My works here tonight the universe bless.

1 last time around I spin, drawing this circle, as this ritual begins. The circle I draw empower, and protect. My works here tonight the universe bless.

Between time and worlds, I now stand, ancient energy of the universe at my command. As above, so below, as I will it, it shall be so."

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Re: Circle Casting Ritual...
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 02:34:45 pm »
Quote from: mellowitch;52687



I am not sure, what your background is on the magic stuff.
The Watchtowers - or the Guardians - are not = the elemental force of the quarter.
They are more like angelic forces?

They have a certain task in the systems using them.
(Somebody more versed in this can maybe step in and explain more.)

So the Watchtowers will watch, the Guardians will guard. Former face to the circle, latter face outward.
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

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Re: Circle Casting Ritual...
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 02:52:04 pm »
Quote from: Tana;52689
I am not sure, what your background is on the magic stuff.
The Watchtowers - or the Guardians - are not = the elemental force of the quarter.
They are more like angelic forces?

They have a certain task in the systems using them.
(Somebody more versed in this can maybe step in and explain more.)

So the Watchtowers will watch, the Guardians will guard. Former face to the circle, latter face outward.

Ah, good point. I should mention that I do realize they are separate forces. I included that there, separated by comas, due to the correspondences between the directions and the elements.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2012, 02:53:03 pm by mellowitch »

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Re: Circle Casting Ritual...
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 02:59:52 pm »
Quote from: mellowitch;52687
Howdy folks. I'm writing my first circle casting ritual (have been using a standard, basic circle ritual that I found online) and am wondering if any of you can take a look at it and give me some feedback and see if I left anything out while I'm still in the writing process.[/B]

 
One other thing to consider, besides Tana's comments, is that some people prefer to call the powers of the elements, rather than the element itself. (In the theory I follow, this leaves you less open to randomness from the elements or elementals.)

My tradition calls the guardians, then "spirits and ancient ones of the [direction], powers of [element]"

We also generally do three things for each direction in the call (so for air in the east, it might be "knowledge, discernment, and clear communication", for fire in the south it might be "passion, desire, and will") I've found that three (short!) items gives me a much clearer triangulation on the focus of the ritual than just one does.
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Re: Circle Casting Ritual...
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 06:49:15 pm »
Quote from: Tana;52689
I am not sure, what your background is on the magic stuff.
The Watchtowers - or the Guardians - are not = the elemental force of the quarter.
They are more like angelic forces?

They have a certain task in the systems using them.
(Somebody more versed in this can maybe step in and explain more.)

The article on the watchtowers on Wikipedia isn't bad: Watchtower (magic)
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Re: Circle Casting Ritual...
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2012, 02:00:21 am »
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The article on the watchtowers on Wikipedia isn't bad: Watchtower (magic)

 
Ah, excellent.
I've stopped casting circles in this way some years ago, so I haven't looked into it any further. :)
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

Confuzzled and proud. :p

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