Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...



Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]


Views: 16,921,801


July 20th. 2014 ...

Being an Underage Wiccan

Greed, Power, Witches, and the Inquisition

Malleus Maleficarum - The Hammer of the Witches

Thoughts on Ghost Hunting


July 13th. 2014 ...

A World Of Witchcraft: Belief Is Only The Beginning...

From Christian to Pagan (Part III)

Being Wiccan

My Wiccan Ways...


July 6th. 2014 ...

Keys: Opening the Portals into Other Worlds

The Lore of the Door

Leaves of Love


June 29th. 2014 ...

What Does the Bible Say About Witches and Pagans?

Are You My Familiar ?

Invocations of the God and Goddess

Results Magic and the Moral Compass

Everything's Alright, Yes: Mary Magdalene


June 22nd. 2014 ...

Witchcraft vs. Religion

Christianity and Paganism: Why All Of the Fighting?

Norse Mythology


June 15th. 2014 ...

Becoming Your Own Wise One

Canine Familiars: Role of the Alpha


June 8th. 2014 ...

Moral Relativism and Wicca

Color Infusion

Paganism in Cebu, Philippines

Soul Strings


June 1st. 2014 ...

Rediscovering My Pagan Faith

13 Keys: The Wisdom of Chokmah


May 25th. 2014 ...

Some Differences Between Priestesses and Witches: Duties and Trials

Awakening to our Celestial Nature (A Free 8-Day Course)

How to Work With Your Muse

10 Things I Love about my Sacred Work as a Public Witch


May 18th. 2014 ...

Finding the God (From Christian to Pagan -Part II)

The Medea Within Us All

Visits from the Departed


May 11th. 2014 ...

Breaking the Law of Return

Karma and Sin

Mental and Emotional Balance- I CAN Have it!

The Sin Concept


May 4th. 2014 ...

When to Let Go...When to Hold On

Goddessy: Sorceress Speaks On Beauty

Embracing my Inner Goddess through Belly Dance


April 27th. 2014 ...

Mental Illness in the Pagan Community

World Crisis: Awaken Witches and Take Action

Being Pagan, Being Bipolar

"Earth Day" Is A Pagan Conspiracy!


April 20th. 2014 ...

Six Rules for Safer Pagan Sex: A Guide

Safety: Let's Shift Our Focus

Morality and Controversy in the Craft

A Pagan Perspective on Easter

The Star Child


April 13th. 2014 ...

Magick and Consequences: My Experience with Sigils

Being a Worrisome Witch

Don't Talk Yourself Out of Trying Something New!

What to Do When the Spell/Ritual Flops


April 6th. 2014 ...

The Elements and the Quarters

Dark Moon Scry: Aries 2014

How the Wheel of the Year Works “Down Under”

13 Keys: The Understanding of Binah


March 30th. 2014 ...

Manifesting the Dream: On Religious Organizations, Pagan Abbeys and our Order

True Meaning of Community

Thoughts on Unverified Personal Gnosis

My Beautiful Grove- A Matter Of Perspective


March 23rd. 2014 ...

Spirituality and Social Change

The First Step to Anywhere!


March 16th. 2014 ...

From Christian to Pagan (Part I)

Nature And The Celtic Tree Calendar

The Teeth in the Darkness


March 9th. 2014 ...

Healing the Witch Within

Incarcerated Witches

Discovering Wicca as a Young Child

March Pisces Energy: Pre-natal Memories and Standing Upright


March 2nd. 2014 ...

Lessons of Ostara: Six Ways to Move Forward

The Wiccan Priest - The Misunderstood Role

Which is Which? Am I a Warlock or a Witch?

The Secret Teaching: Selected Aspects


February 23rd. 2014 ...

Wicca or Traditional Witchcraft: Some Differences

Everything is Not Under Your Control: Making Sense of the Senseless

The Wonders and Gifts of Paganism and Community

What Makes Us What We Are


February 16th. 2014 ...

The Stones of Fear: Anxiety Relief


NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.












Article Specs

Article ID: 11218

VoxAcct: 149682

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,699

Times Read: 3,469

RSS Views: 75,418
Spells and Circles

Author: Chris K Underwood
Posted: March 4th. 2007
Times Viewed: 3,469

The question was: Do you need to cast a circle to do a spell?

The short answer is no, you do not need to cast a circle to do a spell and many do not.

I do not do many spells since I tend to save the magical workings for the really important issues in my life. Not to mention the workings done with my coven at our monthly Esbat gathering.

I will say, that on many occasions I have done spells while standing in the woods or beach with nothing more than the trees and wind as my implements.

But there are some good reasons why you might wish to cast a circle before doing a spell, and there are many sound arguments regarding why it’s a good idea depending on your beliefs.

The raising of energy is one important issue that some think is better accomplished inside a circle. Another is the blocking of negativity from others as well as natural negative forces that the practitioner may believe in.

Let’s look at some of these reasons for using a circle.

The first reason is psychological in nature. Humans tend to enjoy and use ritual to prepare for things. Besides the sympathetic magic aspect of the ritual process, some find it helpful when entering a higher state to use a formula to assist them in the process. Although it is not necessary, it may be helpful to some practitioners. When you ritually prepare for something, you are also imparting that much more energy and dedication into your workings.

Psychologically, you are also imparting a sense of importance and a certain amount of confidence in your abilities by putting more into the working that just meditation and casting alone. Many also find that they need the ritual preparations in order to put themselves into the proper mindset for magical working.

Some practitioners may also use ritual to block out negativity. Negativity in this sense doesn't imply fairies, demons, or spirits; those may be found in and around the spiritual workings of any religion. Here, the term refers to any negativity coming from the Witch personally.

This negativity may manifest itself as self doubt, or general negativity from the practitioner in terms of the psychic baggage that they may be carrying throughout the day. Meditation goes a long way toward helping to clear away this, but ritual can also help.

Other things that may have a negative effect upon the Witch have to do with interactions with other people, such as friends, coworkers, and even family members. Not that they are negative or hostile towards magical working (Although they could be), but simply because we as humans are never happy one hundred percent of the time and their negativity can leak over and have an effect on your workings.

So, this is a good reason to ritually clear out your magical space and then possibly erect a circle to keep it clear while working.

The last item to this discussion concerns the raising of energy inside the circle. As a Wiccan, this is one of the more important aspects to me.

Much like an Esbat ritual, the intent is to keep your energy contained as you build it towards your goal or focus. A circle is not only used to keep things out, but also to keep your magical energy in until you are ready to release it.

When talking about building the "cone of power", I have found that I can make a bullet go much further and faster by shooting it rather than throwing it.

Other issues to consider include concepts of bringing the two worlds together inside your sacred space. Many think that when creating a circle that it becomes a place where the mundane world connects and interacts with another world or dimension of magic. This harkens back to the original concepts of both containing energy and blocking negativity, but also reminds us to consider being respectful to those we invoke and invite. You would certainly want to pick up around the house before inviting guests to stop over.

One aspect of creating a circle in many systems is the invoking of the Guardians or Watchtowers. From my personal perspective, it’s not necessary to erect a circle to call upon these beings, but it's certainly a part of the ritual. Many systems have different beliefs regarding these beings; some including the Moon Dragon Tradition believe that they are energy conduits that maintain balance in the universe.

Since doing a magical working creates a small imbalance, you would wish to ask the guardians to assist you in correcting the balance in your favor or if no other reason than respect for their place.

Other systems believe that the guardians themselves are powerful beings that can either help or block your workings; therefore an acknowledgement to these would be necessary, in the least.

Circles are definitely a part of most magical systems and opinions vary on how and why they should be cast. Some feel that it is entirely an energy construct that can be performed just through visualization. Other feel that only a circle drawn with the proper implements and practices will actually benefit the magical workings.

I tend to lean more towards the side of intent, but also agree with the many good reasons why a circle should be cast. If I were out in nature and putting a little energy towards a sick friend or doing some other low impact magic, I would not spend the time erecting a circle; I would instead allow my energy to mix with that of the universe, carrying my good intentions to where it needed to go, thanking deity and guardians in the process.

Many times, I have lit a candle and thought about a person with illness or someone’s lost pet without a lengthy ritual and circle.

On the other hand, if doing a ritual with heavy leanings and much contributed energy on my part, I would erect the circle and spend the time ritually doing what needs to be accomplished as an individual and especially so in a group setting.

Do you need to cast a circle to do spell work? No, not really.

But it’s not a bad idea either.

Written by: Chris K Underwood
Edited by: Peter Hamel




Copyright: Permission to freely distribute is granted as long as the original content and credit is maintained.



ABOUT...

Chris K Underwood


Location: Palm Beach County, Florida

Website: http://westpalmbeachpagans.com

Author's Profile: To learn more about Chris K Underwood - Click HERE




Other Articles: Chris K Underwood has posted 6 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE




Email Chris K Underwood... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Chris K Underwood ...



Pagan Essays
1996-2014





Pagan Web
8,000 Links





Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.





Pagan/Witch
80,000 Profiles














Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops



Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World




Search Articles
1996-2014










 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide


NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).