Once the physical boundaries of a temple have been set, the area will be prepared spiritually. The act of preparing an area for ritual work is called creating sacred space, and it is an essential part of all Wiccan ceremonies. The act of creating sacred space takes the form of casting or constructing a magick circle — an invisible psychic barrier. This is done in order to create the proper environment for spiritual and magickal rites. When the magick circle has been created, it will protect the individuals within its boundary from outside negative influence. The circle also serves to contain the energy raised within it until the time of release.
The casting of the magick circle is accomplished in two parts: the consecration of the elements (salt and water), and the psychic projection of energy onto the marked circle line. These two actions produce a sacred space and proper atmosphere for a ritual. It is important to understand that as you project the energy onto the physical circle line, you are in reality creating a sphere of total enclosure, rather than just a flat line of energy. When the casting is properly completed, you will feel as though you are inside a large ball of protective light.
Consecration of Salt and Water
The practitioner dips the tip of the athame into the water, saying:
Creature of water, cast out from thyself all impurities and uncleanliness of this world.
The practitioner then dips the athame into the salt, saying:
Creature of earth, let only good enter to aid me in my work. So Mote It Be!
Three scoops of salt are stirred into the water, as the practitioner visualizes all negative thoughts and vibrations dissipating. Next, the practitioner will point the athame at the physical circle boundary. As the practitioner walks around the circle he or she will visualize a beam of energy or light flowing from the end of the athame onto the circle boundary, as he or she says:
I conjure and create thee, O circle of power, that shall be a boundary between the world of men and the realm of the mighty ones. A sphere of protection that shall preserve and contain all powers raised within. I now bless and consecrate thee O circle of power, to be a place of peace love and power. So Mote It Be!
Once the circle has been cast, the protective Guardians of the circle are called in. Guardians are highly evolved soul-minds who are attached or attracted to humans and the earth vibration. They can be Archangels or Higher Energy Forces in alignment with archetypal elemental forms. The calling in of the Guardians places these energy forces on the exterior of the circle for added power and protection.
The practitioner will begin by pointing the athame at the eastern quadrant, visualizing the Guardian approaching, as if from a distance, up to the boundary of the circle.
As this is done, the practitioner will evoke the Guardians, saying:
Hear me O Mighty One, Ruler of the Whirlwinds, Guardian of the Eastern Portal, I do summon and call thee forth, bear witness to these rites, as you shield and protect this gateway between the worlds.
Hear me O Mighty One, Ruler of the Solar Orb, Guardian of the Southern Portal, I do summon and call thee forth, bear wibiess to these rites, as you shield and protect this gateway between the worlds.
Hear me O Mighty One, Ruler of the Mysterious Depths, Guardian of the Western Portal, I do summon and call thee forth, bear witness to these rites, as you shield and protect this gateway between the worlds.
Hear me O Mighty One, Ruler of the Forest and Field, Guardian of the Northern Portal, I do summon and call thee forth, bear witness to these rites, as you shield and protect this gateway between the worlds.
Once the circle has been cast and the Guardians called in, the area is ready for spiritual work. Generally, there are three kinds of spiritual work that require the protection of a consecrated circle. These include the eight Sabbat celebrations, magickal rites conducted during a full moon ritual, and rites of transition, such as initiation.
During the ritual, participants remain within the boundary of the circle until all activities come to an end. This prevents distraction and the dissipation of raised energy. When the main body of the ritual —for example, a Sabbat or full moon ceremony—has come to an end, the sacred space will be taken down.
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