Casting a circle is something that should be done prior to performing any kind of spell or ritual.  It creates a boundary between the energy within that circle and the energy outside of it.

When casting a circle, you should begin in the Eastern direction and go clockwise (known as “deosil” in witchy talk).  The following is one way in which to call the Guardians of each direction.  Each direction is associated with one of the four elements.  East is Air. South is Fire. West is Water.  North is Earth.

East

Beings of Air, Guardians of the East, Breath of Transformation – Come!  Be welcome in this sacred space.  I ask that you stand firm to guard and protect, refresh and motivate.  Support the magick created here by conveying my wishes to every wind as it reaches across the Earth.

South

Beings of Fire, Guardians of the South, Spark of Creation that banishes the darkness – Come! Be welcome in this sacred space.  I ask that you stand firm to guard and protect, activate and fulfill.  Support the magick created here by conveying my wishes to the sun, the stars, and every beam of light as it embraces the Earth.

West

Beings of Water, Guardians of the West, Rain of Inspiration – Come!  Be welcome in this sacred space.  I ask that you stand firm to guard and protect, heal and nurture.  Support the magick created here by conveying my wishes to dewdrops and waves as they wash across the world.

North

Beings of Earth, Guardians of the North, Soils of Foundation – Come!  Be welcome in this sacred space.  I ask that you stand firm to guard and protect, mature and provide.  Support the magick created here by conveyig my wishes to every grain of sand, every bit of loam that is our world.

Center

Ancient One… the power that binds all the elements into oneness and source of my magick – Come!  Be welcome in this sacred space.  I ask that you stand firm to guard and protect, guide and fill all the energy created here.  May it be for the good of all.  So mote it be!

The circle is now cast.

Closing the Circle

When you have completed your spell/ritual, then you must close the circle.  To close the circle, begin in the North and go counter-clockwise (widdershins in witchy talk).

North

Guardians, Guides, and Ancestors of the North and Earth, I thank you for your presence and protection.  Keep me rooted in your rich soil so my spirits grow steadily until I return to your protection again.  Hail and farewell!

West

Guardians, Guides, and Ancestors of the West and Water, I thank you for your presence and protection.  Keep me flowing ever toward wholeness in body, mind, and spirit until I return to your protection again.  Hail and farewell!

South

Guardians, Guides, and Ancestors of the South and Fire, I thank you for your presence and protection.  Keep your fires ever burning within my soul to light up any darkness and drive it away until I return to your protection again.  Hail and farewell!

East

Guardians, Guides, and Ancestors of the East and Air, I thank you for your presence and protection.  Keep your winds blowing fresh with ideas and hopefulness until I return to your protection again.  Hail and farewell!

Center

Great Spirit, thank you for blessing this space.  I know that a part of you is always with us, as a still small voice that guides and nurtures.  Help me listen to that voice, to trust it, and trust in my magick.  Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again.

The Circle is closed, but never broken.  So mote it be!