It’s always important to make sure that you cast yourself a circle of protection whenever you do any magick workings. Doc has this detailed in one of his books, but I thought it’s a good idea just to remind you. (And remind him, but we won’t go into how being a bit lackadaisical one time almost ended us up in a whole lot of trouble. In case you haven’t seen that, here’s a link to the story and how a powerbomb that I made instinctively gave us some protection).
You really don’t want to be having to try to clean up the mess after you’ve walked into it, so it’s always worth spending a little time on it to make sure you get it right before you begin.
So just in case you need clarification about the why, what and how side, the “why” really speaks for itself, but also casting your circle, aside from giving you protection, keeps all of the good stuff inside your circle and acts almost like an amplifier and increases the positive powers. It acts like a bubble or snow globe to seal everything inside.
As far as the “what” goes, a circle is really a personal thing. It can be as small as a circle just to protect yourself, or as often in our case, as big as you need if you’re in a group. Sometimes, particularly if you are working on a smaller scale, you can define the circle physically if it makes it easier for you with items such as personal photos, jewellery that makes you feel safe, scarves or candles. Just use whatever feels right to you.
So on to the “how”. Again, this is a very personal choice, but the basics are that you find yourself a clear, level space where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you know where the points are on the compass – a handy way to do this is to find the app on your phone. I didn’t know I had one until the other day, so it’s quite likely you have one even if you haven’t used it yet. To make it easier, you can mark the points with the items that you are using to define your circle. Just remember which is which direction. I tend to go with using elements that are relevant to the points of earth, fire, air and water even though Doc scoffs (a bit nervously) at this.
To the East, which is the opening gateway and represents air, I might use some incense or a weighted balloon. (Who says this can’t be fun?).
To the South, representing the fire element, I would use a candle or a lit firelighter in a dish.
To the West, which covers my favorite element, water, I would go with maybe a saucer filled with salted water, or if you have a large seashell, that is a brilliant item to use.
Finally, to the North which represents earth, I would use something like a favorite pebble, maybe a hagstone to offer extra protection.
Now stand or sit in your circle, and starting from the East, then South, West and lastly North, call on each of the elemental spirits to offer you protection.
Once you have them all gathered together to protect you, make yourself comfortable and calm your mind. Imagine an energy of white light beneath you, and send up the same energy from the crown of your head to protect you from above.
Now you are safely cocooned in your magick bubble of safety, you can carry out your workings or conjure safe in the knowledge that you are completely protected.
When you have finished, again go around the compass points, than the spirits for their help, and close the point, not forgetting the point below you and the one above you, and thank the spirits for their help.
I’m not quite sure what happened with us at the airfield – my guess is Doc got so carried away with fire, as that’s his favorite element, that he didn’t quite pay enough attention to one of the other gateways. Whatever it was, at least it taught us a lesson on how not to get your fingers burned when you play with fire.