Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down! Do I use a circle in my private Craft workings? How do I cast a circle? Why? Is there a difference in group and solitary work? Sometimes. It varies. Because reasons (see below). And yes. The Purpose of Casting a Circle For me, the purpose of casting a circle is fourfold. First, it provides a meeting place, a doorway or gateway, to meet with the Spirits and/or deities. Although it sets up protective space, it becomes a gateway, in itself. It’s as if one is crossing
It was a gorgeous night. The sky was clear, the winds were warm, and the full moon hang high in the dark void above. The silver orb shone down and filtered through the trees, leaving dancing shadows across the forest floor that looked a little like whirlygigs. An owl gave out its hoot in the distance. Dee, the High Priestess in charge of the ritual that night, made sure to bring everything we needed. Red wine and sweet cakes for the Red Meal, the usual circle casting tools, and a special effigy to put at the North of the circle.
I’ve been asked so many times if I’m a, “heathen.” I suppose that really depends upon the definition of the word. I was certainly called a heathen by my mother plenty throughout my childhood. The dictionary defines heathen as, “a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.” In other words, if you’re not one of The Big Three, you’re a heathen. The term heathen is, correctly, synonymous with the word pagan.
Often, when someone new applies to join the Coven, they’re shocked to realize that we have “Dedicant Classes.” They’ll often wonder what that is or what it entails. Truth be told, those classes are more Feycraft-oriented, so it’s kind of like someone is expected to have at least read some material on modern Wicca, know what the typical Sabbats are and some of the more general Craft-related knowledge. Even those folks are sometimes surprised to learn that we do have a sort of informal classroom setting at our Covenstead.
Quite often, I see youngling Witches come into the Craft with a glimmer in their eyes and a spring in their step. They’re excited to get moving, to jump into the deep end and start bustling along with gumption and gusto. I see it so much because I open our Coven up to new Dedicants each year, and will until our space is full. I appreciate the new-student shininess. I remember my days of being a fledgling Pagan and Witch and being so super-excited to get on with the magic and mayhem. And it does us well to warn them of