Many traditions have their own way of Circle Casting. Both local groups in Raleigh who
m I have seen Cast Circles begin in the East working back desoil to North. One group is eclectic and doesn’t use any specific deity or specific ritual in their Casting. Different members of the group take turns leading rituals and depending on who is leading dictates the tradition used in the Casting. The other group is queer-eclectic with a strong focus on Mother Earth. Gaia referenced in each of their Castings. The sometimes begin North, other times begin East.
When I cast my Circles, I begin with the North and work my way desoil to West. I have a green or brown candle in a green holder for North, yellow or light blue candle in a clear holder for East, red or orange candle in a red candle holder for South, and a dark blue or aqua candle in a blue candle holder for West. In the center, I have a purple or white candle in a purple holder. I light the candles one by one and say a blessing as a go ’round.
“I call upon the Spirits of the North to join my Circle and bring with them the nurturing of the Earth, the flesh of the land to which we all return. Welcome Spirits of Earth!”
“I call upon the Spirits of the East to join my Circle and bring with them the knowledge that comes from language and communication carried over the wind. Welcome Spirits of Air!”
“I call upon the Spirits of the South to join my Circle and bring with them the passion of the flame, both the creator and the destroyer. Welcome Spirits of Fire!”
“I call upon the Spirits of the West to join my Circle and bring with them the wisdom that comes from human emotion. Welcome Spirits of Water!”
“I call upon the Spirit in all things, to unit these four Elements and make my Circle complete! Welcome Spirit!”
When my workings are finished; I close my Circle Widdershins.
“Thank you, Spirit, Blessed Be.”
“Thank you, Water, Blessed Be.”
“Thank you, Fire, Blessed Be.”
“Thank you, Air, Blessed Be.”
“Thank you, Earth, Blessed Be.”
“The Elements are released, but are always within me just as my Circle is open but never ever broken. Blessed Be!”