1.Set up 4 candles at each compass point just outside where the circle
perimeter will be.
2.Set up the altar at the southern point, including food and drink, and
light the incense.
3.Purify the water by placing the tip of the athame (or wand) into the
water say the appropriate words.
4.Consecrate the salt by placing the tip of the athame (or wand) into
the salt and say the appropriate words. Then tip
the salt into the water.
5.Cast the circle (approx 3 feet in diameter) using the athame (or
wand), slowly walking deosil (anti-clockwise, or "sunwise"). Say
the appropriate words.
6.Formally make the presence of the elements known within the circle
known by sprinkling the salt water (representing water and earth),
around the perimeter walking deosil. Then like wise walk the
circumference of the circle with the incense (Representing air),
followed by the southern candle (Representing fire).
7. Call in
the quarters. I do this my own way, it is very personal and not for
sharing here, so I haven't listed my quarter calls. What it means
however, it to acknowledge the powers/elements/guardians etc. from each
cardinal point, and ask for their presence. I would use the invoking
pentacle in the air at this point.
is now blessed and sealed by the elements, and ready for ritual.
The ritual itself
will usually have a theme, a strategy to raise energy, and whatever else
may be relevant for that circle.
To close the
circle at the end of the ritual, I go to each compass point in turn and
basically reverse the quarter call, thanking the
powers/elements/guardians etc. for their presence.
I would use
the banishing pentagram in the air at this point and snuff out the candle.
When in circle with
others, at the close of the circle, refreshments are offered with the
words "May you never hunger" and "May you never thirst", to which is
usually replied "Blessed be". (This is generally referred to as "cakes &
Then some of the
refreshments are offered to the earth.
Always respect the integrity of the circle, and if you need to leave it
for any reason before finishing the ritual, you will need to "cut" a
doorway to exit.