Posted by: wiccanchick | March 30, 2011

What is a wiccan and/or a circle ?

Hello everyone, as you have probably noticed my circle is new to this blogging website. So I have decided to share a little bit of information about what it takes to be a Wiccan and what one is and  what it takes to make a good circle .

What is a Wiccan?

wicca is a religion just like Christianity or Judaism. A wiccan is someone who actively practices wicca, that is who does circles and meditates, you don’t have to be part of a coven to be wiccan. There is a lot of bad press about wiccans because another name for us is witches. People are biased against us because of that name. The reason that witches were prosecuterd is that we are different and obviously wicca is not christianity and everyone was procecuted for not going to church back in the days of the Salem Witch Trials. In reality, wicca is nothing like the rumouirs about witches you hear in ghost stories. We do practice spell craft but it isn’t all ‘eye of newt and toe of frog’ its more things such as to get good look and clear your aura. Also wiccans won’t be vindictive and horrible because of something called the wiccan rede which governs us part of this is the three fold law. This states that whatever you put out there, good or bad, will return to you three times stronger. It is kind of like karma. For this reason many wiccans will try to always be kind and polite to everyone. Also everyone who practices wicca, whether they be male or female, are called witches.

What is a circle and what do circles represent in Wicca ?
In Wicca , one of the facets common to nearly all traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space. While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship, Wiccans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. However,many Wiccans do decide to cast circles outdoors as some belive that it ‘makes the elements stronger’.

What are the basic steps of casting a circle?

Please note that these are only the basics of casting a circle and that you may alter these guidelines as your coven or yourself wish.

  1. Start by determining how big your space needs to be. A ceremonial circle is a place in which positive energy and power are kept in, and negative energy kept out. The size of your circle will depend on how many people need to be inside it, and what the circle’s purpose is e.g.f you’re hosting a small coven meeting for a few people, a nine-foot-diameter circle is sufficient.
  2. Figure out where your Circle should be cast. In some traditions, a Circle is physically marked on the ground, while in others it is merely visualized by each member of the group.  Once the Circle is designated, it is usually navigated by the High Priest or High Priestess, holding an  a candle or a censer or a athame (ceremonial dagger) .
  3. Which direction will your circle face? The circle is almost always oriented to the four cardinal points (air,water earth and fire) , with a candle or other marker placed at the north, east, south and west and the altar in the center with all the necessary tools for the ritual. Before entering the circle, participants are purified as well.
  4. In some forms of Wicca, the God and Goddess are called upon to share the ritual. In others, the High Priest  or High Priestess  will begin at the north and call upon the deities of the tradition from each direction. Usually this invocation includes a mention of the aspects associated with that direction – emotion, intellect, strength, etc. A sample ritual for casting a circle might take place like this:
  5. Mark the circle upon the floor or the ground. Place a candle in each of the four quarters – green to the North to represent Earth, yellow in the East to represent Air, red or orange symbolizing Fire in the South, and blue to the West in association with Water. All necessary magical tools should already be in place upon the altar in the center.
  6. The High Priest/Priestess  enters the circle from the east and announces, “Let it be known that the circle is about to be cast. All who enter the Circle may do so in perfect love and perfect trust.” Other members of the group may wait outside the circle until the casting is complete. The High Priest/Priestess moves clockwise around the circle, carrying a lit candle. At each of the four cardinal points, she calls upon the Deities of her tradition (some may refer to these as Watchtowers, or Guardians).
  7. As she lights the candle in the East from the one she carries, the High Priest/Priestess says:Guardians of the East, I call upon you
    to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven.
    Powers of knowledge and wisdom, guided by Air,
    we ask that you keep watch over us
    tonight within this circle.
    Let all who enter the circle under your guidance
    do so in perfect love and perfect trust.
  8. The High Priest/Priestess moves to the South, and lights the red or orange candle, saying:Guardians of the South, I call upon you
    to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven.
    Powers of energy and will, guided by Fire,
    we ask that you keep watch over us
    tonight within this circle.
    Let all who enter the circle under your guidance
    do so in perfect love and perfect trust.
  9. Next, s/he circles around to the West, where she lights the blue candle and says:Guardians of the West, I call upon you
    to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven.
    Powers of passion and emotion, guided by Water,
    we ask that you keep watch over us
    tonight within this circle.
    Let all who enter the circle under your guidance
    do so in perfect love and perfect trust.
  10. Finally, the  High Priest/ Priestess goes to the last candle in the North. When lighting it, she says:Guardians of the North, I call upon you
    to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven.
    Powers of endurance and strength, guided by Earth,
    we ask that you keep watch over us
    tonight within this circle.
    Let all who enter the circle under your guidance
    do so in perfect love and perfect trust.
  11. At this point, the High Priest/Priestess will announce that the circle is cast, and other members of the group can ritually enter the circle. Each person approaches the High Priest/Priestess, who will ask:How do you enter the circle?Each individual will respond:In perfect love and perfect trust or In the light and love of the Goddess or whatever response is appropriate to your tradition.
  12. Once all members are present within the circle, the circle is closed. At no time during ritual should anyone exit the circle without performing a ceremonial “cutting.” To do this, hold your  athame in your hand and make a cutting motion across the line of the circle, first to your right and then to your left. You are essentially creating a “door” in the circle, which you may now walk through. When you return to the circle, enter it in the same place you exited, and “close” the doorway by reconnecting the line of the circle with the athame.
  13. When the ceremony or rite has ended, the circle is usually cleared in the same manner in which it was cast, only in this case the High Priest/Priestess will dismiss the deities or Guardians and thank them for watching over the coven. In some traditions, the temple is cleared simply by having all members raise their candles in salute, thanking the God or Goddess, and kissing the blades of the athame.


Blessed be, Open Moon x

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