Today we finally put all the parts of casting the circle together, conducting the cakes and wine ritual, and then banishing the circle. I feel like we should take a bow. Two thirds of the way into our Year and a Day and we finally get to work in a magic circle!
The instructions Roderick gives take up about four pages in his book, so I’ve typed them out and saved them in a .pdf file, which you can download here.
These days, I typically just continue to wear my street clothes for magical work, but a funny little freak seized hold of me and I found myself stripping off to do this ritual skyclad. I’m always shocked at how much better this feels. I guess my clothing is getting a bit tight in recent months, but I really noticed how restricted I was feeling after I stripped off.
I found the act of fully casting the circle and then just sitting and feeling the energies to be really illuminating. I realized I did learn a good bit from breaking the act down step by step and practicing each before putting it together. I also found I enjoyed the basic script (though I did sub in some language I’ve memorized from Hartwood Grove). Before, my own circle callings were a lot more spontaneous, and I think I was putting more effort into the act than the action, if that make sense. Freed from coming up with something awesome on the spot, I could pay a lot more attention to my energy flows…and I found the final product to be really satisfactory.
After I called the God and the Goddess and sat down, I realized I have a mad case of achy bones. My spine, hips, shoulders, and knees positively hurt! So I made a mental note to start exercising again, and I treated myself to a little ‘sacred yoga’ while in circle.