Some Ideas on Casting a Circle

You’ve asked, so here it is! A common way on how to cast a circle, although keep in mind every witch is different! Always remember there is…

The Four Quarters or Corners

In This Article:  What are the Quarters?  •  How are the Quarters Called?  •  Deosil vs. Widdershins

What are the Quarters?

The ‘Quarters’ often refer to the elements of nature that are forces honored by Pagans and Witches. They are named many things, but you will often hear them referred to as corners, quarters, Watchtowers, elements, Elementals, etc. All of these related titles have different meanings and represent different forms of energy.

As with nearly everything in the Craft or in Paganism, these forces are seen differently by each individual. This is a general explanation of what they are and how they are ‘called’. Above all else, research and explore all the opinions you can acquire, but remember that you are your own best teacher and there is no substitute for personal experience.

Many people feel that the pentacle represents the four elements, with the practitioner, the divine, ‘spirit’, ether, or akasha residing above the rest as represented by the top point. This demonstrates how the Witch, or the divine within the practitioner, guides the elements or forces. This is just one interpretation of the pentacle or of how elements are viewed in relation to the Witch.

To read the rest of this article from Pagan Path please click on this link: http://paganpath.com/study/library/trads/167-watchtowers

Monitor Your Chakras for Energy Flow

There are seven main Chakra or energy centers in every living thing that breathes that need to be kept clean of negative energy. If they are not cleansed on a regular basis then they become clogged and can cause physical illness, a feeling of uneasy, headaches to name just a few things that can go wrong physically. Spiritually if they get clogged you can be cut off from universal energy, Goddesses, Gods, and your spirit guides.

The seven main Chakra locations and color associated with them starting from the bottom are:

Root/located in pelvic region/color is Red

Sacral/located near your naval/color is Orange

Solar Plexus/located near your diaphragm/color is Yellow

Heart/located in your heart/color is Green

Throat/located in your throat/color is a Light Blue

Third Eye/located in your forehead/color is Indigo

Crown/located on the top of your head/color is Purple

I also cleanse to other Chakras to keep Universal positive energy flowing in and negative energy flowing out. These are not always considered Chakras by many people, but they can be found in some charts covering all the bodies Chakras.

Universal Chakra/located about four inches above your head/color is White

Inbetween Worlds/located about two inches below your feet/color is Black

There are different ways to cleanse your Chakras, here I will be explaining how I do it using things in our natural world to bring positive energy into myself. All you need to do this is:

A quite place you will not be disturbed in for about ten minutes or longer if you find a trouble spot and that feels inviting, comfortable and safe to you.

Taking controlled breathes in and out. When you breathe in you will be bring in the positive energy of nature. When you breathe out you will expel the negative energy that is inside you. I exchange breathes a minimum of three times for each Chakra, more if I feel a Chakra needs it.

With practice, you will be able to feel the energy change within you and flowing more freely. When beginning on your witchy path it is a good idea to cleanses your Chakras at least once a week and before doing a ritual. When I was learning to meditate I would cleanse my Chakras as a way of centering myself, calming my mind and spirit making it easier to sit still to meditate. I found in the beginning I felt safest cleansing them inside a sacred circle and after I was done cleansing I would take the time to meditate.

How to cleanse your Chakras using Nature:

Start at the bottom of the Chakras:

Inbetween Worlds – breathe in the Black of a new Moon night

Root –  breathe in the deep Red of a Camp or Sacred fire

Sacral –  breathe in the Orange of a beautiful sunset

Solar Plexus – breathe in the bright Yellow of the noonday Sun

Heart – breathe in the Green of the trees

Throat – breathe in the bright Blue sky

Third Eye – breathe in the Indigo of twilight

Crown – breathe in the Purple glow of a shiny Amethyst

Universal – breathe in the White of a full Moon

Once I reach the top I go back down doing each Chakra again. When I get to the Inbetween Worlds I see the negative energy flow out of my feet and into it. I believe the Gods and Goddesses that live in this realm then cleanse the negative energy into positive and send it into the Universe to help make our planet and entire Universe a more positive place to live in.

I suggest a Chakra cleansing any time you feel “off” but remember to do it at least one time every week. Other good times to do a Chakra cleansing are if you have been in close contact with negative people, after a family gathering or even a hard day at work.

 

 

A Smudging Prayer

While smudging of self and home is use by a lot of Neo-Pagans now, it originally was a Native American cleansing ritual they used before entering their sacred circle, sweat lodges and other religious ceremonies.

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A’Ho = Blessed be or So mote it or Amen or I agree with you

A’ ho is used by some of the tribes and nations but not all of them.

Basic Circle Casting From The Gypsy Path

This Ritual is a Circle Casting which calls upon the Gypsy Spirits to make a powerful circle!

  • Wand-Air
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  • Athame-Fire
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  • Cup-Water
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  • Rock-Earth
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  • Angel Status-Spirit
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  • Black Candle- Nyx
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  • Dark Blue Candle-Erebus

Hold up wand and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the East. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Air to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast

Hold up Athame and Chant:

?call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the South. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Fire to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up cup and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the West. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Water to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast.

Hold up Rock and Chant:

I call the Gypsy Elemental Spirit which comes from
the North. In the name of the Ancient Gypsy Spirit, I
call Earth to my Ancient Circle. May it be cast

Hold up Angel Statue and Chant:
I call the Gypsy Element which is in every living
thing. In the name of Nyx and Erebus, I call spirit
to my Ancient Circle, May it be cast.

Hold your hand over black candle and chant:
I call the great Gypsy Goddess of my Chose,
The Mother of the Night, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Nyx to my Circle,
May it be Cast

Light the Black candle, Then Place your hand over the Dark Blue Candle, and Chant:
I call the great Gypsy God of my Chose,
The Father of the Darkness, and The one which
stands with the Father, I call Erebus to my Ancient
circle, May it be Cast.

The Shuvani then proclaims loudly: Hail Nyx and Erebus, Blessed Be

This article was contributed by Gypsy Witchcraft.

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