A good start to any circle is a 10 minute meditation to clear the mind. Above, our model is meditating outside on the designated area – which you choose according to comfort.
Good Day my fellow Wiccans!
This week I was asked, for my tertiary subject -Photo Journalism 3, to create a photo story that entices my readers and creates intrigue for my blog. Well seeing as today is the first of September (considered the first day of spring in many southern hemisphere countries) and with the New Moon approaching, I thought it best to give you a ‘How to on Circle Casting’.
Most magic is performed in the circle and it would be particularly prudent to cast the circle in order to meditate, open chakras, use the powers and energies around us as well as within us and cast spells and create potions. Think of circle casting as the Wiccan equivalent to Christian Praise and Worship. Below you will find images of a good friend helping me by casting a circle so that I can provide a photo story to you, my loyal followers.
Please be advised that altar work is very personal and need not be done exactly as demonstrated. You merely need the basics such as:
1X BLACK CANDLE to represent the masculine powers at work
1x WHITE CANDLE to represent the feminine powers at work
1x RED DINNER CANDLE to represent the element of Fire
1x INCENSE HOLDER & INCENSE to represent the element of Air
1x GLASS/JUG OF WATER to represent the element of Water
1x SALT to represent the element of Earth and to close your circle
LIGHTER/MATCHES to light the candles and/or smudge sticks
(All the photos were either taken with my DSLR Nikon D3100 camera or my iPhone 5’s camera)
Enjoy and Peace be with you!
Above our model calmly meditates, opening his chakras. Focusing on his breathing and listening to the wondrous sounds of nature.
Here we see small glasses with contents pertaining to the elements. When casting a circle, it is important to represent the elements, either on your altar or on your circle, each to be placed at the four directions (North – Earth, West – Water, South – Fire and East – Air).
Our model is now lighting his smudge stick with an altar candle, to remove negative energies. (Smudge sticks are a variety of herbs with different uses, tied together and dried for burning)
The model using the smudge stick (made of White Rose, Sage and Lavender) and dispersing the smoke and keeping it lit with the feather.
Once you have cleared the space of negative energies, you can either use an athame (magical knife), wand (made of crystals or special wood) or salt to close off your circle for magical work. Our model is sprinkling salt as he lacks an athame or wand.
Now that your circle is cast you can cast spells and create potions. Our model is using a mortar and pestle to crush rosemary, lavender, coarse salt, olive oil and boiled water to create healing potions. (This potion, with a piece of Rose Quartz in it, has to sit in a wide open space, where both sunlight and moonlight can reach it for an entire Moon Cycle, before it can be sifted and ingested)
It is always good to replenish yourself once you have finished your magical work. Our model is eating foods either completely natural or made of only natural ingredients. You can also his altar, making the use of candles, incense, crystals and herbs.
This photo just came at the right time. The model is clearly eating an apple, ripe and green as it should be.
I took this photo with the black and white filter on my iPhone Camera. The composition was just perfect during his meditation with the sun out.