The following is a casting that I created. In the tradition that I follow, casting a circle is a separate act from calling the directions. I personally have really liked this format. Setting the sacred space, like a sacred container, helps tether all to the magick-potential that lays before them.
I haven’t heard many people differentiate casting and calling. For me, casting has two purposes.
- Casting acts like sending an invitation: sounding the bells, or lighting the signals. Its a call to the elements and divine that their collaboration is sought.
- Casting’s purpose is to literally create sacred space. Casting marks an energetic, and sometimes physically designated, area. Casting creates a threshold for for which our physical beings can enter, and that gives way for the elements, deities, ancestors, and guides to join.
Casting creates an identifiable time-space for all to gather.
How I cast:
Starting in the East, each line corresponds with a direction, ending in the center. Facing the element, one may “draw” a circle connecting all the elements. I chose to mark each direction by “drawing” a pentacle and then connecting them all together.
Anchor & Star Casting:
We cast this circle and begin on a breath; (East/air)
The light and the fire of life come next; (South/fire)
We honor deep emotions that ebb and that flow; (West/water)
The earth shows us how we must cycle to grow; (North/earth)
We turn on a crest, and spiral in – remember the center where life begins. (Center/spirit)
Starry night sky, churning molten core; as above – so below. (Center/mystery/universe)
The circle is now cast. We are between the worlds. And what happens between the worlds changes all the worlds.
The Re-Verse : to open the circle
As above – so below; by the starry night sky and by the churning molten core.
The divine we carry within our hearts, now we turn on a crest, and spiral out.
Thanks to earth and the cycles of growth;
We offer up water’s new emotions for flow;
Gratitude to fire and the passion spark’s zest;
We return to the dawn and end on a breath.
The circle is now open, but unbroken. May the love of the goddess be ever in our hearts. For merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again.
note: words in italics are common language, not of my own creation.
Perhaps you have some thoughts or comments? Care to share your favorite methods? Discussion and exchange are welcome.