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A Different Circle by Debby Wale

This is taken from a lesson homework written by one of our students Debby, where she works a ritual but casting a square instead of a circle..




"It all started with my question in the Student Study Hall in September.

"Does the circle have to be cast as a circle?" I’m on lesson 10, ritual, and want to do

something with the physical hearth of my home. So, I was thinking of making the circle

a square to include all of the hearth space, as its part of the wall. The hearth can be

the altar as well in this case."


How Debby worked her ritual with casting a square:


"Casting square: I marked out the quarters with pebbles. I kept the energy going by

walking repeatedly around the square chanting Around, above and below from my chant.

I try to let my tools teach me, where I can, so I listened to my hazel wand as I cast, I

could feel the space behind the fireplace, the party wall and the wand seemed to really

dig in to that area. The open parts of the casting were smooth, but I felt a real pull

from the wand to reach the full extent of the hearth space.

Above and below is a bit trickier with a square. With a sphere, energy flows. I

visualised the space as a box, it was like creating a small room. I brought the wand

above and below and it felt like the top of the square was rounded."


The Ritual


Intention – in the room/hearth releasing negativity, calling in purification and

cleansing. Bringing in energies for a happy, peaceful home.


Ingredients:

Sound Crow clay rattle and frame drum and oval shamanic drum.


Offerings: Herbs around candles: rose, lavender, mint, rosemary, marigold

Feast: Spring water, Oatcakes


Black candle for absorbing negativity dressed with Bay oil

White candle for purification, cleansing dressed with Geranium oil

Pale Blue candle protection and a peaceful home. dressed with Lavender oil

Plus holders, matches.


Cleansing space and self – using shamanic drum to cleanse the room.

For self, ‘dry bathing’ brushing the body and visualisation of white light.


Casting square

I contain this space with wand of hazel

Bringing wisdom and intuition to this grove

Around, above and below

Shielding this ground


Call in the Quarters:

Shake the crow rattle for each quarter and say:


I call to the East, and the element of Air.


Air, you give the birds their wings.

You sustain life through breath.

Sweeping the mind of cobwebs and hazy thought, making way for wisdom and intuition

Blessings and welcome to this rite!


I call to the South, and the element of Fire,


Fire, you ignite my soul with energy and passion

As the Sun You sustain all life,

You cleanse and purge that which no longer serves, clearing the path for change

Blessings and welcome to this rite!


I call to the West, element of Water,


Water, you cleanse, purify and sooth my soul, giving me the space to feel

You sustain life, quenching our thirst

Blessings and welcome to this rite!



I call to the North and the element of Earth,

Earth, our mother, grounding and nurturing, transmuting that which holds me back

You nourish and feed us with your bounty

Blessings and welcome to this rite!


Invite Deity


I call upon Brighid, goddess of the sacred fire and healing waters, to join this rite

today and bring your powers of wisdom, protection and healing to this rite.

Blessings and Welcome!


Raise energy

Singing, drumming, chanting


The spell – you will need

Black candle for absorbing negativity

White candle for purification, cleansing

Pale Blue candle protection and a happy, peaceful home.

Plus holders, matches


As you light each candle say:


As I light this black candle, I call in energies of protection

As I light this white candle, I call in blessings, light and love!

As I light this blue candle, I call in energies of a peaceful home


Offerings


Herbs around candles, repeating the intention of the ritual.

Feast

Sparkly Water, Oatcakes


Thank Deity:


Brighid, Lady of the Hearth and Forge, Lady of the healing waters, thank you for your

presence and your blessings on this hearth.

Blessings and farewell!


Release the quarters


Spirits of the North, thank you for your presence at this hearth.

Blessings and farewell!

Spirits of the West, thank you for your presence at this hearth.

Blessings and farewell!

Spirits of the South, thank you for your presence at this hearth.

Blessings and farewell!

Spirits of the East, thank you for your presence at this hearth.

Blessings and farewell!


Closing the circle:

Un-Casting square

I release this space with wand of hazel

Giving thanks for the protected space within

Around, above and below,

This sacred space is now unbound


Grounding

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