When we open the circle we are are literally creating a safe haven so to speak for ourselves to perform various acts of spirituality. It is not only a physical act but with the purpose of becoming full filled spiritually, casting spells for various things or whatever our purpose may be.
Now, as you know, what I teach is diff than some. It works though if we do it right, do it with all our heart & expect to feel, see & experience what we are seeking.
Faith, entering in love into the circle & oneness is all important to achieve what you want.
Before you begin to cast your circle, purify the area if possible where you will cast. Smudge it if possible. You don't want any negative elements hanging around.
You need a clean, clear space where you will perform your ceremony. You thoughts must be in unity with what you are going to do.
Alleviate any noise, hindrance, or negativity. It is also a good idea to smudge ones self before creating the circle. You also need that special cleansing.
Remember, it is an act of communicating with those who are of a higher order than we are in this realm.
Faith to receive what you are asking for isn't just a Christian concept. It is a spiritual concept that also applies to anyone who is seeking an answer no matter what the method of obtaining it.
Too many make the mistake of entering the circle & it is nothing more than a formality to them.
They never receive what they desire but remain dead inside, always searching deep inside because they have never found the secret to making what they do become alive with literal power. When a circle is done properly, as one progresses, they will feel the spirits drawing toward them as I, as you invite them. The circle is not just a place of performing various rites but as I said, a place of communication. The spirit realm is very much alive. We are alive & our practices & communications need to be alive or we will never, ever grow in the faith but will remain stagnant & dead inside, always searching & never full filled.
After smudging ones self & your area of dedication, Take your wand, athame or whatever you use in hand. I always start with the north. Pointing my wand of athame in that direction, I call the spirits, the elements, the guides to come & commune with me. I then turn to the east. Always open your circle in a clockwise manner. It will close on the counter clockwise direction. Simply reversing the circle. Don't forget to thank the spirits also who attend for communion & for hearing your requests.
Continue with the South direction, then the North. Some start with the East. I have also done this as it is basically Native. The sun rises in the east, the giver of life. It really doesn't matter whether it is the North or east you start with. I'll leave this up to you. As for these two directions, what really counts is your sincerity in what you are doing. You are still calling in the elements, the directions, the helpers & guides. They are more concerned with the fact of your love, your honesty & the condition of purity of ones spirit than mere physical things. They will still come if we ask politely & honestly from our spirit. ( You would probably find others who would argue these points with me, but we have done it this way since time began.) Remember, all things done are not simply physical religious acts. They are a part of our spirituality if we allow them to manifest themselves in us & through us.
If you use candles, salt rocks, mediation music or whatever, get these going before you start to cast. I also invite the spirits of Mother Earth to commune.
You will know for a fact when they do come as you will literally feel their energy flowing toward you. You will feel when they surround you & it will be with an strong energy of love & positivity. What happens in ones life spiritually depends solely on us, our attitudes, our desires to become full filled, our condition of us as spirits.
Once you have created the circle, I like to close my eyes & mediate for a minute as I feel the positive energies, the spirit realm coming toward the circle.
I am one who loves to bask in the positive energies before I start anything. It cleanses my spirit further. I can feel the love of acceptance.
Know what you are entering the circle for before you go in. If it is healing, knowledge, gifts, enhancement or whatever, know that you know that you know what you need.
The guides will be there, waiting, listening desiring to commune, to help. They are simply waiting for us to address them with our love, our requests, our gratitude.
I always uphold my arms as I present my requests in showing full surrender to them & in this way it is also a sign that I am willing to allow them to intervene in whatever I may need their help with. Believe & expect your answer. Once you have made your request, try to keep your thoughts away from the negative side of whatever you need.
Concentrate on the answer coming through. Mind focus on the answer. The more you do this, the easier it will become. It is like if a person asks me for something but they are always getting in my way. I cannot help them because they are displaying lack of faith in my ability to help. The same goes with the spirit realm.
We block so many of our answers because we can never let go of our problems. Instead, we ask for help but are not willing or able to fully surrender them to be answered.
We need to learn to give it up & let go if we expect to receive an answer.
The way to communion is simply. Too many make it complicated simply because they don't understand. They rely too many times on the physical instead of seeing with their spiritual eyes that the guides want to help. They are there waiting, watching, listening & prepared to come to our aid whenever we need them. The biggest hindrance is ourselves in looking too much at life as a purely physical realm & missing the ultimate point that we are spiritual beings first & always will be.
Therefore, we need address our helpers who are also spiritual in all truth & acceptance of their abilities to help.. What could be more simple than that?
The elders .. natives communicated on a regular basis, not just as part of the teachings, but it was part of their very existence. It was in their blood. It was part of their existence, their very breath. This is also how I am now.
It can become the very breath you breath, your constant thought in knowing inside yourself that you do not walk alone in this world.
These teachings are just as important & even more so than the circle or anything that is a ceremonial trait. When we are in the circle, it will become so alive if we apply these truths to our lives in practice.
Have a heart of thanks giving when in the circle & before & even afterwards. Be truly thankful for the communion, the times of being in the presence of those who attend, both physically & spiritually. Be thankful for the requests that are about to be answered. Our thankfulness brings about results even before they are fully answered. Most people loose their answer because of lack of thankfulness from the heart so to speak.
When all is said & done, give thanks, reverse your circle in directions & close your ceremony. Remember, what we do in Wicca / Native teachings do not come from us or anyone in the physical if they are true teachings, but from the spirits who created all things. They are guidelines of communications so that we can continue to communicate with the higher powers while we are living in this realm. Just because we entered this world doesn't mean that the higher powers left us alone. We are & always will be apart of them, & one day we will return to them as we have lived before in their presence.