How to Cast a Circle
Find a quiet spot where you will be undisturbed.
Face North and envision yourself in a dark green forest, fertile and full of life
Call upon the Spirits of Earth, Guardians of the North, to guard your northern side.
Face East and envision yourself on a high cliff with the wind blowing in your hair.
Call upon the Spirits of Air, Guardians of the East, to guard your eastern side.
Face South and envision yourself in a hot desert with the sun beating down upon you.
Call upon the Spirits of Fire, Guardians of the South, to guard your southern side.
Face West and envision yourself on the beach with a calm blue sea before you.
Call upon the Spirits of Water, Guardians of the West, to guard your western side.
Walk deosil (clockwise) around your circle, envisioning a shimmering line of fire rising to enclose it.
As you walk, repeat, 'I cast a circle and erect a temple, a place between the worlds, where human and Divine may meet.'
Honor the Goddess and invite her into your circle.
Honor the God and invite him into your circle.
Conduct whatever ritual you have planned.
When finished with your ritual, open the circle by repeating these steps in reverse.
Use whatever wording is most comfortable. You can be as simple or as elaborate as you like.
Once you have cast the circle, do not leave it until you have opened it. If you absolutely need to, 'cut' a door in it with your athame or finger.
Never cast a circle without opening it afterward. It disrespects the powers you have called to protect you.