It’s not so simple
By Lady Raven Moonshadow
One of the first things that many people learn when working magick, in the Wiccan sense, is circle casting. It is one of the most fundamental aspects of Wiccan ritual and one that everyone who is going to work magick should know inside and out. But it’s not at all uncommon for beginners, especially those that are self-taught through books or by searching the Internet, to find a circle casting method that they find appealing and just reciting it, following the motions recommended, but without much thought, research or experimentation. While the argument here can be made that, like to anything within the realm of magick, pure intention and belief can carry you a long way, there is more to calling the elements into a ritual space than just believing they are there.
First, let’s address one of the things that many people are confused about when they first start to really explore and, quite honestly think about what they are doing and saying; the Watchtowers. Many people begin working with the a circle casting using the “I call the Watchtower of the North” method but not knowing what the Watchtowers are (and I think that after our discussion about the power of words in ritual and magick from the other day should make it no surprise about how I personally feel about this issue).