The Wiccan Magic Circle Explained
In Wicca, religious and magical rituals are often performed inside a magic circle. This circle is a construction of personal power. Although it cannot be seen with the naked eye, it is a real and solid barrier. The purpose of this barrier, known as the magic circle, is to create a sacred space, outside of the mundane physical world, to meet with the God and Goddess and to hold in raised power for use in magic.
The sacred space created within the Wiccan magic circle is a magical environment in which we can celebrate, attune to and communicate with the deities. It is also a place where magic can be practiced and energy raised. It defines the boundaries of the ritual area and keeps distractions at bay. When the magic circle is properly constructed, it brings us closer to the God and Goddess and allows us to escape, for a time, from the distractions of our physical lives.
The construction of the Wiccan magic circle is not difficult to understand although it may take considerable practice to perform correctly, as with any magical act. The circle is made from our personal power which we feel and see (visualize) streaming from our body, through the athame, wand or other tool of choice, and into the air around us. When it is finished, the magic circle is actually a sphere of energy that surrounds the entire ritual area.
Often times a marking is placed on the ground to show where the magic circle meets the earth. This can be anything from a cord laid in a circular pattern to objects such as flowers, stones or crystals to mark the outline of the Wiccan magic circle. The four cardinal points are often marked with lit candles and/or herbs, stones or tools that correspond to the particular direction.
A pentacle or dish filled with earth may be placed at the North directional point of the magic circle. The North is the realm of the element of earth. A censer with incense may be placed at the East directional point of the magic circle. The East is the realm of the element of air. A candle or lava rock may be placed to the South directional point of the magic circle. The South is the realm of the element of fire. A dish of water or seashell may be placed to the West directional point of the magic circle. The West is the realm of the element of water. These items are optional; some Wiccan practitioners choose to add these elements to their magic circle while others do not.
Once the Wiccan magic circle has been created physically and cast magically, then the rituals are performed within this sacred space. While within the magic circle, you can feel the difference in the air. It is a place outside the mundane physical world that is charged with energy and power.
The Wiccan magic circle is created by energy and although it cannot be seen with the naked eye it can be felt with experience. It isn't just a physical circle made of cord or flowers but a real barrier that harbors magic and creates a sacred place to practice, worship and communicate with the deities.