To Circle or not to circle

I am so grateful for all the beautiful videos of spells, dedications, meditations and lessons. I have learned so much.
I do have a question about WHEN to cast a circle.
Do you always cast circle before performing a spell?
Do you cast a circle before you begin to put ingredients together for a medicine bag or after you have assembled your medicine bag.
I hope you can understand where I am going with this.
Most of the videos drop you onto your altar and moving through the steps of the spell or meditation so I thought I would ask.


This is a great question! The short answer is:

You don’t have to cast a circle every time you cast a spell. The circle will give you confidence and a place to practice without distractions, but it’s not always necessary. Think of it as a “safe space”, your training wheels. Eventually you don’t really need it and it’s also good to experiment without it.

You can read a bit more about it here: Keeping your circle safe

There’s some more information on calling the quarters into your circle here and here.

There is no hard-and-fast rule on when to cast a circle. Many Witches don’t cast circles at all so don’t feel like you must do it everytime. Others only do it when working in a group, for example.

I cast a circle when I feel the work I’m about to do will raise a lot of energy. The circle helps to contain the energy so it doesn’t drift off in all directions. Another time is when I want to feel safe and protected, I simply visualize a sphere where nothing can come in.

When creating a charm bag you don’t really need a circle. But if it’s a protective charm, for example, you could follow along the circle of protection meditation and:

  1. Visualize protective energy around you.
  2. Charge your amulet with it.
  3. Whenever you need to, hold your amulet to invoke that feeling, that circle of protection instantly.

The short answer from me is no you don’t have to cast a circle before performing a spell. Honestly, for myself, I haven’t cast a circle in…ten-ish years? It isn’t a standard part of my practice and it is honestly one that I would find tedious. I definitely agree with what @Francisco has said here!