moondust in the wind
Circle casting is terribly easy, alot of newcomers are afraid they will mess up or get it wrong, thats not the case. Dont worry if your alittle nervous, i been there, the god and goddess wont be mad because you forgot a word or walked around the circle only once! you will get comfortable as you practice. The circle is important though, it protects you from negative energies thats around us. heres a simple layout.
-start at the north and extend your right arm or wand (left if your a lefty.)
-say circle casting words, a short poem, a chant, ect. simple one would be " i cast my magic circle to protect me during my rite."
-walk clockwise and envision a protective bubble, walk 3x.
-dont worry if your pets or children walk thru, they dont affect it.
-if you need to leave, dont just walk thru it, cut a door and close it, then come back, open door, and close it behind you, i feel more comfortable creating a new one.
closing the circle
-envision the bubble turn into a soft mist and say "the circle is open, but not unbroken"
-another way is to say "release" and envision it sink to the ground
Theres always more than one way to do anything and that goes for circle stuff too, if you have a different idea to use, use it, you know what feels right for you.