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Circle Purification – No Incense

Circle Purification - No Incense

A Circle Purification that doesn't use Incense: for asthmatics, those with 
allergies, and those with other pulmonary disorders by Matrika.

This ritual was inspired when someone in our circle back in Central 
Massachusetts started dating a young woman who was a great herbalist, 
knowledgeable about crystal healing, a competent tarot-reader and a beginning 
astrologer.  She had read "Spiral Dance" by Starhawk on the Craft of the Wise 
(Wicca) and wore a pentagram around her neck, but couldn't try circle work 
because she was allergic to smoke and had a serious asthma problem.

So, here's the rite.  You prepare your altar as usual, with the exception of the 
incense and incense burner.  5 non-electric pot-pouri burners filled with water 
and an appropriately scented pot-pouri should be on or near the altar with 5 
candles.  Be sure that you use the correct type of candles for your pot-pouri 
burners, as other types can destroy the burners.  Put these on the altar, which 
should be at the center of the circle and facing North or East according to your 
custom.  If they do not fit without obstructing the work, place them in a semi-
circle at the foot of the altar.  Have matches there to light the candles under 
them at the proper time.

The rite 
(Leader 1 should be a male, if possible.  Leader 2 should be a female, if 
possible.)

Leader 1 - blessing the water and herbal mixture in each pot-pouri burner with 
the wand. A long-stem rose with the thorns removed can be used for a wand if you 
do not yet have one.  Of course, this must be replaced each time you do a ritual 
-
"By Fire and By Air
 By Water and by Earth
 by the Lady and the Lord
 I conjure thee to purify our circle this night"

all- " So mote it be"

He takes one of the burners and the matches to the North where he lights it.  
Leader 2 accompanies him with her wand, after he lights it she raises her wand 
and says
"By fire and air
 By water and by earth
 Let us purify the
 Northern Quarter of our circle"

There is a pause during which everyone visualizes (vividly imagining in every 
detail from a relaxed, meditative state) an arc of rainbow light forming that 
quarter of the circle then, when she lowers the wand, everyone responds.  all - 
"So Mote It Be"

Leader 1 returns to the central altar and gets the next burner, placing it in 
the East and lighting it.  Leader 2 continues in the same way as above.  This 
procedure is then repeated in the South and then in the West.  Each time the 
invocation is changed to reflect the direction they are in.  Each time the group 
visualizes the rainbow arc of light.  And after each direction, Leader 1 returns 
to the center to get the burner for the next direction ready.  By constantly 
returning to the center each time, the emphasis is placed there.  After the 
Western quarter is lit, Leader 1 places the final burner on the altar, between 
the candles, where the incense burner would be if there was one and lights it.  
Leader 2 stands before the altar, raises her wand and says

"By Fire and by air 
 By water and by earth 
 Let us purify the sacred center of our circle
 where Heaven and Earth Unite
 and Where the Lord and Lady are joined in love."

While her wand is raised, everyone visualizes the rainbow light from the outer 
circles flooding in to the center and filling the circle with harmonious 
vibrations and energies.  After a few moments, she lowers her wand and everyone 
responds.  
all- "SO mote it be"

The circle casting is continued as usual with the invocations of the elements at 
the 4 corners, according to your tradition.  Then the actual circle-casting is 
done as usual.  After this do whatever rite and/or magick you would usually do 
and close in the usual manner.  Be sure to snuff the candles and not to blow 
them out.  Use a silver teaspoon to do this, if you don't have a snuffer.  This 
ceremony ONLY replaces the part of the rite where you sprinkle with salt-water 
and then cense the circle to purify it in PREPARATION for the actual circle 
casting.  It is NOT the full casting of the circle.  (Some traditions purify 
with all 4 elements separately, sprinkling salt on the floor for earth, water on 
the floor for itself, censing the circle for air, and carrying a candle around 
for fire.  Either way this rite replaces the elemental purification, as the 
burners embody all 4 elements - the water for itself, the candle for fire, the 
herbs for earth, and the scent the steam gives off for air.)

OF course the pot-pouri burners used for this should only be used in your 
psychic work and should have been consecrated or smudged (by someone who can 
deal with the smoke) in preparation for this ritual.

To prepare appropriate pot-pouri scents for the purpose of your rites, use the 
directions for making the various home-made herbal incenses traditional in 
Witchcraft and in Magick; however, don't grind them with a mortar and pestle as 
you would in making incense.  If you do not know the recipes for these, any of 
the Scott Cuningham books on making incenses would provide them for you.  They 
are available from Llewelyn Publishing, box 64383 St.  Paul Minnesota. (They 
will send you a free catalogue on request)

Despite the initial cost involved in obtaining the 5 burners, it is highly 
suggested you do it that way for two reasons:

1. In anything but a very small and enclosed space, you will not get enough 
scent to represent the air element sufficiently for magickal and ritual working. 

2. To represent all 4 elements in EACH of the quarters and in the center of the 
circle is very important in establishing the traditional boundaries between the 
worlds the ordinary and non-ordinary or shamanic realities) that is the purpose 
of casting the circle and creating sacred space.

ALSO IF YOU TRY TO CARRY A POT-POURI BURNER THAT IS LIT AND HOT ENOUGH TO BE 
GIVING OFF THE SCENTED STEAM AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE CIRCLE, YOU WILL 
CERTAINLY BURN YOUR FINGERS BADLY.  (It is not appropriate to bring a pot holder 
into circle to carry it either! PLEASE!)

I hope this is helpful to those who have breathing problems and wish to perform 
magick.
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October 19, 2010 - Posted by | Circle Casting

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