Open Circle Etiquette
Wicca has always been a religion of poetry, not theology.
here is a tongue-in-cheek guide of common sense and courtesy.
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- "In ritual, we 'suspend disbelief' as in a play. Casting the Circle is
an enacted meditation."
- Arrive on time. Once the Circle cast, crashing into it produces a
distracting array of sparks and blue light.
- When invited to attend a private ritual, it is not OK to bring along an
- Bring your own cup. This simplifies the sharing of the Cakes and
- An athame (ceremonial knife) is optional. You can use your two first
fingers to direct your personal power. The resulting little burn marks
will quickly fade.
- A Circle is a sacred religious event. Everyone participates. This
is not a spectator sport.
- Dress in either robes or comfortable clothes. Your body should be clean
and your mind clear. Bare feet bring you closer to the Earth.
Save skyclad for private occasions. A clown costume is hardly ever
appropriate. Do not bring your dog.
- A Circle is a time of reverence, not a social hour.
- Enter the Circle and proceed clockwise as far as possible. When
you stop, ground and center yourself. Lower your head and focus
your thoughts inward for a while.
- Turn off your beeper and cell phone.
- Do not take pictures.
- Do not touch other people's altar tools or open their books without
first asking permission.
- You are in the Goddess' and the God's presence in Perfect Love and
Perfect Trust. Enjoy, be reverent and joyful, and be full of hope
and wonder at all there can be.
- The best protection, when learning, is a sense of humor.
- You will likely be told who to watch and how to make yourself
- There is usually open flame at a Circle. Be aware lest you set
yourself on fire. If someone else sets themself on fire, it is not
part of the ritual. Put them out.
- A chant may be used to raise power. When the chanting is done,
everyone touches the ground to drain off excess energy.
- During Cakes and Ale, do not eat everything you are given. There
might be a libation dish into which you are expected to return a
small offering back to the Goddess and the God.
- Stay till the Circle is opened. Do not crash out early.
- Afterwards, ask questions about the meaning of what you saw and did.
- Later, do not tell outsiders who else was at the Circle. Do
not greet publicly someone you see again with reference to the
Circle gathering. Respect their privacy. Persecution really does
- "Magick is the projection of natural energies to produce needed
effects." --Scott Cunningham
- "The Circle is cast, and we are between the worlds, beyond the bounds
of time, where night and day, birth and death, joy and sorrow, meet
as one." --Starhawk
- The Wiccan Rede: "An ye harm none, do what ye will."
Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again.