Taking your athame or using your power finger, move clockwise from the east
I consecrate this circle of power
Move back to the altar, facing east. Raise your wand or dagger in greeting, say:
This is a time that is not a time,
Set the water chalice on the pentacle disk. Hold your athame over it and say:
Great Mother, bless this creature of Water to your service.
Hold the athame over the salt and say:
Great Mother, bless this creature of Earth to your service.
Sprinkle a little salt in the water, then hold the chalice up high, and say:
Great Mother, I give you honor!
Begining in the east and moving clockwise, sprinkle the water-salt mixture lightly
Great Father, bless this creature of Fire to your service.
Hold the dagger over the incense, saying:
Great Father, bless this creature of Air to your service.
Touch the incense burner briefly to the pentacle disk, then raise the incense
Great Father, I give you honor.
Carry the burner around the circle clockwise, beginning in the east. Return to the
I call upon you, Powers of Air,
In the southern quarter , light the white (red) candle and greet the Element:
I call upon you, Powers of Fire,
Move to the west and light the grey (blue) candle and hold up your hands in
I call upon you, Powers of Water,
End up by going to the north; light the black (green) candle and greet the
I call upon you, Powers of Earth,
Move back to the central altar, and stand facing east. Raise your hands in
This circle is bound,
To take down:
Once you have finished your spellwork, hold your hand or athame over the altar
By the powers of the Ancient Gods
When you are ready to end the ritual, go to the east and extinguish the red
Depart in peace, O Powers of Air.
Go to the south and extinguish the white (red) candle and say:
Depart in peace, O Powers of Fire.
Go to the west and extinguish the grey (blue) candle and say:
Depart in peace, O Powers of Water.
Finish by going to the north and extinguishing the black (green) candle; say:
Depart in peace, O Powers of Earth.
Return to the altar in the center and say:
To all beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace.
Cut the circle with a backwards movement of your athame or sword to release all
The circle is open, yet it remains a circle.
Taken from Celtic Magic by D.J. Conway.