Before I get to my point, I just wanted to say that I think this website is amazing and reading all these posts have really helped me as a baby witch (I think that's the coolest term ever).
Anyway, as I said I am just a beginner (one month) and I haven't really cast any spells (I use herbs and wear crystals, I use colour magick in my clothing, but that's about as far as it goes) and so today I cast my first circle.
You have to understand that I am still 'in the broom closet' so I got really lucky today and I did my best using what I could. I set my things up in the garden. On a table, pointing north, some dirt. Pointing east, a feather. South = ashes from a bbq and west = hose water in a small cup. Finally, I put a pinch of salt in the center of the table.
With my book in hand (for the words) I walked around in a circle and said:
Air, fire, water, earth. I invite you to my circle. This circle is now cast. It protects me, my energy, my magick. It is my will, so it is.
I used words from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StL0mGtFqJs
Then I blessed my book using this spell:
Finally, I closed the circle, reciting:
Air, fire, water, earth. I thank and release you. The circle is now closed.
I would like to know if any (more experienced??) witches have any advice/tips to help me for future circles. I also felt pretty drained but also elated after the ritual. Is this normal? Because I kind of improvised and didn't follow a specific way of doing things, I don't know if I missed out on anything important or forgot something. Should I have used tarot or talked to the Goddess or God or any spirit beforehand?
Please help if you can!
Also, if you have read the entire thing, thank you so much, I realize that this post is veryyy long...