I will fill this with as much as I can so people have choice about what they wish to use and or how they wish to do it…
Life is about choice after all…
I will state one thing strongest tho… layer layer layer!!! dont just think the light will keep the bad shit out, dont just think the circle alone will keep them out either.. Layers of protection, even interwoven will prove strongest… My property has been blessed, shit does not come to my door any more, people come here and feel the peace and comfort that is how it is should be.
Now I do not repeat the protection around the property each time I caste a circle, I will set it, then just recharge it now and again on a full moon.
Ok.. Layers of protection first up. I start on the boundary of my land and work my way in. Crystals, salt. I uses black based crystal stones in each corner of the property, usually, tiger eye, apache tear, black obsidian, hematite or snow flake obsidian. If I am in what might be a strong aboriginal area, I will do a blessing to the ancestors. Usually it involves thanking them with water and soil in your hands. If you wish to be sure, find out what tribe is from your area and ask elders for assistance.
Walking around the property, I lay out the stones and push them or bury them under the ground, as I move to the next I am smudging or salting as I go, visualizing the light like a huge sheet, moving with me to the next corner. When you see this sheet of light, see it rise right above the property and below the same, hence the saying as above, so below. When I get to the last crystal, I give anything inside till the count of 30 to leave. Then I push the light out and fill the space. See in your minds eye, everyone who resides here is protected, everyone who enters is protected and leaves their drama and shit at the boundary of the property.
Next is the house, similar process with the crystals, I also place a rose quartz tho in the middle of the house or under it if you are able. Any door ways get what I call a protection pouch, just a simple pouch with protection herbs inside it.
Protection crystals –
General Protection – agate, apache tears, aventurine, black agate, black kyanite, black obsidian, calcite, carnelian, cat’s eye, fluorite, fossils, halite (rock salt crystal), hematite, honey calcite, jade, jasper, labradorite, lapis (lapis lazuli), malachite, marble, moonstone, peridot, petrified wood,pumice, pyrite, quartz, quartz crystal clusters, red jasper, rutilated quartz, salt, schorl (black tourmaline), selenite, snowflake obsidian, sulphur, tigers eye, topaz, tourmaline (red and black [schorl] especially), tree agate,turquoise, yellow agate, yellow jasper, zircon (clear and red)
Protection from Evil – agate (especially Eye Agate), beryl, blue chalcedony (especially evil magick), coral, garnet, quartz, salt, sapphire, schorl (black tourmaline), snowflake obsidian
Protection from the Evil Eye – agate (especially eye agate), cat’s eye, carnelian (envious eye, evil eye), malachite, topaz
Protection from Negativity/Negative Energies – black obsidian, black onyx, jet (absorbs negative energies), kunzite, peacock ore, quartz, schorl (black tourmaline [transmutes to positive energy]), smoky quartz (especially in healing)
Protection pouches can contain as many or as little herbs for protection as you like, I also put in them a small quartz crystal for amplification. Once these pouches are worn, I usually bury them in the garden or burn them and retrieve the crystals for burial.
Protection herbs..keep in mind many of these will be available at your local supermarket, garden store or household shelf, it might be as simple as opening a jar, or maybe picking some leaves and flowers then drying them. Corresponding oils made by the same plants can be used in the mix before placing in the bag. These bags can also be made to be kept on your person, depending on what I have going on in my life, I might stick one in my pocket or bra for the day.
Protection herbs – peony, geranium, rose, rosemary, St john’s wort, snap dragon, clove, dragon’s blood, eucalyptus, wormwood, frankincense, cedarwood, garlic, lavender, myrrh, violet, patchouli, rose, acacia, angelica, lilac, valerian, sage, anise, dill, thistle, sandalwood, basil, bay, bergamot mint, pine, pennyroyal, black pepper, caraway, carnation, cedar, cinnamon, clover, cumin, rue, peppermint, fennel, fern, flax, lilac, lotus, mandrake, marigold, mimosa.
Ok, having these in place and recharged regularly every few full moons is the start. I then for ritual have certain jewelry, protection pouches, crystals that are on me or around me where I caste. My room is my safe place to caste spells.
My room is layered with, crystals, oil burners, candles, incense. It might sounds like overkill, but when you have had demon shit at your front door as I have, then yeah, I am not going to run, I stand in my power and increase the security, all the way yelling bring it the FUCK ON!!!
I am a single mum, my wage does not go far, so I always try and use things sparingly, thriftily and carefully. Most of what I use, can be bought for a minimum off eBay or from your local supermarket on the cheap. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be able to do this. A box of 80 tea light candles are just 10 bucks in the reject shop.
Your alter where you caste does not have to be large, you can use the good old kitchen knife as an athame, a branch that feels right off a tree in your garden or from a local park, collect feathers as you walk the streets or parks. Cheap oils, candles from the supermarket… bread plates make good candle holders…
Ok, casting a circle can be as simple as you want or as involved as you want. You could just caste the light around you and ask the lord and lady for protection, or for each quarter you can call in each element, angel, and visualize each one. If you have a certain path you follow, be it Egyptian, Celtic, Romanian or others. You could call your respective deities into the quarters.
Remember one thing, what you open must be closed! so as you open a circle and charge it, you must close it and release it. Then ground yourself! Sit quietly, eat something small and earthy, then ground yourself, go to that place in your mind where its at peace. Release all that you have done.