This is much more formal then the one I wrote about before and is more appropriate for groups. The Classic way to cast a circle is to call in the 4 elements and there are many, many ways to do that. This is one version. You can say the words I have written or similar ones. Remember that a circle is always a complete sphere with half above and around you and half below.
As always I like to have my space set up first. Everything I need within the circle; and the boundary of the circle clearly marked in some way. You may choose to mark the four directions with candles to be lit when you call each direction in, or with representations of each element. I have a rock I like for the North and a censor with incense for the east, a red candle for the south, and a bowl of water for the west.
You will walk around the circle clock wise, starting at the north. The first time you walk around hold out your wand/ athame/ or hand (right hand if your right handed, left if your left handed) and visualize energy in the form of white/ light blue light coming from you. You are sending it out as you walk around creating the first layer of the circle.
when you have reached north again stop and pick up the rock and say “hail element of earth Join us from the north, we ask you be here with us now, creating this circle right and true ” visualize a mist or light in the color of green spreading out from your rock. it spreads and spreads from the ground to over your head forming part of the sphere it wraps all the way around but is strongest and most vibrant at the north, and the rock.
Next walk the circle to the east. Pick up the censer and hold it up. Light the incense and say “hail element of air. Join us from the east. We ask you be here with us now, creating this circle right and true.” watch the smoke rise and visualize it yellow in tint. See it spreading out wrapping up and over forming a dome or part of the sphere. It will cover the whole dome but be strongest at the censer and the east.
Walk the circle to the south. Pick up the red candle and hold it up. Light the candle and say “hail element of fire. Join us from the south. We ask you be here with us now, creating this circle right and true ” visualize a red mist or perhaps flames, coming from the candle and spreading out over the dome and sphere, there will be a fine red mist all over the dome and a strong one around the candle.
Walk the circle to the west. Hold up the water and say “hail element of water. Join us from the west. we ask you be here with us now, creating this circle right and true.” Visualize a wave of water coming from the bowl and rushing up and around the circle. Again the strongest blue will be at the west with the bowl but the wave will reach all the way around.
Walk to the center of the circle and take a moment to see it. All the elements coming from their directional home and blending to create a dome of the top part of you circle. You can then take a moment to see the elements as they are under you. Forming the dome that is below you
Say :”The circle is cast right and true. We are between worlds”
To end the circle you simple do the reverse. You release the elements back to their directional homes. You start at the north but walk the circle counter clockwise to the west. Turn to the west and say “Ancient spirit of water, we thank you for your presence here and bid you farewell.” Walk the circle and do this for each direction, using of course the appropriate element in its farewell. You will visualize the elements returning to their abodes. If you are with a group you will want to make an announcement such as The Circle is now open please join us in the garden for the games or potluck or whatever the next activity is.