Common to many Earth-aligned traditions is the use of a circle to “set the stage” or dedicate an area as a sacred space. Like ringing the bell in a church tower, casting a circle indicates that a sacred event is about to begin. While some religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship, those who honor an Earth-based or goddess-centered religion may cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. A circle can hold positive energy in or keep unwanted energy out. It can be cast with great effort using ceremonial gear, but many simply acknowledge the elements (air, fire, water, earth) and the four directions while visualizing a circle being drawn around them. Whatever method you choose is fine. What matters is your intention to designate a period of time in a sanctified space to connect with the Divine. You can call the circle prior to meditation or any ritual. I’ve found that when I call the circle, I’m less distracted. You may find that your phone doesn’t even ring to disturb you while you are inside your private circle! Learn more about the ascension process in Shifting into Purer Consciousness ~ Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience. Yvonne Perry is available as a spiritual coach. See http://weare1inspirit.com/coaching.htm for information about a free 10-minute evaluation to see if coaching is right for you.