Casting A Magickal Square
The square is a very powerful symbol of protection. Even if your work within a circle you can still designate as outer square as an additional protective enclosure. If you can’t have a permanent altar outdoors, your magick square can designate the smaller space where you regularly set up your magickal tools.
It is also very protective of the home, even more so than a circle, and is an easier shape to cast in many gardens than the circle. I draw one around my caravan with small stone makers if the site is very quiet or if I have to leave the caravan unoccupied for a while.
It is effective also for keeping children or animals temporarily off lawns or flower beds you are trying to grow.
You can visualize a protective square of any size, from a small one around a precious artifact to one around a sacred site where you have organized a seasonal ritual.
They are very protective around natural circles such as groves where you would not draw a circle.
Indeed, you can create a temporary square if you are working in a public spot and don’t want your magick area invaded by dogs and curious coach parties. In modern times where working in isolated places may be less safe, you can visualize one around the beach or forest while you are working or around yourself (as well as your protective circle) on a deserted station platform or taxi tank.
Stand in the center of your designated square, which may also be the center of your projected magick circle.
Hold out your arm as far as you can with your palm upright and outwards and say:
“Enough and no more, I draw my square of protection. Preserve this space as sacred.”
Picture a line of light forming the top horizontal (west to east). Keep turning, making next the vertical north-south line along the right east side as you face north. Speak and visualize till you have all four lines in place and can see a shimmering outline to your square of light.
You can also walk your square from the furthest away top left-hand corner, moving clockwise and ending at the nearest, bottom left corner. Use your wand in front of you and put a small dark stone at each corner and one halfway along each line. You can align with a compass or estimate north in the middle of the top line furthest from you as you face north.
You can assign your midpoints, the main directions, to archangels or to the lofty Landvaetir, the tall brown guardians who in Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and eastern part of the UK are cognized as protecting land and all who live on it. You can further protect the corners with the traditional taller dark stones if you are setting up a permanent magickal square.
Bless your square as you would a circle the first time you create it.