Building the Temple
"Casting the circle is also called Building or Raising the Temple, and perhaps this is a more accurate naming. It is one of the great privileges and wonders of this path that we can celebrate our rites anywhere, that all the world is our temple, all ground holy ground, and the power to create a sacred sanctuary lies within us.
Whether we cast circle by walking three blessings round or by visualizing our center expanding to enclose us, the Circle we create is sacred, the temple built to welcome our gods. Thus, circle casting is a solemn and joyous event - by the power of our love and the magic that flows in our veins, we make the profane sacred, we step between the worlds, between moments, to face Truth and Beauty.
Casting circle, raising the temple, in the same place changes the energy of that place. The residual energies permeate the place, even though the circle is closed at the end of each rite."
This is an entry from a journal I kept several years ago. It surprises me sometimes to read old entries and hear them echoing things I'm rediscovering now.