Exercise to banish negative energy from Circle.
After purification, the Priestess takes the sword or athame and goes to the center of the circle. She points the blade to earth and sky, and says, forcefully,
Spirits of evil,
Leave us, leave this place, leave this circle,
That the gods may enter.
Go, or be cast into the outer darkness!
Go, or be drowned in the watery abyss!
Go, or be burned in the flames!
Go, or be torn by the whirlwind!
Be the powers of life, death, and rebirth,
All the coven together shouts:
We banish you! We banish you! We banish you!
All scream, shout, clap hands, ring bells, and make noise to frighten away negative forces.
Exercise courtesy of The Spiral Dance by Starhawk