“I’ve just gotten into Wicca/witchcraft. I wish to try a simple healing spell tonight because the moon is full. However, I don’t have an altar or any supplies. I was going to sit in a quiet space outside and attempt this. My question is, do I need to cast a circle for such a simple spell? Primarily because I don’t have the tools necessary to cast a circle. Thanks!”
The primary reason for circles are to protect you from outside negative energies and to keep your energy in (until you release it). It’s not always necessary to create a circle, but it’s always a good and safe idea to do so. Sometimes people think casting circles require doing the whole chin-dig ordeal of calling on the quarters, elements, deities, spirits, etc. But that’s not true. A circle can be extremely simple. As simple as creating the circle out of stones, string, wire, leafs, branches, literally anything at your disposal. And saying something like, “Thrice around the circle bound, sink all evil into the ground,” or “I cast this circle round to protect me from all evil and harm.” Or literally anything you want to say to state its purpose.
You don’t even have to say words. You can simply create the circle out of anything and visualize the circle covering you in a globe or something. You can visualize the circle around you as pure white or blue energy, walls, balloons, butterflies, animals, or anything else that you feel protected by.
As far as tools, they’re practically unnecessary. Tools primary reasons are to help you direct and concentrate your energy. Some tools like crystals and herbs might have some magickal significance or a power boost, but the power and energy comes from YOU and not the tools. The only tool you need is yourself.
For a more detailed read about tools and not having this, read this past post.