Claiming the Circle consists of four balanced spells to prepare the ritual area for magical work. The four Claimings are normally performed immediately after the Circle is cast, before any invocations or welcomings.
Each of the four Claimings is performed by a person standing at the appropriate quarter and facing Center (inward, not outward as in quarter calling).
The normal sequence is East, West, South, North, to emphasize the polarities and balance of the working.
If the Circle is cast with all participants present within, replace the words Let all who enter below with Let all within.
The Claimings are spells and should be spoken with conviction and intent. The Bard and remaining Quarters respond So mote it be! to each Claiming.