For this ritual you can sit in a chair or lie down, or sit on the floor. It can even be done in bed if you are totally immobile.
I would say that you are less likely to fall asleep if you are sitting up - but I know that I can fall asleep sitting up, so that is no guarantee. Don't worry if you find that you have fallen asleep, this usually means that knowing what your aims were, your spirit has completed the working on the astral planes.
First cast your circle.
There are many ways of doing this and if you have a ritual that you are happy with, then use that.
If not, then the simplest and easiest way to cast a circle is simply to imagine yourself sitting or lieing within a blue bubble. I always use a blue bubble because to me blue represents the colour of Witch Power. Blue is also a calming and protective colour.
Take a little time to think about being surrounded by your magical bubble, this is your magic circle in three dimensions.
Now think about the Full Moon, the bright shining disc floating in a deep blue sky.
Imagine that the disc of the Moon becomes the face of a beautiful woman, with dark hair streaming over the sky. Now say, or think:
Lovely Goddess of the Moon,
fill me with your magical light.Try to imagine your blue bubble filling with the silver glow of moonlight.
Take your time.
You might 'see' the energy like a bright moonbeam flowing from the Goddess and into your circle, filling it with glowing energy. Know that with every breath that you take you are breathing in that energy and taking it deep within yourself. Feel it filling you and making your whole body glow with moonlight and magic.
When you are ready, use that energy to create a magic spell.
You could send healing to a friend.
You could turn the energy into a shower of golden coins which rains over you, bringing wealth and optimism.
You could use the energy to send erotic thoughts to someone you desire, and make them think longingly of you.
You could radiate the light, making yourself a beacon to draw friends and magical companions.
Or you could use the energy to move your magic circle, like a spacecraft, to a different dimension or realm, such as the Land of Faery. Or to the woods where spirit animals wait to become your familiar.
What magic do you want to do?
Do it now!
When you have finished you can then say or think:
Thank you, Lady of the Moon,
for lending me your power, to work my magic.Then imagine the Moon glow fading until your circle returns to its calm blue colour.
At this point you could have a little something to eat and drink. This both celebrates your successful magical operation and also helps to 'ground' you and make sure that you are fully back in this world.
However if you have fallen asleep that is fine, as sleeping within the blue bubble does mean that you will have a good sleep, and be magically protected at the same time.
Incidentally, if you ever suffer from nightmares, put the blue bubble around yourself, and they will be banished.
(the book 'Mind Witch' by Chris Sempers is available from Raven at £8.95 plus p&p)