Spell circles are how witches on The Boiling Isles cast spells, which is drawing a circle in the air using either their fingers or a staff. The intensity of the spell depends on the size of the circle. The bigger it is the more powerful the spell.
Drawing the Spell Circle can also be done using a pen or pencil as long as a glyph is included. It is revealed in "The Intruder" that in order to cast a specific spell, a specific glyph within the circle must be included, which can be seen for a brief moment. It is reasonable to assume that drawing the glyph within the circle was how witches use to do magic until these practices were forgotten when they started mastering more efficient methods (ex. drawing power from magic bile sac, special organs exclusive to witches of Boiling Isles).
According to "Adventures in the Elements" the Boiling Isles is full of magic glyphs hidden within nature. The light glyph can be found in the stars; the ice glyph within snowflakes; the plant glyph on the stigma of a flower; the fire glyph is a mark left by a burn.
List of glyphs
|The glyph for illumination is a large triangle in the circle with a smaller triangle and circle on top. Down the middle a long line with two smaller lines across, side by side within the large triangle.
When cast it generates a floating sphere of light. The intensity of the spell can be changed depending on the size of the glyph/spell circle. The light spell is considered a basic spell that can be cast at a very young age.
|The glyph for conjuring ice is a large diamond with a line down the center, sat on another line across the bottom of the circle. Across the diamond is a curved line and sometimes a smaller diamond is included at the bottom.
When cast it causes a pillar of ice to form. The diameter, height, and speed of growth of the pillar is dependent upon the size of the glyph.
This following glyph for conjuring plants resembles a flower. It features an upside down triangle with a line across the bottom, connected to a line heading down to a circle at the bottom with a dot in the center. Two other lines stick out at the top of the circle.
When cast it causes one or more flowers (or other plants such as trees) to sprout from the glyph. The plants can be any size, even towering over people.
|The glyph for conjuring fire features a larger circle at the bottom of the spell circle with a dot in the centre. On top is a smaller circle with a curved triangle on top#. Another curved triangle is also included on top of the bigger circle which goes over the smaller circle.
When cast it conjures a ball of fire. If the glyph is on the surface of an object, it will set that object on fire.
- The Spell Circle is similar to a Magic circle, which is a circle of space marked out by practitioners of many branches of ritual magic.
- The Spell Circle patterns are similar to glyphs, which are elemental symbols within an agreed set of symbols, intended to represent a readable character for the purposes of writing.
- It also bears the common to the Sling Rings and the Tao Mandalas from Doctor Strange due to:
- Uses and gained by magic.
- Forms a circle and emits light.
- Eda has the same color references the common colors on the Master of the Mystic Arts.
- Though merely a coincidence, the method witches of Boiling Isles conjuring the Spell Circle (drawing a glowing circle on the air) is pretty much similar to how Makai Knights summon their armor in Japanese adult dark fantasy tokusatsu series GARO.