Honestly, the more I practice evocation, the less need I feel for a ‘traditional’ circle.
For instance; today I went out into the woods, and drew a circle with a wooden log in mud & leaves.
At other points, if it suits the operation, I can simply perform my antecedent relaxation rite, perhaps perform an invocation of Godhood, and then simply draw the circle around me by visualizing it in my mind.
When you get to a point in your practice where you can very quickly & easily ‘slide’ into the T/G sync, thereby quieting your mind to transmit/ receive; and you have reached a point where your visualizations & ‘magical’ imagination have become juxtaposed with anything else that you deem ‘real’(such as the computer screen you are staring at), you will likely find yourself simply doing ‘lots’ of sigal magick, without finding much need for extrinsic ritual tools.
In truth I have barely any tools anymore; I believe that EA is 100% correct when he states that they are simply training wheels, or even become crutches after a time. They exist to simply put the operator’s mind into a paradigm whereby aiding him to focus his intention & will, setting his mind in harmony with the operation.
Yet, after one learns to simply ‘let go’ and focus the mind, take the plunge, caring not, knowing the power is all internal…anything is possible.
Think about it: Is there really some great power in a bag of herbs, or perhaps a dagger with a gazzillion random Egyptian symbols on it?
Or… is it more logical that the power of the living will of the operator; calmed in mind, focused with intention, confident in Godhood; makes the ritual work by him or herself?
Think about it…