Chapter

The Merry Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166453
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835799 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195166450.003.0003

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 The Merry Circle

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This chapter introduces the author's coven and describes its basic ritual patterns. The author established her coven, called the Merry Circle, in 1984. The Merry Circle is composed of six Priestesses and two Priests. The Merry Circle usually performs its group rituals at night and, whenever possible, outdoors in nature. Formal group rituals are held in a specially prepared space called the Circle. The Circle is often marked off from the space around it by a ring of stones (if outdoors), a ring of red yarn (if indoors), or some other distinctive marking determined by the creativity of the individual Witch. The four directions — north, east, south, and west — are plotted as accurately as possible using a compass and then marked by specially blessed and prepared candles that are used in the ceremony.

Keywords: the Craft; coven; Wicca; rituals; the Circle; Witchcraft; ring of stone; ring of yarn

Chapter.  6074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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