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Coming to the Edge of the CircleA Wiccan Initiation Ritual$
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Nikki Bado-Fralick

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166453

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195166450.001.0001

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The Merry Circle

The Merry Circle

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Coming to the Edge of the Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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