The four-quartered Circle of Magick is a central element in most Western magickal rituals. It is called the "portal between the worlds," a means of connecting with the Deities, Spirits, and Elemental Powers of a realm beyond the material universe. It is envisioned as a vortex with which we focus on our own innate psychic powers, called forth by ritual actions from the subliminal depths of the mind and soul. It is a "sacred space," a sanctuary for communion with the old ones, the deities of our faith.
Many levels of symbolism are intrinsic to the Magick
Circle. Among these metaphors are metaphysical and mystical concepts
that describe the greater reality within which our lives are
experienced. The four "corners" of the Circle of Magick correspond with
the compass directions and their associated Elements (Earth, Air, Fire
or Water). A fifth Element, Spirit, is often associated with the center
of the Circle or with the Circle as a whole."
- Bran the Blessed, Circle Symbolism
stands near in the center of the Valley Spirit Sacred Circle. Behind
Karen is the yellow post which marks the Eastern direction, and the
Element of Air, Mind, Consciousness, or Intellect; and the Eastern
Quadrant is planted with five olive trees, the sacred plant of Athena,
the Goddess of Wisdom. Further behind Karen, 26 feet from the center,
are some of the seventeen posts marking the boundary of the outer fifth
circle. This photo was taken on February 4, 2007. Here are some more pictures of the gradual construction of our Sacred Circle Garden.
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Researched by Mike Garofalo
One Old Daoist Druid's Final Journey