Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism, for the Novice to the Crone

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At times you may have to leave the circle. This is fine, of course, but as previously mentioned, passing through the circle dissipates it. To prevent this from occurring it’s traditional to cut a doorway.


To-do this, face Northeast. Hold your athame point downward near the ground. See and sense the circle before you. Pierce its wall of energy with the athame and trace an archway, tall enough to walk through, moving counter-clockwise along the circle for about three feet. Move the point of the athame up at the arch’s center and down the other side until it is near the ground.


As you're doing this, visualize that area of the circle’s energy being sucked back into the athame. This creates a void, allowing passage in and out of the circle. Pull the athame out of the circles wall. You're free to walk outside.


Once back inside, close the door by placing the athame at the lower North-Eastern point of the archway. With your athame trace the circle's perimeter clockwise, as if redrawing that portion of the Circle of Stones, again visualizing blue or purple energy flaring out from the blade and converging with the rest of the circle. It is done.



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This Informative Article, Plus Much More, Can Be Found In:


Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

by Scott Cunningham

Cunningham’s classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham’s own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.

Cutting a Doorway

Cutting a Doorway Through the Circle

Copyright © 1989 Scott Cunningham