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East or North?
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Post # 1
I personally start East when I cast a circle but I've read of others starting North. Which do you do/prefer and why?
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Re: East or North?
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Post # 2
You start with east, then south, west and north because that's the direction your supposed to go when casting a circle. After your rite/working you start with north, then west, south and east, you do this in order to open the circle and thank the everyone for helping in rite/working (such as the deities you called upon, the elements, etc.) I've tried to put this in simple terms in order to make it easier to understand.
Hope it helps!
Bless it be
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Re: East or North?
By: / Novice
Post # 3

Traditionally you start at the East. But as with everything in magic, this is very personal.

If, for example,you are going to work with a deity that is particularly related to the South, you could start from there and it would be ok.

In my personal opinion, what your heart dictates is the right thing to do, no matter what books say.

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Re: East or North?
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Post # 4
Ive never thought of it like that-starting going east and ending going north. Thats how i do it, but i can see where starting north is a thing. I like east because it is where the sun rises and i like the concept of using that cycle
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Re: East or North?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5

It largely depends on the Tradition in which you are working. I know of Traditions that do both.

Personally I start in the East and end in the East. East is the direction of new beginnings, so that makes sense to me. But I also end in the East. If you end in the North then the circle is not completed because you've left a gap from North to East.

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Re: East or North?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 6
This thread has been moved to Misc Topics from General Info.
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Re: East or North?
By: / Novice
Post # 7

As Lark says, it is important that, wherever you start you finish in the same place, or the circle would not be complete.

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Re: East or North?
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Post # 8

I personally, along with others, would start with the East. It's definitley your own personal preference.

Whatever you feel is right for you, or is the cleanliest, go for it and do it.

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Re: East or North?
By: / Novice
Post # 9
Well, seeing as most modern witchcraft is derived from the Western Mystery Traditions, East would be where you start if you are following that tradition. The direction is North in some traditions but I believe this is largely derived from misunderstanding of certain sources.

The North traditionally represents the coldest parts of the cycle of the year and darkness. Many people choose not to start here because they feel invoking these energies into their workings is not the best of ideas- it could be for some workings however (I leave that up to the individual).

The East is generally used as it is the direction which the sun, representing warmth and spiritual light, rises, it is the beginning of the day and therefore makes sense to be the beginning of the rite. You move to the south, as does the sun at mid-day, then to the West where the sun sets, and then to the North where the sun is no longer present at Midnight. You are following the course of the sun. The sun representing the highest spiritual ideals in the Western Mystery Tradition.

Most people do not touch upon the importance of the sun, being fascinated by the 'moon goddess', but if you look at the etymology of deosil and widdershins- terms used in casting a circle you will find they do refer to the direction of the sun.
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Re: East or North?
By: / Beginner
Post # 10
Traditionally one enters and exits their circle from the east- as that direction is often associated with the gateway or portal. And usually when people want to secure their home they begin with the front door. I guess you could consider this the magical equivalent.

On the rare occasion where I cast a circle, I draw it starting north and circling back to north, but I define east as my entry point, usually leaving a small gap. Once inside my circle, I begin by completing the circle on the eastern edge, and using an affirmation to confirm the door is now closed. Then I begin empowering. As for the empowering itself, I walk a path focused on connecting with the higher self and personal power so I don't call the corners in a bespoke sense. So my process in that regard is... not so traditional for wicca.
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