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kiota and the circle

There is a short ritual in Wicca.

Celebrants gather in a large circle, standing with arms round one another and facing forward and inward, and chant a prayer.

Part of it: "The Circle is open but unbroken. Merry meet, and merry part, and merry meet again."

We do this in my home theatre in Austin, out in the Performing Yard, on many occasions.

At first I wondered what the mystery was: how could a circle be open and unbroken at the same time?

Because we are all grounded to the earth in a circle, it's unbroken and continuous.

But the space and the worlds above our circle are open and the earth and the worlds beneath it, "underground", are open too.

This is happening at the same time.

In our KiotaCircle, which involves a circle across continents, I see us standing together in this way. Ki is around us and in us and above us and below us all at the same time.

And merry meet again.

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silverplate88
Apr. 21st, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Forgot: the circle is unbroken because we all have our arms round each other: we back up easily to let another in if needed, then close again. Since we are all holding each other in a very open hug, it's like we are touching each celebrant in the circle through other celebrants, even though a dancer might be 70 meters away in front of us.

And merry greet.
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