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A protective area or the boundary of a sphere of personal power cast by wiccans, ceremonial magicians and the like before performing their rituals. These rituals are usually performed within these magical circles.
Also, circles are often formed by attendees at a seance.
Perhaps the most important of all magic rituals is the casting of a magic circle, the function of which is to both concentrate the user's powers and to protect against psychic entities. The four cardinal directions are frequently marked, sometimes with four candles, and are commonly associated to the four archangels (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel), or the four classical elements (Earth, Air, Water, and Fire).
A witches' circle, also known as the 'Circle of Being', allows users to move in and out of it ― although it may be symbolically 'opened' and 'closed'. The circle used by magicians is essential for protection and once closed tends to remain so until the end of the ritual.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (3) The Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh Edition Handy Volume Edition, Oxford University Press; (4) Shepard, Leslie A and Melton, J. Gordon (Editors), Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, Gale Group.
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