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But whether it is symbolic or 'actual ' , witches make no apology for its sexual nature . To them , sex is holy-a manifes48 THE GREAT RITE 49 tation of that essential polarity which pervades and activates the whole universe , from Macrocosm to Microcosm , and without which the universe would be inert and static-in other words, wo ul d not exist . The couple enacting the Great Rite are offering themsel ves , with reverence and joy , as expressions of the God and Goddes s aspects of the Ultimate Source.
A l l magical movements involving rotation o r circling are normally made clockwise , 'the way of the Sun' . This is known as 'deosil', from the Gaelic ( Irish deiseal, Scottish deiseil, both pronounced approximately 'jesh'l') meaning 'to the right' or 'to the South ' . (In Irish one says 'Deiseal'-'May it go right'-when a friend sneezes . ) An anti-clockwise movement is known as 'widdershins' (Middle High German widersinnes, 'in a contrary direction') or 'tuathal' (Irish tuathal pronounced 'twa-h ' I' , Scottish luaitheal pronounced 'twa-y'l') meaning ' to the left , to the North, in a wrong direction' .
In the Book of S hadows , another sentence follows here : "At her altars the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice . " The sentence originated from Gardner, not Valiente. Like many covens , we omit it. 4) and out of keeping with the Charge's later statement "Nor do I demand sacrifice" . By the way , the sentence is also inaccurately worded ; Sparta was in Lacedaemon , not Lacedaemon in Sparta. THE OPENING RITUAL 43 better it be when the moon is full, then shallye assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of me, who am Queen of all witches.