Friday, August 11, 2006

Dancing the Circle

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"We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars... the stars form a circle, and in the center we dance." — Rumi (13th century)

Freemasons celebrate the squares and angles; Wiccans celebrate the Circle.

True, Freemasons have a seldom-mentioned concept about squaring the circle, and the point in the circle, but no one stops to think about it very much.

Witchcraft ("Wicca") is called the Craft, just as Freemasonry is. Many, including author and word-shaman Robert Anton Wilson, have suggested that perhaps Masonry and Witchcraft are simply opposite sides of the same (circular) coin.

I have long loved this short poem by Robert Frost: "We dance round in a ring and suppose / But the secret sits in the middle and knows."

Awakened Woman magazine recently published an article about the mysteries of the Circle titled "Dancing the Circle." Enjoy.

This article is co-published at BurningTaper.com.

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