Sacred Space

Circle, or sacred space

Within circle, as the Wicca say, we are “between the worlds”—where we connect with our deities, work our magics, empower our spirits…

Goddess Gemstones

An unbroken string of beads…

Witchcraft tradition requires every woman in circle to wear a visible necklace, an unbroken (having no catch) length of beads. Most men choose also to honor the Lady in like fashion.

Gerald B. Gardner reported in Witchcraft Today that women wear a necklace in circle, “of any sort as long as it is fairly conspicuous.” He goes on to opine that the reason is that “the goddess always wore a necklace; … Astarte always wore one and was known as the Goddess of the Necklace, being otherwise ‘sky-clad’.” A footnote continues, “Diana of Ephesus wore a necklace of acorns; many Celtic goddess are mentioned as wearing them.

“At witch meetings every woman must wear one. When the ritual objects are being set out for a meeting, a number of strings of beads are put handy, so that if any witch hasn’t brought a necklace, she promptly borrows one for the occasion.”

Gardner omits the most famous of goddess’ necklaces, Brisingamen, worn by Freya, reputedly crafted of gold & amber by dwarven smiths. Freya’s necklace remains an distinctive attribute of this goddess of love. Perhaps this accounts in some part for the preference of many Wicca for circle necklaces crafted of amber, or sometimes amber & jet.

I choose to wear such a necklace rather than a chain when wearing a pendant, whether in circle or out. I’ve long hand-crafted such as gifts to my own initiates and others of the Craft. My fingers do not always know when to stop…and thus I now have many such necklaces, available to other Crafters.

Sennight Circles?
seven nights, one phase of the moon

Seven Stars in the Sky

What is your seven-o?
Green grow the rushes, oh!
Seven for the seven stars in the sky…

—Green grow the rushes, oh! traditional English counting folk song

Those seven stars (planetes, in the original Greek of Ptolemy) rule the days of the week, once known as a sennight or seven-night. Lunar reckoning followed the moon, and four sennights make a moon—one month in lunar reckoning.

Sennight Spell Support

magicbook

Tools useful to the Wicca often focus on those seven-fold deific archetypes:

Ptolemy‘s Tetrabiblios documents “prescience by astronomy”—what we call astrology—as it existed approximately 2,000 years ago. In the simplest of explanations, astrology examines the position of the seven “wandering stars” (from which Greek phrase aster planetes we derive our word planets) against the annually rotating night sky of “fixed stars”—those celestial objects visible with the naked eye in a world void of significant light pollution. These “seven stars in the sky” in simple terms, are the distinct seven symbols scattered on a night sky of interlocking networked images equally symbolic—with positions and relationships all interpreted by the human observers.

These seven wandering stars, planets, are the rune-stones scattered across the starscape of the night skyI like to call it naked-eye astrology, with its seven wandering stars falling hither-thither against the celestial sea of fixed stars. Divination, at its root, is any means that we humans use to connect with conscious universe we inhabit, and how better than to gaze into a sky full of stars? Human eyes find patterns in everything; with practice, those patterns busy our bright eyes sufficiently to enable us also to perceive with our spirits—which is the essence of divination.