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Widdershins is counter-clockwise movement.
A Quick Note: In the Northern Hemisphere, Quarters are generally called beginning in the North or East and moving clockwise (deosil). For example, North, East, South, then West. Most of the books available about Wicca and Witchcraft use these correspondences.
In the Southern Hemisphere however, these correspondences may vary. Circles are still cast deosil (sunwise), but to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, they would seem to be widdershins (counter-clockwise). The equator is to the North in the Southern Hemisphere, so North is sometimes representative of fire.
Lilitu in Australia writes:
<i>'We cast circles counter-clockwise which is still doesil, as doesil means sunwise rather than clockwise. We take down the circle counter-clockwise which is widdershins (against the sun). So, it is related to the sun, rather than the way clock hands turn.
Generally in Australia North is sun because the heat is in our North, and earth is in the south, but this varies in different locations. . . There is no one generally 'accepted' way of casting due to the geography of different parts of Australia. . . circles are rarely cast clockwise or taken down counter-clockwise.'</i>
Witch cats of course refer to felines kept by Witches, or familiars. However, in the context of most of the articles here on PaganPath, Witch Cats usually refer to shadows seen out of the corner of the eye.
For more information, see the articles on the site:
<a href='http://paganpath.com/library-2/the-cauldron/135-witch-cats'>Seeing Shadows & Witch Cats</a>
<a href='http://paganpath.com/library/spells/129-attacks'>Handling Magick & Psychic Attacks</a>
|Words of Power||
Words of Power are often sung or spoken in a chanting manner, or with specific intonations in order to cause specific vibrations and harmonies (much like \OM\").
Words contain energy. When you know and speak the name of something or someone, you gain power over that thing or person. Words of power are often invocations, evocations or summonings that contain sacred names or harmonious tones that call forth certain energies."