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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

To circumambulate is to move clockwise around a ritual circle. Normally the casting of the circle (see Circle) is always done deosil, first with the sword or athamé,

then with salted water and finally with the censer. In many Wiccan traditions, the coven members may only move clockwise (deosil), never counterclockwise (widdershins). In other covens, there is freedom of movement in both directions.

Circumambulation is also known as the "holy round" and the "sunwise turn" and is not exclusive to Witchcraft. Such movement is recognized by various groups as magical, bringing good luck, protection, and protracted life.

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Makkah's Grand Mosque expansion project is on schedule, with final touches being applied to the bottom floor of the "mataf" (area for circumambulation around the Kba), according to local media reports.
After the stoning, pilgrims performed the final tawaf, or circumambulation, of the Kba in the middle of the Grand Mosque, Islam s most important shrine, in the Holy City of Mecca.
FAREWELL CIRCUMAMBULATION/MECCA: As Hajj, the holy journey of Muslims ends, pilgrims in Mecca set to perform farewell circumambulation following Satan stoning rite.
Professor Ogli in a statement to the Saudi News Agency (SPA) pointed out that this is only a temporary situation intended to make it easier for Hajj and/or Omra pilgrims to perform their rituals in upcoming years much more easier especially the ritual of circumambulation (aka Tawaf).
Worshippers living outside Mecca will have to perform the farewell circumambulation around the Kaaba, a cube-shaped structure in Mecca towards which Muslims worldwide pray.
During the remaining three days of the Haj, the pilgrims continue the stoning of the Satan before performing the circumambulation of the Holy Kaaba in the holy city of Makkah and heading home.
Others, without such alcoves, are blockier and invite circumambulation rather than potential entry.
In the second joint press conference held by the representatives of all authorities taking part in Hajj services in this temporary station of pilgrims in the aftermath of completing their Hajj in Arafat, Al-Turki said that the authorities are yet to complete the job, citing that the throwing of stones in Mina valley as well as circumambulation and Saaye between Al-Safa and Marwa mounts all remain for most of the pilgrims before saying goodbye to Makkah, a back journey requiring more interest and follow-up of the authorities.
On the remaining three days of the Haj, the pilgrims continue the ritual stoning before performing the circumambulation of the Ka'aba and then heading back home.
Jameel Arbaeen said some old pilgrims who fainted while performing circumambulation (tawaf) around the Kaaba were given first aid.
RIYADH, December 01, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Saudi Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has called for the quick implementation of the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) expansion project designed to accommodate 130,000 pilgrims at a time.
Hajj with the final circumambulation of the Kaabah.