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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A Wiccan word meaning to move in a clockwise, or sunwise, direction. Its opposite is widdershins. Deosil is the direction moved by the priest or priestess when casting the magic circle.

It is associated with the direction of the sun crossing the sky and is considered a positive motion, whereas widdershins is generally considered negative. However, some traditions do not consider widdershins negative and will utilize that direction on certain special occasions (for example, to close a circle or during the waning cycle of the Moon).

Some traditions are very strict about moving deosil, even to the extent of only allowing people to move about within the circle in a sunwise direction and not allowing them to move back even a few paces. Others may cast the circle deosil but have no qualms about moving in either direction within that cast circle.

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