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Circumambulation

(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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"As you circumambulate and move closer to the kaaba you feel like a small stream merging into a big river.
They come from every corner of the world to visit Mecca and circumambulate the Kaaba in response to the first call of Prophet Abraham, when he built the Kaaba with his son Ismail and responded to Allah's order to call upon human beings to head towards it for the Hajj.
Ibn 'Abbas (RA) reported that the Prophet (S) said, "Everyday one hundred and twenty mercies descend on this House [the Ka'ba]; of these, sixty are for those who circumambulate [it], forty for those who [merely] pray [before it], and twenty for those who [merely] gaze [at it]." In another Prophetic tradition, it says: "Circumambulate the House often for it is among the most important things that you will find on your record on the Day of Resurrection, and [it is, moreover,] the most delightful deed you will find."
The program achieved the dream of many to visit the House of God and circumambulate the Kaaba and visit the Mosque of the Messenger of God peace be upon him and pray in it.
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Kapoor's Hive fills the gallery to bursting, all the while maintaining a curious, inviting intimacy by conjuring a hollow space which one must circumambulate the sculpture to discover.
After the stoning they circumambulate the Kaaba to complete Hajj, required of all able Muslims and for many a purifying, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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The earlier argument focuses on one specific, and undoubtedly very important, form of popular devotion: the pilgrimage to a holy well which the pilgrim would circumambulate clockwise a specified number of times, often negotiating a rocky path on bare feet or knees.
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