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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

"Widdershins" is the term for moving in a counterclockwise direction (clockwise is termed deosil). In many Witchcraft traditions moving widdershins within the ritual Circle is forbidden, yet it is acceptable in other traditions. For some Witches a widdershins movement is necessary for uncrossing and for banishing spells, and it is even used by some covens when casting a Circle in the waning phase of the moon.

The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon with sith, meaning "to walk against." It is regarded by many as unlucky since it goes against the natural rotation of the sun. Rosemary Ellen Guiley suggests that a widdershins movement is used in necromantic rituals, when a magician is conjuring with corpses in an effort to discover future events.

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Like its counter-clockwise namesake, Widdershins has a taste that's totally backwards," says Emily Armstrong of Left Hand.
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Ring-a-ring-a-widdershins, Whirlin', skirlin' widdershins De'il tak' the hindmost, Wha'er she be.
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He who hesitates is lost," according to Captain Widdershins.
despite giving a letter-perfect spelling of widdershins (meaning ``counterclockwise'') in the oral competition.
Walking the ins and outs of bays and capes, recalling sailors' talk, one would arrive at the first-order generalization self-contained, aware of moving either clockwise or counterclockwise, or rather (this antedates clocks) deasil or widdershins, directions more immediate for island dwellers than compass points or (compasses too) the apparently single-minded career of the Sun, whose chariot plunges across while I go round and round; and discover, despite the senses' endless record of detail, the shore as a closed curve.