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     OPENING THE CIRCLE 
      
      
      
     The High Priestess goes to each of the four directions in turn,  
     and draws a Banishing Pentacle, saying, 
      
      
          Guardians of the East (South, West, North), Powers of Air  
     (Fire, Water, Earth), we thank you 
          For joining in our circle 
          And we ask for your blessing 
          As you depart 
          May there be peace between us 
          Now and forever.  Blessed be. 
      
      
     She raises her athame to the sky and touches it to the earth, then 
     opens her arms and says, 
      
          The circle is open, but unbroken, 
          May the peace of the Goddess 
          Go in your hearts, 
          Merry meet, and merry part. 
          And merry meet again.  Blessed be. 


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