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"The Universal Circle Dance"
by L. McGuire

What So Special About That Circle Anyway?


The circle is an ancient, sacred and universal symbol to many religious groups. This symbol is very popular to the  Buddhist, Hindu, the Egyptian, the Taoist, the pagan, the occultist, Kabbalist,  the witch, the wizard, the satanist and yes even to many Christians, just to name a few. 

To them, the circle can symbolize completeness, infinity, unity, wholeness, the goddess, Mother Earth, the womb, circle of life, the four seasons, a sacred space and/or the cosmos. 

In the occult, when a symbol is placed inside the circle, they believe that makes it more powerful. This is sort of like their belief in upside-down numerology. Three 6's turned upside down equals three 9's. They use symbols also. Such as, Peter's Cross. Today this symbol is seen as an upside-down cross and is very popular among Satanist. Some evil symbols that can be found within a circle  are as follows: 

    Peace Symbol also known as Nero's Cross

     Five Pointed Star, used in witchcraft

      The Swastika inside a Circle



   Wheel of Dharma

   Medicine Wheel (Please see Tammuz Cross)

   Ying Yang

  Symbol of Trinity ( Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

  Sun Sign. Add some color and we have Target Logo)


Used by many Christians. I=Isis (Mother/Queen of Heaven),H=Horus (The Father), S=Seb (Child). Trinity of the Egyptians. Sun Disks with the pagan Cross (Tau). 



When the circle has been quartered, it represents the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water) or as a compass calling out to the four spirits of the earth (north, south, east, west). (Please see Tammuz Cross.)



What I find interesting is that the 'medicine wheel, and the 'four quartered circle' resembles the symbol to the left. Alexander Hislop reveals to us in his book, "The Two Babylons" (pg. 197-198) that these two symbols is actually the Tau or the Tammuz Cross. When the Tau or the letter T (for Tammuz) was joined to the circle it was to help identify Tammuz to the sun. 

We are told the following in, (50)Man, Myth and Magic”,:

In Witchcraft, the magic circle provides a sacred and purified space in which all rites, magical work, and ceremonies are conducted. It offers a boundary for a reservoir of concentrated power and acts as a doorway to the world of the gods. The circle symbolizes wholeness, perfection, and unity; the creation of the cosmos’ the womb of Mother Earth; and the cycle of the seasons; and birth-death-regeneration. Within the circle it becomes possible to transcend the physical to open the mind deeper and higher levels of consciousness.” (50)


the magical energy which the magicians will summon up from within themselves in the course of the ceremony. It is this energy which will force the spirit to appear and if it were not for the circle the energy would flow off in all directions and be dissipated.” (51)



To me, the symbol of a circle means nothing. It is just a shape. Nothing more and nothing less. When I was a child I would draw a circle, add two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears draw some straight lines to resemble hair. The outcome a face.  But to others, it is quite obvious the 'circle' has some special meaning to them. Sure, to me Mythology is a bunch of myths about fallen angels (demons).  However, to vasts amounts of people, Mythology, Wicca, Satanism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, etc. is their religion. To many of them, the circle has sacred meaning.


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